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Thanks Art. I have these things in mind, for sure. Most of the  
original reels were 5" quarter track at 3.75... varying lengths of  
course. But we may only have the cassette dubbing masters to work  
form, they have not taken good care of the originals, more's the pity!

<L>

On May 12, 2010, at 3:46 PM, Art Shifrin wrote:

> Hi Lou,
>
> It's very prudent to at first least examine a random sampling of  
> whatever
> sources from which you'd be working.  The condition of each tape  
> (including
> the shells of cassette) could significantly affect the amount of  
> time that
> would be required and therefore, the costs.
>
> A potential 'gotcha' about open reel tapes is that unless any notation
> accompanies them are accurate, the durations could be within a very  
> wide
> range. These considerations
> determine the durations:
>
> a) diameter of the tape when wound to one of its ends
> b) thickness of the tape
> c) how many tracks is its format
> d) at what speed or speeds was it recorded?
> e) what's the actual duration of each recording
>
> If these are ambiguous, then you'd have to clearly convey to the  
> client a
> maximum
> theoretical cost.
>
> It's typically easier to make these estimates if the sources are  
> cassettes.
>
> Best regards,
> Art Shifrin