Dumb answer #1: I clean them after every hour or two
of playing time.
Dumb answer #2: I don't know, but alignment is the
kind of smart word I was looking for..
Dumb answer#3: I was very careful 25 years ago to
splice on white and yellow leader with the markings
on the outside so I wouldn't ever make that dumb
--- David Lennick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dumb question #1: Have you cleaned the heads?
> Dumb question #2: Did Herr Gefixmann replace the
> heads? May be just an
> alignmnent problem.
> Dumb question #3: Any chance that the tapes (or some
> of them) are being
> threaded with the oxide out instead of in?
> Paul Tyler wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I'm hoping someone can help an electronic
> ignoramus. Here's the story. I have a hundred and
> fifty open reel tapes I recorded twenty five years
> ago that I've been trying to digitize. Most are
> field recordings I made on a Nagra on loan from the
> American Folklife Center or on a Revox B77 (I'm
> unsure of the exact model number) owned by a then
> brand new public radio station in Fort Wayne. The
> restof the tapes are the 26 one-hour radio shows I
> produced using my field recordings. After that gig
> ran it's course, I was left with the tapes and no
> machine. The original field recordings are in the
> Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University,
> and what I have are earliest copies dubbed on the
> ATM's Ampex decks.
> > Fast forward twenty years and I bought a Revox A77
> on eBay and started dubbing my field tapes in my
> spare time. Somewhere along the way my preschool
> daughter filched a light bulb out the Revox--I don't
> know what you call it but it was for a light
> activated shutoff. I took the Revox to 20th Century
> Stereo on the north side. The elderly
> European-accented proprietor ended doing $300 worth
> of repairs and adjustments. This was two years ago,
> and I'm just now getting back to dubbing my tapes.
> > But they don't sound the same. I don't have the
> technical vocabulary to describe the sound
> difference. The clarity is gone. It sounds like my
> recordings have gone through some sort of filter
> that distances the sound. Another description:
> > the loss of clarity sounds like what happens when
> you dub cassettes on cheap portable decks from 1980.
> > Can anybody offer any help? Like what kind of
> words I should use if I take it back to the old
> German guy. Or do you know any other good repairman
> (or woman) in the Chicago area I could consult.
> > Thank you
> > Paul Tyler