I have always set up tape with usually no more than 3 tones I noted if it was recorded with eq.
The test tape only came out now n again. I still have a 1/4 inch machine and print my tones from my DAW I print 100 1K and 10K
The reality is if you get old local band stuff in there are generally no tones and it's 7.5 ips sometimes it's even spooled the wrong way round. If yer doing this now there is a shed load of work involved.
The tape costs to do analogue are huge! defo worth it though but it needs to be done right!