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What are the best tapes to buy to recrod from your reel to reel. I have some tapes that record and some don;t. Is it becaue they old or defected. Help me out. vp

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Maxell or tdk (which is hard to find now)....if your reel is 7 inch you want 1800 ft, normal bias (lo noise hi output) tape (for 10 inch you will use the 2400 ft) ....anything longer your tape will be dragging (both while recording and playing) hope this is helpful...feel free to rate

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