Do you know that if they are on standard hubs, you need only one pair 
of flanges and one reel? You place a flange on the reel table, carefuly 
put the pancake on it, and lay the other flange on top. The hub adaptor 
should lock down on top to hold it together for play - then you leave 
it in tails out after playing (NOT fast winding!) and tape the end of 
the tape down so the tension holds it in place.

If you can't find flanges, a metal reel can be disassembled to become 
two flanges. Some people - especially if inexperienced - prefer to 
screw the flanges to the hub so it is secure while using the tapes... 
it is perilously easy for a poorly packed pancake of tape to "melt" and 
become a - pardon the phrase - holy mess on the floor. Been there, 
spent hours or days restoring them to a full reel!

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.

Are you knowledgable about the need for baking tape of a certain 
vintage if they have sticky-shed syndrome, and what kind of tape NOT to 
bake? Depends on the years they were made, how they were stored, and 
the manufacturer.

Hope this is not too much info, nor dangerously not quite enough...


Lou Judson  Intuitive Audio

On Aug 31, 2005, at 11:21 AM, Steven Lucht wrote:

> Hi,
> I work at the Archives of the Episcopal Church.  We have dozens of 
> pancakes of tape (no flanges).  Could you recommend me to a good 
> supplier where I can get some flanges or empty reels.
> Thank you,
> Steve Lucht