I’ve never had a cassette with sticky shed. I have seen problems with cheap shells and possibly warping. I use Nakamichis so the pads are not a problem (Naks lift the pad away from the head and use dual capstan tension for better contact).
Have you seen evidence of shedding on the machine after playing? or squeaking as they play? I have had cheap casstes and extra long ones (such as C-100 and C-120) bind and slow down warbling in speed, and usually winding forward and back helps, as well as slapping the casstte flat on a desk to re-align the tape pack.
Re-shelling is not a bad thing either, just have to be careful with all the tiny parts.
Richard Hess might have some deeper wisdom on this, but I have never had a casstte need baking.
> On Nov 12, 2020, at 9:37 AM, Malcolm <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> One of these units has been on my wants list for quite a while along with a Keith Monks record cleaner, but in both cases life has stepped in and said, "No, not yet. I'll get back to you." I have a number of cassettes that display sticky shed but before baking them I'd like to know whether there may be a problem with the shell warping, the pinch pads falling off, etc. Taking the tape pack out of the shell is certainly an option, but I'd rather not if I can help it. Suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!
> Stay safe,
> Malcolm Rockwell