Kodak brown-oxide tape is bad stuff. I've played these tapes before. They did shed some oxide in the 
form of dust but they didn't complete disintegrate as I've heard happens sometimes. If you can't get 
your hands on one of those rare birds that plays cupped tape, you can stuff the head can with gauze 
to get the job done. Not recommended on a regular basis, but it does the job. I had one Kodak tape 
that actually had some non-replaceable audio on it and got a very good transfer this way. The tape 
would probably play again, although it's all the more vinegar and cupped now, about 10 years later.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Frances, Melodie" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2009 5:14 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] vinegar reel to reel - is it safe to play?

The box says Kodak and has a sticker that says 'durol base, new high
strength triacetate' - the reel itself has not additional info and yes,
it is separate from everything else (probably by accident by thank

Melodie Morgan Frances
Head of Cataloging
Graduate Theological Union
[log in to unmask]
-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Michael Biel
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2009 2:10 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] vinegar reel to reel - is it safe to play?

From: "Frances, Melodie" <[log in to unmask]>
> We have some reel to reel, probably early 60s with a strong vinegar
> smell and some very visible cupping.

Can we have the brand and type data for this tape if you know it?  And
it should be noted that this tape should be kept away from all other
tape and the machines fully cleaned after playing it.

Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]