Somewhere have a copy of the article published years ago in one of the audio magazines
about a study done by 3M of the reduction in print-thru achieved by fast winding of tape
before playing. Presumably the rapid passage of the tape over the metal tape lifters is
responsible for this.
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On Mar 12, 2015, at 12:00 AM, ARSCLIST automatic digest system wrote:
> Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 06:39:43 -0400
> From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Tape tails out
> I'm not saying it's impossible that FFRR records were cut backwards, but I highly doubt it. I will
> check with my Decca-expert friends at UMG and report back if I uncover any facts.
> As far as tails out, doesn't "rewinding" the tape (which no one should do with a fragile old tape --
> play it back at normal speed or use a very gentle library-wind mode -- provide the benefit of
> reducing some print-through? We've discussed this on the Ampex list before, therre's some
> research-proven benefit of fast-winding tape before playback, to reduce print-through. Jay McKnight
> explained it in detail, it gets into physics beyond my pay grade. I apparently did not receive the
> education some on this list have mentioned, because the whole concept of electromagnetism remains
> somewhat vague to me.
> -- Tom Fine