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Re: [ARSCLIST] wire recordings - archival storage

Scott D. Smith wrote:
I always thought all the wire made by W-C was stainless as well, but apparently there were at least couple of different grades (which I've seen reference to in some literature from the 1940s. Would have to dig for the source).

I would be very interested in your reference to this when you get a chance.

I have seen some wire which has exhibited a crystalline type of oxidation (usually easily cleaned).

I've seen this also. To me oxidation is rust, but this is definitely some environmental reaction. It does not seem to effect the recording or the integrity of the wire in the least. And I find it more often on the metal spool itself than the actual wire.

I've never really experienced any issues with print-through on wires.

I hadn't either until very recently. A very loud volume passage on a wire definitely could be heard seconds later. It could be argued that that low level garbling that is frequently heard on wire could be print-through. On the other hand, it could be incomplete erasure of previous recordings. I could never tell. Weighing tails out storage to future playback equipment compatibility, I'd continue storing heads out with a proper, even wind. Because, here's my question. After being stored heads out for 50 or 60 years, how much worse can any print-through get?

Angie Dickinson Mickle
Avocado Productions
Broomfield, CO

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