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Old 29th April 2003
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Tape Restoration

Hi Ya'll.....I have several reels of 456 that have been stored for 10 years+.They are 1" 16 track of a couple of projects that 'got close' but never finished.I do have the half track masters but I'm wanting to dump these 16's into my harddisk and mix them on what I have now.They have always been stored in vertical postion,tails out and evenly packed when they went into the boxes.Always in a closet so no light or heat. I have heard of a baking process that helps restore sticky tape to its original state..Any one comment on this?
Also, these were recorded on a Tascam MS-16 w/dbx..This machine is long gone but I have a friend with an MS-16 only without the dbx.Hes not sure and neither am I whether this stuff will even playback on his gear...Any Thoughts ? if it wont playback then restoration is a moot point...I do remember this being an encode/decode kind of dbx....
Old 29th April 2003
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๐ŸŽง 15 years
A tape recorded with DBX will sound nasty when played back without DBX.

About the sticky tape thing, Eddie Ciletti has a great article about it. http://www.tangible-technology.com/tape/baking1.html

Hope this helps.
Old 7th August 2003
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flexoffset's Avatar
๐ŸŽง 15 years
Did Ampex ever fix this?

I am now running into this same issue with my Tascam 38. I am experiencing 'sticky shed' with my old Ampex 456 (which was not stored correctly).

All my tape is from the mid to late '80s.

Did Ampex ever fix this (since their tape brand seemed to cause the majority of the problem)?

Or is that something that is just 'one of those things you have to deal with?'
Old 7th August 2003
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bjornson's Avatar
๐ŸŽง 15 years
Get the NESCO "American Harvester" food dehydrater. Forced air,with a good accurate thermostat. fits 10 1/2" reels, works great.
Old 9th August 2003
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๐ŸŽง 15 years
The Eddie Ciletti link is a good one if you decide you need to bake the tape.

I recently had a Precious Wilson 2" tape from 15 years ago to restore and xfer to ProTools for the producer (a very famous song, too).

My God, those old tapes sounded great. You could mix the song in an hour flat with sounds like that.

Old 9th August 2003
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๐ŸŽง 15 years
Re: Tape Restoration

Originally posted by sonic dogg
Hi Ya'll.....I have several reels of 456 that have been stored for 10 years+.They are 1" 16 track of a couple of projects that 'got close' but never finished...
If the tapes are not shedding you do not need to bake them.
456 of that vintage should not be shedding under your
storage conditions. If they are...CONVECTION oven...125
degrees F...give em eight hours. Transfer and move on. You
can btw rebake tapes again later.

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