Your absolutely right. They do have arms inside the shell, just as you 
describe. I am currently working my way through 900+hrs of oral history 
recordings, most of which are recorded on cassettes. Next time I come 
across the same problem I'll try removing the arms and see what happens. 
Thanks for the tip.

Best wishes


Jeff Willens wrote:
> Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't those BASF cassettes have those plastic arms inside the shell that fed the tape away from the reels? I seem to recall many years ago that when those tapes of mine were squealing, I removed the arms, and the problem largely went away. 
> As for 175 tape, I've yet to come across that problem. Is it possible that it only applied to a certain time period within its production life? 
> Jeff Willens
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Hirst [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 1:39 PM
> Subject: Re: 175 problems
> No, but I recently digitized a batch of BASF LHsuper SM cassettes all of 
> which suffered from mechanical squeal. I lifted the tape out to another 
> shell and all four of the offending tapes played without problem. These 
> tapes were amongst a collocation of just over 100 tapes all of different 
> brands, all from roughly the same era, all of which played without problems.
> David Lennick wrote:
>> Okay..I've just had a reel of 3M 175 turn up with major sticky problems. 
>> No splices, tight pack but not unusually so, normal storage conditions. 
>> Anyone else running into problems with this tape?
>> dl

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