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Re: Tape recovery Information resources (was Treemonisha 1972 at Carbondale squeaks

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Ted Kendall <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:29:06 +0100

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On 15/08/2012 07:22, Shai Drori wrote:
> I'd love of see a picture of that ATR.
> Shai
> בתאריך 15/08/12 3:10 AM, ציטוט John Schroth:
>> Hi Richard and others:
>>
>> For tapes with squealing problems, I have used the wet play system 
>> that was started by, I believe, Marie O'Connell. I use an ATR-100 
>> customized by ATR services, with a drip bag and jig I built to 
>> distribute 100% isopropyl to the tape. The deck is on it's factory 
>> rolling rack and is positioned down at roughly a 45 degree angle so 
>> that the extra run-off of iso does not hit the boards or any other 
>> important mechanical/electrical components. The excess alcohol drips 
>> off the head block and out through the open audio board access door 
>> on the front of the deck onto a drip pan I place on the floor.
>>
>> I have no experience with D5. Could the same setup use D5 instead? 
>> Would D5 be better to use than iso, as far as to minimize any 
>> long-term effect/damage to the tapes? Has anyone done testing to 
>> determine the effect D5 has verses iso on tape? Does anyone have 
>> suggestions other than these two chemicals?
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> John Schroth
>> Media Transfer Service, LLC
>>
>>
>> On 8/14/2012 5:08 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
>>> Hi, Ted,
>>>
>>> That's one of the reasons today why I keep D5 
>>> (Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane, CAS Number 541-02-6) on hand. It 
>>> ultimately evaporates and it solves problems quickly, when needed. 
>>> It is safe in that it is used to provide the slipperiness to 
>>> personal care products and is also used in dry cleaning.
>>>
>>> On 2012-08-14 4:48 PM, Ted Kendall wrote:
>>>> With the usual caveats, this worked on a reel of Shamrock under 
>>>> extreme duress (many years ago, I may add) :
>>>>
>>>> The tape in question was a dub of ETs of Buddy Holly's hometown 
>>>> radio station on the day of his death, and was required yesterday 
>>>> for a TV production (aren't they always?). I had a Revox 700 to 
>>>> hand, but could not stop the tape squealing. In desperation I 
>>>> sprayed the tape with WD40. Instant success! - followed by instant 
>>>> failure as the lubricant passed on and the squeal returned. 
>>>> Eventually, however, I found that wedging some cotton bud tip 
>>>> betwixt erase head and fixed guide, in contact with the tape, and 
>>>> dousing it every three seconds with the WD40 enabled silent 
>>>> playback. Of course, it created a b-awful mess of tape and machine, 
>>>> but this cleaned up all right, and in any case the job sometimes 
>>>> has to come before the tool!
>>>>
>>>
>>
>
This makes me wish I had kept my big mouth shut.

The tape was obviously not a primary source and was required urgently. 
The job was done in 1990. My A700s gave good results, and occasionally 
still do. I had sense enough to keep the stuff off the lower reaches of 
the capstan and the rest of the clean-up was not problematical. This 
forum is for the exchange of information, not for sniping.

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