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Why don't you just take apart an old 8-track tape and make your own loops? Just get a 1/4" splicing block. I have found that this kind of tape (silicone lubricated) lasts longer and jams less in my tape echo. Editall makes good splicing blocks, look for one on ebay. I got a whole kit including the block, splicing tape, razor blades and a grease pencil for about $13 US.
>> 1/4" splicing block <BR> <BR>where to bye these, (prefer german net-shop) ? <BR> <BR>How to do it manually ? <BR> <BR>Can any common tape´s from scotts/3M be used ? <BR> <BR>(roland don´t supply Space-echo anymore) <BR> <BR>-HM
Any tape can be used as long as it's not metal grade. You can try to fins an old damaged revox machine. splicing blocks are built on them and you can easily rip it off. <BR> <BR>To make you tape loop you just need a block and some tape to get the end together. The revox blocks have a cutter built in the block wich cuts diagonal.
Thank´s for the reply´s <BR> <BR>Maybe I could make a block myself <BR>and use a razor-blade to cut,.... <BR> <BR>If making the cut diagonal would <BR>it be best to make it "1/1" as a <BR>45 degree cut or would it be any <BR>better/worse to make the the over- <BR>lab longer by lovering cut-angle <BR>under 45 degree <BR> <BR>Can I use any normal office-tape <BR> <BR>-HM
You can always splice it freehand by scotch taping the two ends of your 1/4" tape lightly onto a tabletop or something. Then cut through both ends at once w/ a diagonal cut and tape them together. You can use regular scotch or whatever tape for the splice, as long as it wont ooze sticky stuff and you cut its width down to just under 1/4". When thats all done, you just remove the two pieces of tape that you applied LIGHTLY to hold the loop tape down on the table. <BR> <BR>It makes more sense once you actually try it. I'd still recommend getting a small splicing block, though. It simplifies the whole process. And use silicone lube tape, like we've discussed in this post. I've read on websites that even the standard Ampex tape isnt suitable and that it will cause your heads to wear more. <BR> <BR>Ok, one last thing: The hard part is getting 15 feet of tape put into a perfect loop with no twists, etc. I've found that loading most of the tape into the echo machine's hopper before making the splice is the easiest way to do this. <BR> <BR>-Looter
I have found new old stock reels of Scotch #150 silicon lubricated, 1/4" tape online for $15. Apparently Scotch made the original RT-1L loops. These reels have 1800 ft of tape, as far as I can tell the loops run anywhere from 14'-17', which means you can make 100-120 loops from one reel of this tape. The loops should last 6 months (300 hours) so you do the math. Should last you forever.
I do but I have purchased all of the 'lubricated' stock he had. Here's the link anyway, might be worth e-mailing to see if he has a lead on anymore: <BR> <BR>http://www.jukn55.com/other-items-reeltoreeltapes.html <BR> <BR>Also look for these reels on ebay, there are two NOS unopened reels on there right now, but they're getting higher than I want to pay: <BR> <BR><A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... =1602&rd=1" TARGET="_top">http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 02&rd=1</A> <BR> <BR>You can also look for Scotch or 3M NOS blank 8 track cassettes on ebay, there's a whole case on there right now: <BR> <BR><A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... egory=1601" TARGET="_top">http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... ry=1601</A>
I've found a source for new production, lubricated 1/4" tape: <BR> <BR><A HREF="http://www.cartguys.com/" TARGET="_top">http://www.cartguys.com/</A> <BR> <BR>So loop it up. <BR> <BR>Also another board for tape delays at: <BR> <BR><A HREF="http://pub45.ezboard.com/ftelrayoilcanaddictsfrm4" TARGET="_top">http://pub45.ezboard.com/ftelrayoilcanaddictsfrm4</A>
according to 3m scotch specifications: scotch 150 are NOT back lubricated! series number:151,153,154,156,157 and 158 are back lubricated. it will work of course but better find those real lubricated scotch tape or cartridge as fidelipac. audioforge
hi kris. the side in contact with the head is silicon lubricated but the back is polyester non treated on the scotch 150. as i said it will works as any tape do.but it seems that cartridge tape run smoother longer and provide less friction on roller so less flutter. for info you can find all scotch tape specifications on this page: <A HREF="http://www.aes.org/aeshc/docs/3mtape/aorprod2.html" TARGET="_top">http://www.aes.org/aeshc/docs/3mtape/aorprod2.html</A> . hope it helps . cheers. audioforge