Here are some tips to keep your cassette
tapes in top playing shape
Mediums to preserve:
Reel to Reel
Transfers to CD
Transfers to DVD
Audio Terms Explained
Heat kills cassettes. Leaving cassette recordings
in a hot car will shorten the life of the
tape and cassette mechanism. The cassette
may warp and the tape may become brittle.
The cassette player heads need to be cleaned
periodically. Please use only "Tape
head cleaning fluid". There are
cassette player cleaning kits that
adequate cleaning job. Another type
is de-gaussing or demagnetizing the
This will improve the frequency response
of your cassette player.
If the tape breaks, and you are the "do-it-yourselfer-type",
here is what the Audiovisual Equipment and Materials Basic
Repair and Maintenance Manual says:
1. Lay two ends of tape together and hold.
Cut tape diagonally, assuring both ends have
the same cut angle.
2. Put the two ends on a smooth, dry
and try to butt them together. It may
easier to overlap them and pull the
apart. Keep the tape straight.
3. Put a piece of special tape-splicing
across only the non-recorded side of
4. Burnish the splicing tape down and
off excess tape, cutting very slightly
the tape. This technique works best
C-30; C-45; and C-60 cassettes. C-90
C-120 are almost too thin to handle
to curl at the moment of splicing.
Cassette trivia: the first version of the
compact cassette, initially known as the
Pocket Cassette, was launched in 1963 in
Berlin. Philips engineers later claimed that
five considerations had driven the design
of the Compact Cassette:
1. Smallest possible dimensions with a playing
time of 30 minutes
2. Simple sturdy construction
4. Maximum protection of the tape
5. Low energy consumption during playback
The initial specification called for monaural
recording---two tracks, one in each direction.
This was soon supplemented by a standard
for stereo recording. Unlike existing stereo
standards, which maximized separation of
the four tracks required by two-direction
recording by interleaving them, the Philips
standard placed the two forward tracks and
the two reverse tracks next to one another
This made it possible to play stereo recordings
on monaural machines without modification.
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