Richard, I think this can become a very serious problem VERY soon. Are there people being trained anywhere, who gew up after the tape era basically ended?
I helped create to 40 year archive of radio interviews trhat got sent to Stanford with a promise that they would digitize them soon. “Soon” is now 15 years ago and no indications they will do it soon, or ever, and they are mostly on troublesome cheap sticky tape! It is osrt of as though a life’s work has been dumpstered!
We now “digitize” cassette copies just so we can distribute them… It’s a nonprofit so little funding…
(Matt, replies still go only to you so I changed to the list address.)
On Sep 9, 2015, at 4:32 PM, Matt Sohn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I think that the first failure will be the failure
> to find technicians who are familiar with the genre. I'll be in my mid
> 80s if I'm not pushing up daisies. Then there is the problem of machines
> and the people to repair the machines. Finally, the tape will fall
> apart, but, in general, tapes seem to be holding up well, even though
> many need baking.