Yes, Dave the DR-1 has the pad lift feature and dual capstan. Glad to hear you like it! If I didntí already have a couple of Naks, Iíd have snatched that one up!
There are simple protrusions on the top and bottom of the head that push the pressure pad away from the head.
On Apr 2, 2018, at 7:59 AM, Dave Radlauer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Lou and list,
> Thanks for mentioning the Nak DR-1. I was just about to chime in on this
> discussion in that regard > let's call it *a new thread on the lower priced
> Nakamichi decks appropriate for archiving*. DR-1 is the only in the DR
> series with manual playback azimuth adjustment.
> I've acquired several of these fine machines for the purpose, acquired
> through e-Bay, usually $350-425.00 in VG condition or recently serviced.
> I note the deck is dual capstan. But I don't know if the transport
> mechanism utilizes the felt-pad lift previously mentioned.
> Also remarkable is the astounding sound-to-noise ratio. My metering
> consistently shows a noise floor greater than -90 db, the lowest noise
> output I've seen from an analog device.
> I wonder if other Nakamichi owners have noticed the quietude of the
> circuitry/power supplies.
> And I appreciate that this Nak comes imprinted with my initials.
> Dave Radlauer
> cell and text# 510-717-5240