Talk:Recording from Cassette

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Does this need a discussion of cassette magnetism? Demagnetising guns used to be a popular tool for allegedly improving cassette playback. Should you not think them a good idea, it may be wise to mention them and say why you discourage them. Thanks again for this high standard contribution.


Gale


Good point, will add something.

PS it does take 2 extra hands to wind the tape. :) NT 21:28, 19 October 2007 (PDT)

Cleaning Heads

Regarding what to clean a cassette player's heads with, the article states:

Ethyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol both work well. Don't use rubbing alcohol, which contains oil.

Well, my bottle of rubbing alcohol is isopropyl alcohol. Is there some special kind of isopropyl alcohol that is not also rubbing alcohol and, therefore, preferable? In any case, some further clarification in the article is needed.

Bill 19Feb12: "Rubbing Alcohol" is generally isopropyl alcohol with a small count of oil added, as implied in the article. Read the contents on the side of the bottle. Methyl hydrate works well but is poisonous and can be absorbed through the skin so one should wear latex gloves when using it.

Demagnetizing

Bill 19Feb12: Heads in cassette machines should never need demagnetizing. Modern electronics would only put DC on the head (thus magnetizing it) if there was a fault in the electronics in which case the deck should be serviced. Most people will do more harm than good using a demagnetizer.
Update a few minutes later - just followed the link to "Cassette Deck Magnetization" and that article is excellent.

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