I thought Sticky shed was visible... (still learning here, as I too have had this problem).
- hugh paterson
On Feb 20, 2013, at 11:17 AM, Michael Biel wrote:
> The fact that the decks have stopped themselves on some of these makes
> it OBVIOUS that these tapes suffer from Sticky Shed Syndrome. If you
> continue to play these tapes while they squeal you will probably
> mechanically record the squeal onto the tape due to the actual movement
> of the oxide particles on the tape.
> And by the way, you are another of those on the list who have set your
> email program to have our replies sent to only you instead of the list.
> Please change this.
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Squealing Audio Cassette Tapes
> From: Karl Fitzke <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Wed, February 20, 2013 1:20 pm
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Greetings, and thanks right away for your interest and potential help
> with the following:
> We have a set of approximately 30 SKC Brand, GX and LX model, Type I
> cassette tapes on hand to transfer. They are 60 minute tapes.
> The original field recordist is from New Zealand, where these tapes were
> A number of the tapes start squealing after five to twenty minutes of
> play, and this happens on at least three different Nak CR-7A machines
> (dual capstan).
> The squeal is a rather constant tone in amplitude and frequency (2 kHz
> or so is a guess). The decks have even stopped themselves in some
> instances. The squealing in some instances has stopped when I stopped
> the deck, remove the cassette from it for inspection, replaced, and
> played again. But, only to likely start again a little later.
> Tapes have been fast forwarded and rewound before being played. I
> believe the squealing has happened when the tape is packed even better,
> e.g. after a play on one side (which didn't have noticeable issues).
> But play of the first side may not have been monitored very closely by
> personnel, so don't give that all too much weight.
> I've occasionally seen conical wrapping at the outside of the pack (the
> outside 1/8" or so, thinking radially).
> I've transferred some of these tapes to new Maxell shells, removed
> friction sheets in the original shells, removed pressure pads in the
> original shells, loosened case screws in both shells, threaded tape on
> the inside (instead of outside) of the posts near the cassette shell
> rollers in the Maxell shell.
> I checked W/F specs on all machines. They are okay, or just out of
> spec, which does not concern me here (yet).
> The best I've done is maybe reduced the amplitude and regularity of the
> squealing with playback of one tape I recall, but I haven't gotten rid
> of it.
> My current belief is that we have lubricant issues, and I'm off to
> read/reread everything I can find in old emails from Richard Hess, Marie
> O'Connell, Steve Smolian that I saved for future reference, like the
> ones I've forwarded below.
> I'd be happy to hear anything else someone may have to offer. Even moral
> support! ;-D Thanks again for your interest.
> Best wishes,
> Karl F.
> Karl Fitzke
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