At 07:37 AM 2009-02-25, Goran Finnberg wrote: >Will Prentice: > > > Responding to Richard's comment that "all tape > > manufacturers seemed to have created batches of > > tape which suffered from this [i.e., SSS]" > >I have never ever seen any BASF tape ever go sticky shed. Hello, Goran, I used to say that until my 5-year-old MRL 3.75 in/s calibration tape started to shed. Whether it is true SSS or un-sticky shed I have not confirmed, but it is leaving deposits on a head and giving me spacing loss problems. I received an email about a similar vintage MRL tape that someone had baked and it was repaired at least for a while. MRL confirmed it was SM911 from circa 2003. Now you might argue that this is Emtec tape, and I think it was, so perhaps that doesn't count, but it is the direct descendant of BASF. Perhaps Emtec loosened quality control? I was shocked to find this SM911 shedding. Also, I found non-sticky shed in a reel of Agfa PEM 526 from circa 1990--again a spacing loss thing. Someone else suggested that the "never SSS" award should go to Zonal. I don't know. Cheers, Richard Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask] Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.