How can I recover the recording from a damaged microcassette?

I found an old microcassette labeled "message to" me from my now ex-husband. I purchased the appropriate recorder, which came with a microcassette. That "new" microcassette works just fine and is easily understood, but when I play the old tape, the recording is very garbled. So, I know that the problem is with the tape - is there any way to recover the recording?

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Kwolf, most likely the magnetic tape has degraded or it got flipped around somewhere on the spools. Sticky Shed syndrome is also an issue to be considered. Read more about that on here I would suggest that if you really need to listen to the tape, contact one of the many places that do this for forensic reasons. You can also try a sound studio and see if they can assist you with that.

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