• Brand: Scotch-3m
  • Type: 209
  • Reel: 5" (13cm), 7" (18cm), 10.5" (26.5cm)
  • Lengths Available: 900' (275m), 1800' (550m), 3600' (1100m)
  • Thickness: LP (1.0 mil)
  • Tape Grade / Performance Level: 2-Low Noise
  • Base Material: Polyester Backcoated
  • 2024 Advice: Good for Daily Use, Suitable for Master Recording, Suitable for Music Recording
  • Where Produced: USA
  • Mfg Years: Late 1960s, Early 1970s, Late 1970s
  • Sale Condition: Refurbished - 90 day warranty
  • Description:

    Scotch 209 is the low print version of is a classic 206/207 master tape formulation introduced in 1969 and was highly regarded in the early 1970s. It is classified as a type 2 – Low Noise, as it has a 3 dB lower output than the 207 to get the low print through properties.  The 209 is the Long Play (LP) version and was not normally sold to retail markets.  This is one of the rare back-coated tapes that has held up well and can be used today.


    • Performance is high, especially at 7-1/2 and 15 ips.
    • There are some reports of edge oxide shedding with examples that have not been stored properly.
    • Unlike other back-coated tapes from the 1970s and 1980s, this one is not subject to sticky shed.
    • Tapes of this vintage have a tendency to shed slightly more oxide more than most modern tapes. This is not a sign that this tape is degrading, it should be considered normal.
    • The general quality of these tapes is very high.
    • New advice 7/2023: Some improperly stored batches of 206/207/208/209 suffer from sudden binder failure. If you encounter such tapes be careful not to play them on a machine that puts the tape into tension to establish tape to head contact – the oxide will flake off.
    • Available Refurbished: Yes, we sell the 209 as refurbished, and it is highly recommended.

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