cleaning a TU58 tape head - is alcohol ok?

From: Paul Koning <>
Date: Sun Feb 15 14:45:22 2004

>>>>> "Brad" == Brad Parker <> writes:

 Brad> Does anyone know if it's ok to clean a TU58 tape head with
 Brad> alcohol?

As others said, I'd suggest something that's well over 90% pure.
Ethanol can be had in 96% grade. Another option is isopropyl alcohol
but be sure you get the high grade stuff, NOT the 70% or so stuff that
also has oil in it ("rubbing alcohol").

There used to be head cleaner fluid available at good hi-fi stores;
some of that was probably some sort of fluorocarbon -- probably no
longer sufficiently politically correct...

 Brad> (or, perhaps, does working on a tu58 lead one to drink? :-)

Very definitely. When DEC named that beast "DECtape II" they
slandered a very nice piece of hardware (the TU55/56).

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