I think that some Nakamichi decks are equiped with special pad lifter, so
there is no need to worry about this.
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From: "Steve Greene" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:51 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Cassette Tape Playback issues (was Free - Cassette
I always liked the Nakamichi decks with the closed-loop dual capstans. One
point of caution: closely examine the felt pressure pad that should fall
directly over the tape and head. In some cassettes, the glue may fail,
causing the pad to wander off-center or fall out entirely. In a case like
that, put the tape in a new shell, because the misplacement or absence of
the pressure pad will cause the tape to mistrack.
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>>> Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> 6/27/2012 11:31 AM >>>
Tom, do you think that standard double capstan deks are not adequate for the
job? I have Sony and Nakamichi decks that have closed loop dual capstan
drives that seem to do a fairly good job, though I haven't had severely
warped tapes that are problematic - so far!
On Jun 26, 2012, at 6:55 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
> An interesting machine would be a cassette mechanism up top but instead of
> a capstan drive, the tape would be pulled out the middle of the shell and
> put in a little isolated-loop drive, Technics style, with the heads inside
> the loop. I would think, if you had really good guidance on top of the
> loop, you could keep the tape very stable in the loop. Better still would
> be a way to adjust the two pinchrollers so you could vary the tension/wrap
> on the heads. Cassette tape is so thin, that should be a way to guarantee
> good head contact.
> Probably not worth rigging up such a beast for lowly cassettes.
> -- Tom Fine