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I have had horrible experience with eh 206-207 so I would not use it. I 
have Maxell XLI tapes that are now 33 years old and still perform like 
new. Same goes for Agfa pem 468.
Shai
בתאריך 03/12/13 1:31 PM, ציטוט Tom Fine:
> Hi Jan:
>
> I would avoid NOS Quantegy because the backcoated stuff may be sticky 
> and the 63x/64x varients tend to have not-great slitting (ie "country 
> lane-ing" in the tape path). Supposedly all the chemistry problems 
> with the RMG tapes have been fixed, but for that reason I would buy 
> only NEW, RECENT-VINTAGE RMG tape. Ask your nearest dealer to confirm 
> recent manufacture dates.
>
> The only NOS tape I would ever mess with, and only then if I could get 
> it cheap and still shrink-wrapped, is Maxell UD35-90 type. I wouldn't 
> even go for UDXL, which is backcoated. My experience with UD tape is 
> that it gets somewhat "stiff" (less flexible) over time, an indication 
> that something dries out or gets less plastic. But this doesn't seem 
> to effect its performance, travel through the tape path or wrap on the 
> reels. I am still going thru the supply of UD35-90 (7" reels) and 
> UD35-180 (10" reels) that I bought back in the 1980s. Every time I 
> open a box, no adjustment is required with bias or record EQ and the 
> tape performs flawlessly in the transport. I have to say, the same is 
> true about the old Scotch 206 tape that I have, but that tape is now 
> 30+ years old and I wouldn't recommend it because it's backcoated. 
> Keep in mind that I only do "hobby" recordings on tape these days, 
> like what you describe. What can I say, I like to watch the reels go 
> 'round.
>
> Bottom line, my choice for you would be recent-vintage RMG tape. 
> Second choice would be still-shrink-wrapped Maxell UD35 tape. Third 
> choice, not recommended would be still-wrapped (ie un-used, ie no 
> government or broadcast surplus) Ampex/Quantegy 63x tape. I would not 
> recommend any other old tapes.
>
> -- Tom Fine
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jan Myren" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 1:26 AM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Which brand of reel to reel tapes are best?
>
>
>> HI!
>>
>> I find that there are actually two brands available of new tapes on 
>> the net,
>> Quantegy and RMG. Which one is best for my Tandberg TD 20 A for 
>> recording
>> music from LP's, CD's and 78's?
>>
>> Are there also some older NOS that are reccomandable, since they often
>> appear at Ebay for reasonable prices?
>>
>> All the best
>> jan
>>
>>
>

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Cheers
Shai Drori
Timeless Recordings
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