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Time now for me to piggyback onto this discussion. Anyone have experience with Tandbergs? Do they also push away the pad or situate the play head in a way that the pad doesn't put pressure on it?
    

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From: Tim Gillett <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2017 08:19 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Cassette repair question

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> 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 
> play head.
> 
> 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.
> 
> Tim Gillett.
> Perth,
> Western Australia
> 
>  ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Shai Drori" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2017 7:48 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Cassette repair question
> 
> 
> 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]>
> wrote:
> 
> > 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 
> > dual
> > capstan but as far as I know only Nak exploited that feature by pushing 
> > the
> > felt pad off the head.
> >
> > Tim Gillett
> > Perth,
> > Western Australia
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Shai Drori" <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2017 5:34 AM
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Cassette repair question
> >
> >
> > 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 
> > the
> > 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.
> >
> > בברכה,
> > שי דרורי.
> > מומחה לשימור ודיגיטציה של אודיו וידאו ופילם 8-35ממ
> > Cheers
> > Shai Drori
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> > Hi Res scanning for film 8mm-35mm
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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.
> >>
> >> Peace,
> >> Paul
> >>
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