February 25, 2011


Transferring Your Cassettes – Answers to Your Questions

1. Which types of cassette tapes do you transfer?
We can transfer any type of cassette, encoded with Dolby B or C or without noise reduction.

2. Can you repair damaged tapes or tapes that stick or squeal?
Yes, we can repair cassettes have been ripped or broken and even put the tape into another enclosure to get a good transfer.

3. I’m not sure what’s on the tapes as I can’t play them. Can I specify what material I want transferred? Will I be charged if there is nothing on my tapes, or for material I don’t want?
Send us your tapes and we’ll review them before the transfer begins. Let us know what you are looking for – normally our customers are only looking for personal material.  We’ll be glad to review them and give you an estimate of what the transfer will cost – of course we won’t charge for cassettes that are not transferred. If you want, we can also make a short sound sample in mp3 of each tape and e-mail it to you if you want to review the content beforehand.

4. How many cassettes will fit on a CD?
Each CD can fit a maximum of 80 minutes. Cassettes were made in many lengths, but we like to make sure that the CDs are broken up into segments like the tapes so that they make sense for the person cataloging and listening to them. We can also supply the sound files in wav, wma or mp3 formats on CD or DVD so that you can add them to your media files or edit them later yourself.

5. How do you make tracks on the CD?
We try to make the tracks as intuitive as possible. For music, we look for obvious breaks in the recording. For spoken word, we typically make a new track every 5 minutes.

6. Do you print anything on the CD?
We typically leave the CDs blank to enable our customer to mark them as they wish. We supply a jewel case with a insert describing the contents. If you would like us to label the CDs, we can do this also.

7. What is the best way to package and ship the tapes to you?
Package the cassettes carefully by placing them in a sturdy box with ample bubble wrap. Ship them with a service the provides tracking – either USPS Priority Mail, UPS or Fed-Ex. For critical applications, the service with the lowest percentage of lost packages is Fed-Ex. Avoid Media Mail, Parcel Post and UPS Ground (unless they are well packed and not critical).

8. I don’t trust shipping them. Can I drop the tapes off?
Call us at 1-973-236-1793 to arrange a time to drop them off. We understand how important your recordings are and are happy when you drop them off to us.

9. Do you offer a bulk discount?
Yes, 10% after 10 tapes. For larger quantities, we’ll provide a written quotation.

10. How long does it take you to finish the transfer?
We turn around projects within 1-2 weeks. Larger projects take more time. Let us know your deadline and we’ll meet it!

11. How long have you been in business?
We have been transferring tapes since 1999.

12. How much does it cost?

We charge $35 per reel to reel tape, cassette or record, regardless of length. Many of our clients just want the MP3 or Audio wav files, and we provide then in advance via Dropbox. If you prefer CDs, prices include 1 full CD of material. $5 for each additional CDs required to complete the transfer if there is more material on the tape or record.

Price includes tape repair, baking, cleaning or lubrication if necessary to get your tape to play properly.

If you have larger projects (10+ reels) or are a reseller, please contact us for volume pricing.

Call us at 1-973-236-1793 or email us at projects @ oldmediatransfer.com is you have any questions!