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> On Oct 30, 2020, at 2:23 PM, Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I have% success record with baking DAT tapes. I baked one unplayable Ampex tape and it played. I also have heard that people are also baking digital reel tapes.
> The mechanics of the DAT cassette scare me. I baked mine in the shell for 3-4 days at about 50 °C.a 100
> I have finally come to the conclusion that DAT tape is the same width as audio cassette tape, so your audio cassette splicing block should work. I would be careful, however, in running the splice through the rotary head. Use the thinnest splicing tape you can find.
> On 2020-10-30 3:07 p.m., Mint Records wrote:
>> 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
>>> 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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