In a message dated 9/3/2005 2:51:56 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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What I am imagining is a source spool of 1/4" wide by 1200 foot long
roll of 3M correction tape with a Post-It note like surface - in
fact, it would be good to be 7/32" wide. Of course, with the tape
being narrower than this in many spots, we'd need a way of
de-activating the adhesive where there is no tape.
If one could get enough 7/32" splicing tape, this might work. Exposed
adhesive could be deactivated with talcum powder or corn starch, a technique that was
used to salvage sticky "Scotch Tape" splices in reused tape in the very early
days. It is hard to imagine the tediousness of this process though.
Another approach to the problem might be to use the sound head of a film
projector equipped for magnetic sound. In most (at least Kodak), the track is read
by a movable head while the medium is bent around a rotating drum, flattening
it and providing a rigid backing. One might also mount a film projector head
assembly (if you can find one) on a tape deck so it could read the track from
the tape threaded so that it rapped part way around the pressure roller.
Just a couple of wild ideas!