MSR 16 FF and RW Strange Issue


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Aug 10, 2013
Gear owned
MRS 16 Reel to Reel
My wonderful MSR 16 rewinds and plays fine on two of my tapes but will come to a quick stall on the other tapes that I have. I understand the AMPEX 456 1/2 tapes have a history of going bad quicker than other tapes. Is my machine sensing that the tapes are bad and then not responding with the FF and Rewind?

The good tape I have plays, records, FF and RW perfectly. I have about 12 other tapes but none of them work well on my machine.

Is it likely the tapes or the machine?

Sounds like stick tape problems, the sticky tape sticks to the tape guides and stops the tape moving, give the machine a good clean, heads, metal rollers and guides, and stop using the problem tape before it wrecks the machine.

I just wanted to see if I could post anything here, please ignore my comment but I will say this : good to know. I am not sure I understand why the tape stickiness causes the machine to stop, I mean, the winding reel is already providing more than enough strength to pull an already almost-full reel of tape AND combat the back-tension of the other reel's motor as well, seems like tape stickiness would not be the straw that breaks the camel's back, no?

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