My apologies if this has been answered in the past, but can anyone suggest
how to get Scotch Master 90 cassettes that are sticking to play through at
least once for transfer to a new medium?
These are consumer cassettes from the 1970s or 80s in which the tape winds
around a fixed (not rotating) metal post, across the recording/playback pad,
around another post at the other corner of the front of the shell, and then
back to the takeup pack. The tape stops dead repeatedly, especially in mid-reel.
There does not seem to be any evidence of flaking and when disassembled (the
shell is held together by phillips head screws) the interior is clean. My
suspicion is that the tape has dried out and is sticking either to itself or to
the metal posts. I've seen some suggestions that problematic cassette tapes
be lifted out and placed in a new shell, but would this help if the tape
itself is the problem? Would some type of lubricant work?
Thanks for any suggestions.
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