I remember transferring a large number of them for the Wisconsin
Historical Society back in the '70s. We actually altered the
tensions on an Ampex 440c to be gentler on the tape. The big problem
was a failure of the binder. After leaving the pinch roller, the
tape went one way, the oxide another. It didn't shed exactly, the
oxide looked like a very fragile tape, just separated from the
>Yeah, plenty. They break easily, absorb moisture like you can't
>believe, and are generally a PITA.
>You will definitely need a tension-controlled deck. Even then, you
>will need to exercise care. The big tradeoff is that you want higher
>tension to maintain tape to head contact, but then risk increased
>breakage. Use large hub reels, and make sure that the flanges are
>true, so as to avoid edge damage.
>There is usually a fair amount of shedding as well, depending on the
>condition of the paper base.
>Scott D. Smith CAS
>Chicago Audio Works, Inc.
>On 9/21/2012 1:03 PM, Karl Miller wrote:
>>I wondered if anyone has had experience with paper based tapes and if so, are
>>there any special problems associated with them.