I have seen Maxell laminate to 3M plastic leader and rip the first
turn off. Thank goodness for safety masters.
I see a lot of tapes that were recorded on "small" machines and
generally have to add leader to get them to play on the pro machines
with wider-spaced reels. I've been adding paper leader, but leaving
as much tape as possible. Usually the tape has a complete wrap on
itself (not leader) before the program starts. I figure if I've
already added it, why should I remove it. Besides, on at least one
end, it's in the middle of the reel.
At 04:30 PM 3/31/2006, David Lennick wrote:
>Has anyone run into problems with different types of leader (i.e.
>Radio Shack, or the stuff the BBC was adding to Zonal in the 80s)
>being very sticky? I've had no trouble with the conventional stuff
>from 3M, Audio Devices or AGFA, and besides, it serves a purpose
>(timing pauses before and between tracks).
>The paper stuff is useful when something is needed between the end
>of the tape and the hub of the reel..I find it's much less prone to
>taking the shape of the hub's openings. But I also find that over
>the years, splices won't stay attached to it.
>Richard Warren wrote:
> As I recall, general wisdom in ARSC suggests that
> for archives the use of NO leader tape at all has
> always been recommended for tapes to be stored,
> since attaching leader(s) involves the use of
> splicing tape, another material to be avoided as
> much as possible. Obviously one must deal with
> splices that come in on tapes; but except for
> attaching leader or blank tape temporarily to
> allow capture of beginnings and endings on
> recordings lacking sufficient unrecorded "slack", why ask for trouble ?
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