For rebuilding the pinch rollers, try Terry's Rubber Rollers:
Be sure that the deck is complete with the rebuilt head block and pinch
rollers, etc. before you have it serviced back to factory.
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
On 12/31/2015 9:27 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Thanks for the tip, Dave. I'm looking to spend less. As I said, I'll
> send the headblock out to John French. He has a way of making that
> switch reliable long-term, as long as it's not abused. I don't buy the
> mythology that there's an audible cost to having the switch, it's
> wired in a way to prevent that. However, the switch itself has
> oxide-attracting plating inside. John has a lube/cleaner method to
> ward off oxidation for a long time. Anyway, hoping to find someone
> nearer to me so I can drive it to them and save ridicu-priced and
> injury-prone shipping.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dave Radlauer" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2015 11:59 AM
> Subject: Re: seeking excellent, reputable technician to restore a
> Technics 1520 reel deck
>> Tom --
>> J-corder <http://www.j-corder.com/J-Corder_Tapedecks.html> is superb.
>> I've been ecstatic with my TWO J-corder rebuilds. I asked for only
>> playback heads, got two machines refurbed for the price of one of his
>> retail custom machines: around $5000 (without custom cosmetics @ $1500 a
>> Gallery <http://www.j-corder.com/Gallery.php>
>> Strip and rebuild, upgrades electronics, bearings, heads and misc.
>> The sound is astonishing with old tapes: surprisingly dynamic and clean.
>> Sadly, that 2track / 4track switch has to go (that's why I did two: one
>> each for 1/4 track or 1/2 track) -- its the machine's most serious flaw.
>> Dave R
>> hm# 510-848-8323
>> cell# 510-717-5240