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Tu(n)esday: Surgery...

This is kind of a fun little aside to the normal Tu(n)esday post. One in which I, a man with no medical training whatsoever, conduct surgery! On a tape. 

Actually, I do have medical training. I was a certified EMT-Basic. Never worked as one but I had the cert. 

I digress. 

I recently obtained a copy of Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill on cassette.


I decided to manually rewind the tape to the beginning using my pinky nail. When I got to what I thought should be the end of the spool, I realized it was still going. That’s when reality struck... the tape had broken. 

Bit of Good News 1: It wasn’t the middle of the play worthy tape. It was the transparent leader tape. Phew!

Bit of Good News 2: The tape had screws sealing the two halves of the shell together instead of it being sealed or glued shut. 

I grabbed a screwdriver and cracked ‘er open!


Then I grabbed the free spool, popped the lock tab out, fed the tape back in, re-seated the lock tab, and screwed it back together. 


I love that I was able to do this and easily at that. It felt good. Like the old days of physically and linearly editing reel-to-reel tape with a razor blade and tape. So good!


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Marty Mankins

Nice repair job. Also, I remember the better quality cassettes were put together with screws.


I’m thankful this was a better quality one. As I recall, most if not all transparent shell tapes were screwed together.

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