Man, that's not a project, it's a career.
On 1/9/2011 8:33 AM, Shai Drori wrote:
> It's part of a 80,000+ tape archive and might have even more tape to
> bake. My oven can hold about 100 tapes a batch, maybe more (never had
> that many to bake). I was trying to see how to streamline the
> operation but it seems that there are no corners to cut. Most of these
> tapes play well but shed a lot of white stuff and tests have shown
> that a little baking cures the problem. Each box holds 25 tapes so I
> will have to figure out a system where the tapes from 4 boxes go in
> for 8 hours (should be enough). Lots of work I agree. Some of it
> spoken word, later also music.
> Thanks :-)
> On 1/9/2011 5:10 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
>> I agree with Mark and Tom. I had 114 reels in a recent project--and
>> the client was doing the transfers, I was only doing the baking. I
>> had to bake these for 48+ hours, so I gave them 32 tapes a week from
>> the baking process. With the exception of one reel of 3M tape, which
>> they returned and I baked for three normal batches...cutting down by
>> one the number of reels in the normal batches.
>> I used two food dehydrators with 8 trays each. These were 1/2" tapes
>> on metal 10.5" reels.
>> It seems as if you have your work cut out for you with that many tapes.
>> On 2011-01-09 9:14 AM, Mark Donahue wrote:
>>> The real question here is: why would you bake the tapes prior to
>>> There is virtually no benefit to baking tapes that will sit back in an
>>> archive,as they will gradually return bake to their pre-baking
>>> sticky condition. If the reels are all pancakes, then we just flip
>>> them onto
>>> a flange to bake.
>>> Our workflow in this regard is to bake in small batches, just enough to
>>> transfer in the next day or two. That way the tapes have reached
>>> their most
>>> stable state for the transfer.
>>> If you have 15,000 sticky tapes to transfer, how long is the project
>>> to take? If you haven't already done it, you should get a couple of
>>> sized process ovens, which will allow you to bake 50 or 60 tapes at
>>> a time
>>> and be able to monitor the temperature over long periods.
>>> All the best,
>>> Mark Donahue
>>> Soundmirror, Inc.
>>> Boston MA
>>> 2011/1/9 Shai Drori<[log in to unmask]>
>>>> Has anyone tried to bake tapes in the boxes? I usually bake them
>>>> the boxes but now I have about 15,000 tapes to bake and taking them
>>>> out of
>>>> the boxes and putting them back in will be time consuming and
>>>> could make
>>>> for a switch between boxes and tapes. What do you think?