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Old 01-02-2019, 11:36 AM
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Yup. Hold the tape up in a line and it looks a little like a snake. I assume it is from contact with the near-molten "fronds" that developed from the upper flange. This is the thinner, long play Ampex 406 tape. I wonder if the thicker, sturdier Ampex 456 mastering tape would have done it?

Incidentally, this about our fiftieth project in the series. That's pretty good odds for rescuing forty year old tape but it's a shame nevertheless.

"It is said, 'Go not to the elves for counsel for they will say both no and yes.' "
Frodo Baggins to Gildor Inglorion, The Fellowship of the Ring

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