Your re-shell method is interesting. The only thing I would do differently is plane a piece of wood
to the height of the cassette winder minus 1/32" or so and glue a piece of plastic veneer to the top
of the wood block. You must have very steady hands -- I know I wouldn't trust my own steadiness
holding the original shell in mid-air like that. Your winder is a very clever re-purpose of an old
cassette recorder. Even holding in mid-air, I would say this is less disaster-prone than "brain
surgery" (transplanting both hubs into a new shell).
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, March 10, 2006 3:54 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] 120 minute tapes
> 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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