John Stafford

November 1997

Blue Tak: The Duct Tape of High End Audio

In Canada, we have a TV show that is best described as the Canadian version of ‘Home Improvement.’ The show is called ‘Red Green’ and its star, a gentleman named Red Green, uses duct tape to make just about everything. You know it’s a Canadian show because, unlike Home Improvement, Red Green wears a plaid shirt. In fact, I think everyone on the show wears a plaid shirt. Red Green’s favorite sayings are:  

You may be asking what exactly this has to do with audio. I believe that Blue Tak is as useful in high end audio as duct tape is around the house. I’m a little too thrifty to actually drop the 15 or so dollars for the audio version of the stuff, so I head out to the local office supply store for the nearest equivalent. In whatever incarnation it comes, be it Blue Tak, Fun Tak, Wall Tak, etc., that little blue gob of goo has got to be the most useful audio accessory on the face of the planet. I call it the ‘duct tape’ of high end audio. For simplicity’s sake, I will simply refer to it as Tak.

Why is this stuff so incredibly handy? It has some very important qualities that are highly prized in this crazy hobby: it sticks to things without leaving marks when it’s removed (mostly!), it sticks things together even if they aren’t smooth or flat, and it is low in resonance. These combinations make it very useful to stick any combination of things together while reducing vibrations.

 Here are some uses, some common, some a little different:

Most of what I have described are almost identical situations - something needing a damped attachment that is easily removed. Here are some uses that are a little more fun:

 Do you have a use for Tak? Let us know…

...John Stafford