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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


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