Tape deformated itself during rewind, can I save the tape?

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dfg
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I was rewinding a tape on my Tascam DA-88 when it stopped at 1min44sec and read "BOTTOM". Knowing this not to be true I popped the tape out, reloaded it, saw the timecode, pressed rewind, it started then BAM, blank - no time code, it deformated itself. I pressed stop and play, the LED Error light came on and all of the tape seems to be gone. Question: Can I some how salvage what's on this tape by reformating the begining or is it just gone for good? The contents of this tape where a whole magical session with musicians flown in from all over, not easy to recreate. Is this glitch mean the whole tape is lost, or is there some way to bypass this glitch and access what's on the tape?
Any help would be SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO appreciated.
Thanks,
David

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Sometimes there are a few seconds of unformatted tape at the very beginning of a DTRS tape if it wasn't formatted correctly (If the tape wasn't rewound completely before formatting). Try fast forwarding into it for a few seconds to see if the ABS counter starts showing numbers.

When you eject the tape at "1:44", does it look physically like it's at the beginning or is there still tape spooled around the hub in the tape shell's window?

Also, is your DA-88 in TC display instead of ABS? That might explain it hitting the beginning of the tape at 1:44.

If you have access to another DA-88, see if the tape will play in that different machine. Maybe it's the machine that's wack, not the tape.

Just a few thoughts to get you started...

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dfg
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Thanks for the thoughts,
Your suggestions are helpful and I will put them to good use. It's good to know that one part of tape maybe deformated while the rest is still user friendly. Thanks again.
David

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A minor point of wording, but I doubt that a portion of the tape became "de"-formatted. The only possibilities I know of are that this section was never formatted to begin with ("unformatted"), or got wiped out by a new formatting pass ("reformatted").

But who knows, perhaps there is a grey area in between, such as misalignment of the deck such that this particular section's formatting is not presently readable. Just in case my previous tips don't get you on the right track, it's worth researching for a local DTRS repair shop. You'll need it someday, hopefully not today.

(I just send them back to Tascam. For other gear, I use various local repair pros.)

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