From where are you sourcing your 7-inch (spotless?) reels? Suppliers of
7-inch reels are getting more and more scarce by the month it seems.
The Audio Archive, Inc.
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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On 3/20/14, 9:55 AM, "Craig Breaden" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>A question: we have a collection that contains a large number of 1Ž4"
>audio reels, mostly 5", 6", and 7". We're at the beginning of what we
>expect to be a long cleaning project prior to transfer. There's all
>matter of scrunge on the boxes, which we'd prefer to keep for their
>inherent value to the collection and which are cleaning up pretty well
>with conservation sponges. We also have to clean some of the tape, which
>we're doing in a vent hood using pellon. Because we want to keep the
>boxes and I can only find NAB reels in 7" (5" slotted are available too,
>but I haven't pulled the trigger on those yet), we have a load of 5" and
>6" reels that, to put on new 7" reels, would mean we'd have to ditch the
>original boxes. Now, I can handle this - we can always photocopy the box
>and where there is information on the reel copy that as well - and I know
>slotless is the preferred route, but wanted to see if anyone had ever
>done this kind of project and cleaned up the reels instead of ditching,
>and if so, how they did it.
>More work than it's worth, old plastic = evil, a bad idea generally,
>or...? Any considered opinions welcome.
>I'm asking you because someone's going to ask me before this project goes
>David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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