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    Just to make sure I got it, ONLY back-coated tapes can have sticky shed? All non-coated tape is fine?

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    Hmm, I had a few non back-coated tapes with sticky shed...
    Even video tapes...
    But from what you said your tapes don't seem to have it.
    You may need to fix your machine or make some adjustments for the tape to play ok.

    And Beck, microwave?!
    I have to try this someday ahah!
    But uh, you can't use metal reels in the microwave...
    Maybe I'll pass on this one... I'll see...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Me-Uzik
    I've baked in a conventional oven and had no problem, after a few tests that is.
    But it may differ from oven to oven...
    Of course don't make tests with tapes that have anything important on them.
    In fact I would probably recommend what Beck said for important tapes.

    As for Dk, I think your tapes are fine, from the info you gave I don't think you need to bake them, especially since they're not back coated.
    One way you can use a kitchen oven is to use just a light bulb for heat. I've never tried this but I've heard of people putting larger bulbs where the little oven light goes. You'll have to experiment with bulbs that will keep the oven around 130 degrees F or so.

    Incandescent bulbs are really just little heaters that happen to give off some light.

    Yes please defiantly pass on the microwave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _DK
    Just to make sure I got it, ONLY back-coated tapes can have sticky shed? All non-coated tape is fine?
    That's right. However, some non-backcoated tapes can have another problem known as LOL (Loss of lubricant). Some people get these conditions confused. LOL will cause a squealing sound and increase friction like sticky-shed does.

    In addition all tapes shed a little oxide, but some more than others. This is not sticky-shed syndrome, but just plain old oxide rubbing off. Some lots of AMPEX/Quantegy 499 were notorious for heavy oxide shedding.

    There are also some older non-backcoated tapes that have problems with the oxide layer flaking off the polyester film.

    There are a lot of good reasons to buy only new tape.
    Last edited by Beck; 02-10-2007 at 23:01.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beck
    There are a lot of good reasons to buy only new tape.
    Amen to that!

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    Looking over the List of Bad Tapes on eBay, especially from this relatively short period of time, it's breathtaking how many sales of potentially and outright bad tapes there were. That Quantegy didn't address this issue, in print, on their site, from around '95 when they took over from Ampex, is outright criminal and, as Tim already pointed out, was one of the things which led to Quantegy's closing tape production. Too many sales lost to bad batches of Ampex. I bet most people, especially those relatively new to the game, thought Ampex is the same as Quantegy. Still, Quantegy did nothing to educate its potential customers. That, their overhead and lack of reaching out to the typical home recordist, who just picked up a TASCAM open reel recorder for peanuts on eBay, is what killed them. But then again, this was already stated in another thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr ZEE
    Shall we start sending Condolence & Sympathy eCards to winning bidders?
    Couldn't hurt...

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    Just a quick question, sm-468 tape by Emtec is ok, right? Meaning not prone to shedding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fred s.
    sm-468 tape by Emtec is ok, right? Meaning not prone to shedding.
    Yes, correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slidey

    heads off in search of a UK retailer of audio reels------------------->
    These guys have the new RMGI in stock now and even last reels of Quantegy: http://www.datastores.co.uk/

    Just look under AUDIO.

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