I was actually thinking about the Colorado tapes. Could it have anything to
do with Colorado being higher in elevation with maybe thinner air? I found
that puzzling, but I remember that climbing from Arizona to Colorado made a
big difference in air quality and feeling. Anyone else transferred higher
altitude tapes that could shed some light on this? Just a hunch but who
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> Hi, Tom,
> Steve Smolian's comment makes me think it doesn't have to be a separate
> plant, but perhaps a separate formula? Of course, shipping as discussed
> does come into play.
> I wonder what the different climates are that Marie's tapes have been
> stored in...
> I know many of the tapes I receive from Canada have been stored in very
> humid locations. I rescued some tapes from a Toronto basement sixteen years
> ago or so where I practically slipped on my rear in the slick mud on the
> floor. My wife's office is in an old house where the basement gets wet with
> each rain. It's an historic old house and she works for the Historical
> Society that owns it.
> On 1/29/2016 3:52 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> Richard, your theory about different formulas for Commonwealth
>> Ampex-branded tapes may well be true, but you'd need to suss out for
>> sure where all that tape was manufactured. I'm not aware of any Ampex
>> plant except Opelika AL (formerly Orradio Industries). For that matter,
>> did 3M have tape-making plants other than in Minnesota? I always thought
>> that Ampex and 3M tapes were made in USA; Sony, Maxell, TDK and maybe
>> Memorex were made in Japan; BASF was made in Germany and Agfa was made
>> in Germany and Holland. As I understand it, there was a Russian tape
>> manufacturer in the Cold War era, but Soviet and Eastern Bloc recordists
>> also bought a lot of Agfa and BASF tape.
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