The user of a technical product such as motion picture film or magnetic recording tape is entitled to expect satisfactory results when he opens the box and puts the roll on his machine. He is not ordinarily interested in too many of the whys and wherefores until a problem arises. At this point any inquisitive person becomes very anxious to learn the reasons for his performance problems. This paper will discuss the fundamental properties of the various types of magnetic recording tape base, how they are made, what they can do and what they cannot do.
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