FWIW I actually recorded to Quantegy 478 for The National Archives back in the early 2000’s, and I can confirm that some of those reels are already showing signs of sticky shed. My rule of thumb these days is that if it has backcoating, it is most likely going to need to be baked.
> On Aug 7, 2018, at 9:42 AM, Mint Records <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I've been sent a consignment of reels to transfer, most are BASF so should
> be fine. However a few are Ampex 478. I've tried to research these reels
> and they aren't listed as having problems on Richard Hess's site, but
> others seem to think they might still have a problem and need baking.
> One BASF tape (a studiomaster 911) shows signs of having been in wet or at
> least damp conditions. Any opinions of the best was to proceed? - The tape
> it's self (although a little dirty, but not thankfully mouldy) looks OK,
> but due to the previous exposure to damp, would anyone recommend baking for
> safeties sake?
> Richard Moore
> (Apologies for posting from an odd account, my personal e-mail keeps
> rejecting ARSClist emails)