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I haven't ever done it but given what I've seen cellophane tape do to
multiple surfaces (MAJOR residue left behind) after a short time I'd say
that's a BIG no. The tape is too thick and the adhesive too strong for
magnetic tapestock. That adhesive can take the oxide off (quite a few reels
that I've received have had the tape end held down to the reel with
cellotape and upon removal the oxide comes RIGHT off with the cellotape no
matter how careful I am).

Also, unless you're working with 1/2" reels it'll be harder to work with as
all the cello-tape I've ever seen comes in 1/2" and larger. If you were
planning to wrap it around the tape to make your splice I'd strongly advise
against it as it cause a very uneven pack as the tape is wound onto the reel
that can kink the tape during storage. 

You're much better off using true splicing tape. I've had good luck with
Editall's XEDIT premade splicing tabs. It looks like they're being
discontinued sadly. 

http://www.usrecordingmedia.com/ededtabpakof.html

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Robert Brian Levy
> Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2004 3:04 PM
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> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Tape to use with reels when archiving
> 
> Hi folks,
> 
> A quick query:
> 
> when using leader tape with some old reels which I am digitizing to CDR,
> is
> it ok to use regular Scotch-type tape when attaching the leader tape to
> the
> reels?  More specifically, once the transfer is done, is it ok to leave
> said tape on the reels as they are placed back into storage?  Would this
> kind of tape off-gas or otherwise breakdown chemically over time in such a
> way as to have more deleterious effects on these precious reels than some
> kind of special splicing tape, and if so where might I acquire some?  (I
> bought the leader tape off of e-bay for 20 bucks for 1500 ft of Scotch
> (3M)
> Leader Tape.
> 
> Thanks for your help.
> 
> Best,
> 
>    Brian Levy
> (currently:)
> Archiving Consultant to the Cherokee Heritage Center
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