Me too, not 33 years but at least 25 years. Never had a lick of trouble with using 99% IPA (NEVER
USE RUBBING ALCOHOL and some heads will rust if you use lesser percent alcohol because the rest is
water). Also, for what it's worth, I've had better luck using generic plastic-handled "q-tips" vs.
the real brand. Real-deal Q-Tips (r) these days are too "fuzzy" and thus too much liquid is applied
to and left on the head, in my experience. Especially true with small consumer-deck heads and
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Shai Drori" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 11:10 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] cleaning the heads
> Hi Gregorio
> I have been using IPA for 33 years without a problem. You can get it at any drug store.
> On 17/01/12 17:24, Gregorio Garcia Karman wrote:
>> Dear list.
>> I need some advice on cleaning the heads of two Studer A67 and B67 machines. The recommendations
>> I have received from two different professionals are:
>> - Isopropilic alcohol 99 %
>> - A mix of 89 % xylene, 11% Tricholoethane.
>> I have found some denaturalized alcohol from a colleague from the conservation department of a
>> museum nextdoor or 80% isopropilic alcohol from Maplin. The easiest would be to stick to one of
>> the latter, but I am looking for the professional solution and don't want to make compromises.
>> Moreover, a number of tapes in the collection are dirty and I suspect that a number of them will
>> be shedding, so I expect to be doing a lot of cleaning.
>> Apologies if is has been asked before, but I did some searching but could not find a response in
>> the archives.
>> Huge thanks and cheers
>> Gregorio Garcia Karman
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