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 matter.
-- 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:
>>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/contact.htm
> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.