The food dehydrator solves this problem and many local hardware stores have them. Our beloved "standard" FD-50 is discontinued, but the FD-60/61 are compatible with the same trays and I do have a 61 which my wife found for me at the local Home Hardware when I needed a "mold baker" to keep out of the main production run. The FD-1010 is needed for over 12.5" reels but will not hold 14-inch reels, but will hold the pancakes. www.nesco.com/products/Dehydrators/Dehydrators/ And for the trays http://www.nesco.com/products/Dehydrators/Add-a-Trays/ The beauty of these is the circulating air goes OUT and takes the moisture and who knows what else with it. I would prefer NOT to use a radiant heat source with no air movement. Some people have luck with hair dryers, but the Nesco units have thermostats, but please do check your unit with a thermocouple placed inside as you first commission it. Many inexpensive Digital Thermometers come with a remote temperature probe. Typically marketed as Indoor/Outdoor. Also some digital multimeters used to come with a thermocouple and I have a few, but the Radio Shack thermometers seem more accurate. I would check the outdoor probe against a few liquid thermometers to be certain. Cheers, Richard On 2012-08-19 3:19 PM, James Roth wrote: > Thanks, Don, > > One more question, please. > > Should it be indirect heat and how far from the filament (heat source) should the tape be? > What about the plastic reels? These are 7-inch reels holding Ampex 407 tape. > > Maybe I should try baking an empty reel at 130 degrees Fahrenheit before I try to bake the tapes in the reels. > > Regards, > Ben > > > > > > -----Original Message----- > From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Donald Tait > Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2012 3:17 PM > To: [log in to unmask] > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] AMPEX 407 TAPE > > Hi Ben, > > "SSS" is an abbreviation for "sticky shed syndrome." The mess that occurs when tape material is shed during play and gums up the machine. > > Don Tait > > > > -----Original Message----- > From: James Roth <[log in to unmask]> > To: ARSCLIST <[log in to unmask]> > Sent: Sun, Aug 19, 2012 12:16 pm > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] AMPEX 407 TAPE > > > Dear Richard, > > Thank you for answering my email. > > No, I did not bake it. I did not know about baking tape. > Please tell me in what I should bake it, at what temp and for how long? > > Also, what is "SSS"? > > > -----Original Message----- > From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] > On Behalf Of Richard L. Hess > Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 5:41 PM > To: [log in to unmask] > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] AMPEX 407 TAPE > > Ben, > > Did you bake this tape prior to attempting playback? > > This is classic SSS where the mag coat pulls off. > > The reason it happens closer to the hub is there is more pressure there. > > Please folks, don't try and play known SSS tapes without baking. > > Regards, > > Richard > > > On 2012-08-17 5:08 PM, James Roth wrote: >> Greetings everyone. >> >> I'm having some trouble with peeling Ampex 407 tape. >> The magnetic coating on the inner 100 or so feet is peeling like crazy. >> When I play it, the static electricity causes the tape to cling to the layer > just next to it (still on the reel). >> It's not crackling - just peeling. The tape is from around 1977 and was kept > in a fairly cool/dry place. >> Ben Roth >> -- Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask] Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.