It's hard to tell precisely what the issues are without seeing the tape.
I did have one client that decided not to spring for the cost and
risk of a cleaning/restoration of an extremely fragile C120 that had
been, apparently, soaked in coffee or other noxious substance. The
layers were glued together.
With that said, there are known issues with some combination of
sticky shed syndrome and loss of lubricant. I'm starting to see both
in some Sony tapes and I'm slowly working towards the right approach.
After reshelling it, did it fast wind? What happened when you put it
in play: exactly. What player? I'm assuming (as Steve just asked as I
was typing this) that the tape isn't disconnected some place.
How did you reshell it? Drop the hubs/spools into a new shell? That
sometimes doesn't work due to molding tolerances of the shell/hubs.
What else did you try?
This is how I reshell most cassettes:
The Nakamichi Dragons that I use don't rely on the cassette's
pressure pad but rather generate their own tension via dual capstans.
In fact, the play head assembly pushes the pressure pad away.
Thanks, Tom, for the referral. It's hard to know what's going on
without more details.
At 02:35 PM 3/10/2006, John Loy wrote:
>I have a 120 minute cassette tape that simply will not play in any
>cassette player we have because the tape doesn't move inside the
>machine. I have already swithched out the shell twice and some other
>unorthodox tricks I am interested in seeing what kind of ideas
>everyone here may have I can try to get this thing to play. Of
>course as luck would have it it is a one of a kind with no available
>copy. All replies are appreciated.
>John A. Loy
>Southern Folklife Collection
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