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Great idea, Jeff.  If I remove the Philips-head screw to replace it, will
that foul anything up with the head mounting?  If things will stay where
they are, that would be pretty easy.  Sometimes the simplest solutions are
the best ones.

Thanks,
John


On Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 7:34 PM, Jeff Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I replace the Philips AZ screw with a socket head screw exactly because I
> have seen the Philips heads get worn out.  AZ adjustment with a long shank
> Allen key is then a piece of cake.
>
> Jeff
>
>
>
> At 04:47 PM 7/22/2017, you wrote:
>
>> Tim, that is really a dandy mod.  Azimuth adjustment is sooo critical on
>> cassettes, yet hard to adjust on the Tascam machine, a popular workhouse
>> pro cassette machine.  I adjust my 122 MkIII with a very small Philips
>> head
>> screwdriver, but it is no fun getting to the screw, and I worry about the
>> screw head becoming "carved out" as so many Philips-head screws do over
>> time.  Doing the adjustment gets very delicate.  Can one even find
>> replacement screws?  One with a long shank sticking out that you could
>> turn
>> by hand might be an easy mod?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> John Haley
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 2:28 AM, Tim Gillett <[log in to unmask]
>> >
>> wrote:
>>
>> > Thanks Corey,
>> >
>> > Yes maybe you saw the mod by (I think ) Thal Engineering for Studer open
>> > reel machines. Now that's classy looking, and probably with a price to
>> > match.
>> >
>> > Thing is with many cassette machines it's a harder design,  as the head
>> > platform moves in and out, and there can be very limited space. I made
>> 6
>> > or 8 of them by hand  for Tascam 122 MkII and III's for a big cassette
>> > archiving project but it wasnt simple. The heart of it is a tiny ball
>> and
>> > socket arrangement (not visible in the photo). Cost of parts is trivial.
>> > More the idea and the implementation. Mine is really only a prototype
>> but
>> > demonstrates what can be done.
>> >
>> > Cheers
>> >
>> > Tim Gillett
>> >
>> > Perth,
>> > Western Australia
>> >
>> >
>> > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Corey Bailey" <
>> [log in to unmask]
>> > >
>> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> > Sent: Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:12 PM
>> >
>> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Much Trouble with my two TASCAM 122 Mk 2s
>> >
>> >
>> > Hi Tim,
>> >>
>> >> Now, that's pretty slick! For those cassette decks that need access to
>> >> the azimuth screw, I usually drill a hole so the azimuth screw can be
>> >> accessed with a screwdriver (my own studio, of course). I've seen the
>> >> thumbscrew mod on some 2tr. machines where the studio tech had access
>> to a
>> >> machine shop.
>> >>
>> >> Cheers!
>> >>
>> >> Corey
>> >> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
>> >> www.baileyzone.net
>> >>
>> >> On 7/21/2017 6:02 PM, Tim Gillett wrote:
>> >>
>> >>> Yes bridging the "cassette in" switch is another cleaning work around.
>> >>> The advantage of the cassette tool is that it can be used on almost
>> any
>> >>> cassette machine with no machine mods needed.
>> >>>
>> >>> Machine mods could be a whole other discussion. I feel the single most
>> >>> useful mod for cassette decks for a
>> >>> transfer engineer is a front panel user azimuth adjuster. Here is an
>> >>> example on a Tascam 122 MkII. I have also made these for Tascam 122
>> MkIII's
>> >>> and Nakamichis.
>> >>>
>> >>> http://imgur.com/rERTQaw
>> >>>
>> >>> Tim Gillett
>> >>>
>> >>> Perth,
>> >>> Western Australia
>> >>>
>> >>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ellis Burman" <
>> >>> [log in to unmask]>
>> >>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> >>> Sent: Saturday, July 22, 2017 3:51 AM
>> >>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Much Trouble with my two TASCAM 122 Mk 2s
>> >>>
>> >>>
>> >>> Ours kept shutting off.  I traced it to an intermittent leaf switch
>> that
>> >>> detects whether a cassette in inserted.  I jumpered the switch with a
>> >>> blob
>> >>> of solder, and now it works great and can be run with no cassette
>> >>> inserted
>> >>> for easy cleaning.
>> >>>
>> >>> Ellis
>> >>>
>> >>> On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 11:53 PM, Tim Gillett <
>> >>> [log in to unmask]>
>> >>> wrote:
>> >>>
>> >>> True, and a nice bright light - and  glasses if you need them for
>> close
>> >>>> viewing.
>> >>>>
>> >>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mark Campbell" <
>> >>>> [log in to unmask]>
>> >>>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> >>>> Sent: Friday, July 21, 2017 11:39 AM
>> >>>>
>> >>>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Much Trouble with my two TASCAM 122 Mk 2s
>> >>>>
>> >>>>
>> >>>> ...flipping-off the cassette door facia panel and aslo mouting the
>> >>>> player
>> >>>>
>> >>>>> in a rear-ward-sloping rack mounting....does help a  little visual
>> and
>> >>>>> physical access to capstan and pinchroller and head access wrt
>> access.
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>> -----Original Message-----
>> >>>>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:
>> >>>>> [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tim Gillett
>> >>>>> Sent: Friday, 21 July 2017 8:28 AM
>> >>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> >>>>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Much Trouble with my two TASCAM 122 Mk 2s
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>> Hi Corey,
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>> Interestingly,  the 122 the owner's manual states the pinch roller
>> and
>> >>>>> capstan should be cleaned  "at least once a day the deck is used"...
>> >>>>> but
>> >>>>> without resorting to extra expedients as we've both described, even
>> >>>>> as a
>> >>>>> techie I'd struggle to perform this basic first line daily
>> maintenance.
>> >>>>> Even with the non standard expedients  the pinch roller and capstan
>> are
>> >>>>> still tricky to clean, and I'd suggest without  such expedients, or
>> a
>> >>>>> custom machine mod,  almost impossible.
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>> Human nature being what it is, unless a basic daily task like this
>> is
>> >>>>> easy to perform,  it will tend to be skipped. A basic error by
>> Tascam
>> >>>>> IMO
>> >>>>> especially as the machine was marketed and regarded as a pro
>> machine,
>> >>>>> and
>> >>>>> now seems almost a defacto standard for archives and transfer
>> >>>>> engineers.
>> >>>>> A
>> >>>>> shame as in so many other ways an excellent machine.
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>> Cheers,
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>> Tim Gillett
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>> Perth,
>> >>>>> Western Australia
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>> >>>>> From: "Corey Bailey" <[log in to unmask]>
>> >>>>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> >>>>> Sent: Friday, July 21, 2017 2:44 AM
>> >>>>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Much Trouble with my two TASCAM 122 Mk 2s
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>> Hi Tim,
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>>> As you learned the hard way, this list does not accept attachments
>> and
>> >>>>>> will strip them from your post.
>> >>>>>>
>> >>>>>> Regarding the picture of the cassette that you posted:
>> >>>>>> I have made a few variations of these for those pesky decks where
>> the
>> >>>>>> cassette sensor is hard to get to. Generally, I will put a small
>> piece
>> >>>>>> of
>> >>>>>> tape across the tape sensor lever (located at the top of the
>> cassette
>> >>>>>> bay)
>> >>>>>> to hold it up which allows the transport to function and gives the
>> >>>>>> tech
>> >>>>>> full access to the transport mechanism. The modified cassette shell
>> >>>>>> certainly makes sense for routine cleaning by non-techies.
>> >>>>>>
>> >>>>>> Cheers,
>> >>>>>>
>> >>>>>> Corey
>> >>>>>> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
>> >>>>>> www.baileyzone.net
>> >>>>>>
>> >>>>>> On 7/19/2017 9:35 PM, Tim Gillett wrote:
>> >>>>>>
>> >>>>>> Attached photo. Nothing fancy in looks but a tool that works.
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> In the Tascam I think both reels also need to be turning to avoid
>> >>>>>>> activating "Stop" so I retained the hubs and tape, but with a
>> smaller
>> >>>>>>> diameter pack to avoid fouling when cleaning the parts. It makes
>> >>>>>>> things
>> >>>>>>> easier on various other cassette machines too, especially later
>> >>>>>>> models
>> >>>>>>> which only go into play mode when a cassette is inserted.
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> I first made a few of these in the 90's when a Talking Book
>> >>>>>>> production
>> >>>>>>> organisation I worked for bought new Tascam 122 MkIII's and the
>> staff
>> >>>>>>> struggled to perform daily  tape path cleaning. Of course I
>> regularly
>> >>>>>>> use
>> >>>>>>> the tool myself.
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> Hope it helps.
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> Cheers
>> >>>>>>> Tim
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> Perth,
>> >>>>>>> Western Australia
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Shai Drori" <
>> [log in to unmask]
>> >>>>>>> >
>> >>>>>>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> >>>>>>> Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 11:59 AM
>> >>>>>>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Much Trouble with my two TASCAM 122 Mk 2s
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> Please upload the picture. Sounds interesting.
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> בברכה,
>> >>>>>>> שי דרורי.
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>>
>> >>>>>>> Cheers
>> >>>>>>> Shai Drori
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>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 4:12 AM, Tim Gillett
>> >>>>>>> <[log in to unmask]>
>> >>>>>>> wrote:
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> Hi Ben,
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>> There are no belts in that machine, one reel drive idler rubber
>> tyre
>> >>>>>>>> and
>> >>>>>>>> of course a rubber pinch roller. They're usually reliable
>> machines
>> >>>>>>>> but
>> >>>>>>>> are
>> >>>>>>>> getting old and may have had a lot of work.
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>> The tape path needs regular cleaning or tapes may  be damaged or
>> jam
>> >>>>>>>> inside. Cleaning the capstan and pinch roller is a lot easier
>> with a
>> >>>>>>>> custom
>> >>>>>>>> dummy cassette to trick the capstan motor to run and  engage the
>> >>>>>>>> pinch
>> >>>>>>>> roller in play mode for cleaning. I can upload a photo of a dummy
>> >>>>>>>> cassette
>> >>>>>>>> if that would help.
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>> I service these but unfortunately am in Australia... It may also
>> >>>>>>>> need
>> >>>>>>>> a
>> >>>>>>>> skilled local serviceman to check it out.
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>> Best of luck
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>> Tim Gillett,
>> >>>>>>>> Perth,
>> >>>>>>>> Western Australia
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Martin Fisher"
>> >>>>>>>> <[log in to unmask]
>> >>>>>>>> >
>> >>>>>>>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> >>>>>>>> Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:27 AM
>> >>>>>>>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Much Trouble with my two TASCAM 122 Mk 2s
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>> Check for tight belts and good rubber tires.
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>> Martin
>> >>>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>> >>>>>>>>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:
>> >>>>>>>>> [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of 6295LARGE .
>> >>>>>>>>> Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 3:23 PM
>> >>>>>>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> >>>>>>>>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Much Trouble with my two TASCAM 122 Mk 2s
>> >>>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>> Hello everybody
>> >>>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>> I was cut off from ARSC for about 2 months, because their email
>> was
>> >>>>>>>>> being
>> >>>>>>>>> rejected by my computer for some reason.
>> >>>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>> I have 2 TASCAM 122 Mk 2 recorders.
>> >>>>>>>>> They seem to have week mechanisms.
>> >>>>>>>>> I was told I can use only high quality cassettes.
>> >>>>>>>>> Is that how it should be?
>> >>>>>>>>> I don't use junk, but the mechanism struggles and moans, then it
>> >>>>>>>>> stops
>> >>>>>>>>> or
>> >>>>>>>>> eats the tape.
>> >>>>>>>>> The cassettes have gotten stuck in one of them and I had to take
>> >>>>>>>>> off
>> >>>>>>>>> the
>> >>>>>>>>> cover to make the mechanism give them up.
>> >>>>>>>>> Is that how it should be?  Maybe the rubber parts need to be
>> >>>>>>>>> cleaned.
>> >>>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>> *Are there any service centers for TASCAM in south Florida?*
>> >>>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>> HELP!
>> >>>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>> Regards,
>> >>>>>>>>> Ben Roth
>> >>>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>>
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