My friend and I have a collection of cassettes from the 70's and 80's, some of them irreplaceable. We're planning to make digital copies of them. I remember from my studio days that old reel-to-reel tapes could get sticky after years in storage but we never ran into the problem so I can't remember how to prevent it.
Before we start I'll clean the machine, check the rollers and such and align it. What I'm worried about are the tapes themselves. I plan to ff/rewind them to loosen them up.
Has anyone had any experience with this? What else do I need to do before playing these back so they don't get ruined?