Baking Old Master Tapes

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From: Mark Schiffelbein
My comments are:
Although I have read many articles in the past about baking old master tapes, I never need to use the technique up until now. Of course now I can’t find the information.
Do you know the time and temperature. Any other tips? Do’s and Don’t’s?
Any help would be appreciated.

Metal reels, fairly dependable oven. Recommend about 100 degrees F for 6 hours. Watch out–splices and leader tend to fall apart. Don’t try to bake tapes made prior to Scotch 206 as these do not need baking. If the tape is not squeaking or sticking on the machine, DO NOT BAKE.

Hope this helps,


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