I'll second Gary here. If the cassette has deteriorated to the point that the pressure pad is falling off, there may well be other problems along the transport path which could cause the tape to drag during playback. Usually you can rehouse a tape without splicing by carefully lifting out the old tape with the original hubs still attached and placing the pancake and leader in a new shell. The fresh lubrication sheets and clean rollers should improve the transport performance. If you don't rehouse the cassette, you'll wonder if you got the best possible transfer from the tape.
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Gary A. Galo
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Cassette repair question
I strongly recommend replacing the shell. If you've got a problem with a cheap, welded shell you will probably have others down the road. Polyline Corp. used to sell very high quality, clear empty cassette shells. They still sell bulk-loaded clear shells, and the prices are so low that it would actually pay to throw out the tape and just use the shell:
I don't know if these are the same clear shells I bought from them back in the 1980s, but they certainly look very similar. The only issue is that they have a minimum order of 100. But, if you're in the business, it would be good to keep a stock on hand. Who knows how long they'll be available?
They note that the bulk-loaded tapes are special order, requiring 1-3 days. This may mean that they load the tapes to order, which may mean that they'll sell you the empty shells. It would be worth contacting them to ask.
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Does anyone have a conservationally sound method for reattaching felt pressure pads to cassette shells? I'm loathe to use Crazy Glue as I have no idea if it seeps through the felt. Double-stick tape was also mentioned to me, but I can't see that standing up to playing.
Replacing would be fine unless the shell is sealed. I would prefer to not have to break the shell to get inside. But if I have the pad, I'd like to reuse it somehow. Any thoughts?