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Subject: Odor in audio cassettes

Odor in audio cassettes

From: James Lindner <vidipax>
Date: Tuesday, September 6, 1994
Marcia Watt <libmaw [at] emuvm1__bitnet> writes:

>Several cassette tapes of recent vintage (1990- ) in our collection have
>developed a peculiar odor.  They smell like an electrical fire.

This particular odor is a new one on me, however what you MAY be
smelling is the remnants of a solvent that is used in tape
manufacturing.  That odor should have been long gone, and may indicate
that the tape has not properly "cured".  Although this is not a short
term problem, it is probably a good idea to copy this material.

Jim Lindner
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                  Conservation DistList Instance 8:19
               Distributed: Wednesday, September 14, 1994
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Received on Tuesday, 6 September, 1994

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