Of course these are all factors. But 35 years of handling tape, and 
they have been stored that way for how long now, and I was just 
offering a possibility from my experience.


Lou Judson  Intuitive Audio

On Sep 1, 2005, at 12:48 AM, David Seubert wrote:

> It might be a waste from a certain perspective except that (if I 
> remember correctly) the AES standard for storage of polyester audio 
> tape recommends NAB hubs with flanges. You can certainly play pancakes 
> on some decks without flanges and store them without flanges, but from 
> a preservation standpoint, they really should have flanges. There are 
> some trade offs here. If buying the flanges at $12 a set means you 
> have to fire your engineer, then maybe it isn't such a good idea. But 
> however much it costs up front it will save a bundle in the end if 
> you've got a mountain of tape on the floor that popped off the hubs 
> after an earthquake or something.
> And I'm also a happy US Recording Media customer (and unhappy Quantegy 
> customer).
> David Seubert
> Lou Judson wrote:
>> If you need more detailed information Please ask - it would be a huge 
>> waste to buy flanges for every reel if you can only play one at a 
>> time. This is from one who has handled thousands upon thousands of 
>> tape pancakes , and only ever owned a half dozen flanges.