- Brand: Scotch-3m
- Type: 179, 214
- Reel: 5" (13cm), 7" (18cm), 10.5" (26.5cm)
- Lengths Available: 1800' (550m), 3600' (1100m), 7200' (2200m)
- Thickness: TP (0.5 mil)
- Tape Grade / Performance Level: 1-Standard
- Base Material: Polyester
- 2020 Advice: Good for Daily Use, Suitable for Music Recording, Good for 3-3/4 ips and 7-1/2ips
- Where Produced: USA
- Mfg Years: Early 1970s, Late 1970s, 1980s
- Sale Condition: Refurbished - 90 day warranty
The Scotch 179 and 214 were TP (Triple Play) tapes that shared the same formula, but were sold to different markets. This is a Low Noise (Type 2) formula that replaced the older Dynarange Series. Experience with this formulation shows that the quality is high for a low noise tape, and the formula is especially suited for 3-3/4 ips.
- These are formulas that have withstood the test of time, without sticky shed or excess oxide shedding. There are some reports on the forums with oxide shedding, but we have not experienced this in the hundreds of reels we have inspected. It could be isolated to specific production runs, or exacerbated due to poor long-term storage conditions (hot attic or wet basements).
- The 179 was labeled as “Pro Pack” for commercial and professional applications, and came with a plain box with no attached leader tapes. The 214 was sold as Dynarange Low Noise in a high quality package, either a plastic box or a high quality cardboard box. The 214 also had attached leader tapes and came in a plastic bag.
- This tape replaced the long lived 290, with a +5dB output and lower noise than that tape – but the output is still 4 dB lower than the standard tapes, so be sure to set the recording level lower to avoid distortion.
- Along with the Maxell UD, this is one of the best TP tapes ever made.
- The general quality of these tapes increased over their production run as general improvements were made, particularly with the surface polish and smoothness.
- Available Refurbished: Yes, you can buy refurbished reels of Scotch 179 and the 214 – and the type availability will be limited to the versions we have on hand. We stand behind this formula with refurbished guarantee.