The audio tapes I referred to are indeed my own. Although, I have taped
off many customers tapes using the same method (Out of habit, I'm sure).
I should have been clear on that (my Bad).
I inspect & exercise my collection about every twenty years & I have
found that to also be about the age limit of paper hold-down tape. Your
use of 'magic' transparent tape is interesting. I've wondered about the
paper tape that uses the same adhesive as 'Post-it's'. However, that
tape isn't available in 1/4" widths AFIK. Your comments about the
various kinds of tape used over the years made me think of the many
times that I have cursed that situation. Clear cellophane & paper
masking tape being the worst.
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
On 11/8/2020 3:00 PM, Lou Judson wrote:
> My point, Corey, was that the old style paper tapes deteriorate after a few years and are not suitable for long term storage. If they are your personal property, or being used more or less frequently, that tape is fine to hold it down for a while. But if you have ever had to restore 20 or 30 year old tapes, you’d find that it just doesn’t last… Like masking tape or oprdinary scotch tape, unlike the “magic” tranparent tape.
> But my opinions are only mine, and only based on 40 years experience. :-)
> Lou Judson
> Intuitive Audio
>> On Nov 8, 2020, at 2:11 PM, Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hi Marcia,
>> I presume that you're talking about reel-to-reel tapes. IMHO, I don't think it matters for long term storage. I still use 1/4' paper tap for hold down probably because I'm an old recording engineer & old habits are hard to break. ;-) What is important (again, IMHO) is that there is about 6' of leader at both ends of the audio tape. The leader at the head of the tape protects the audio tape itself & the leader at the hub of the reel protects the audio tape from the hub (threading slots, etc.).
>> My $0.02