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Re: [ARSCLIST] Failed Cassette surgery

Hello, Peter,

Please read this thread on the ARSC WebBoard

Then take a look here, but you probably know all about this:

If you used the old hubs and dropped them into the new shell, as opposed to the technique I show above, there is a chance that the hubs are binding -- one of the reasons I developed this method of re-shelling. Also, it avoids all the fussy little parts.

The web-board discussion is a good one concerning what I want to call "coning" of the tape pack in the cassette which causes a jam.

Another cause of a jam is foreign liquids. I've seen coffee or some similar material essentially glue the edges of the tape pack together. The potential client didn't want to pay me to wash the tape.

Can I get the tape transferred for you? Probably...but it may be rather expensive as you've already done all the easy things and I may have to just work through spending a lot of time with it.

What brand of tape and what length (C-xx?)



At 12:40 PM 2009-02-19, you wrote:
I have an audio cassette that had seized up and wouldn't play which I rehoused
in a new shell. Apparently the shell wasn't the problem and my efforts
actually made matters considerably worse. Now I have a badly packed tape that
has also torn off the leader. Rather than further mangle it, I give up and
would like to know who out there has the facilities to salvage this tape (or
at least attempt to). It's content is mostly unique archival material from my
own collection of off-the-air and live performances from other sources and I
really do not want to give up on this one.


Peter Hirsch
(212) 569-8716 - home
(212) 714-8570 work (NYPL)

Richard L. Hess email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.

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