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Baking 2" tape

Discussion in 'Recording' started by ABozung, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. ABozung

    ABozung Guest

    I need to know where in the Eastern US can you get 2" tape restored (Baked).
  2. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Seeing as how a baking only lasts a short period of time, you'd best get it baked and transfered, baked close to home so you can do the transfer immediately, or do it yourself.

    I use an American Harvester food dehydration oven. Set it at 120 degrees, bake for 4-8 hours depending on the reel. There are lots of good sets of instructions and information online for baking.

  3. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    Yes I own, and have used the American Harvester on NUMEROUS (100s) tapes.

    BUT......You must bake ONLY FOR THE RIGHT REASON.
    STICKY SHED, the tape will gunk up the heads, and pinch rollers with
    the binder, which will remind you of rubber cement. If you bake a tape that
    is shedding oxides, you WILL RUIN IT FOREVER.

    A couple of tricks Ive learned:

    Bake at 135 degrees

    Get one of those air conditioning thermometers, with the 6 inch spike,
    oe a good turkey/meat thermometer.

    Let the tape cool down the same amount of time (in the dehydrator) as
    you have baked it (with the dehydrator off).

    Bake it tails out.

    If 48 hours have passed, and you havent archived the tape, rebake it half the time once more.

    It wont work on BASF, only AMPEX from the mid to late 70s.

    Try this site:

  4. JoeH

    JoeH Distinguished Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA/ Greenville, DE
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    heheh.....I"m SO glad to see everyone referencing my friend Eddie Ciletti's website. (That's where I too bought my "American Harvester" combo food-dryer/tape baker! Yummm!!! :)

    If you're looking to actually transfer tape instead of the fine art of baking, and if your'e looking for East Coast options, I'd completely, totally recommend http://www.sonicraft.com in Freehold, NJ. (Tell Steve I sent you.)

    They do it all; tape baking & as soon as it's done, they'll transfer it any way you like: DVD-ROM, hard drive, etc. They've done a couple projects for me now, and I can't recommend them highly enough.

    The problem with baking is that you need to do the transfer ASAP after the bake/cooling process. I'm told it really only lasts a few days, perhaps hours, at best, and then the sticky-thang creeps back in again.

    Good luck with it, whatever you do. :cool:
  5. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    Yes, Eddie's site was the contributing factor into buying the American Harvester Dehydrator!!!!

    And I gotta tell you, its still THE safest way to dry out sticky shed.
    Been doing it for 3 years now. Ill try the dried bananas soon. :shock:

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