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Safe to play? [message #95461] Fri, 01 April 2022 18:08 Go to next message
Leot55 is currently offline  Leot55
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Interesting situation here - my father found some old cassettes that he believes contain words of wisdom from the guys he served with in the military. He got married before being shipped to Vietnam, and the guys at basic recorded some advice for him. The problem is that the tapes look like they're in pretty bad shape. They're old and grimy. My question is, do I take the chance of playing them, or is it better to ship them to a professional who can determine whether they need converted instead. I'm tempted to give it a try, but I'd hate to wreck the tapes.
Re: Safe to play? [message #95462 is a reply to message #95461] Fri, 01 April 2022 20:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Madison is currently offline  Madison
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From what you've shared, it looks like you have more than one tape. I think you should try to play one of them. If it works, great. If not, then you can send the mangled tape off with the others to see if the recordings can be salvaged. Play it loud enough that you can record it digitally at the same time. There's probably a machine that will do that for you, but I've never run across one.
Re: Safe to play? [message #95467 is a reply to message #95461] Sat, 02 April 2022 19:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Leot55 is currently offline  Leot55
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We've played the first tape. Some of it comes through, but it cuts out here and there. No big deal. It plays enough to get the gist of it. How cool that Dad found these tapes! We're having a blast playing them. They are grimy as can be. I'm surprised they play at all.
Re: Safe to play? [message #95469 is a reply to message #95461] Sun, 03 April 2022 09:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Madison is currently offline  Madison
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I'm glad to hear that it worked out. I've sent some old reels off to have them turned into a modern format, and the quality was very hit-or-miss. Plus, it cost a fortune. It all depends on the quality of the source material, so it's probably not worth sending off a junked up tape. The pros are good, but they can't do magic.
Re: Safe to play? [message #95474 is a reply to message #95461] Sun, 03 April 2022 18:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm glad they're working for you. You do know that you should probably clean the player after each use, right? Under normal circumstances that isn't necessary, but these aren't normal circumstances.
Re: Safe to play? [message #95484 is a reply to message #95461] Mon, 04 April 2022 22:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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That is a really cool story, I'm glad things have worked out well so far. I ran across some old cassettes years ago in the upstairs of a historic building, but they weren't saveable I'm afraid.
Re: Safe to play? [message #95491 is a reply to message #95461] Tue, 05 April 2022 08:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Leot55 wrote on Fri, 01 April 2022 18:08
Interesting situation here - my father found some old cassettes that he believes contain words of wisdom from the guys he served with in the military.
If those are of at least halfway decent quality, you may have more than just personal memorabilia (not to downplay that).

Outlets like The History Channel would be interested in those. And by all means, they wouldn't be given away if you catch my drift.
Re: Safe to play? [message #95500 is a reply to message #95461] Tue, 05 April 2022 23:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I would find a way to digitize them as soon as possible. They may work now, but I don't think they have much life left.

At the very least, take dictations.
Re: Safe to play? [message #95501 is a reply to message #95500] Tue, 05 April 2022 23:32 Go to previous message
Kingfish is currently offline  Kingfish
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Miami wrote on Tue, 05 April 2022 23:28


At the very least, take dictations.

That's actually a sound idea. (Excuse the play on words).

It would be a shame if those messages were lost. It's all a part of history.
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