I sure don't, but I keep a long shelf of strange brands and product numbers
to see if they can be linked back to a few common suppliers. I expect
patent numbers, where present, might help. Like matrix numbers?
Do we need a central place to do this? I'd be glad to free up that
shelf...er...send what I have.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Karl Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, September 12, 2005 10:29 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] A tape Vinegar Syndrome experience
> On Fri, 9 Sep 2005, David Lennick wrote:
>> By the way, I picked up a number of used reels of Kodak tape (7", 1.5 mil
>> acetate) when CKEY disposed of them in 1970, and while I found them all
>> to be a
>> bit curly and prone to breaking, I've never encountered that vinegary
>> smell on
>> any of them.
>> Looking at my shelves, I see a lot of odd brands from the 60s..RCA
>> considered to be pretty awful at the time, and I never hear anything
>> about it
>> today), Sarkes Tarzian (even worse..the oxide kept coming loose from the
>> backing and winding itself around the capstan), Burgess (I don't think
>> lasted too long), and American....best thing about their tape, which came
>> odd lengths, was the ad showing Beethoven yelling "It's no use..I can't
>> write a
>> 1200-foot symphony!"
> I have about a dozen reels of Kodak, which I bought new...just about every
> problem you have ever encountered...however, I wonder if Kodak actually
> made the tape. My guess is that someone on this list could probably
> provide a compilation of who made what...
> Audiotape (much of which seemed to be like Scotch 111)
> Concertape (sold by Radio Shack) a wide variety of formulations...as a
> kid, all I could afford.
> Radio Shack brand (those red and white boxes)
> Was not Irish factory seconds of Scotch? And then there was the company
> that recycled Ampex which I believe they said had been used by the
> Did not IBM in the early years use tape from 3M?
> I don't recall that the Magnetic Recording Handbook has much history in
> it...my copy is at home.
> Does anyone know of a published history which would trace all of the
> various manfacturers and brands?
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