In my earlier posting concerning audio preservation projects using CD-R as a preservation medium, I forgot to note that the recordings I am considering working with are all on cassette. Possibly this will affect the responses people might offer.
I think if I had facilties already set up to handle open reel transfers, and the original recordings were on open reel, I would probably opt to migrate the stuff to fresh analog reels, making CD-R copies as a kind of provisional backup. In other words, the CD-R wouldn't be regarded as the primary preservation copy, but if it lasted for fifty years, well, great. You'd then have two options for retrieving the recording-- tape or CD (assuming you had working equipment).
But in this instance, we're talking about original recordings in cassette format. Migrating stuff to CD-R from cassette would seem to be moving away from the questionable cassette format to a more robust (?) (or at least stable?) storage medium at least without incurring the expense of 10 inch reels.
As before, comments are solicited. Thanks...
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