The following quote is taken from the website of an audio transfer
business in the southwest of Scotland (

"[Mould on tapes is] caused by storing tapes in damp or humid places
during warm moist Summers and its destroying tapes as never before. Its
as infectious to other tapes as measles is to children and if it gets
onto the recording heads of tape players it destroys them too, as well
as infecting every other tape played on that machine. So its not
surprising that there isn't a professional audio restorer in the World
that will handle mouldy tapes. From a rare phenomena seven years ago its
now affecting almost ten per cent of all the old audio and video tapes
seen by specialist audio restorers."

Does this reflect anyone else's experience?


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