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Tom, where do you find paper leader (I'm looking for 1/4") !? I  
thought I'd checked everywhere but maybe not?
What I do is attach a turn of leader and about 10 turns of blank  
tape. I've never found any adhesive that doesn't become goo or is so  
sticky, it removes or deforms part of the tape when removing it. So  
the blank tape is held down by TME hold down tape. When it gets nasty  
I just snip off that bit of tape. With that much blank tape after the  
white leader, I'd have to be asleep not to stop the tape before it ends.
On Jan 17, 2008, at 3:18 PM, Tom Fine wrote:

> Take a piece of Scotch tape -- the kind you tape a library tag on a  
> book. Fold a third of it over so it's a tab. Hold the tape end down  
> with the 2/3 sticky stuff. Use paper leader tape, a few feet. In  
> the life of that reel, you will not gum up or tear off enough paper  
> leader tape to matter.
>
> -- Tom Fine
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Richard L. Hess"  
> <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2008 3:01 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Hold Down Tape
>
>
>> At 02:32 PM 2008-01-17, Richard Warren wrote:
>>> Hi Folks,
>>>
>>> The Grinch in me sees this discussion and harks back to research  
>>> for the AAA Committee that resulted in our recommending against  
>>> the use of any sort of hold-down or splicing tape (except for  
>>> temporary use of splicing tape to make or extend leaders that are  
>>> too short for a tape player) because of the danger of bleeding  
>>> adhesives (and I've never found any type of splicing or hold-down  
>>> tape that did not bleed goo onto tape surfaces or that was  
>>> peelable without some sort of deposit or damage). I wish my  
>>> experience were more helpful, but facts are facts.
>>
>> From another Grinchly Richard:
>>   --Shipping tapes without hold down is very risky as the outer  
>> wraps may come unwound
>>   --I have received far too many tapes with damage to the outer 20 
>> + turns due to them becoming unwound. It also appears that loosely  
>> wound wraps of tape are more likely to dry out and cup.
>>
>> I fear it's a matter of picking your poison. Whatever you do,  
>> please do not use the 3M white plastic hold-down clips--at least  
>> in the mode where they go over the tape pack and often cause edge  
>> damage.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Richard (aka Richard d'Grinch II)
>>
>>
>>
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