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    A bunch of Ampex 456 and a few 407

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    Hi there,

    Some time ago I bought a lot of around 200 7 inch reels recorded by a professional studio in 1987 and 1988. I can't remember the exact count but I think at least 33% are Ampex 456, there's a small number of Ampex 405 or 407 and the rest is all Maxell UD and XL1.

    I have been told that the Maxell worked great but wanted to know about the Ampex. Are they still usable or will they deposit on the heads or stick ?


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    You most likely will have problems with the Ampex but not the Maxell. The 80's is a real bad period for sticky shedding Ampex tapes.

    See:

    https://homerecording.com/bbs/showth...ghlight=sticky

    https://homerecording.com/bbs/showth...ghlight=sticky

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    Yeah, unfortunately the 456, 406 and 407 form the 80's will have Sticky-Shed. The Maxell will be fine as long as they aren't worn out from use.

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