Mike Stranks wrote:Well there y'go! Not all BBC advice is the same...!
Ain't that the truth! :D And it's even worse now that Wood Norton no longer trains all and sundry...
I was taught the importance of using an offset when being 'retrained'(!) by an engineer at BBC Bristol... :D
Yes, I can see the sense of it, and it's quite practical if you always work on the same machine so become familiar with the offset marking position on the tape path and it's equivalent on the splicing block. But it would be impractical when working with a multitude of different tape machines -- as most of us did.
A carefully placed dot in the middle of the tape over the head-gap worked reliably enough for us, and we also cleaned the tape path meticulously each time we used the machine too (and checked the head azimuth too).