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Best cleaning solution for tape heads?
musicollector
post Nov 28 2011, 03:01
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I have been using Methyl Hydrate to clean tape heads on my open reel and cassette machines. Does anyone know if it might leave a residue?


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DVDdoug
post Nov 28 2011, 19:48
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I think I used to use isopropyl alcohol (or regular 'ol "rubbing alcohol" from the drug store).

I wouldn't worry about residue, since "everything" should be absorbed by the Q-Tip and wiped-away. It takes quite a bit of contamination to affect the sound. I don't think I ever ran across a case where the heads looked clean and cleaning made a difference. In fact, I'm not sure if cleaning obviously-dirty heads ever made a difference... But, it's been a long time since I worked on a tape machine and maybe I just don't remember...
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musicollector
post Nov 29 2011, 05:11
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Thanks for all your responses.

The reason I asked this was because at the radio station I worked during the 80's, methyl hydrate is what they used on the expensive open reel equipment heads. And, I figured they should know. smile.gif Or not?

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