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> On Jul 20, 2016, at 5:40 PM, Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Hi, Mary Jean,
> 
> If you are going to get the recorder repaired, make sure they demagnetize the heads thoroughly.
> 
> If you're asking me how we could work together on this, I'll contact you off-list.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Richard
> 
> 
> 
> 
>> On 7/20/2016 3:20 PM, Mary Jean Collins wrote:
>> Hi Richard:
>> 
>> I received a quote from a company to repair the Roberts but I have been
>> thinking about your advice too.  I actually have about 6 tapes that are the
>> most important.  some have 2 events on them each recorded at a different
>> speed.  I have been thining that even if I get the machine working, I
>> really want the 6 tapes digitized so I can get copies to collections and to
>> friends.  How would you advise me to proceed for digitizing the important
>> tapes?
>> 
>> Mary Jean
>> 
>> On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 5:53 PM, Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> Mary Jean,
>>> 
>>> You are welcome! One thing you can do is prioritize based on the notes on
>>> the boxes/reels. Hopefully, there is some "metadata" on the tapes so you
>>> can start guessing (at least) what is on them.
>>> 
>>> Cheers,
>>> 
>>> Richard
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> On 7/19/2016 5:49 PM, Mary Jean Collins wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Hey Richard.  Thank you for that insight.  I have been trying to play them
>>>> on the old recorder and I'll stop now.  You are exactly right that I am
>>>> trying to figure out what I want to keep by listening to them but that
>>>> might not be the best way to proceed.  Especially the ones that are the
>>>> most precious, I should probably go right to digitize.
>>>> 
>>>> Mary Jean
>>>> 
>>>> On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 5:42 PM, Richard L. Hess <
>>>> [log in to unmask]>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Hi, Mary Jean,
>>>>> 
>>>>> Welcome to ARSCLIST.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Servicing a consumer portable recorder that is 50 years old is a
>>>>> challenge.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Some things to consider about tape recorders from that era:
>>>>> 
>>>>> (1) All of the components are againg and some/many are difficult to
>>>>> obtain.
>>>>> 
>>>>> (2) Recorders of that era almost invariably recorded better than they
>>>>> played back.
>>>>> 
>>>>> (3) There are some failure modes that can end up irreparably damaging the
>>>>> magnetic record on your tapes.
>>>>> 
>>>>> (4) There are some failure modes that can physically damage the tape.
>>>>> 
>>>>> If you value these tapes and you think their contents are of value and
>>>>> that they might have been well recorded, I would suggest either
>>>>> obtaining a
>>>>> better machine to play them back or asking someone to digitize them who
>>>>> is
>>>>> in the business.
>>>>> 
>>>>> This is a difficult "catch 22" if you wish to play the tapes on the old
>>>>> machine to determine which tapes are worthy of professional transfer, the
>>>>> sound may be degraded by that selection process on the old machine.
>>>>> 
>>>>> I will admit to being in the business of doing such professional
>>>>> transfers, but there are many on this list who might be able to assist
>>>>> you.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Cheers,
>>>>> 
>>>>> Richard
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> On 7/19/2016 4:01 PM, Mary Jean Collins wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> Hello:
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> I have a Roberts 6000, reel-to-reel portable tape recorder.  It is not
>>>>>> working properly.  I have many tapes that are close to 50 years old
>>>>>> that I
>>>>>> want to play.  I live in Washington DC.  anyone on list who can help me
>>>>>> out?
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> List was recommended by someone at LOC
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Mary Jean Collins
>>>>>> 
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>>>>>> 202-531-4347
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> --
>>>>> 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.
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> --
>>> 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.
> -- 
> 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.