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    I think somewhere on this thread Beck stated Scotch 250 is sticky-prone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFR View Post
    Any ideas on 84 Scotch 3M 250? Sticky prone?
    I've seen it on nearly every list of SSS tapes. Based on that I would say there's at least a 50% chance it will need baking?
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    Hey...just spool it up...play it for like 1-2 minutes, if that.
    If it's sticky/shedding...you're not going to have to go for too long to find out.

    I just did that with an MRL tape that I got real cheap. The guy wasn't sure...it was cheap...I rolled the dice.
    When I got it, I spooled it up on my 2"...and within the first 30 seconds or so I could see it was smooth as silk.

    If you do get some SSS...just stop the deck, RW...and then clean the guides/heads.
    Nothing is going to be permanently damaged.

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    Oh my God! Simply unbelievable! 14 minutes of play time, and I have spotless heads and guides. All good so far. Keeping my fingers crossed.
    Why would you take my advice?? I don't even take my own advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFR View Post
    Oh my God! Simply unbelievable! 14 minutes of play time, and I have spotless heads and guides. All good so far. Keeping my fingers crossed.


    At the very least, you've got that cool gold reel. I have a couple myself, they make great takeup reels. Six screws and thick, sturdy metal...

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    Well, I went through the whole reel. Stuff sounds like the day I recorded it. No pitch problems, no slowing up, no squeal, no stopping, and clean heads. I'm amazed. I got lucky.
    Why would you take my advice?? I don't even take my own advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFR View Post
    Well, I went through the whole reel. Stuff sounds like the day I recorded it. No pitch problems, no slowing up, no squeal, no stopping, and clean heads. I'm amazed. I got lucky.
    Buy a lottery ticket, dude!



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    Quote Originally Posted by RFR View Post
    Well, I went through the whole reel. Stuff sounds like the day I recorded it. No pitch problems, no slowing up, no squeal, no stopping, and clean heads. I'm amazed. I got lucky.
    I would transfer that tape to digital as soon as you can. That way, you got it, and no worries.

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    To lo fi, ghost, and miro, yup, yup,and yup!
    @ miro you gave me the push over the edge to try it. I was dying to anyway.

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    I haven't been concerning myself with running sss tapes in a while. It's a very simple matter to avoid sss tape. All back coated Ampex, Scotch/3M, SONY and all of the off brand tapes those companies made tape for in the 70's through to the early 90's will be sticky period. All back coated Quantegy tape is fine as is Maxell, BASF and the two current producers ATR and PYROL. There may be the odd reel of offending tapes that will play but these are time bombs and will go off sooner or later. Unless those sss tapes mentioned are being offered dirt cheap the PIA they represent is hardly worth the so called bargain.

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