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I've used 1/4" and 1/2" hold down tape since my days in the cutting room, and I find different names with perhaps different strengths and weaknesses.  These are the various names I've found: "gaffers tape, artists printable craft paper, masking tape, etc."  Maybe someone can tell us the differences, but here are a few sources in Hollywood: 
http://www.filmtools.com/12redperpapt.htmlhttp://store.christys.net/shop/advanced_search_result.php?sessID=XAJTW4brSGscymopQjH9sJQrS8gEUVcw&keywords=red+1%2F2%22+hold+down+tape&x=5&y=7&search_in_description=1
I find the 1/4" works O.K. if I use a long enough piece, but when I order next time, I'll get 1/2", since it holds the 1/4" tape end more securely.
Rod
--- On Mon, 9/19/11, Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Reel to Reel "Thing"
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Monday, September 19, 2011, 12:25 AM

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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