Hi, Paul, LOL No, the A80 doesn't go in the fridge. I was thinking that once I got it unwound I'd probably play it with D5 lubrication. The A77 fit in the kitchen fridge easily. I put an A810 in the work area fridge and the fridge couldn't keep it cool. That sort of stymied my approach to cold playback as the cooling capacity of the fridge has to be higher than the standard kitchen fridge. Christopher Campbell reported excellent results working outside in the autumn...except one of his ReVox C270 machines failed under those conditions. My A810 capstan did not like it--it froze up...the negatives of very tight tolerances! The Sony APR-5000 will work in colder temperatures according to their parka-equipped former QC guy, but its heat output would also swamp my fridge, so if I want to do cold playback it's the A77 or the Racal, I fear. There is so much juggling to do with all of this. In fact, that's one of the reasons I've gone back to more D5. My comment about the A80 and your "W" transport was that I find the A80 by itself can work magic on problem tapes. That's how I got the nice quote on my web page about the damaged Monterrey Jazz Festival tape. Cheers, Richard Cheers, Richard On 2013-08-20 9:48 PM, Paul Stamler wrote: > On 8/20/2013 5:57 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote: >> >> Thanks for the tip. The cool thing (ha) about my cold playback technique >> was I tested it with Sony PR-150--one of the poster children for >> squealing--and it worked fine cold. I opened the fridge door and the >> squealing restarted. I closed the door and I could hear it stop in less >> than a minute. >> >> So, yes, the PR99 is not ideal for this. If I get to play the tape, I >> would use the A80, except that it's 3.75 in/s and I haven't done the >> 3.75 mod yet to any of my machines. I could use an A810, but I might use >> the Racal Store 4DS which has proven very useful for squealing Shamrock >> tape. > Brother, you ain't kidding about PR-150. But how do you get an A80 into > the fridge? That's a mighty big tape transport. Is it a restaurant fridge? > > Peace, > Paul > Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask] Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800 http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.