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I generally only handle 1/4 inch tape with mold and other crud and do 
that in my garage wearing a NIOSH certified respirator (cartridge type), 
but I make NO GUARANTEES that is safe. I'm still alive and my airways 
are doing better now that I'm out of LA and getting more sleep.

Please be careful. None of this stuff is really good for you.

Also be careful pulling apart a tape that needs baking (like 456) before 
you bake it as you can pull the mag coat off in some instances.

Cheers,

Richard



On 2015-05-20 5:17 PM, analogue alec wrote:
> Thank you Richard,
>
> I knew there had been some discussion over the years and possibly most
> recently on cassettes.  The mess on your picture looks terrible... can you
> remember how it turned out?
>
> Ive now found some 2" that has more and on the oxide too.  I'll probably be
> taking these apart so will pass on anything out of the norm.
>
> I was wondering about health concerns over breathing any of this in once it
> starts rewinding etc.
>
> All the best,
> alex.
>
>
>
> On 20 May 2015 at 21:52, Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Hi, Alex,
>>
>> Peter Brothers's response to my 2005 query on ARSCLIST is here:
>>
>>
>> http://www.cool.conservation-us.org/byform/mailing-lists/arsclist/2005/12/msg00073.html
>>
>> My image is back up where it was, but because people had been hot-linking
>> my images, you'll need to copy the URL and paste it into your browser. It
>> didn't click for me from the cool website. Pasting the link into the
>> browser should allow you to see the image.
>>
>> http://www.richardhess.com/tape/tape_crystal.jpg
>>
>> Good luck!
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Richard
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On 2015-05-20 3:42 PM, analogue alec wrote:
>>
>>> Hello all,
>>>
>>> I've received 3 reels of Ampex 456 1/4"  that have some white growth that
>>> seems more 'salty' than 'mouldy' and wondering if anyone has some ideas on
>>> whats going on here?
>>>
>>> I have posted a picture of tape on the reel here:
>>>
>>> https://plus.google.com/101414541131106448556/posts/5jXceWGa9nm
>>>
>>> The tapes were recorded in Dallas in 1977 and have been (i believe)
>>> non-environmentally controlled storage ever since.  The boxes are the old
>>> 406 type and dont have any growths at all.
>>>
>>> I look forward to reading your comments.
>>>
>>> Many thanks,
>>> alex.
>>>
>>>   --
>> 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.
>>
>
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Aurora, Ontario, Canada                             647 479 2800
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Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.