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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