That sounds brilliant!
Are you doing any playback outside of a (semi) standard cassette machine?
I've been having difficulties with C120 cassettes off-and-on, some come
in with horrid defects. I had one where it was recorded (or so it
appears) after stretching to about 0.1 inch width from the normal 0.15 inch!
I am rather frustrated by all this and would love another way out.
An A80QC is one option, but expensive and big and has some of its own
On 2012-06-24 4:56 PM, Nigel Champion wrote:
> Hi Hugh
> Because this archive also handles cassettes with poor production quality and far-from-ideal storage conditions, we use an enhanced version of Richard Hess's setup for transferring only the magnetic tape from shell to shell.
> Unfortunately, ARSC List doesn't permit attached photographs, so here's a rough description:
> Two transport assemblies from a dual-cassette deck.
> Head mechanisms removed
> Other superfluous parts removed so the cassettes are easily accessible but still held securely
> Transport pulleys and gears re-jigged for minimum torque and speed
> Wall-wart power supply of a low voltage to also reduce torque and speed
> Mounted side-by-side on the top of a case with a splicing block in front
> Separate switches for each transport
> The unit makes the question of glued versus screwed shells inconsequential and is useful for three tasks:
> 1. Cassette re-winder for exercising tapes prior to playback; two at a time independently
> 2. Transfer of tape between shells
> 3. Holder for shells during splicing or repair
> Task 1 has the advantage that the cassettes are re-wound without any head contact - many cassette decks push the head assembly forward even during wind & re-wind.
> Let me know if you'd like a photograph.
> Manager & Audio Conservator
> Archive Of M‚ori & Pacific Music
> The University of Auckland
> New Zealand
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.