Major brands issues:
Sony tapes from the 70's , white case (pre lnx, chx, etc) the hub breaks
down where the fastener holds the tape and must be replaced (80-90% of
Scotch 3M used foam instead of felt for head contact. Foam disintegrates
and dirties the tape, the transport and your hands. Must be vacuumed off
and tape played on a back tension player such as Nak
Same goes for 70's Ampex with black plastic case.
Big Ben, RKL, ACME, adhesive gone dry and must be replaced. Generally,
most 70's tapes have no adhesive left in my experience. Please publish
the results when done so that we can all use this valuable resource.
On 5/5/2010 5:42 AM, Mark Campbell wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am seeking advice on cassette manufacture brands/batches with playback
> AIATSIS is scoping the size of the preservation job wrt remaining
> analogue cassettes in the collection.
> This scoping is much more than mere numerical stocktaking of course
> (10,000 items 20,000 sides).
> There are a number of issues with cassettes old and new that will impact
> on sequence of operations and time required..
> One of our tentative premises which with which we will guage and
> prioritise the workload is...there are fewer issues physical mechanism
> and tape playback issues with "name brand" cassettes.
> Major Manufacturers - Analog Cassettes
> Now, at the risk of offending some manufacturers (if they still exist)
> the second premis is that "off-brand" cassettes will be more difficult
> to playback due to myriad reasons.
> Off Brand list.
> Audio Magnetics
> Bell& Howell
> Boots Audio
> Capitol 1 (Same as Capitol?)
> Century Sound (Same as Century?)
> Concertape (Radio Shack)
> Dak Enterprises
> Dindy Super
> EDU-Cassette (BASF)
> International Recotape Corporation (IRC)
> Maxwell (NOT Maxell)
> Melodie 2000
> MS 600
> Music 2000
> National Panasonic
> Passport ((Manufactured by 3M)
> Pilipe (NOT Philips)
> Profi Sound
> Radio Shack
> Superphonic (Zayre Corporation)
> Super-sound von Focitron
> Union 3000
> Thanks for scrolling so far.
> If you have had an issue be it Sticky Shed, mechanism jamming, spool
> issues, windowing, grows mould like a petri dish... etc please let me
> know the brand, the date of manufacture (if known) and the issue.
> This will help us prioritise the cassette ingest process.
> Thanks all.
> Mark Campbell
> Audio Manager
> AIATSIS AVA
> Phone 61 2 62461141
> Fax 61 2 6261 4282