With all due respect to Richard Hess and his use of D5, I have not been
able to find any information on the long term effects of the chemical on
the tape oxide. How well will the tapes play after having been stored
for a few years after treatment with D5? Perhaps Richard can enlighten
us further on the long term storage of tapes that have been treated with D5.
Because of that concern and some regarding the MSDS issued for D5, I use
a chemical manufactured by Last Factory called "Tape Last". I have been
assured by Last Factory that Tape Last is not only safe for long term
storage but actually enhances the tape being stored over time. I have no
evidence regarding the latter. However, I have had success using Tape
Last on audio tapes suffering from varying degrees of SSS. More
information on my use of the product can be found here:
Lubricating audio cassettes (or any kind of cassette housed tape) is a
real, time consuming, PITA. For audio cassettes, I have modified a
transport and dedicated it to the process.
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
On 6/7/2018 9:26 AM, Dan Gediman wrote:
> Thanks so much for all the good suggestions. To answer Richard’s question, yes, the same squealing happens at the same point in the recording even if I take out the tape, clean the tape machine well, let it dry, put the cassette in, rewind slightly, and resume the dubbing. Following other suggestions, I have transferred the tape I had been dubbing into a new Maxell shell, put it back into the deck, rewound, and started again. The tape begins squealing at the same exact spot on the tape, which BTW, isn’t at the very end of the tape, as with the others, but rather at about the half-way point on a C-60. Can you folks think of a reason why the tape should begin squealing at precisely that point and is there anything else I could try. I tried using various noise-reduction and EQ plugins and nothing seems to help using that technique. And I don’t have access to Richard’s suggested D5 lubricant. Are there other less great but still useful lubrication options? I saw some reference to putting Teflon tape on the head of a cassette deck and running the tape through all the way, presumably picking up the Teflon coating along the way. Is that a reasonable option? If so, would this just be the kind of plumber’s tape sold at hardware stores (the only things I found when Googling “Teflon tape”) or is this some specialized tape and if so, where would I get it.
> And additional suggestions gratefully accepted.
> Dan Gediman
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