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Old 01-02-2019, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Edgar Poe View Post
Sounds to me like the tapes have been wound too tight and sat too long.
I advise rewinding tapes periodically and wind them slightly loose. If wound too tight, you can also get two problems, layer to layer transfers, and layer to layer adhesion. Neither is good. If you can't push on the edge of the wound tape and compress it slightly, it's too tight. I know smooth wound flat sided reels of tape look cool, but they are not always wound right and can be troublesome.

These tapes were wound onto their reels with pack mode, meaning about twice playback speed. The rest of the tapes are nicely packed. Before I play them back, if they are tails out, I rewind them in pack mode to yield a good pack and then play them back. If they are heads I wind them to the end in pack mode and then rewind them in pack mode. In this particular case, when I saw the damage, I chose to pack at playback speed and to record as packing as a precaution.

They also were excised from a tape library after twenty years and thrown away, only to be saved by an obsessive librarian apparently, and chucked into casual storage. Fifteen years later they were offered for archive, and I am getting the results - untouched probably since recorded in 1978.
Originally Posted by Edgar Poe View Post
Is this looking on at the flat edge or thin edge of the tape ? If from the thin edge, that can be from being wound too tight. The tape actually stretches, and when relaxed it springs back and causes warp. Which can cause a warble sound.

This is looking at the flat side of the tape, as it passes through the headblock. On this tape only you can actually see the tape move up and down in relation to the vertical plane of the head stack. So there's an actual vertical warp. As I played the spool I could see that the curvatures matched the locations of the globbed upper flange as they relaxed onto the tape. The rest of these tapes have been well-packed and have come to me in good condition.

Honestly, I wish I were working with the Ampex ATR102s I used to work with instead of Sony APR5003s. Due to having all servo motors and a servo lock system they handled tapes better. But these are excellent Sony console professional mastering machines.

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