Never had that problem to the extend that the oxide comes off completely, have had a little flaking
around guides if the tape is fast-wound and very old, no more or less than brown-oxide/polyester
tapes. However, I did have a reel of Scotch 206 get very brittle from long-term storage in a hot
attic. I suspect this tape doesn't like desert-dry storage.
BTW, I think there's a ticking bomb in climate-controlled archives where sticky-shed types like 406
are stored with old brown-oxide tapes, especially acetate types. The recommended humidity levels for
sticky tapes are way too low for acetate tapes, they get brittle and the oxide can fall off if the
acetate gets brittle enough. On the other hand, 50 year old brown-oxide/acetate tapes I have here,
mostly professional-duped tapes from the early stereo era, have held up surprisingly well in the
typical northeastern US downstairs (never much hotter than 70 degrees, humidity varies 40-60%
depending on season).
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Shai Drori" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, December 23, 2010 1:30 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] if you want it done right, do it yourself .../ not always
> Hi Tom
> My experience with 206 and 207 is that the oxide drops completely off the tape. My luck it was
> after the capstan so it played one last time. Had 3 reels like that, stored in a cool dry
> On 12/23/2010 1:25 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> No Scotch 206 or 207 tape I've ever made or transferred was sticky.