Huge thanks. Loved your comments :-)
> Doing speech jobs from unknown languages
> often requires a collaborator. The worst is higly alliterative poetry.
> Steve Smolian
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Disentangling a pancake
> It all depends what you are left with. Keep the Excedrin handy.
> Do you have Medusa's hair (or scouring pad) or is there still a "big donut"
> with the centre dropped out? If the latter, you can use a very slightly
> conical pair of flanges to centre and wind off the tape. If the former, you
> need a great dose of patience. I wonder, would listening to the Gilbert and
> Sullivan operetta "Patience" help?
> I once was given a 1200-foot reel's worth of tape in a shoebox. It was in
> several pieces. It took about half a day to deal with it.
> I have someone who had wrapped the tape up on toilet paper rolls, and when I
> suggested it would take me 2-3 hours to get the tape back right, they asked
> me to send them a reel so they could put it on...the lady and her husband
> would work at it together as they didn't want to generate that type of
> billing from me. I'll be sending them the reel this week.
> It's only an 8-track cartridge with what 300 feet?
> After digitizing some of the oldest tapes in the U.S., I wrote an article
> about the experience for the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. It is
> available on their website:
> In this article there is a photo of Jim Wheeler holding a paper bag.
> Neither of us WANTED to do this in addition to the 51 reels, so it went toe
> Stanford as is. The follow-on story is Stanford archivists re-spooled all
> the pieces and I got to digitize them a few years ago.
> They were snippets of a Philco Radio Time with Bing Crosby show. After the
> paper bag treatment, we were happy it was 30 in/s full-track. Higher areal
> density will make the creases and twists more audible.
> On 2012-01-23 4:59 AM, Gregorio Garcia Karman wrote:
>> Dear list,
>> a good friend has just written asking what to do in case of a open reel
> "pancake" comes apart. I have not had the experience, but always feared
> something like that could happen. Are there any standard procedures of how
> to proceed with the resulting mess?
>> Many thanks
>> Gregorio Garcia Karman
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