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jamesp 14th March 2019 01:02 AM

3M 966/986 - What's the best treatment?
 
I have some 2" reels of this tape, one of which looks like it could contain the last known performance of a well known singer so I'm interested in transferring this on my newly restored MTR90. I've tried a few other reels of the same tape and they all shed quite a bit (although nothing like as much as Ampex) so I was wondering if anyone knew what the current recommended treatment was for this tape. All the information I can find seems to be 10 years old and I know that these tapes weren't shedding when I used them 10-12 years ago. Richard Hess suggests baking at

-Degrading Tapes – Richard L Hess—Audio Tape Restoration Tips & Notes

but I was wondering if anyone else had recent experience of this tape?

jamesp 17th March 2019 02:20 AM

Just to answer my own question - I tried baking for 6 hours at 55 degrees C and it worked perfectly. There were some great performances on there but not the one I was really hoping for.

Jeff Willens 18th March 2019 01:35 AM

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Originally Posted by jamesp (Post 13869299)
Just to answer my own question - I tried baking for 6 hours at 55 degrees C and it worked perfectly. There were some great performances on there but not the one I was really hoping for.

Just seeing this now but that’s the solution I would have suggested. Richard is THE man when it comes to this stuff.