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Hello Mark,

Contribution:

Kmart brand (1970s) - 25% to 30% splice failure due to a
short leader and dried-out splice glue.  Can fail even under 
simple playback torque (as opposed to rewind/fast forward).
Welded shell generally separates cleanly.

Thanks for taking this on.  Please do share the consolidated 
list of potential problems - this would be a nice resource.

Eric Jacobs

The Audio Archive, Inc.
tel: 408.221.2128
fax: 408.549.9867
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http://www.TheAudioArchive.com 
Disc and Tape Audio Transfer Services and Preservation Consulting


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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Cassette brands and known issues


Hi all,

I am seeking advice on cassette manufacture brands/batches with playback
issues. 

AIATSIS is scoping the size of the preservation job wrt remaining
analogue cassettes in the collection.

This scoping is much more than mere numerical stocktaking of course
(10,000 items 20,000 sides).

There are a number of issues with cassettes old and new that will impact
on sequence of operations and time required..

One of our tentative premises which with which we will guage and
prioritise the workload is...there are fewer issues physical mechanism
and tape playback issues with "name brand" cassettes.

Major Manufacturers - Analog Cassettes
Agfa 
Ampex 
BASF 
Denon
Fuji
Maxell 
Orwo 
Philips
Quantegy
Scotch
Sony 
TDK

Now, at the risk of offending some manufacturers (if they still exist)
the second premis is that "off-brand" cassettes will be more difficult
to playback due to myriad reasons.

Off Brand list.
AC
AIWA
Akai
ALME
Arista
ATNT
Audio Magnetics 
Corporation 
Audiomaster
Audiopak
Audiovox
Audition
Baba
Bell & Howell
Bestron
Boots Audio
Capitol
Capitol 1 (Same as Capitol?)
Century
Century Sound (Same as Century?)
Certron
Combo
Concertape (Radio Shack)
Contek
Crystal
Dak Enterprises
Denon
Dindy Super
EDU-Cassette (BASF)
Emitape
Fujisan
GE
General
Gold
Golden
Goldstar
Hi-Fi
Hitachi
IMA
IMT
International Recotape Corporation (IRC)
Jaf
JVC
KDK
Lafayette
Lebotone
Loewe
Lucky
Magnet
Mallory
Mark
Maxwell (NOT Maxell)
Mei-Ya
Melodie 2000
Melody
Meltrack
Metro
MS 600
Music 2000
National Panasonic
Nivico
Norelco
Nulec
Okhai
Passport ((Manufactured by 3M)
Pfatone
Pilipe (NOT Philips)
Pioneer
Planet
POP
Prinzsound
Profi Sound
Radio Shack
Realistic
Rezound
Ross
Sanyo
Seiko
Sentry
Shanghai
Sharp
SKC
Smat
Sonotech
Soundcraft
Superscope
Superphonic  (Zayre Corporation)
Super-sound von Focitron
Supertape
TapeMaster
TEAC
TEAM
Tips
Tony
Toshiba
T-Series
TSIC
Union 3000
Unitape
Universal
Webcor 

Thanks for scrolling so far.

If you have had an issue be it Sticky Shed, mechanism jamming, spool
issues, windowing, grows mould like a petri dish... etc please let me
know the brand, the date of manufacture (if known) and the issue.

This will help us prioritise the cassette ingest process.

Thanks all.

Mark

Mark Campbell
Audio Manager 
AIATSIS AVA 
Phone 61 2  62461141 
Fax 61 2 6261 4282
www.aiatsis.gov.au