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cartridges This will take you to information and photos of cassettes This will take you to information and photos of Brittle Tape This will take you to information and photos of Squealing Tape This will take you to information and photos of Reel to Reel recordings You are here, you will find information about tapes in this section

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Recording Tape
Tape is basically rust particles painted onto a backing using a binder to make it adhere. There were four backing types - paper (which becomes acidic), acetate (which becomes brittle), polyester (which may become sticky) and PVC (mostly European). The different chemical groups to which a tape belongs is a factor in its restoration process.

Though used by the German government and broadcasting industry since the mid 1930s, it is only after World War II that tape recorders were offered elsewhere as a professional and consumer product.

Reel to Reel        cassette tape        8-track
            Reel to Reel                        Audio cassette              8-Track cartridge

 

TAPE PROBLEMS:

Brittleness and stickiness are products of natural tape aging. Poorly chosen level settings in the recording studio leads to distortion and serious print-through- the signal on one layer sounding faintly on adjacent strands. Improper winding results in warped tape. Leader and aged splices are artifacts of the editing process. Fungus, bent reels, lost documentation and other problems come from poor storage and handling. These and other ills afflict old tape and must be considered when preparing them for preservation copying.


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