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Re: [AV Media Matters] Storage of playback equipment

Temperature stability is essential to keep old equipment in operating
condition.  Quick changes make the materials flex, and each layer of those
made of a combination of products will expand and contract at different
rates, slowly and continually bending the item.   You might try this
question on one of the "old radio collector " lists."

Steve Smolian

-----Original Message-----
From: realw@ix.netcom.com <realw@ix.netcom.com>
To: AV-Media-Matters@topica.com <AV-Media-Matters@topica.com>
Date: Friday, May 07, 1999 3:19 PM
Subject: [AV Media Matters] Storage of playback equipment

>Are there any generally accepted recommendations for long-term storage
>conditions for playback components including tape decks, monitors, video
>projectors, etc., and replacement parts for them? At our museum many of
>these components are part of an "installation" piece and are therefore
>important not only for their functional role but also, sometimes, for their
>visual role as a physical part of the installation itself.
>At present the equipment is stored in an area that is not climate
>but, though a bit warm, has relatively moderate conditions, except in
>winter, when the RH is very low (like 10-20%). I'm guessing that issues
>as filtration of dust and other contaminants is as or more imporant than
>temperature and RH. What do others say?
>William Real
>Carnegie Museum of Art

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