May 13, 2020 at 6:11 pm #46287
…All my dad’s VHS, cassettes and reel to reel tapes.
I’ve been looking online but I thought I would turn you loose on helping me the find the best way for disposal or recycling. Looking for names or companies.
Thanks.May 13, 2020 at 6:26 pm #46288edselehrParticipant
Find a reuse, if possible:May 13, 2020 at 6:31 pm #46289
Well that was encouraging.May 13, 2020 at 7:02 pm #46290Jeffrey KoppParticipant
The library might have some ideas.May 13, 2020 at 7:44 pm #46291
Thanks, Jeffrey.May 13, 2020 at 8:16 pm #46292Steve NaganumaParticipantMay 14, 2020 at 12:30 am #46295nosignalallnoiseParticipant
Check your “christaylortunes” E-mail tomorrow.May 14, 2020 at 1:19 am #46297Alfredo_TParticipant
Are the tapes still usable or playable? I use these formats from time to time.May 14, 2020 at 2:36 pm #46300
I believe they are. Particularly the cassettes. But I do have plenty of 7 and 10.5 inch reels filled with tape and the audio that’s on it – is all related to the Open Door radio show my dad hosted and produced for nearly 22 years. (1970-1991)
Lots of interviews, with mainly regular folks but a few well known people back in the day.May 15, 2020 at 11:39 am #46302Alfredo_TParticipant
I can play the 7″ reels, but not the 10.5″ reels. It would be a shame for these tapes to be destroyed, rather than preserved, since it sounds as though they are an audio time capsule. After COVID-19 winds down, I would be happy to take some of the media off your hands.May 15, 2020 at 2:36 pm #46304
Lets keep in touch. Some of the fully produced shows are masters and one of the former engineers of the program has asked to have them. His hopes, one day, is to volunteer to the Oregon Historical Society and eventually digitize those shows.
BTW – The only way I will be able to store these in the meantime is in my detached garage. Probably not the best place but its really the only place I can hold them until we can connect. Let me know if you have other ideas about storage of these tapes.May 17, 2020 at 1:14 am #46332Andy BrownParticipant
Definitely not the best place if you ever want to recover the audio.May 17, 2020 at 6:51 pm #46346
Andy – I agree…but I got space issues as it is. The tapes and cassettes have been in my dad’s basement workshop room for nearly 20 years…better…and I’ve been able to digitize some of the cassettes, which seem to hold up better over time.
Anyway-I have some leads.May 17, 2020 at 7:47 pm #46350lastdayParticipant
A friend had some vinyl records stored in his attic for many years. The attic has a thermostatically controlled exhaust fan to help keep it at least a little coolish in the summer. Nevertheless when he dug them out a few months ago, the records were all ruined. Cracks, warps, even what looked like the start of melting. A little like taffy being stretched. They were a total loss. Tapes are no different. Storage environment control is vital.May 17, 2020 at 8:45 pm #46356
Couldn’t agree more, LastDay. The sheer volume of not just his radio program days, but all the family stuff he recorded – its overwhelming.
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