Warning 8 track content

Discussion in 'Tape' started by rossm, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. rossm

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    Hi all,
    Picked up a really cool 8 track at an estate sale.
    Fisher Studio Standard ER-8140, not much info on this but it appears to be made by Wollensak, as it closely resembles their model 8745. Looks to me like one of the most advanced 8 tracks ever produced. It’s got Dolby and tape selectors for “normal” and “advanced”, also switchable filters for f.m. Really cool feature is the tape eject, first time I thought it going to fly across the room. It plays great, but have not recorded on it yet. The 8745 manual lists specs of 30-16k using “The new Scotch brand special classic series tape ” does any one have this magical tape. I am also looking for replacement knobs for the level controls, the pot shaft is almost flush with the front panel so it’s going to be a challenge. It’s going to look great setting on top of the RS-2010
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  2. Onebean

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    Wow, that thing is massive.
     
  3. tcdriver

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    Wow. Very cool. That is one full featured 8-track deck. :thumbsup:
     
  4. 1tumbleweed

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    Actually made by Sanyo, sold as both the relatively common Wollensak and your rare Fisher version. (Sanyo owned Fisher)

    Nothing too special about Scotch Classic; cobalt-doped ferric IIRC (or, just low noise high output.) Just use what you can find. TDK SD is probably the best choice.

    Not aware of an 8745. Did you mean 8075?

    My archived article from 8Track Heaven:

    http://www.8trackheaven.com/archive/whatwoll.html

    (Email is a dead link)
     
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  5. rossm

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    Yep looks like it’s going to crush that wimpy pioneer!!
     
  6. rossm

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    Hi 1tumbleweed thanks for the link. You are correct I meant 8075.
    Would I need to set the bias to high for the tdk tape ?
    I adjusted the heads to eliminate the cross talk and it sounds great with a prerecorded tape.

    Here is a pic with the player in the Fisher rack
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    Sounds really nice, I would says it doesn’t give up much compared to my middle of the road cassette decks
     

     

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  7. 1tumbleweed

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    With the TDK, it's most likely that "normal" is your best bet, but it doesn't hurt to experiment. Same goes for any Maxell blanks you come across.

    You've got a really rare bird there; I've never seen your Fisher branded version, athough I've seen a Sanyo or two. For the level controls, you'll need a knob with a "shoulder" - scarcer than the normal kind, but I'm sure they're out there. Enjoy!
     
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    Just about every Sony knob ( TV ) is made that way.
     
  9. likebike23

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    Wow, that setup is sweet! I like 8 tracks, they do sound pretty good.
     
  10. rossm

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    Thanks for that info, I will keep my eyes open for that
     
  11. rossm

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    Thanks again for your input
    Other than cleaning and deoxit all I had to do was grease the post the headplate rides up and down on. Really a clean find so I was surprised the knobs were missing. I have 40 or so tapes and waiting on parts to refurb the tapes, then I can enjoy it
     

     

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  12. KentTeffeteller

    KentTeffeteller Gimpus Stereophilus!

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    This machine (and the Wollensak) were built by Sanyo, for what it's worth. An excellent machine, one of the best 8 track cartridge machines built. DC motor is a known weakness.
     

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