Thanks Graham. Will give it a try - its currently unplayable, so don't
think I have much to lose.
Best baked out of it the shell or in do you think?
On Fri, 30 Oct 2020, 18:41 Graham Newton, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On 10/30/2020 10:10 AM, Mint Records wrote:
> > Came across an oddity this morning. I've been transferring some DAT Tapes
> > when all o f a sudden one snapped. It's a brand i'd never come across
> > before called "PYRAL". On taking aprt the shell it's clear that the tape
> > stuck together - The original break was a tear across rather than a snap
> > and when i tried to loosen the tape on the reel, more started to tear.
> PYRAL is a well known French trademark... they used to make very good
> disc recording blanks.
> > It has the appearance of sticky shed, but i've never come across this in
> > DAT before.
> Very rare, indeed.... I've only come across one like the problem you
> > Has anyone else come across this? Can the tape be baked? If so, for how
> > long.
> Yes, it can be baked like regular reel to reel tape, use low baking
> (120 degrees F) and long time (48 to 72 hours), and be sure it has fully
> returned to room temperature before you try to do anything with it.
> You may need to bake it a second time at slightly higher temperature, say
> degrees F. Some cautious experimentation with it may be needed.
> Hope this helps!
> ... Graham Newton
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