Don't talk to me about digital 'invulnerability' GRR!
I backed-up some 40-year-old open-reel tapes to CDs at the start of January. Verbatim CD-R Lighscribe, so not cheap unbranded trash. I even spent ages making and burning nice Lighscribe labels for them. I put them away in a CD wallet (this was to be the big mistake...), pulled them out for the first time today nearly 10 months later, and not only have the labels 'burned off' (presumably a chemical-reaction with the CD wallet, even though it's not PVC), but three of the 10 won't play now, even though they all did in January
OK probably my fault for storing them in a way which the manufacturer would probably say is 'improper' (ie in a wallet), but I can't get over the irony that I backed-up my old tapes to a so-called more-secure medium for archive-purposes, and over a period of time which amounts to less than 1/40th of the age of these tapes, I've experienced a 30% failure-rate. The worst thing I had to fix on ten 40-year-old 1/4" tapes were two broken splices.
Ah well, looks like my Akai 4000DB will be getting a dusting-off this winter again. And this time I'll make two damn copies of each tape! (And I'll avoid storing them in a wallet.)