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THIS is among the primary reason professionals used paper leader -  
but even that can pull off oxide after a few dozen years. Sorry I  
have no helpful suggestions, but if anyone puts leader in tapes it  
really should be paper!

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On Dec 17, 2009, at 2:08 PM, Alex Tomlin wrote:

> Obviously the tapes require baking yet the main problem is the  
> oxide sticking to the leader tape edited in between tracks.  There  
> are a few types of leader tape and have found that coloured and  
> printed leader tape is the most problematic.
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> We have very gently hand wound tapes whilst dousing the problem  
> areas with isopropyl prior to any baking, but the oxide still  
> sticks to the leader.  We have also tried baking as well as  
> dehydrating to no benefit.
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> Does anyone have experience of this problem with Ampex 406?  Will  
> soaking in silica gel in the fridge be of benefit?
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