Do you know if there is any odd smell to the tape / tape box? Could some
foreign substance other than water have come in contact with the tape or
Beyond that, it sounds to me like it's a loss of lubricant in the
acetate tape, and/or a variation of the "201 syndrome", since that's
what the symptoms most resemble. Does the pulling get worse the further
in you wind it?
Just my initial thoughts...
On 8/20/2013 12:00 AM, ARSCLIST automatic digest system wrote:
> Sticky ACETATE tape
> "Richard L. Hess" <.arclists@RICHARDHESSCOM>
> 8/19/2013 7:19 PM
> Hello, all,
> I have been in touch with a tape conservator who was asking about a
> sticky ACETATE tape. She realizes that it should not be baked, but I
> was wondering if any of you had run across this.
> The tape is in a Soundcraft box, but other tapes in Soundcraft boxes
> in the same batch have transferred well. It is on a clear, six-window
> reel (with three of the windows slightly larger than the other three).
> It is brown oxide and not back coated.
> There are no visible signs (to the conservator) of water damage to
> either the box or the reel.
> The symptoms are:
> (1) Tape sticks to underlying layer and does not drop cleanly
> off the reel
> (2) No oxide appears to be pulling out at the outside
> (3) When attempting to play the tape, it squeals
> The tape is half-track mono, perhaps both sides, at 3.75 in/s.
> Any and all thoughts/anecdotes would be appreciated. I may be getting
> this tape to transfer and I have some ideas--I'll publish on my blog
> if we have success or learn anything.
> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
> Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
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