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Two points here - 3M opened a plant in Wales in the 70s, making 206 
among other things, and there were some QC issues. I haven't had to bake 
the stuff myself, but would be wary with the technique if it proves 
necessary, since 206 does print rather - not as much as 202, but still...


On 23/10/2017 17:28, Gary A. Galo wrote:
> Hi Marc,
>
> We have a lot of 206 from the early to mid 1970s. Those tapes play beautifully without any intervention. But, the 206 we have from 1977 and 1978 have what Richard Hess describes as light sticking. I haven't needed to bake them. As Richard suggests, Pellon will remove the fine strands of dried out binder from the edges of the tape. I have no experience with 206 after 1978, since I switched to Ampex at that point (which I deeply regret, at this point!). I hope this helps.
>
> Best,
> Gary
>
> Gary Galo
> Audio Engineer Emeritus
> The Crane School of Music
> SUNY at Potsdam, NY 13676
>
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> I am about to digitize a daily large batch of quarter-inch tapes, most of which I believe to be 3M 206.  There were professionally recorded and have been stored in a variety of conditions since the mid-70s, but in a pretty stable environment for the last 20 years.
>
> I'd like to solicit everyone's current experience and protocols when dealing with Scotch 206 - specifically, are you baking prior to spooling, or is 206 currently behaving well enough that a blanket baking policy is not required?
>
> And if you are baking 206 at any point in the process, what baking times and temperatures are you all using for quarter-inch stock?
>
> Many thanks,
>
> Mark
>
> Mark Hood
> Associate Professor of Music
> Department of Audio Engineering and Sound Production
> IU Jacobs School of Music
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