1/2" tape cleaners?

From: Ron Hudson <ron.hudson_at_sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat Oct 23 10:53:16 2004

When I ran the tape library at calma we had one of those, only mine
would run the tape over a razor blade to scrape off junk, and would
record and playback an analog signal looking for dropouts. It had
that recorded tape faults and would print out a strip of
addingmachinepaper with a report on the reel.

More than a certain number of dropouts, we scavenge the write ring and
reel cover and toss the tape.

On Oct 23, 2004, at 8:12 AM, Brad Parker wrote:

> Does anyone know anything about 1/2" tape cleaners?
> I remember (I think) seeing a device in the tape library of the giant
> insurance company I once worked for.
> This device, if I remember correctly looked like an audio open reel
> tape deck
> but would take a 1/2" (9-track style) tape reel on one side and had a
> take-up
> reel on the other.
> If I remember correctly the tape passed over a "spinning wheel" which
> had slots in it. I think this wheel would "clean" the tape.
> It's all a bit hazy now, but I think this device was used to clean and
> re-tention 9-track 1/2" tapes. (the # of tracks does not matter, but I
> say
> that to give the proper context).
> Anyone know of these, have one, know of one, or if they work and are
> safe?
> I have some (well, many) 9-track tapes which were stored in a very poor
> (read humid) environment. The look like they have mildew on them. I'd
> like to try cleaning and re-tensioning one and, after baking, see if it
> will read.
> Seems like one of these devices would come in handy.
> Any experience?
> -brad
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