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David Seubert wrote:

> Why are metal reels necessary? Anything hot enough to melt plastic reels
> would be damaging the tape too. We bake tapes on plastic reels and
> U-Matic videos in the cassettes all the time with no problems.
>
> David
>

I was going to echo this..I've had several tapes baked without having to run
them onto metal reels, something that's a major pain to do in the first place
if the tape is too sticky to play (you have to run it OUTSIDE the head assembly
and you end up with a very uneven pack). I'd think the good Scotch and Ampex
reels can take the heat..maybe the very flimsy cheap ones might not.

dl

>
> Robert Hodge wrote:
>
> >Hello
> >
> >Baking your reel to reel tape requires the following:
> >
> >1- VERY  IMPORTANT !!- Put the tape on a metal reel.   When
> >transferring the tape to the metal reel, don't allow it to rub against
> >guides or heads in the tape machine as it will cause the sticky shead to
> >build up in clumps randomly on the tape, and make it all but impossible
> >to remove. Wind the tape loosely on the reel.   Reels should be evenly
> >spaced with an empty reel between each full one.
> >
> >