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Mar 26 17 5:21 PM

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This is a first for me. A client brought me a small plastic milk crate type box with about 30 cassettes he wants transfered to CD. The gross part of this is that his cat pee'd on this box more than once. The cassettes are not in their protective cases. I have a weak stomach and it "really" stinks BAD! I put on some latex gloves and the small reels are free, but I don't know if the cat urine destroyed the tape. They will compensate me handsomely above my rate, but... I don't know. Can cassettes be washed, dried and baked?

Chance Pataki The Musicians Workshop www.the-musicians-workshop.com musicians.workshop@gte.net

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Mar 26 17 5:56 PM

scullyfan wrote:
Chance, I think I would walk away from this one.

My thoughts excacly, but there is something rewarding coming through for a long time faithful client. I love challenges and hate defeat (and the stench). I already told him "No guarentees and I'll see what I can do". I just don't know about urine, soap, and water, verses cassette tape

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Mar 26 17 6:06 PM

If you are going to go ahead with this, I would do three things:
Go to a pawn shop and buy a working cassette player or two that are expendable,
Do the actual transfer in a garage or someplace that regular customers don't frequent,
Buy a box of medical "exam gloves" and a large garbage bag.

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Mar 26 17 8:52 PM

I don't think there is anything toxic about cat urine.  It's just unpleasant.  
But I'd agree that I wouldn't subject my one and only cassette player to it. 
 I doubt you can safely wash the tapes. Just have to see if they play or not as is.  

Putting the Pee back in producing.

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Mar 26 17 9:13 PM

chance wrote:
My thoughts excacly, but there is something rewarding coming through for a long time faithful client. I love challenges and hate defeat (and the stench). I already told him "No guarentees and I'll see what I can do". I just don't know about urine, soap, and water, verses cassette tape


You can clean tape. It's something that restorers do when it's needed. I like the idea of getting a running but expendable transport. See if you can find someplace that still sells empty screw-assembled cassette shells. You could remove the tape from the peed-on shells and transplant it into a clean shell. Chances are the tape itself isn't damaged, but you could cobble up a cleaner from the expendable transport by removing the heads and holding a slightly damp cloth against the surface of the tape as you wind it through. You can play a tape wet so don't worry about not being able to dry it off - in fact that's one method of playing a gunked up tape when baking doesn't work.

If you get a couple of extra empty shells, you could probably rig one up as part of your cleaning fixture by cutting away enough of the front edge of a shell so that you can pull the tape out and loop it around your cleaning pad.



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Mar 26 17 9:26 PM

I have an intern who volunteered to clean the outside shells of the cassettes for me. I would think not too much entered the tape chamber. We'll see. I've had many cats in my lifetime, and it beats the hell out of me how any cat in its right mind would want to pee in a box of cassettes.

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Mar 27 17 12:57 AM

chance wrote:
We'll see. I've had many cats in my lifetime, and it beats the hell out of me how any cat in its right mind would want to pee in a box of cassettes.



 

They piss anywhere. When I serviced my computer there was cat piss inside it. One of my amps has cat piss staining the speaker grille (not to mention cat vomit inside the back.)

I wrote a song years ago called "The Cat Pissed On My Bass" - a true story. It had been in its open case on the floor overnight - I closed it up, took it to band practice, strapped it on and when I went to plug in the cable there was liquid running out of the jack. Some internet research (alt.bass back in the day) showed this was not an uncommon problem. Never leave your axe in an open case with cats around.

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Mar 27 17 4:49 AM

My dog Ninja pee'd on my Fender amp way back in the 80's. Ninja is long gone but that pee stain is still on the side of that amp... even after it's been cleaned dozens of times. Something about Tolex and urine that just don't mix. I smile every time someone spots it and says, what's that?


Good luck Chance.

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Mar 27 17 7:10 AM

You can buy spray at Petsmart that will neutralize the smell. I hand cleaned a VHS T-120 that soaked in salt water in a safe deposit box for a month, so it could be cleaned. I can't imagine much made it inside the shells, though.

"Kerry fixed the stereo, and now it doesn't work." (My six-year-old sister)

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Mar 27 17 9:08 AM

For a time we had 6 cats and they peed on everything in an ongoing territorial dispute. The enzyme sprays help with odor some. Nothing seems to get out pee stains on vinyl/tolex/whatever as there are some permanent spots on my Strat case and I disposed of an old Yamaha subwoofer recently as the pee-stained and scratched up grill cloth were just too much. We have one cat left.

Note: an open guitar case is widely considered a Cadillac cat box - word to the wise.

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Mar 27 17 9:18 AM

jaykadis wrote:

Note: an open guitar case is widely considered a Cadillac cat box - word to the wise.
 

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Apr 3 17 9:31 PM

Well, the kid cleaned them up good. Fortunately, the open/tape sides were pointed down, so most of the urine was only on the outside. The urine also rusted the small phillips screws where ever it made contact. Now I have some splicing to do (ugh) where the leader meets the tape broke

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