If you mean an oven to temporarily fix sticky-shed tapes, there seem to be options from economical
to astronomical as far as cost. Kind of like studio furniture or monitors, many different price
points to do essentially the same thing.
I've never had a problem using a simple American Harvest food dehydrator (air oven). I've now done
over 100 reels this way and even 10" 1-mil Scotch 227 (which seems to get particularly gooey and
sticky) can be stabilized (I won't say "dried out" because I think it's not the correct term) to
transfer properly. Note that this is all for 1/4" tapes! I think you need a bigger rig like a
convection oven or an incubator oven for bigger tapes. Also, if your tape happens to be the lost
reels from some zillion-selling album, or even your grandfather's last birthday party, you want to
do all of this with care and hopefully have less-valuable material to learn the craft with.
Note also that I've never received tapes that are sticky-shed, were stored in a flooded basement and
contain a lost secret code for world peace, etc. What I've handled is standard run of the mill
sticky-shed tapes that were stored under normal conditions and went sticky because the tape was
mis-brewed back in the day. For disasters like you see pictured around the web, I'd refer you to
others on this list who specialize in disaster-recovery services.
One final thing to note -- it's not a Good Thing at all to heat up most tapes. Only do so if you're
sure the problem you have is to be solved by heat. Sticky-shed can be temporarily mitigated with
proper heating and cooling cycles (Bill Lund formerly of 3M, who studied this while at 3M, says
12-14 hours heating and equal cycle cooling back to room temp, then play immediately). If you simply
have a "wet" tape, especially if it's an old acetate-backed tape, heating will ruin it. So know your
problems before you look to solutions.
Hope that helps.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Radlauer" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2007 1:26 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Dehumidifer Oven for 1/4" tape
I'm looking for recommendations for a good quality Dehumidifying/Heat
Processing oven for use with Magnetic Tape, able to handle up to ten 10" reels at
once. Preferably not over $1k.
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