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The 7 - Random - Cleaning the Heads on an Audio Tape Deck?
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#1 Posted on 16.2.04 0116.32
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A quick question about the right way to clean the heads on a tape deck. I know you can use alcohol with a cotton swab, but what type of alcohol? I don't want to buy one of those "brand name" head cleaners if I don't have to.
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#2 Posted on 16.2.04 0344.56
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Well, we usually clean our digital sound heads at the theatre with 99% isopropenol, available at any hardware store. I'd check with somebody who uses tape decks, but any percentage from 70% upwards should work.

But check with somebody who uses tape decks first.
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#3 Posted on 16.2.04 1047.56
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The Isopropenol works fine, and will clean the heads very well. Use very little on a non linty (is that a word?) cloth. This keeps the lint from sticking to the head, or scratching it.

Clean several times, using very very little alcahol. It evaporates quickly, so just beware.
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#4 Posted on 16.2.04 1328.30
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In my radio days, our engineers always recommended using "Completely Denatured" alcohol, the theory being that regular alcohol could leave some kind of residue. I don't think there was a price difference between the two. Most stations I worked at used hospital-grade Q-Tips to clean with, some just used regular old Q-Tips. We also had a demagnetizer, which they claimed had to be used afterward, or the whole process was pointless.

I actually used the alcohol to remove years old felt-tip marker off of album covers (some moron wrote the call letters across the entire front) and it worked amazingly well with very little, if any, damage to the cover art.
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#5 Posted on 16.2.04 1729.42
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    The Isopropenol works fine, and will clean the heads very well. Use very little on a non linty (is that a word?) cloth. This keeps the lint from sticking to the head, or scratching it.

    Clean several times, using very very little alcahol. It evaporates quickly, so just beware.


We use "Kim Wipes" which are non-lint tissues for cleaning. Also, remember that the remaining number of the percentage is filled by oil. For example: 70% isopropenol is 30% oil, which is the residue previously mentioned. So, try to get 99%.
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#6 Posted on 16.2.04 1801.13
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I thought it was water - not oil. Why would they use oil?
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#7 Posted on 17.2.04 0144.35
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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    I thought it was water - not oil. Why would they use oil?


What I was told is that it keeps the the alcohol from being diluted. The water mixes into the alcohol, whilst the oil doesn't (it simply coats it, apparantly).
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