Hi, Jerry,

It depends. MOST (but not all) boxes with 
pancakes had inserts that took up the space of 
the flanges within the box forming a safe, tight 
pack. Other times, panckes came on plastic trays 
that nestled in a 10- or 12-pack. Either of these 
methods are fine to ship pancakes.

If you're talking one or two, certainly screw 
flanges on, but if you're talking 50-100, and 
they are packed as originally sold, the damage of 
handling the tape is, in my opinion, greater than 
the risk from moving damage. I would tape each 
box closed after inspecting that the pancake is 
tight. Then I'd pack the whole thing in a tight 
carton. If these are extra-valuable AND you're 
shipping by common carrier, I would wrap that in 
single-sided corrugated wrapping and tightly 
stuff it inside a larger box. The goal here is to 
prevent crushing that would spring an individual 
box open and crush the pancake.

Empty reels are selling for $30 these days, 
although flanges may still be cheaper, but you 
also have to get the hardware. The nuts with the 
screw-like tapered heads on them are called "sex 
nuts" believe it or not. I think US Recording Media has the pieces.



At 04:59 PM 2007-02-06, Jerry McBride wrote:
>Does anyone have experience with moving a 
>collection of quarter-inch tapes, as ten-inch 
>pancakes in their original boxes? It seems 
>logical to assume that it would be safer to ship 
>or move tape on reels. How great is the danger 
>that the pancake will come unwound under normal 
>shipping and moving conditions if stored on hubs in the original boxes?
>Jerry McBride, Head Librarian
>Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound
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>Stanford University
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