In the very large number of Columbia masters I handled, the SOP for securing
tape ends was ---NONE. They were put into the boxes with the ends left
loose. This may not have been followed on the W. Coast, but every pop and
Masterworks tape I saw from NYC operations was. Their physical condition is
excellent, so I suggest being easy about how to secure ends to reels.


On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 3:25 AM, Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> The red and blue "crepe'-y" tape was standard operating procedure in the
> Hollywood recording studio scene from the 1960's forward. It is 1/4' wide
> paper tape and was available at the standard studio supply outlets. The red
> and blue coding scheme was started (If i remember correcytly) by Columbia
> Records. Tapes that were tails out were taped off with blue and red was for
> heads out, usually found on 7" reels. I still have some of that 1/4" colored
> paper tape.
> Cheers!
> Corey
> Corey Bailey audio Engineering.
> At 02:51 PM 9/18/2011, you wrote:
>> Please do not use these. I have seen edge damage on incoming tapes when
>> these are forced over an uneven wind.
>> Tape the end of the tape to the outside flange of the reel (or to itself
>> in a pancake. If you can still find Zebra Tape, that is the best
>> choice--someone dug up a five-to-ten year supply for me but it's all gone
>> from that source.
>> The red and blue crepe-y tape isn't bad.
>> Scotch 811 removable "Magic" tape works reasonably well for something that
>> is easy to get at a stationary store.
>> Cheers,
>> Richard
>> On 2011-09-18 5:22 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
>>> On 9/18/2011 4:18 PM, Rhett McMahon wrote:
>>>> I think I found what you seek.  On the inside of the box of some
>>>> early Scotch tapes:  No. 12 - End-Of-Reel Tape Clips.
>>>> "Clip securely to tape, prevent spilling or tangling in handling,
>>>> storage and mailing.  Fit inside reel, won't distort reels in
>>>> storage.  Work equally well on partial or full reels."
>>>> Hope this helps.  Rhett     Rhett McMahon
>>> If this is what you have or want to use, DON'T USE IT!!  Unless your tape
>>> wind is PERFECT it will crease and damage the tape edges. The sides were
>>> triangular, about a half inch on each side, and there was a littletab on top
>>> to slp the tape in.  That tab has a  3m logo.  3m used to sell a great
>>> hold-down tape to affix the tape end to a flange (or to itself if you are
>>> storing pancakes,  It was plastic, black and white striped, 1/4 wide, and
>>> did not leave a residue.  They might still make the paper hold down tape the
>>> sold either in red or  blue.
>>> Regular masking tape is not really good because it hardens into a brick
>>> in a few years.
>>> Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]
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