Care and Maintenance of Cassette and Reel to Reel.

Discussion in 'Tape' started by Vintage TX, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. jturntable

    jturntable New Member

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    I am sorry it is a Tandberg TCD-440A
     

     

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  2. 7134axel

    7134axel New Member

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    Just use head and contact cleaner on your heads and windex on your pinchroller, works great and been using it for years with no problems. INMHO
     
  3. Spec1A

    Spec1A New Member

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    I have an A6600 that I just had serviced at Teac's factory service center. I'm lucky to live close by. When I picked up the deck the service manager told me "My advice to you is to clean the tape path after every reel." I also have some of the old Teac cleaning fluids and you are right they work very well.
     
  4. matthew81

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    This thread seems pretty dead but I didn't want to start a new one for my issue. hopefully someone will see this and have an opinion!

    I am on strike-three with gifting my girlfriend a cassette deck for her birthday, as the Akai CS-732D I just purchased for $50 is now playing back too slowly. Rewind does not work at all. The deck will play back in one direction even more slowly than the other. This is something that was not an issue before the first couple of hours of use.

    My question is, does this sound like a belt issue, or as my friend who has a bit of knowledge with such thing has suggested, a "tired motor." I would like to get this deck working again!

    Thanks,

    Matthew

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  5. N8Nagel

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    I have to admit to not having read this whole thread, so please delete if this has been covered... I am at work right now and really ought not to be spending my whole afternoon reading about tape :)

    I have a RTR that I need to clean up and test, and it looks likely that I will be getting a cassette deck and another RTR tonight.

    I haven't had any kind of tape player operational for ages, and I'm pretty sure the only thing that I ever had was a demagnetizing cassette. I know that since all of this gear is approximately my own age that I should demag the heads before getting any tape anywhere near them, but I haven't a clue as to what I should use or where to buy it.

    If someone could offer a recommendation for a good demagnetizer that I can order easily, I would greatly appreciate it!
     
  6. BOUXY

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    All my R2R's I got used and are 40+ yrs old.The machines should always be cleaned before each and every use.The Heads and Tape Pathway always.Been told the Heads will self demag themselves in time.I have no trouble with them at all except the Type of Tapes used and the condition.Myself I use old BASF Tapes older than my R2R' are:)
     

     

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  7. SX550

    SX550 Well-Known Member

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    My first r2r was tired and i used very old tape and had lots of problems. now i got myself a decent r2r that has been well looked after and i just ordered 2 brand new rmgi tapes and i got a original akai demagnetizer. im so nervous :D its a serious investment but i think its worth it .
     
  8. wootler

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    Hey folks, sorry if this is already adressed somewhere, I searched but couldn't find anything, and not sure I'll live long enough to search the entire site! (JK!)

    Just got started on my A-3340 refurb. Only been thinking about this for ten years! Been stored for 30+ years. Was really intimidated when I first pulled off the back panel, now I’m pretty confident I can get this done.

    Only real issue I’ve run into (so far) is the capstan roller had rusted over and there is a slightly rough line around the flywheel where the belt ran.

    I cleaned them best I could without using any abrasives. Just alcohol and q-tips. Where should I go from here? Continue with a little more aggressive methods (Suggestions?), or try to find a replacement?

    Thanks, Walt - Paducah, KY


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  9. Vintage TX

    Vintage TX Analog forever

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    Been 11 years since I posted this, seems analog still going strong. :)
     
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  10. John Wild

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    Just picked up a Akai GX-265D off Ebay, probably paid a little too much at $200.00 but didn't have to pay any shipping so I think it was a pretty good deal in the long run. Only one tape came with the unit and listening thru headphones it was a pretty poor sound. Although everything appeared to be working I decided I better clean the heads before I do anything else. attached is a picture of the Qtips I had to use with 91% ispropol Alcohol, they were a filthy mess and I can't believe I got any sound out of it at all. I still need to get inside and clean up everything plus do the De-Oxit thing on the input and out put controls plus the headphone jack.
    It's great getting back into tap again after all these years. Had an Akai with the cross field heads way back before a lot of you were born and havre never heard music sound as warm on anything since. So, thanks for all the great advice on cleaning and maintenance. I'll lurk on this site for a long time.
     

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  11. MaxxVolume

    MaxxVolume AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I spent several years on the old Reel-To-Reel Forum back around Y2K. There were quite a few seasoned old "studio pros" on that forum, most of them were of the opinion that demagging the heads was pretty much a waste of time....
     

     

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  12. shrinkboy

    shrinkboy AK Subscriber Subscriber

    hi, Rolf!!
     
  13. stereofisher

    stereofisher For the Love of the Music Subscriber

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  14. RichTassoni

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    Shoot I've always demagnetis the eraser head, well I won't any more everything still sounds great. So is there much damage done buy doing that. It still erases and record's, I have the JVC TD V621 CASSETTE DECK AND Dennon 800 A .
     
  15. Maurice Daly

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    Hello, I hope I am using the right platform for seeking help with my issue. Please redirect me but do it gently as I mean no disrespect. I just picked up a Teac A-450. I noticed that the tape counter and tape direction indicator are not moving. Any advice on how to address this issue? Thanks
     
  16. stereofisher

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    Your belt on the counter is broken. It’s the only belt that is a pain to replace. So much so I left as is. The main belt that moves the tape is very easy to replace. Great deck though! Built like a tank. Has a big induction motor.most decks use a brush motor. Good find! Welcome to AK!

    Eric
     

     

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  17. Maurice Daly

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    Thanks Eric. How much of a pain.? I am handy but inexperienced in tape deck repair, lol
     
  18. stereofisher

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    Been awhile since I had one apart. I have large hands and it’s a tight fit.
     
  19. Maurice Daly

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    Ok cool, I understand. I watched a video of a belt being changed on one but I could not get the right angle on where the counter belt is located. Can you recommended a service person? Thx
     
  20. stereofisher

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    Sorry, I don’t know anyone who works on cassette decks. Belts can be hard to work on. Other than the 450, most are in tight places. The main belt on these Teacs are easy. My Kenwood 1030 three head deck is easy too. The CTF 9191 Pioneer is a beast! I never bother with the 450 as I never used a counter. I look at the tape to see how much is left.
     

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