>From: Tom Fine
>I think paper leader tape is fine as long as the tape is stored properly.
>There were issues with some 3M plastic leader batches, I think in the 80's.
>Also, as you say, plastic leader can hold a static charge (which I've never
>found to matter except in that it attracts dust). One question/concern I
>have is what if today's splicing tape turns out to be no better than the
>stuff that goes gooey and/or loses its plastic or cellulose backing. I
>doubt I'll be messing with tapes in 40 or 50 years, so I guess I don't
>care, but it would be nice to know for sure that splices lovingly repaired
>in recent years won't be the same mess for some future engineer.
The problem I have had with leader containing timing marks is that the ink
from the timing marks adheres to the next wrap, thus delaminating it..
I advocate (and yearn for a source for) paper leader (preferably
I bought some of the new (neon blue) splicing tape, from ATR and it seems
nice, if perhaps a little stiff.. It seems some people are committed to
keeping tape splicing alive..