I've serviced Tascam 122 MkII/MkIII's since the early 90's. They're an
interesting design in that the play head has a good long life, because in
common with most Naks, the felt pressure pad doesnt press against it! But
unlike the Naks the pad is not pushed away. The Tascam design displaces the
play head a little to the right of the pressure pad so that the pad mostly
presses the tape against the record head and a small metal plate between the
two heads. The friction creates back tension for good tape contact with the
But courtesy of the felt pads, the record head and metal plate wear a lot
faster than the play head and before too long the head assembly needs
attention, even though the play head itself may still be in excellent
condition. With the Naks there isnt this accellerated and uneven head wear.
So being still partially dependent on the felt pad, the Tascams although
fine machines still have a weakness in this department in my view.
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The 480 was not lowly. The BX100 was lowly. And even that one made great
recordings. Dual capstans have other merits like lower wow and flutter.
Naks are the only ones I am aware of that actually pushed the pads away. I
think they even patented it.
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On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 8:25 AM, Tim Gillett <[log in to unmask]>
> I agree Shai. Also the felt pads eventually do nasty things to heads
> including accellerated wear/ pitting. It's sometimes said that only the
> high end Naks can be used but even the lowly Nak 480 series has the
> essential features of dual capstans and pad lifter. Other brands used
> capstan but as far as I know only Nak exploited that feature by pushing
> felt pad off the head.
> Tim Gillett
> Western Australia
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> Better yet, just use a Nak that actually lifts the felt pad altogether.
> Tapes actually play better with less noise and better tape to head contact
> without the felt pad. The caveat is that the deck needs to be built for
> purpose of lifting the pad (almost all Naks). Regular decks need it for
> contact with the head.
> If you do decide to glue it back, crazy glue will work, but my personal
> favorite is the liquid UHU. Takes about 20 minutes to dry.
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> On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 12:23 AM, Paul Stamler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On 6/28/2017 3:51 PM, Jeff Willens wrote:
>> Does anyone have a conservationally sound method for reattaching felt
>>> pressure pads to cassette shells? I'm loathe to use Crazy Glue as I
>>> have no idea if it seeps through the felt. Double-stick tape was also
>>> mentioned to me, but I can't see that standing up to playing.
>>> Replacing would be fine unless the shell is sealed. I would prefer to
>>> not have to break the shell to get inside. But if I have the pad, I'd
>>> like to reuse it somehow. Any thoughts?
>> I know of no practical way to reuse/reattach the pad, which is probably
>> shot anyhow. Get a new cassette and transplant the tape to it.
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