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Rhonwyyn

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Icon 5 posted February 10, 2005 18:16      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have a 1983 CBS Records release of Jean-Pierre Rampal playing Scott Joplin songs on cassette tape. When I played it a few nights ago, it squeaked and squealed during part of the playback, so I looked at the tape and discovered that not only does the tape itself have sets of lines running across the width of the tape, but the little piece of felt has come loose from the piece of metal behind the tape. What kind of glue or fixative can I use to reapply the little piece of felt?

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Rhonwyyn_______Get some grazy glue, a tooth pick, a small piece of plastic that you can throw away. put a small drop of glue on the plastic then dip the end of the toothpick into the drop, and then put it to the center of the metal spring, then quickly position the felt pad in the center. Hopefully that should cure the loss of the tensioning pad. You may find that the tap is hosed anyway I hope not, as I hate it when I lose some of my valued audio tapes.

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Icon 1 posted February 10, 2005 18:54      Profile for magefile     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
And once you've done that, rip it. A 1/8" (walkman) to PC jack is cheap at Radioshack, and then you've got a copy that won't break. The glue won't last forever, after all.

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Rhonwyyn

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Icon 1 posted February 10, 2005 19:05      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks for the help, guys. I'll try Mo's suggestion this weekend. I've already ordered a CD copy on Amazon. [Smile]

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Rhonwyyn

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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2005 21:20      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Magefile:

So it IS possible to rip cassette tapes to CD? Won't that take forever 'cause I'll have to play the entire tape while it's being recorded digitally? What kind of program would I use to do that? How do I separate the songs or do I have to do it manually by stopping the tape at the end of each song?

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Rhonwyyn: Recently I transferred a whole bunch of my old demo tapes from cassette to CD with a rather wonderful program called Audacity

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Yes, you do have to play the tapes through in real-time, although that wasn't a big problem for me as I was happy to hear them again anyway...

As for splitting the tracks, I used the Pause button track-by-track and then just trimmed the starts and finishes in Audacity, but there's no reason why you couldn't record a whole side of a tape in one go, then edit the waveform file down from there.

Hope this is of some help; I expect there are other ways to do it, but this worked for me...

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If the cassette case is damaged in any way but the tape might be salvageable, sacrifice another (less important or blank) tape for the case. With a little bit of care you can take the tape out of the broken case and transplant it to the donor case. Then record it to CD via your computer and put the tape somewhere safe [Smile]

This can also work for video cassettes and floppy disks that have been trodden on [Smile]

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Rhonwyyn

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I already have Audacity. It's on the Open CD. [Smile] Thanks for reminding me to use it, though.

Zwilnick... that's a great idea about switching out the film/fiche in broken cases. If the superglue trick doesn't work, I'll try that next. [Smile]

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Here is a riddle I'm hoping someone can help me with:

I am in the process of transferring a rare & precious 1979 cassette tape to digital. I'm using pro Tascam studio equipment - Tascam 322 & a CD-RW402. Before starting the transfer I cleaned and demagnetized the tape heads and installed the tape in a new cassette tape case.

As I'm transferring the tape it is going very well. But about half way through the transfer a squeaking screeching sound is coming through the audio. I stop the tape, put it in the other transport and it plays perfectly, noise free. But after a few minutes the screeching starts slowly again until it is so loud the audio on the tape is not audible.

I tried 3 other tapes in the deck and the problem doesn't happen. Only when I play this tape the screeching sound occurs.

Here's the mystery: the screeching sound is not on the tape. It only occurs when I play the tape 20 minutes or so into the tape at different spots on the tape.

If anybody can enlighten me as to what is happening PLEASE tell me. This is driving me nuts! [crazy]

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Here is a riddle I'm hoping someone can help me with:

I am in the process of transferring a rare & precious 1979 cassette tape to digital. I'm using pro Tascam studio equipment - Tascam 322 & a CD-RW402. Before starting the transfer I cleaned and demagnetized the tape heads and installed the tape in a new cassette tape case.

As I'm transferring the tape it is going very well. But about half way through the transfer a squeaking screeching sound is coming through the audio. I stop the tape, put it in the other transport and it plays perfectly, noise free. But after a few minutes the screeching starts slowly again until it is so loud the audio on the tape is not audible.

I tried 3 other tapes in the deck and the problem doesn't happen. Only when I play this tape the screeching sound occurs.

Here's the mystery: the screeching sound is not on the tape. It only occurs when I play the tape 20 minutes or so into the tape at different spots on the tape.

If anybody can enlighten me as to what is happening PLEASE tell me. This is driving me nuts! [crazy]

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Saxima, I think your tape is stuck in a loop and posting the same question to every thread on Geek Culture [thumbsdown]
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