Thank you Richard, Corey, and Steve, for your various suggestions, especially Richard’s suggested order of operations. I did read your post about splicing old tapes into new shells, and how you have reconfigured an old cassette machine to facilitate this without opening any shells. Alas, I have no such machines I can adapt. I’m stuck with taking apart the tape and splicing it into a new shell the old fashioned way and praying it all works. I can only thank God I’m not working with micro-cassettes at this time, although I actually have been given two of those as well that I’m going to have to digitize sometime soon. Thankfully, they are only about 10 years old and I’m hoping they are in better shape.
Thanks again, everyone. I”ll let you know how things go once if and when I actually succeed in getting rid of the squealing.
All the best,
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