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    Where can i buy tape for my Fostex R8?

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    I have 5 rolls of zonal 657, but after massive speed and pitch fluctuations, people have suggested sticky shed syndrome.....

    Before i go baking all the tapes, is there a source for tape still available, as i have not managed to record a single track yet, after spending ages setting up my studio, and its really peeing me off!

    any help appreciated.

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    Mr Fruit, I have the perfect answer to this question. The answer is http://www.atrtape.com/ This is new tape and from the buzz on the net it's the best. Whatever you do stay away from RMG!! You can get a 1/4" tape for $55.00 or if you have empty reels you can buy just the pancakes (tape without the hubs) for $30.00 From the posts I have read you also want to stay away from EBay stuff. Hope this helps. If you need more advice just message me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgeaspen View Post
    Mr Fruit, I have the perfect answer to this question. The answer is http://www.atrtape.com/ This is new tape and from the buzz on the net it's the best. Whatever you do stay away from RMG!! You can get a 1/4" tape for $55.00 or if you have empty reels you can buy just the pancakes (tape without the hubs) for $30.00 From the posts I have read you also want to stay away from EBay stuff. Hope this helps. If you need more advice just message me.
    Given the astronomical prices ATR tape is going for, I'd almost think you were getting some kind of cut

    Anyway, if he's using Zonal tape, there's a good chance he's in the UK. The only supplier carrying ATR that I can find is Stanleys:

    http://www.stanleysonline.co.uk/category-325.htm

    For comparison, 1/4" Pancakes are 36 each plus tax. Excluding tax, a pancake of new Zonal 675 tape is 13, or you can pay 8.33 for a 7" plastic spool of the stuff.

    EDIT: forgot the Zonal links:

    http://www.canford.co.uk/Products/86...75-7-inch-reel

    http://www.canford.co.uk/Products/86...5-inch-NAB-hub

    ATR might be very good, but until they stop asking 1/2" prices for 1/4" tape, I'm not about to try it myself.

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    (In response to dodgeaspen)

    Um, I want to chime in.

    Please don't trash-talk RMGI tape. I have used scores of RMGI and it's fine.

    There were some quality control issues in the past but it's fine now.

    Also, considering the way these things work, it's best to be 100% certain about your "issues" with a particular product or vendor before you spread bad words on the Internet.

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    yes, im from the uk....


    ill have a look at those links now, thanks for the help guys.

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    so this is the correct tape for my machine then i presume.

    http://www.stanleysonline.co.uk/product-4033.htm

    zonal:

    http://www.canford.co.uk/Products/86...5-inch-NAB-hub


    both of these would be suitable?

    I just want one roll at the moment, to confirm that its a tape problem, rather than a pinch roller problem.....

    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Fruit View Post
    so this is the correct tape for my machine then i presume. both of these would be suitable?
    They're both 10.5" rolls. The R8 can only take up to 7" spools, so if you do buy a pancake - whatever tape type - you'd have to spool it onto a 7" reel. Easiest way is to use a 10.5" capable machine but it can be done by hand if you're patient.

    I just want one roll at the moment, to confirm that its a tape problem, rather than a pinch roller problem..... Thanks again
    This would be more convenient as it's a 7" spool:
    http://www.canford.co.uk/Products/86...75-7-inch-reel

    Formulation-wise, the R8 is probably designed for Quantegy 456, so this might be a bit closer to spec:

    http://www.canford.co.uk/Products/86...00-7-inch-reel

    ...but I have had a bad batch of the stuff.

    To refer to your original query, pitch fluctuations are damn near always the pinch roller. Have you tried manually holding it in place?

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    I have no idea on your question- but did you take your site name from "The Prince of Tides?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpmorris View Post
    They're both 10.5" rolls. The R8 can only take up to 7" spools, so if you do buy a pancake - whatever tape type - you'd have to spool it onto a 7" reel. Easiest way is to use a 10.5" capable machine but it can be done by hand if you're patient.



    This would be more convenient as it's a 7" spool:
    http://www.canford.co.uk/Products/86...75-7-inch-reel

    Formulation-wise, the R8 is probably designed for Quantegy 456, so this might be a bit closer to spec:

    http://www.canford.co.uk/Products/86...00-7-inch-reel

    ...but I have had a bad batch of the stuff.

    To refer to your original query, pitch fluctuations are damn near always the pinch roller. Have you tried manually holding it in place?

    Ive tried pressing the roller onto the capstan, ive cleaned everything with head cleaner, if you press it, it slows down, and eventually stops the motor.

    This is my first experience with an older analogue machine, so im unfamiliar with what may be obvious pitfalls.....it may be me thats doing somthing wrong...But on the yahoo R8 group forum, theuy have said its likely to be sticky shed syndrome, so i thought id best buy some tape, and at least rule it out as the cause.

    shame, as all my zonal tape is new, and in the bag still, but it was stored in an attic for nearly 12 months, so it could well be corrupt.

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    also, my pinch roller is a tiny bit worn, it has a slight indentation-only very slight- where the tape runs over it, plus its missing the retaining circlip from the end of the shaft.

    has anyone got a close up pic of the r8 pinch roller?

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