On 2018-06-11 2:47 PM, Dan Gediman wrote in part:
I received the suggestion from another list member, Jay Bruder,
suggested that sometimes on these cheap cassettes, the actual hubs can
cause the squealing and said he had in the past spliced new hubs and
leader to old cassette tape and then put it in a new shell with new
That is why I put THE TAPE into new shells. This has the advantage of
not mis-adjusting the cassette mechanism.
I have some additional quetions:
> I’m willing to try Richard’s refrigeration gambit. Do you actually run cables into the fridge and play it while both deck and tape are refrigerated?
Exactly! I have a four pair snake running from my jackfield to my fridge.
> I’m also willing to try baking, though I don’t own a dehydrator. How important is it to have one vs. using a standard oven.
Very important as the ovens' elements may produce a magnetic field AND
their low temperature control (54C max) is often not great. They are
inexpensive, but I've only found a few cassettes that benefit from baking.
> Steve Greene suggested an alternative lubricant to D5, which he referred to as a "silicone spray mold release agent.”
Most silicones and other lubricants do not evaporate. D5 evaporates.
> Corey Bailey suggested I read this post about lubricating RTR tape, but I couldn’t find a recommendation on what kind of lubricant to use, and how it could be applied in a cassette situation: http://www.baileyzone.net/LUBRICATING%20POLYESTER%20AUDIO%20TAPE.htm <http://www.baileyzone.net/LUBRICATING%20POLYESTER%20AUDIO%20TAPE.htm>
I think he uses the LAST FACTORY lubricant, and I thought it was
mentioned in his post.
> Finally, does anyone have a suggestion for an order of operations (i.e. try this first, then this, then this)?
Reshell if problems
Cold Play if problems
Lubricate if problems
Think long and hard. Ask the list.
Bake if problems
> Thanks again to everyone who has opined on what I should do in this situation. I truly appreciate it.
> All the best,
> Dan Gediman
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