Hi again, Martin
I prefer the first wind to be a library wind. I there's a problem while the tape is winding at full tilt, the consequences can be more severe. Also, the Pellon wipe is probably more effective at the steadier speed of a library wind.
As you are at a university, you probably handle a lot of small spool sizes less than 7-inch. I prefer not to use those 3-inch and 5-inch spools during playback. The A807 is calibrated (and specified) at NAB-sized centres in terms of both transport and audio. I use the enlarged-hub spools a la MRL.
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Thanks again Richard, Tom, Jim, Louis, Shai, Nigel, Dan, (whoever I've left out),
I've been following this thread with great interest and am happy that it has stayed on topic for the most part. Intriguing stories and possibilities.
Here's a little about how I usually operate.
After a visual inspection, I almost always give any non-back coated tape a fast wind on a Studer A807 or Sony PCM-3402 holding a folded Pellon type material over the tape between thumb and forefinger. If a rough spot passes through I back up and inspect to check for deformations or splices.