Once again this is a case of horses for courses, as they say. Those who wish to pay as much as they
want for anything, should do so. The fact is, many of us have used simple hot-air food dehydrator
ovens for years with perfectly fine results (i.e. tapes are playable, do not stick or shed while
being played). As we know, when it comes to the government, only the most expensive and complex
solutions will do. And, there is a limitless pile of deficit-spending money, so there is a bias for
expensive and complex in order to feed the "authoritative" image, much like a rapper, athlete or
hedge-funder will drive an Escalade to boost his "street cred" (yes, this is a stereotype meant to
illustrate a point, much like the stereotypes expressed about those who dare use a simple and
inexpensive tool to do the same job)
For an archive, collector or studio on a real-world, limited and defined budget, food dehydrators
have a long history of doing the job of making SSS tapes playable, and conserving budget and time
for the task of actually preserving and making available audio content. And only a fool would use
the dehydrator with both food and tapes, so that's a stupid stereotypical "joke"/derision made by
those who like to tell you how much they paid for their fancy toys. Consider that their expensive
toys are why you pay too much for their services, stealing budget from actually preserving and
making available audio content.
By the way, the American Harvester dehydrator is quite "repeatable" as far as producing playable
tapes, many times over many years. Results speak for themselves. But again, horses for courses.
There are more expensive and complex ways to skin the same cat.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Olhsson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 7:27 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] ovens for baking tapes
> -----Original Message-----
> From Jim Lindner: "...I freely admit that if I had the opportunity, I would
> take a certain amount of delight as an expert witness dissecting the
> opposition (meaning someone using a food dehydrator being sued for gross
> negligence) if they chose to use a $59 food dehydrator in the treatment of
> clients tapes..."
> As it happens I've used both methods. I found precisely what the chemical
> engineer who first suggested substituting a food dehydrator predicted to be
> true. The food dehydrator did less harm to the tapes than the older baking
> methods you are suggesting. Have you done any actual tests to back up your
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