Keep your Duplication Tapes Cool

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Keep it Cool

Having trouble with duplication tapes coming out too dark or having interference on them?

I noticed that at times my duplicated tapes look darker and had more graininess than my master tape. After taking the tapes out of both my source and recording decks, I also noticed that both felt very warm to the touch. When I viewed the duplicated tape, it looked darker than the master. Then I recalled something that I learned in a TV repair course: heat affects numerous sensitive components on a circuit board and will cause all kinds of problems. Realizing that, I set up a 12" desk fan across from my set up and ran it before and during my (re)duplication process. The tapes came out of the decks cool, and my duplicated tape looked more like the master tape. From now on, any work that I do shall be done with my fan running directly on my decks.

Thomas Del Mastro, Sr.

Coventry, RI

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Format Min. Price Cost/Min.
VHS 120 $1.63 $0.01
S-VHS 120 $5.87 $0.05
8mm 120 $3.00 $0.03
Hi8 120 $4.59 $0.04
VHS-C 30 $2.73 $0.09
S-VHS-C 30 $5.68 $0.19
Mini DV 60 $6.08 $0.10
MICROMV 60 $12.83 $0.21
CD-R (burned as VCD) 80 $0.46 $0.01
CD-RW (burned as VCD) 80 $1.17 $0.01
DVD-R, general 135 $3.77 $0.03
DVD-R, camcorder 30 $8.94 $0.30
DVD-RW 135 $6.49 $0.05
DVD+R 135 $3.64 $0.03
DVD+RW 135 $5.76 $0.04
DVD-RAM 135 $11.95 $0.09
DVD-RAM, camcorder 60 $22.61 $0.38
120GB, 7,200 rpm
U100/U133 hard drive, DV
553 $128.14 $0.23

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