I found two of those Tandberg machines on eBay. I bought them for the
purpose and took tin snips to them. I did this after convincing myself
that taking the shells apart and trying to put them back together did
more damage and took longer. I still urge you to change the hubs if you
do the transplant process. I suspect that the tolerances conspire
against total interchangeability of all hubs with all shells.
I use the same process for micro cassettes and transfer them on
Nakamichi Dragons. You must obtain permission from the tape owner as I
consider removing the tape from the micro shell irreversible. The tape
will play backwards and be at the wrong speed. Digitize at a high rate
and resample to a different sampling frequency. Don't worry, there isn't
much above 10 K on micro cassettes so you can do it at 96 kHz, but 192
would be purer (though I doubt the results would be different) for the
half-speed micro cassettes).
On 2018-06-12 3:45 PM, Dan Gediman wrote:
> Thank you Richard, Corey, and Steve, for your various suggestions, especially Richard’s suggested order of operations. I did read your post about splicing old tapes into new shells, and how you have reconfigured an old cassette machine to facilitate this without opening any shells. Alas, I have no such machines I can adapt. I’m stuck with taking apart the tape and splicing it into a new shell the old fashioned way and praying it all works. I can only thank God I’m not working with micro-cassettes at this time, although I actually have been given two of those as well that I’m going to have to digitize sometime soon. Thankfully, they are only about 10 years old and I’m hoping they are in better shape.
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.