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Do reel to reel tapes go bad?

Do reel to reel tapes go bad?

Let’s just get the cat out of the bag now – reel-to-reel tapes won’t last forever. In fact, if you’re sitting on a trove of reel-to-reel gold, there’s a strong chance they’re already on their last leg.

How do you restore a reel-to-reel tape?

Baking at 130°F is the sweet spot to reverse “sticky shed syndrome.” Enlarge / Audio buffs are rediscovering the sound quality of reel-to-reel tapes. Chemists at the Library of Congress are studying why the tapes tend to degrade over time and why baking them can often reverse the damage.

Do old reel-to-reel tapes have any value?

Most of what you’ll find is flea-market quality. If they’re AMPEX professional recording studio reel to reel, e.g. AMPEX 440 2-track or bigger, then yes…. these are worth upwards of $2500. With professional recorders, you can still buy AMPEX 456 1/2 inch, 1″ and 2″ mastertape.

How do you clean a reel to reel pinch roller?

You can use an old toothbrush soaked in the isopropyl alcohol to loosen and clean up the dirt as well. Using a glass cleaner like Windex on the deck itself is fine, just don’t get any on the heads or the pinch roller.

Do you have to clean a reel to reel tape recorder?

The most fundamental, necessary part of owning a reel-to-reel tape recorder of any kind is to clean the heads and tape path regularly. Here is our guide to Reel-to-Reel Head and Tape Path Cleaning.

What was the first reel to reel recorder?

History of Reel to Reel Players The reel-to-reel format was used in the earliest tape recorders, including the pioneering German-British Blattnerphone (1928) machines of the late 1920s which used steel tape, and the German Magnetophon machines of the 1930s. One of the first Sony reel to reel recorders available in the US was the 553.

Can a reel to reel player be repaired?

They service professional, commercial, and consumer audio and video products. They can do most repairs on consumer and pro audio gear. They do not ‘shy away’ from ‘vintage audio’ repairs, including reel to reels and other tape decks / recorders / players, including cassette deck.

How often should I Clean my reel to reel head?

Here is our guide to Reel-to-Reel Head and Tape Path Cleaning. The rule of thumb at a recording studio is to clean the tape path before every recording session – and that is with usually using new tape! Even a new tape can shed a tiny bit of oxide, which can affect tape performance.