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if someone can do precise measurements, I bet those gears could be 3-D printed!
just a thought....
Laurie

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Topics of the day:

  1. Tascam 122n MK models (4)

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Date:    Sun, 5 May 2019 10:19:10 -0400
From:    John Schroth <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Tascam 122n MK models

Hoping to get some input from everyone.

I'd like to add a Tascam 122 cassette deck to our inventory. I've been
studying up on the different models, reading conflicting reports. Does
anyone have recommendations on which of the models they prefer - the
original 122, MK-II or MK-III?

Thanks in advance for any input.

Kind Regards,

John Schroth

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Date:    Sun, 5 May 2019 12:25:34 -0400
From:    Eli Bildirici <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Tascam 122n MK models

At last year's pre-conference workshop, George Blood specifically mentioned the Mk III. Brought some on hand which had been modified so that one could make azimuth adjustments while playing back.

-------- Original Message --------
From: John Schroth <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, May 5, 2019 10:19 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Tascam 122n MK models

>
> Hoping to get some input from everyone.
>
> I'd like to add a Tascam 122 cassette deck to our inventory. I've been
> studying up on the different models, reading conflicting reports. Does
> anyone have recommendations on which of the models they prefer - the
> original 122, MK-II or MK-III?
>
> Thanks in advance for any input.
>
> Kind Regards,
>
> John Schroth
>
> --
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Date:    Mon, 6 May 2019 10:51:01 +0800
From:    Tim Gillett <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Tascam 122n MK models

Hi John,

I think the 122 MkIII is the one most desired for  transfers. It's the three
head, non reversing version of the series.
It's a two motor beltless design but the otherwise rugged capstan motor's
Surface Mount caps  fail after some years and need to be replaced (about 7
caps).

The head sled design is gear driven but the plastic gears eventually fail.
Hopefully spares for these small gears will still be around for a while.

The pinch roller is rather small in diameter. Again hopefully spares of
these will still be available for some time.

The sandwich head (record and play) is interesting in that the felt pressure
pad bears on the record head and  mostly misses the play head. This is good
for long play head life but the record head eventually develops a  wear
groove from the brutal felt pad.  It will be interesting to see for how much
longer the original sandwich head part can still be obtained.

Like many cassette machines, installing a front panel azimuth adjuster isnt
straightforward.  I designed and fitted a simple direct  adjuster in 2010
using just hand tools but I'm sure a more sophisticated design could be or
has been implemented. The main problem is the lack of room as any direct
adjuster is  close to the function buttons right near the head.

Hope this helps.

Tim Gillett
Perth, Western Australia


----- Original Message -----
From: "John Schroth" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, May 05, 2019 10:19 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Tascam 122n MK models


> Hoping to get some input from everyone.
>
> I'd like to add a Tascam 122 cassette deck to our inventory. I've been
> studying up on the different models, reading conflicting reports. Does
> anyone have recommendations on which of the models they prefer - the
> original 122, MK-II or MK-III?
>
> Thanks in advance for any input.
>
> Kind Regards,
>
> John Schroth
>
> --
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> High Quality Conversion Of:
> Video - Audio - Motion Picture - Still Image
> Phone: 585-248-4908
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Date:    Sun, 5 May 2019 20:06:40 -0700
From:    Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Tascam 122n MK models

Hi John,

I prefer cassette decks with a dual capstan mechanism for playback. The
reason is that cassettes, particularly old ones, tend to skew and a dual
capstan deck will hold azimuth better throughout the length to the tape.
Some Nakamichi's also have the added feature of a pressure pad lifter.
If you are going to consider a NAK, be sure and buy one that was built
post 1982. Dual capstan decks are expensive, even used which, I think,
is the only way you will find one. The Tascam that you mention is
current but a good used dual capstan machine will out perform it, hands
down.

My $0.02

Corey

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On 5/5/2019 7:19 AM, John Schroth wrote:
> Hoping to get some input from everyone.
>
> I'd like to add a Tascam 122 cassette deck to our inventory. I've been
> studying up on the different models, reading conflicting reports. Does
> anyone have recommendations on which of the models they prefer - the
> original 122, MK-II or MK-III?
>
> Thanks in advance for any input.
>
> Kind Regards,
>
> John Schroth
>

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