It was my understanding that, because print-through is caused by a far weaker "magnet" than a record head, it does not permeate the magnetic layer of neighbouring layers completely. This results in "outward propagation" on A-wind tape because any print-through on the face of the magnetic surface plays at a higher level than any that would be underneath.
I believe the skimming technique Studer experimented with took advantage of this shallowness, and that winding and re-winding can achieve a similar effect due to the increased action of tiny residual magnetism at high wind speeds. There's been comments on this list about simulating the skimming technique using a mildly magnetised strip of tape for winding the recorded tape over!
Many thanks for the stimulating discussion.
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That is the part I don't understand. Why would it propagate outwards more easily than inwards? It's the same distance either way.
We just restored "My Fair Lady" about a year ago from the original master 6-track mag. It did have print through throughout, though I think we were able to fix a lot of it. I'll have to check out the section Michael mentioned.