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Hello Joe,

"Sheds so dreadfully as to be unplayable". I would be curious to know how the person doing this job came to that conclusion. Do they have the top of the Hi-8 playback deck off and are able to manually clean the heads (as we do) and see visible debris on the cleaning cloth? Sticky shed is not the case usually with metal tapes. If they are not seeing debris on the cloth, the term "sheds" may be inaccurate. In a recent project with Hi8 tapes stored in Hawaii, it was mold and/or dirt on the tape pack that was inhibiting play back. The physical properties of the tapes themselves were OK but the foreign debris was the culprit (and that debris could barely be seen on the cleaning cloth). Once that was eradicated, recovery was much better.

Regards,

David Crosthwait
DC Video
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On Jul 14, 2014, at 4:21 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:

> Esteemed Archivists,
> 
> I believe this has been discussed before.
> 
> Someone on another list has some metal evaporated Hi-8 tape that sheds
> so dreadfully as to be unplayable. He is expressing a desire to bake it
> or cool it to make transfers.
> 
> In this case, is either baking or refrigerating a good solution?
> 
> I am thinking that it is not, but would like to have some validation on
> this issue, or some suggestions as to what will help, if anything.
> -- 
> Joe Salerno