i've read many threads on issues surrounding playability. the one
looming now, for many people, are DAT tapes.
after completing a large archival transfer of hundreds of analog
tapes, and having very little trouble (only a few needed baking, they
were Ampex 407), i found it ironic to consider the next phase for
most collections. when mentioning the analog tape transfers, many
non-professional friends immediately wondered "wow! they were
playable?", and i mentioned that they were very much so, and that my
worries were much more toward the digital age media.
some who got the point mentioned that their early digital video tapes
were not playing well, and even the high-density 8mm and Hi-8 video
tapes... i think these were evaporated metal or metal particle, not
sure, but certainly different from Scotch 111 or 207...
i wouldn't be asking for a discussion if i'd found an archived thread
on this, so please forgive me if i overlooked it.
are there any known methods for playing DATs which don't want to play
even on the original recording machine?
anyone willing to mention competent DAT repair places, DAT machines
which seem to be more tolerant, and more gentle, to the tapes?
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