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Hi Tom,

For rebuilding the pinch rollers, try Terry's Rubber Rollers: 
http://www.terrysrubberrollers.com/

Be sure that the deck is complete with the rebuilt head block and pinch 
rollers, etc. before you have it serviced back to factory.

Happy 2016!

Corey
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]>
> To: "Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List" 
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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.
>> http://www.j-corder.com/J-Corder_Tapedecks.html
>>
>> 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
>> pop).
>>
>> Gallery <http://www.j-corder.com/Gallery.php>
>> 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.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Dave R
>> -- 
>> hm# 510-848-8323
>> cell# 510-717-5240
>> www.JAZZHOTBigstep.com
>>
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