When was the last time that the heads were cleaned in this machine?  The
heads may be completely dirty and need serious cleaning with isopropyl
alcohol of at least 95% pure.

Also, I trust this is not the original that you are making a copy from.  No
original should ever be copied at high speed.  Rather, it needs to be done
in real time then any other copies after that you can do at high speed from
the copy.

Can you tell me what type of cassette it is - make eg: Radio Shack, is the
casing molded and without screws?  The tape itself may need to be rehoused
in a new casing with screws.  Did you notice a splice anywhere?

Marie O'Connell
Sound Archivist/Audio Engineer
The Center For Oral History & Cultural Heritage
The University Of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5175
Hattiesburg, MS, 39401-406
Ph: 601-266-6514
Fax: 601-266-6217

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Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2005 8:40 AM
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] stuck tape

I hope that someone might have a solution for this problem.  This
morning I am having my intern copy oral history tapes to make service
copies for research and to send off for transcription and while she was
dubbing one of the tapes in the high speed dubbing machine it stopped.
At that point the copy rewound but the original wouldn't budge.  I
pulled it out of the machine and tried to manually advance or reverse
the tape but it is completely stuck as if all of the tape melted
together at that one spot.  The tape will rewind but it will not go past
that one spot so half of the tape is usable and the other half is just
stuck.  Any suggestions on how to salvage this tape?  Is it salvageable?


Christina J. Hostetter


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