I too have encountered this and didn't find it to suffer from mold. I would
give it a clean as described by Richard before preservation would commence.
On Tue, 8 Nov 2022, 5:16 pm Shai Drori, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> IIRC this is a known issue with GX tapes. It’s a breakdown of the
> formulation. The EE variant suffers the most from this. On the other
> hand, their LX tapes which are the most basic tapes hold up well.
> On Tue, 8 Nov 2022 at 5:12 Dust Mahrt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > As time continues… Quality worsens. The analogue to the digital proves
> > that! Before that; reel to album.
> > Peace,
> > Dust
> > PS
> > "It's gonna get worse"… Subhumans (UK)
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> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] filmy/powdery substance on open reel tape
> > I noticed this in the late 90's with the same TDK GX tapes recorded
> > new in the late 80's.
> > As you say more of a powdery film. I never did any proper testing but
> > recall it didnt seem to induce an audible spacing loss then. Even so
> > whenever I played them I regularly cleaned the powder from the tape
> > path just to be sure. I still have some of these recorded tapes but
> > havent checked them for many years Maybe these days the problem is
> > worse now though? On yours have you noticed muffled playback after a
> > time?
> > Tim Gillett
> > Perth,
> > Western Australia
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> > Sent:Mon, 7 Nov 2022 15:01:13 -0500
> > Subject:[ARSCLIST] filmy/powdery substance on open reel tape
> > Wondering if any of you can help me identify a white filmy/powdery
> > substance on the pack of an open reel tape. At first glance it looks
> > like
> > mold but on closer inspection it isn't. There is some kind of
> > chemical
> > breakdown happening obviously and the tape is polyester with
> > back treatment. The tape is TDK GX 35/180Bm. There are other tapes in
> > the
> > same collection with the same condition but not sure of the brands as
> > they
> > are in generic boxes. The only thing in common is that they all are
> > back
> > coated.
> > Any information on what this is and how to get rid of it will
> > be appreciated.
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