tape is prone to dust, oils, environmental magnetic fields, and mechanical
||For open reel tapes do
not squeeze the flanges together as this may damage the outer portions
of exposed pieces of tape causing drop-outs
and high frequency loss on the outer tracks.
these tapes with one hand by putting your fingers
through the hole at the hub and your thumb on the flange edges; with two
hands by supporting the flange edges with the fingers of both hands.
||Except when threading the recorder avoid
touching the tape with your fingers as this can lead
to oil buildup on tape and transport which attracts dust.