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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Re: Static cling with 3 quarter inch tape
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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The TEAC 3300 made in 1972 is an extremely versatile tape deck, designed for the beginner through simplicity of design, yet built to the high technical requirements demanded by the semi-professionals and experienced audio enthusiasts.
The unit will operate at 7.5 or 15 per second and is available in 2 or 4 track configuration.
These units are old enough to need new electrolytic capacitors installed in them. I have seen wind like sounds and frying eggs type sound that are all resolved by a new set of caps. These things are from the Vietnam war era and when I was at Teac in the 80's they were considered old then.
"Splice the broken end to the take up reel of a newly bought cassette that you can open. open the new cassette, trash the interior If you can't move the old reels to the new mechanism: tape one side of the broken cassette's tape to the new take up reel close the new cassette (do not open or break the old cassette if it's not already done) insert a pencil into the gizmo on the take up reel on the new cassette, reel up the old cassettes tape into the new cassette re open the new cassette splice the other end to the new cassette's gizmo close the new cassette record the contents to digital"
HAVE YOU TRIED TURNING THE REELS OVER? ON SOME PANASONIC UNITS THE REELS CAN BE PLAYED IN EITHER DIRECTION BUT THE SOUND IS REVERSED IF THE REELS ARE UP SIDE DOWN. TRY TURNING THE REELS OVER AND IT SHOULD STRAIGHTEN OUT YOUR AUDIO PROBLEM AS WELL AS BOOST THE VOLUME
You can remove the 4 or 5 screws at the bottom of the tape, turn the tape over CAREFULLY pull the top off. If the tape pulled out of the end of 1 spool, you have to remove the clip in the tape hub, reinsert the tape and snap the clip back in. Holding the tape door open so as not to catch tape, put top back on and replace screws. Hope this helps.
I also have an MR-929. The information that you need is in the 'Stereophonic 4 track stereo''. As stereo is only two tracks, there is another 2 tracks in addition to the one you are listening to. Wind the entire reel to the empty spool, and then play that. As you have to physically turn the reel over to do so, you should then hear the other tracks (or track, if recorded in mono).
I use my 929 to play my parents recording of my family from the late 60s, which were recorded on a valve (tube) Ferguson machine, which had a green "magic eye" level indicator, which as a child I found fascinating!
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
There is an outside chance your tape cassett has a static charge. Tape in plastic case of cassette can build up significant electrical static which can partially discharge as tape is run. It can sound like random thumps, ticks, pops ect. Wrap cassette in a damp (not dripping wet) cloth, for several hours, then try again. This can also happen to the reels and drive rollers of the deck