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I am afraid I may not have better information.

What I know, for the most part, about these tapes can be found here:

http://richardhess.com/notes/formats/magnetic-media/magnetic-tapes/analog-audio/degrading-tapes/

http://richardhess.com/notes/2009/01/30/back-coat-turning-to-powder/



On 2012-02-16 3:29 PM, Scott D. Smith wrote:
> Sound like a batch of tapes with slurry issues. I have run across this 
> one a few occasions. Usually the shedding has been pretty light, with 
> most of the oxide coming from the edges.
>
> I've never experienced flaking with these tapes, though-just some 
> light shedding. Richard Hess will probably have some better info.
>

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