I used to have a Sony DAT . I had an issue with the fast forward and rewind 
intermittent and slow. The problem is a little two-way clutch in the fast 
forward mechanism. When the motor turned one way, the clutch would turn a 
unit that had gears on it - when it turned one way, the assembly would 
swivel and engage in on direction and when reversed, it would turn the 
assembly to engage in a different gear. The clutch in mine was too tight and 
caused drag in the mechanism, resulting in the FF/RW drag-Mickey

-----Original Message----- 
From: Tim Gillett
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:49 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] DAT players, Care to share your experience with tape 
breakage and 32 kHz capture

Hi Karl,

DAT machines had delicate, tiny, fiddly mechanisms even when new and these
days the situation is much  worse  re parts and expertise to keep them
going. The tapes are very thin and vulnerable. I wouldnt put a recorded DAT
tape anywhere near a player unless I was very confident both  machine and
tape were in top condition beforehand. It's so easy on these miniature tape
formats to  damage the tape even just a little, and not even know it's
happening, but enough to make retrieval of the contents impossible.  I
dont know if some DAT players are more gentle on tapes than others but these
days I suspect damage to tapes is  less from the design of the original
machine and more failure to maintain the mechanism in tip top condition.

Tim Gillett
Western Australia.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Karl E. Fitzke" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2018 4:40 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] DAT players, Care to share your experience with tape
breakage and 32 kHz capture

Hi, everyone.

Anybody out there want to venture what DAT machines are more or less gentle
with tapes?  And/or talk about their experience with tape breakage?

I broke two tapes earlier this week, both of then near the end of recorded
program, I think when trying to fastforward past the end of recorded

Inspecting the breaks, the remaining portion of blank tape took some careful
effort to unravel a bit and repair.  So I'm guessing each tape hadn't been
exercised beyond that point since the day the tape was manufactured!

So, best to just play DATs (slow/gentle pull away from supply reel) - no
fastforwarding (fast/abrupt tugging from supply reel)?  Might some
make/model handle a situation like this better or worse?

While we are at it, any recommended means of Digital-to-Digital at 32kHz?
Same goes for 32 kHz data playback in DAWs that (in my mind rightly) don't
employ SRC like Quicktime or VLC will.  Neither of my two converter box
make/models support 32kHz.  Looking at RME ADI-2 already.

Of course we could do SRC, but I'd rather not.  See for instance, ARSC Guide
to Audio Preservation page 112.


Karl Fitzke
Audio/Visual Specialist
214 Olin Library
Ithaca, NY 14853

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