I seem to recall Jan asking this exact question or a similar one before, but once again ...
Regarding "NOS" tape -- 100% BUYER BEWARE.
Any tape can turn to poor quality over time, depending on storage conditions. All tapes seem to have
a finite usable lifetime. Most "NOS" tape sold online is decades old.
If you must go this way (and I'm saying you're dumb to go this way):
1. KNOW LIKE THE BACK OF YOUR HAND ALL OF THE STICKY-SHED TYPES AND DO NOT BUY ANY OF THEM.
2. Buy using some kind of money-back guarantee. In advance of buying, make the seller guarantee to
you that the tapes have never been wet or have been stored in direct sunlight (even just the spines
of the boxes).
3. As you click to make a payment, know clearly in your mind that you are buying something that is
likely long past it's "best used by" date. Then slap yourself on the forehead, don't go ahead with
the payment, and buy some tape of recent manufacture.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Dapuzzo" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 3:08 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Reccomendable tape suppliers for Revox B77 machines?
>I agree with Paul.
> This tape is based on the Agfa PEM 468 I sold in the US years ago. It was
> widely used by many of the leading recording studios in the US. Any tape
> will require bias and eq adjustments to perform well. A good tech should
> use the bias graphs to optimize for your specific application.
> All the best
> On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:12 PM, Paul Stamler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On 2/19/2014 2:40 AM, Jan Myren wrote:
>>> Can you give me adresses for decent suppliers of tapes?
>>> Seems like Zonal and RMG are the most offered brands of new tapes, by the
>>> AND; a lot of socalled NOS on Ebay of different brands and prices.
>>> The purposes is of course music from CD's, LP's, broadcasts etc.
>>> I use both the 2 track and the 4 track B77 machine.
>>> Any suggestions?
>> Do you live in Norway, as your e-address suggests?
>> I recommend RMG 468 tape as among the best ever made. 911 is also good,
>> but the B77 may not have enough bias current available to handle it.
>> Forget the NOS styuff on ebay; as you note, it's "so-called" NOS, and you
>> have no real idea what you're getting. Go with RMG 468.
>> You'll have to have a qualified technician set up both machines for the
>> 468 once you obtain some. They won't perform well at all if you don't.