RE: [Videolib] funky vhs smell--serious answer

Hooft, Robert (
Mon, 8 Mar 2004 10:57:09 -0800

Could it be mildew? Where were the tapes stored....did they ever get wet etc....mould or mildew??

Robert Hooft
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-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Mike Tribby
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2004 9:48 AM
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Subject: RE: [Videolib] funky vhs smell--serious answer

Having had some fun with this question in a previous reply, let me now say
that I have many vhs tapes that are over ten years old, and while I have
experienced a fascinating array of probelms with older tapes--especially
those not played in quite a while--odor was not among them. I would,
therefore, doubt that the smell is emanating from the tapes themselves
(although one cannot dismiss this possibility, I guess). Is there any other
similarity that the odoriforous tapes share that the rest of the collection
does not?

Mike Tribby
Senior Cataloger
Quality Books Inc.
The Best of America's Independent Presses

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