I've been using that "trick" since 1986. Yes it does make for a neater pack. Also it helps smooth out uneven tapes. Just make sure to label the reel, oxide out. I've seen people play back reels with the oxide out and wonder why the sound is so muffled :-)
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On Tuesday, February 7, 2017 9:58 AM, Marcos Sueiro Bal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
A few weeks back, my colleague Ana Marie showed me a "trick" whereby she gives a half twist to tapes suffering from poor pack while library-winding them. The resulting reel of tape, B-wound (oxide on the outside), often shows a much better-looking pack --so much so that this has now become standard practice for me. However, the benefit does not always remain (or at least not as strongly) after twisting the tape back into an A-wind for storage.
I was wondering if anyone else uses this "trick" and --more importantly-- what makes it work, and why the tape often reverts back to a poorer pack. Also, does anyone store tape B-wound?
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