Any experience using denatured alcohol or straight grain alcohol in these cleaning situations instead of the isopropyl?
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From: Doug Pomeroy [mailto:pomeroyaudio@xxxxxxx]
Sent: Saturday, July 22, 2000 7:33 AM
Subject: Re: arsclist cleaning and demagnetizing tapes
Isopropol alcohol won't hurt, but many of the consumer
preparations ("rubbing alcohol") also contain perfume
and other additives which your tape heads don't need.
Check the list of ingredients. Look for the label that says
"91% Isopropyl Alcohol by volume".
Or, you could buy a preparation made specifically for cleaning
tape heads. You can get it from pro audio/viedeo dealers.
Ampex used to make it in a small can, and now another company
makes the same product, also in a samll can.
I get it from Burlington Audio/Video, Inc. in Oceanside, NY.
(516) 678-4414. Called Head Cleaner, they sell it under the
Burlington brand. It contains Trichlorotrifluroethane.
Good luck. And don't inhale the fumes!
Doug Pomeroy pomeroyaudio@xxxxxxx
Audio Restoration [CEDAR] & Remastering
>From: Language Laboratories and Archives <language-labs@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: arsclist cleaning and demagnetizing tapes
>Date: Mon, Jul 17, 2000, 10:10 AM
> We have long used isopropyl alcohol and a hand-held degausser to clean the
> heads in our audio equipment. However, some of the machines we have are
> difficult to clean due to lack of space. The suggestion was made to
> purchase cleaning tapes, but in some recess of my mind I remembered that
> there was come concern about abrasiveness of the tapes.
> How do you clean your audio (or video) equipment? If you use tapes, what
> has your experience been?
> Barbara Need
> University of Chicago
> Language Laboratories and Archives