so a buddy of mine has a 20 year old cassette tape that keeps binding up on him that he wants put on cd, but its very precious to him and he doesnt wnat to F it up. should the tape be baked? i've had problems with old tapes of mine also. what should i do ?
You can buy some new shells with liners. Open the old and new and stream the tape from the old ones. A variable-speed drill works good for this, slow and steady will do it. Call National Audio and see if they can help.
Of course, you can always 'whack' the old cartridge on your knee a few times, and try some manual winding with a pencil to loosen it up. But might risk some tape damage when playing it. I'd recommend using a very good quality cassette deck in case you don't have one. Tascam 122 MKIII is excellent, will always help with getting old tapes to transport properly. And will sound great while doing it.