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I use 3M #67 splicing tape to hold down the ends. Still have a supply here, and if it lasted 20 years on the tapes I see it might last as hold down tape...

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Lou Judson
Intuitive Audio
415-883-2689

On Sep 18, 2011, at 4:32 PM, Matt Sohn 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.
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>> 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.
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> 
> After the zebra tape ran out I switched to the green Scotch stuff that they seem to have discontinued as well. It didn't stick so well, and I have gone back and found in many cases it has detached from the flange while sitting in the box.
> I found some "zebra" tape online several years ago and ordered a few rolls. It was not the same thing. very stiff and the adhesive layer tended to seperate from the backing layer. Dissapointing. Then I found some stuff from a film supply company that was sort of cloth-like, like the tape you use to tape up a hockey stick. It was very sticky. Too sticky..
> ATR Magnetics has recently introduced their own hold-down tape. I just ordered 3 rolls. $12.98/215 Ft.
> They also have white cardboard boxes for 5", 7" & 10.5" reels.
> http://usrecordingmedia.com/noname2.html
> 
> -Matt Sohn