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Re: [ARSCLIST] Re print-thru - tails out

A tape which is recorded in one direction has a "head" (start of tape) and a "tail" (end of tape). Leaving the tape "tails out" means that essentially the end of the tape is at the outside of the reel, but, more importantly, it means generally that the tape has been stored after playing without rewinding, which is a smoother pack.

On a tape recorded in both directions, obviously each end is a head and a tail. Generally, it is left with a slow (play) wind after playing the second side, so, even though it has a play wind (not a fast wind) it is ready to play when started.

I'm working on putting together some more information about this on my blog as there are some important issues that have just been discussed on this subject.



At 04:09 PM 2009-04-02, you wrote:
Ok - learning curve here for me - what does tails out mean?



Melodie Morgan Frances
Head of Cataloging
Graduate Theological Union

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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Re print-thru

Actually my experience has been that you should never run and store the
tape in any shuttle mode as the tape is wound much tighter and this
increases print through. The suggestion for storage has been tails out
played in real time. The real time speed does not pack the wind as


Doug Pomeroy wrote: > Yes, running the tape from end to end at high speed will reduce > print-thru somewhat, according to 3M. Not exactly a cure, but > every little bit helps. > > Doug > >> This is called "print through" where the signal on one layer of a=20 >> tape impresses itself onto adjacent layers of the tape. In rare=20 >> instances, you can hear things repeat more than once. >> >> The time difference between the original and the image is once around >> the reel. >> >> Sometimes this can be cured by winding the tape through and letting=20 >> it sit for a few days. >

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