Proper pressure pads are important to getting the best sound quality you can from these tapes. And that sound quality is going to depend on the quality of the recording tape itself, how it has been stored all these years and how it was recorded. These pads (along with my thinner stock height pads too!) give the proper amount of pressure needed for the best available sound quality from your tape. Without putting excessive strain on the motor and wear on the tape head. These will stiffen up slightly with age, making them very springy (which is what you want!).
Soft springy foam with a glossy laminate bonded to the top just like the originals! (the orginals that didn't turn to dust that is!) These are already attached to the plastic strip and have the slit down the middle. So they are ready to install. Remove the old pad, clean any residue left behind and drop this pad in. Your done! Package contains 15 pads. My pads are a little softer than some of the others on the market. But you aren't going to notice any difference in sound quality. Softer pad means less stress on the player motor and less pressure on the player head.
Pads are 3/8" thick, 1 and 15/16 in length and in between 1/4" and 5/16" in width (9/32 like the originals, so there is a little overlap on either side of the tape).
All of my pads are made out of polyurethane foam, like the originals that didn't turn to goo or dust! In most cases they will stiffen up SLIGHTLY over time. Smooth, glossy laminate top bonded heat bonded, not glued, to the foam so that the tape glides over it easily. The plastic strip on the bottom is slightly narrower than the pad itself. This ensures a good fit in pretty much any cartridge.
***8 track tapes in picture are for demonstrative purposes only and are not included***
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