I don't know who exactly makes paper leader anymore. I'm set with a lifetime supply.
Your point about blank tape before and after program content is a good one. You can use junk tape is
you're sure it's not likely to go sticky. The "studio" way I was taught is Reel Head >> a good lot
of leader (maybe 15 seconds worth) >> setup tones >> 30 second silent tape so tones stand no chance
of printing thru >> 10 seconds leader >> cut 1, etc >> (after last cut) 5-10 seconds of leader >> a
few minutes of blank tape or junk tape >> a few revolutions of leader to protect the edge of the
This was back when engineers were all good blade-men, so all those splices were child's play.
I get a lot of tapes for transfer that were made by someone who never learned the value of leader
tape. It's too bad because you can lose the beginning of a program and get off on a bad foot.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "carlstephen koto" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2008 8:09 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Hold Down Tape
> Tom, where do you find paper leader (I'm looking for 1/4") !? I thought I'd checked everywhere
> but maybe not?
> What I do is attach a turn of leader and about 10 turns of blank tape. I've never found any
> adhesive that doesn't become goo or is so sticky, it removes or deforms part of the tape when
> removing it. So the blank tape is held down by TME hold down tape. When it gets nasty I just
> snip off that bit of tape. With that much blank tape after the white leader, I'd have to be
> asleep not to stop the tape before it ends.
> On Jan 17, 2008, at 3:18 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> Take a piece of Scotch tape -- the kind you tape a library tag on a book. Fold a third of it
>> over so it's a tab. Hold the tape end down with the 2/3 sticky stuff. Use paper leader tape, a
>> few feet. In the life of that reel, you will not gum up or tear off enough paper leader tape to
>> -- Tom Fine
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2008 3:01 PM
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Hold Down Tape
>>> At 02:32 PM 2008-01-17, Richard Warren wrote:
>>>> Hi Folks,
>>>> The Grinch in me sees this discussion and harks back to research for the AAA Committee that
>>>> resulted in our recommending against the use of any sort of hold-down or splicing tape (except
>>>> for temporary use of splicing tape to make or extend leaders that are too short for a tape
>>>> player) because of the danger of bleeding adhesives (and I've never found any type of splicing
>>>> or hold-down tape that did not bleed goo onto tape surfaces or that was peelable without some
>>>> sort of deposit or damage). I wish my experience were more helpful, but facts are facts.
>>> From another Grinchly Richard:
>>> --Shipping tapes without hold down is very risky as the outer wraps may come unwound
>>> --I have received far too many tapes with damage to the outer 20 + turns due to them becoming
>>> unwound. It also appears that loosely wound wraps of tape are more likely to dry out and cup.
>>> I fear it's a matter of picking your poison. Whatever you do, please do not use the 3M white
>>> plastic hold-down clips--at least in the mode where they go over the tape pack and often cause
>>> edge damage.
>>> Richard (aka Richard d'Grinch II)
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