Open Reel Audio Polymer Splicing Block GRAY for 1/4" Tape MediaZoom

Open Reel Audio Polymer Splicing Block GRAY for 1/4" Tape Media

Item# TMES15NP-GRAY
$21.98
Availability: Usually ships the same business day
TME® Splicing Block, Open Reel Audio 1/4" RED with GEM® Media Blade

Product Description:

  • GRAY Color
  • Includes one 90 degree and one 45 degree crosscut with crosscut access to clean blade slots
  • Fully finished all sides
  • Polished top, sides, and center tape groove
  • Includes one GEM® USA Made Stainless Steel Media Blade
  • Block will not corrode like unfinished basement grade aluminum blocks
  • Block will not mar or scratch your precious tape like unfinished aluminum blocks
  • Block made of aerospace grade USA made tough as nails polymer material


  • The TME-S15NP-RED professional splicing block with a proprietary Surelock™ center tape groove to lock your tape into place for a professional splice, has one crosscut at 45 degrees the other at 90 degrees for butt splices typically used for leadering your media. Please see photo of engineering model for more block construction details.

    To use, simply place the tape oxide down in the center tape groove, gently push it down altogether into place against the bottom of the center groove with a cotton tipped applicator to lock it into place, and do your cut with a sharp media blade. This prevents the tape from slipping in the groove when cutting the tape ensuring a good splice. To remove the tape, gently lift the tape from one end and it will come out of the block. Very easy!

    The Details (Yes, it's long but there's a lot to cover!)

    Aluminum VS Polymer Splicing Blocks:

    Properly made and used with care, an aluminum block will last many lifetimes, and was designed for broadcast and studio applications where they were used day in and day out. They were totally machined: top, sides, bottom, ends with no machine marks or dings and were anodized to keep the aluminum from corroding, and adding a near diamond hard coating on the metal to resist wear. They also cost a lot of money, with high quality blocks like real Editall or TME® aluminum blocks going for over $65 to over $125. Unfortunately the basement grade blocks actually being sold other than the high quality TME® are not finished, will corrode, will wear significantly, and for the money are inexcusable. Take a close look at the photos of the knockoff blocks... you'll see what we mean. (Assuming they're not photo-shopped again.)

    TME® sold many thousands of high quality aluminum blocks over the years to everyone from the Library of Congress, the leading universities and archives, to the home recordist, but is now offering something new: High Quality for a heck of a lot less money... but in polymer rather than aluminum. Even Editall® made polymer blocks years ago!

    Our Polymer Blocks:

    The hard polymer used to make these blocks is the same stuff used to make football helmets, aerospace, and aircraft parts. We wanted to present a block that can last for years, yet be economical. Why unnecessarily spend a whole lot more money on a basement grade item just because it's aluminum? It's not the material that makes the block perform, but the engineering and quality of manufacture. And of course, your splicing skills.

    Our proprietary Surelock™ center tape groove block is designed to lock two overlapping pieces of tape into place for a perfect splice. The bottom is solid so you can easily attach the block to your deck with double sided tape (Not Included.) A TME® exclusive, the crosscut cleaning channel holes gather tape editing particles and other crud from the bottom of the blade channels, and can be easily cleaned using compressed air. Please see arrow in photo for location.

    Note: The cross cut slots for cutting your media are designed for maximum .009" thickness blades. Do not use thicker blades or you can damage any block and void your warranty. ALWAYS use a sharp stainless steel media blade.

    Block Specifications:

    Dimensions: 4" Long X .75" Wide X .25" Thick Material: Aerospace Grade ABS+ Mixture Color: GRAY (other colors available... red...blue...black..clear...white ) Manufacture Country of Origin: USA Materials Country of Origin: USA
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