but isn't tape, in some ways, at least as fragile as vinyl?
What, not even new?
@polemon, you forgot about print-through.
Quote from: pdq on 13 June, 2017, 06:35:30 AM@polemon, you forgot about print-through.In linear audio recording, yes, kinda. Low-end video tapes use linear audio which is susceptible to print-through. Video tape where the audio is recorded in a similar fashion to the helical FM recording of the video signal is however protected from that.
How much print-through happens on high-quality Audio tape, I don't really know, but I've been told numerous times, that high-quality Revox or BASF tapes had protection against that by design and were nearly immune to that.
The number one killer of magnetic tape in general is moisture,
and one other obvious thing I forgot in my previous post, which is almost a bit embarrassing: magnetic fields. I've known where recordings have been damaged by a person carrying a tape reel in her purse - with a magnetic catch. Since Neodymium magnets are used even on these tiny paper boxes for rolling cigarettes, they're more ubiquitous than a lot of people think.
Quote from: Thad E Ginathom on 10 June, 2017, 06:44:55 PMWhat, not even new?Vintage! I actually think it is cool. Obviously it is not intended to be your playback source - the tape package includes a physical CD AND the Bandcamp digital delivery.Who does really need even CDs? (Old purchasing habits die hard though - and the physical CDs presset thirty years ago mean you can actually get hold of a pre-loudness war mastering.)Oh, by the way, from Bloomberg Business, "The last audio cassette factory": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMTpvr9HXeII admit it took until 2017 before I saw what those machines are really like.