I have had good success with baking cassette tapes suffering from SSS and
the brands are random. Keeping the heads clean is paramount.
Like Steve, re-housing the cassette can help along with renewing the slip
sheets. As a matter of course I check the felt to make sure it's intact.
On Sun, Apr 1, 2018 at 8:23 AM, John Haley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I am not recalling exactly what I paid for the Nak Dragon, but it was
> something like $1100. I bought it on Ebay and got lucky--it is in flawless
> The Nak Dragon is missing one desirable feature--there is no speed
> control. But it is rock-steady with moving the tape--probably getting rid
> of the tiny bit of friction of the tape pulling past the pressure pad
> helps. It has a piece that pushes back the pressure pad so it is out of
> the way, and tape tension against the heads is provided by the closed loop
> dual capstan design.
> John Haley
> On Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 1:57 PM, Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]>
> > If I remember correctly, the NAK draws the tape away from the pad,
> > bypassing
> > it.
> > For what it's worth, I've found the slip sheet inside the cassette
> > will exhibit signs of sticky shed.
> > One answer is to rehouse each cassette into a new shell. I've done that
> > many a time.
> > Steve Smolian
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> > [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lou Judson
> > Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2018 1:02 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Sticky shed - clogged heads?
> > Dragon is the gold standard, the Rolls Ryce of cassette decks. Wish the
> > project I have could make it affordable! :-)
> > Maybe I don't want to know what you had to pay for it. ePay shows $1200 -
> > 3200 today.
> > I got my lesser Naks for around $400 each. one needed service, the other
> > was
> > perfect.
> > <L>
> > Lou Judson
> > Intuitive Audio
> > 415-883-2689
> > On Mar 31, 2018, at 9:35 AM, John Haley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > > I recently bought a Nak Dragon, which automatically sets the azimuth
> > > and keeps monitoring and resetting it as the cassette plays. And I
> > > recently dubbed a cassette in which the felt pad was missing. It
> > fine. The
> > > sound quality is astonishingly good. It really beats my Tascam unit.
> > > Best,
> > > John Haley