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Re: Cassette Tape Playback issues (was Free - Cassette tapes)

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Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 26 Jun 2012 09:55:39 -0400

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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

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shai Drori" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 2:57 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Cassette Tape Playback issues (was Free - Cassette tapes)


>C are actually easy if you have patience, and I guess you do. I think your points are well. I would 
>like one that is playback only with no additions in the tape path. Manual azimuth adjustment, etc.
> Shai
>
> בתאריך 25/06/12 5:03 PM, ציטוט Richard L. Hess:
>> Hi, Shai,
>>
>> This is an interesting question. Yes, the Naks work well most of the time with C-120s, but I am 
>> seeing/being asked about enough oddball cassettes with issues that I think I need something else. 
>> I'm looking for something that will expose the head/tape interface during repro.
>>
>> The things I am seeing are:
>> (a) Tapes that were recorded stretched (width ~ 100 mil vs 150 mil standard)
>> (b) Tapes that wind into a cone and jam in the shell due to differential stretching
>> (c) Tapes that have folds in them that people would like me to try and recover from
>>          I've had success with 1/2-inch and 1-inch acetate 4- and 8-track tapes that were 
>> horrific
>>          with a hand-held velour pressure pad which was very effective.
>>
>> I turned down cassettes in (c) because I didn't have an out-of-shell playback system.
>>
>> I am also evaluating a more compact and cost-effective approach: the Sony APR-5000QC <smile>. I 
>> have a few spares of those around <smile>.
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Richard
>>
>> On 2012-06-25 4:11 AM, Shai Drori wrote:
>>> Isn't it only for QC of pancakes? Sounds like too much trouble and risk. What about your Naks, 
>>> they give you trouble with c-120? Mine work like a dream.
>>> Shai
>>>
>>> בתאריך 25/06/12 2:54 AM, ציטוט Richard L. Hess:
>>>>
>>>> An A80QC is one option, but expensive and big and has some of its own issues.
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>
> -- 
> בברכה,
> שי דרורי
> מומחה לשימור והמרה של אודיו וידאו וסרטים 8-35 ממ.
> 

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