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Wow, Joav, that WAS a precious tape. I bet the owner was thrilled you could save it.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joav Shdema" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 10:10 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Coffee Cassette


> It was a 1973 October war recording. I think most of the original
> attendees at this recording were dead the next morning. 
> 
> Joav Shdema
> Producer/Engineer
> Joav Shdema Inc.
> dB Recording Studios Inc.
> www.joavshdema.com
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tom Fine
> Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 4:48 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Coffee Cassette
> 
> 
> I have done this ironing and it is not fun at all! That must have been
> one precious cassette.
> 
> -- Tom Fine
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Joav Shdema" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2006 5:41 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Coffee Cassette
> 
> 
>>I have a similar story of cassette restoration, but in this case  
>>restoration was performed. 3 weeks ago I received a 30 something years
> 
>>old C-60 Philips cassette. The leader end was broken and the whole tape
> 
>>was rolled at one end. Apparently a quick fix 'n transfer job. Not so.
> 
>>We've spliced the tape back and started playing it just to find it was
> 
>>twisted in several places in a spaghetti like string. The audio was  
>>going forward and then, several minutes down the tape, backwards and  
>>back again.  We had to take all the tape out of the shell and IRON it 
>>inch by inch  back to manageable and playable condition. The person who
> 
>>performed the  ironing didn't move his feet for over an hour not to 
>>step over the  spillage on the floor while I was de-tangling the tape 
>>as we slowly  pulled the ironed tape back into a new clean shell.
>> Instead of a 1 hour job it became a 5 hour job and the client went
> with
>> it - good nerve breaking exercise.
>> 
>> Joav Shdema
>> Producer/Engineer
>> Joav Shdema Inc.
>> dB Recording Studios Inc.
>> www.joavshdema.com
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List 
>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Richard L. Hess
>> Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2006 9:06 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Coffee Cassette
>> 
>> 
>> Someone sent me a cassette that had been steeped in coffee--suspected
>> with sugar and creamer...the layers were glued together.
>> 
>> It was a Radio Shack cassette and was very very fragile, too.
>> Normally, polyester cassette tapes are robust, this one if looked at 
>> wrong tore. I wonder if the coffee/sugar/creamer had weakened it.
>> 
>> With all the concerns about it, we pulled the life support plug 30
>> minutes into the project when my estimate of cost to complete 
>> skyrocketed. Since I couldn't do anything, I didn't charge for the 30 
>> minutes, either.
>> 
>> I think it could be done, but it would take several hours of careful
>> washing. She's going to re-do the interview rather than spend that 
>> kind of money. I would want a serpentine film-type drying rack to dry
>> it, too.
>> 
>> Anyone ever had success with this?
>> 
>> Cheers,
>> 
>> Richard
>> 
>> 
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