What a good non-answer!
Old habits die hard - when I was living in the States I was forever turning
on the hot water tap for a glass of cold water (the taps are the wrong way
round), turning the lights off (the switches are upside down) and turning
on my car wipers when indicating to turn a corner!
On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM, Richard L. Hess
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> Hi, Jeff,
> This is a tough one. Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is more of a solvent than a
> lubricant, but the line is admittedly fine as WD40 can be either as well
> (and not good for much around tape machines).
> IPA, I believe works by both being a lubricant and a coolant (part of my
> concept about playing the tape below its glass transition temperature
> (Tg)). D5 is plain and simple a lubricant that keeps the tape from
> exhibiting stick-slip.
> The whole suite of solutions: cold playback, D5 playback, and IPA playback
> all address similar problems. I don't like IPA fumes and I have never found
> a good way to use IPA in a Nakamichi Dragon. I'm also afraid the IPA might
> over-degrease the Dragon which would not be good. I did have a Dragon go
> non-functional for a while but after a week or several (I forget now as I
> just stopped using it), all the excess D5 had evaporated and it was good as
> D5's evaporation rate is much slower than IPA which I think is a plus.
> I think the IPA approach works best in the fully integrated arrangement
> that Marie O'Connell has built. D5 works reasonably well in ad-hoc setups
> as my post showed (tape the envelope moistener bottle down to the transport
> and move on).
> It's all what you have. I will have lots of both chemicals around, but I
> think I prefer D5 to IPA. Obviously, one cannot argue with Marie's
> successes with IPA in New Zealand and I don't think it has anything to do
> with which way the water goes down the drain...or that the sun is in the
> north at noon <smile>.
> As to technical playback, I don't think either D5 or IPA produces enough
> separation from tape to play head to cause any spacing loss worth
> mentioning. With D5, less is more in many ways. I find I want to use more
> IPA than D5 in ad-hoc settings. I'm not certain that would be the case with
> Marie's wonderful machine.
> So, how is that for a non-answer.
> On 2012-10-09 1:13 PM, Jeff Brown wrote:
>> What are the advantages/disadvantages of working with D5 versus working
>> with an isopropyl alcohol drip like Marie O'Connell did?
>> At 10:42 AM 10/9/2012, you wrote:
>>> After much research I found a reasonable source for D5 here in Canada
>>> and they will ship to the U.S.A.
>>> You may find the info at the top of my blog page at the moment.
>>> or go directly there
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