Hi Tim,

I decided that tape lubrication was the direction to follow about 30 
years ago. I was experimenting with lubricants about the same time as 
Marie O'Connell & I can say that wet playing a SSS tape with alcohol 
works. I didn't continue with the alcohol process because I was afraid 
of damage to the machine. Obviously, Marie was persistent & perfected 
the process. Her initial method of applying the alcohol, using an IV 
setup was very innovative. I tried both Isopropyl & Denatured alcohol & 
wasn't able to discern a difference & there doesn't seem to be an after 
effect over time as the tapes suffering from SSS were revisited about 20 
years later & had no evidence of ill effects. All of my experiments with 
tape lubrication produced results that are to be considered as 
anecdotal, although the scientific method was used.

I have written an article about the process:

Be Safe,


Corey Bailey Audio Engineering

On 2/25/2021 1:06 AM, Tim Gillett wrote:
> Thanks Corey, yes I've seen the windscreen blade sections and I think
> there might be a small tray as well to catch any drips but  I dont
> plan to go that far at the moment.
>   The aim is very short tape runs to assess the benefit of the
> lubrication film to reduce stick/slip against  spacing losses. Very
> hard to find  reports from people apart from Marie who have  tried
> it but I was just reading this article which does mention such a
> tradeoff :
> A how to for wet replay when digitising degraded audio tape for
> preservation. - DAMsmart [1]Their problem tapes were a batch of 3M 175
> tapes so I will see if I have any of those on hand.Cheers, Tim.
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>   Know that Marie's machines have been modified so that the alcohol
>   doesn't get into the electronics, bearings, etc.
>   My $0.02
>   ~CB
>   Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
>   On 2/24/2021 9:06 PM, Tim Gillett wrote:
>   > I've revisited playing around with Marie O'Connell's wet play
>   > technique but have come to a dead end as I need as a test sample an
>   > actual squealing tape which does not respond to normal baking.
> Marie
>   > mentioned PEM 469 of which I have many reels but the samples I've
>   > tried seem to play fine. I also have much 3M 177 but reports on
> that
>   > seem mixed. Perhaps that's related to the moderate Mediterranean
>   > climate here in Perth, Australia.  Richard Hess mentions 3M 175
> and
>   > some others but what would be the most common known bad cases? I
> may
>   > have some here in my collection but it would shorten the process if
> I
>   > could narrow my search down to certain tape types known to squeal
>   > regardless of baking.
>   >
>   > Thanks for any advice,
>   >
>   > Tim
>   >
>   > Perth, Western Australia
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