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RE: arsclist A Concern: Ampex 611 tape
I just recently received some old reel-to-reel's of the same vintage and
brands that have been discussed here from my Grandfather. They have all been
stored in their original paperboard boxes, but in a variety of conditions:
closets, living room bookshelves, and musty a basement. All show the same
signs of smell, but very little other deterioration and I found no spotting.
The smell seems to dissipate almost immediately after opening the box and
without a winding.
Hope this helps add to the body of knowledge.
All the best,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:owner-ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Richard L. Hess
> Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2002 2:55 PM
> To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: arsclist A Concern: Ampex 611 tape
> Thanks, John,
> This whole archive is in original cardboard boxes.
> I was concerned as the acetate 611 looked and smelled worse than
> any other
> tape its age. It played reasonably well (eeek 3.75 in/s is not wonderful
> from that era to begin with). That's why I thought I'd mention it as an
> alert to go look at it in various archives.
> I managed to get it to play well and it's now after several winds more
> tightly wound--it was very loose when I got it.
> At 08:27 AM 02/24/2002 -0600, JOHN HALL wrote:
> >Many of the early tape were either acetate ot triacetate.
> Acetate will smell
> >like vinegar if it is kept in a sealed container ie a metal film
> can. I have
> >many ( 300+) tapes from the 50's Scotch 111, Audio Devices type 51, Irish
> >(later Ampex). They have been kept in normal hardboard containers. I kept
> >alignment tapes in film cans with edges taped, thinking this
> would provide
> >better protection. Wrong, the have the same problem you noticed. After
> >leaving them out in open air and doing a loose wind they lost
> the odor and
> >seem to be ok.
> >John Hall
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