Hello, Brian,

You should be using splicing tape. I assume you're adding it so that you 
can play back tapes that have inadequate leader for playing on a 
professional machine (I do it all the time).

There is both paper and plastic leader tape. I have had one instance where 
the plastic leader tape laminated to the first layer of oxide and ripped 
off the start of one of my tapes (it was wound tails-out). Fortunately, I 
had a protection copy and easily fixed it.

So, if you have one turn of no-audio, then that is a non-issue.

I use the paper leader most of the time these days because of that. I leave 
it on--it isn't worth salvaging and it makes it easier for the next person 
to play the tape.

Splicing tape is called that and is available at a few places, I think.
Here is one place I've done business with in the past


Vignettes Media
Audio Tape Restoration
Aurora, Ontario

At 03:04 PM 11/16/2004 -0600, you wrote:
>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.
>   Brian Levy
>Archiving Consultant to the Cherokee Heritage Center
>Robert Brian Levy
>4514 Claycut Road
>Baton Rouge, LA  70806  USA
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