This was also how I was trained to handle 'studio' recordings during the
recording process... old school, to be sure.
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Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2008 7:19 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Hold Down Tape
I don't know who exactly makes paper leader anymore. I'm set with a
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 tape pack.
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]>
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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"
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>> 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)
>>> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
>>> Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
>>> Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/
>>> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.