Dragging tape

I have some cassette tapes that I would like to convert but they are really draggy and sound like a 45 played at 33-1/3. Is there anything I can do to save them? Thanks.


If the tape is not constantly slow, (i.e. varying in speed), see … https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/requesting-help-fixing-audio-from-cassette-recording/27788/7

transplanting the tape into another cassette shell is another option … http://www.tapeheads.net/showthread.php?t=2560

Some of the tips in this Audacity Wiki article may help: http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Recording_from_Cassette

Particularly the bit about cleaning the pinch roller

and the bit that says: "Fast forward or rewind the tape for its full length in one go. This is easy and often cures it. "

If they are all “draggy” as your post suggests - then the finger of suspicion points at the deck rather than the tapes (I had my Nak BX-2 professionally serviced before I did my tape transfers).


Thanks, folks. I’ll try the suggestions and see what happens. It’s a Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie concert tape and I really hate to lose it.