We're preparing for a move. This will absolutely disrupt an already shaky path of progress. How long? Who knows. Onward and upward, I'm fully looking forward to upgrading space. In the meantime, I'm going to endeavor to ramp up my posting here, so as to not lose sight. I think this is going to turn into more small posts and a few one liners.
Threaded tape on the Otari again, pictured here is a destructive alignment issue. Machine appears to be keeping speed (the first tape I played appears to have been recorded on a machine with SERIOUS issues, dishing up a heap of red herrings).
Once I have the tape path free of obstructions I plan on buying a proper calibration tape.