Thanks. There was so many confusing options and whilst tape got recommended, it then seemed to be highlighted as sticking and being bad. But I have ordered some of the specific tape you've recommended and will give it a try.
With best wishes, Darren
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On 20 sep 2011, at 13.06, Tom Fine wrote:
> Hi Darren:
> Of course, do as you like, but my experience has shown that is a poor solution because the tape pack unwinds (looses tension) over time and, particularly in the case of older acetate-backed tape, the swelling and shrinking with varying humidity seems to accelerate that process. Then you end up with curled, stiff tape near the outside of the reel, whether or not there is leader tape. If you've allowed for this with a band of several minutes blank, you still end up with a very loose tape pack, which can cause hazards when brought under tension on many tape transports (the tape compacts incorrectly due to the backward tension of the supply motor, causing binding and creasing in places). If you are planning to playback or "exercise" (library wind back and forth) the tapes regularly, none of this should be a concern. But for long-term storage, I highly recommend taping down the end of the tape or leader to the reel. The modern solution is green hold-down tape, sold by various suppliers in the US and elsewhere.