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I think trying another housing will not do anything more than you have 
already done. I would play the cassette on a Nakamichi deck. I have 
never had a bad tape with them. I would stay away from Revox\Studer 
cassette decks. My experience with them was worse than crap.
Shai

On 8/11/2010 6:53 PM, Robert Richard wrote:
> Hello ARSD,
>
> I'm having difficulties in digitizing one specific audio cassette. A historian use this cassette, recorded over, to interview individuals (folklore) and himself. Originally, this cassette contained instrumental music (produced commercially).
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> Even after fast forwarding and rewinding the above cassette, the tape speed playback was very problematic (inaudible: dragging, fluctuating speeds, stops). To remedy, I've successfully transferred the tape into another housing, changed spools (Maxell UR).
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> Results? Playback speeds fluctuation are almost resolved (some problematic portions), and playback will stops abruptly (one specific portion). The tape doesn't seem to be soiled or dirty.
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> Any suggestions? From many others alternatives, I could isolate problematic portions, then splice them into another housing. I've even played this cassette with the unused decks (two double cassette decks).
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> The above issue seems to be tape quality related.
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> Thanks for your patience and replies.
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> Robert Richard
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> Centre d'études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson
> Université de Moncton
> Moncton, Nouveau-Brunswick E1A 3E9
> Canada
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> 506-858-4724
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