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Static cling with 3 quarter inch tape

Is there anything to do about static cling? I have old (from 1973) reels of audio I am trying to transfer but one kind (a lighter brown tape as opposed to a black tape that doesn't have this problem) of audio tape has a major static cling problem. Am I right that is the reason for the fuzziness of audio? I don't think the static is native to the recording as the person who recorded it was rather experienced.

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Ngotsa, Static is NOT the reason for your fuzzy audio. Old tapes tend to deteriorate because of 1.) the way they were stored (damp, humid, and extremes in temperature), or in, or near an electric field (motor, refrigerator, TV) 2.) the lubrication (which is on all tapes) has evaporated - making good tape to head contact impossible) or 3.) the oxide (the actually tape coating) had deteriorated. As far as the Black Backing, the black backing on your newer tapes IS there to prevent static, but mainly for static build-uop during high speed rewind; if it wasn''t there, you'd actually see sparks, and you'd ocassional zaps in the sound (not overall fuzziness).

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