Splicing Block, Audio Cassette and DAT 1/4" Gray w Surelock™ Center GrooveZoom

Splicing Block, Audio Cassette and DAT 1/4" Gray w Surelock™ Center Groove

Item# TMES125CNP
$19.98
Availability: Usually ships the same business day
Splicing Block, Audio Cassette and DAT 1/4" Gray w Surelock™ Center Groove

Product Description:

  • Includes One USA Made GEM ® Stainless Steel Triple Facet Media Blade (not shown)
  • Includes tape cut groove cleaning access holes for cleaning cross cut slots
  • Mini Size 4" Long x .75" Wide
  • Block will not corrode or damage tape edges like basement grade aluminum blocks that cost much more
  • Block made of advanced aerospace grade USA made tough as nails polymer material

    For anyone who had the task of fixing an audio cassette or DAT tape, these blocks are a blessing, especially fixing C-120 cassette tapes, one of the most miserable tapes to fix known to man. Our blocks will gently grip the tape into place so you can overlap the ends, make a clean cut, and you can apply the splicing tape of your choice (not included) without the tape curling into a Slinky® shaped curl, and you getting ready to throw the tape out the window.

    Our TME® splicing blocks are all made with top precision for the purpose. In particular, the cassette block a shown must be perfectly made to deal with the very thin tape used in audio cassettes and digital audio tapes (DATS.) If the center groove is wrong, the tape will not lock into place. If the cutting grooves are wrong, the tape will be pushed down in the cutting crosscut slots rather than cut, even with the sharpest of GEM stainless steel media blades. (We've included one with the block so you have a head start.)

    This splicing block, another US Recording Media exclusive for audio cassettes and DATs, is really nice since it doesn't sacrifice quality, is an outstanding value, and can be used for many years. The TMES125CNP features dual crosscuts, with a proprietary Surelock™ center layered groove to lock your tape into place for a professional splice, along with one crosscut at 45 degrees for media editing, and the other at 90 degrees for applying leader tape. The hard advanced polymer used to make these blocks is the same stuff used to make football helmets and aircraft parts, and we went with this simply for cost reasons, as opposed to machining aluminum, and to offer various colors.. We wanted to present a block that will last for years, yet be economical without spending a lot more money on an aluminum block, with most aluminum blocks now made being rather amateur unacceptable non-anodized basement grade to begin with. If you only make a few hundred splices a year, these blocks will last a long time if you take care of them (like anything else.)

    This block includes Dirt Minder™ holes at the bottom of each cross cut slot to clean out hard to get dirt at the bottom of the grooves. This exclusive feature can be utilized with compressed air shot into the holes or even a small piece of fine stiff wire.

    The surface of this block is made in such a way as to allow easy grip of the tape as well as you holding the block. The bottom is solid so you can easily attach it to a surface with double sided tape (not Included) or you can purchase one of our TME splicing block bases for even more stability.

    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 USA made media blade, especially with C90 cassettes or C120s. The import blades are not nearly as good since they are not nearly as sharp and tend to fray your tape.

    Why polymer material?

    Over the recent years most manufacturers have replaced parts once made from metals with advanced polymers like those used in our new line of splicing blocks and other accessories yet to be released. One reason is cost, but in most cases they actually perform better thanks to exotic blends of materials.

    Although we still manufacture aluminum Studio Grade™ splicing blocks, well made blocks have gotten quite expensive for many customers, due to the cost of quality machining and block finishing like anodizing. Also, most people rarely even use them, yet originally they were designed for studios and archives who use them all day long every day. We discovered a polymer material that is blade cut resistant to minimize wear, and very stable. It is the same material used to make football helmets, aircraft parts, and aerospace parts. This also allows us to include features like our exclusive Blade Keeper™ blade storage slot on the block. Ever look around for an hour to find your editing blade? Now there's a place to stash it!

    WARNING: The included media blade is very sharp. DO NOT EAT. Keep away from animals and children, and any unstable people.

    Note: Always use a sharp blade to cut media. Genuine GEM USA made stainless steel media blades are by far the best. To verify, look for GEM stamped on the blade handle. NEVER use any utility blade that is coated with oil and/or thicker than .009". We've included one blade to get you started.

    Block Specifications:

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

    We suggest using 1/2" TME AC1S89B2C splicing tape with this block (not included) for a 1/2" wide splice. Run tape perpendicular to the media rather than parallel to it like you would with open reel tape. Trim the sides carefully with a sharp blade.
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