I posted a message with as much information as I have available earlier
> There is some information available for this. As far as treating
> obstinate tapes, I am trying to maintain an up-to-date resource on the
> The best international standard so far that I've seen is IASA TC-04
> and it's available online.
> IASA's TC04 on audio preservation is available online (and for a fee
> in a print edition)
> I introduced th concept of cold playback (and hopefully explained it
> well) as well as attempted to cover the then state of the art in tape
> degradation in my paper on tape degradation that was originally
> presented at the Audio Engineering Society's 121st convention in
> October 2006 in San Francisco was published in the ARSC Journal in the
> Fall of 2008. It is available here:
> I attempt to keep a current (as we know it here on this and other
> lists) log of what tapes degrade in what manner and how to recover them.
> There may be specific applications to various scenarios, try the
> search box. I think there are now over 100 pages there--both static
> and in the blog.
> For squealing Shamrock, I have a specific article on another method of
> Finally, there is a blog category tag that you might wish to browse.
> The categories are listed below the static pages in the right sidebar.
On 2012-08-14 7:07 PM, Jan Myren wrote:
> Have by now started to play old tapes and found that the older the better. The tapes form the 60's & 70's of Agfa, Basf, Scotch etc plays just very fine.
> Some tapes from the 80's & 90's are however very troublesome, or just impossible to play. Among them are Ampex and Agfa. The tape itself acts like a "glue" and makes the whole tapemachine stop.
> Are there any list of such trouble tapes, so I can avoid those brands and types when purchasing tapes second hand?
> All the best
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.