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For me it is mere curiosity! I’ve been given lots of cassette decks over the years, but actually spent about $400 each for my two Naks, worth every enny since I have this big project… Some Naks have the lifter, some don’t. It’s amazingly simple - just ridges attached to the head that push the spring back as the head penetrates the shell to contact the tape! Not even an extra moving part.

Dual capstans is essential when the pad is pushed back, to give accurate tension. I also feel that easily knob-adjustable azimuth is also essential.

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Lou Judson
Intuitive Audio
415-883-2689

> On Jul 24, 2019, at 8:18 PM, Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Tim & Lou:
> 
> Some of the brands that I'm aware of were Sony, JVC & Technics. There were others, I'm sure, and I don't have model numbers. There were a number of dual capstan decks (a feature that I consider most important) that may have incorporated pad lifters. There is no database that I know of that contains this information. Hi Fi Engine is good about listing the specs of equipment that it has in its database. Anyone with more information on this subject should jump in here and perhaps we can get a database started. What I have noticed is that any of these 20+ year old machines command prices that are generally too high for me. I have spent way too much money on decks that wind up dying and the failed part is now obsolete and not able to be found.
> 
> Cheers!
> 
> Corey
> 
> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
> www.baileyzone.net
> 
> On 7/24/2019 7:40 PM, Tim Gillett wrote:
>> Hi Corey,
>> 
>> You said, " FWIW, Nakamichi
>> 
>> decks weren't the only decks that came with dual capstan transports
>> and
>> 
>> pressure pad lifters. Several brands produced audiophile grade
>> machines
>> 
>> with dual capstan transports and pressure pad lifters that had specs
>> as
>> 
>> good as most Nakamichi's."
>> 
>> I've never come across this. Do you remember which brands  these were
>> please?
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> 
>> Tim Gillett
>> 
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>> Re: [ARSCLIST] Cassette pressure pads
>> 
>>  Hi Martin,
>> 
>>  I have saved several cassettes that were assembled with screws for
>> those
>>  occasions when I have to re-shell a cassette tape. Sometimes, I steal
>> 
>>  just the pads to return the cassette in question to it's best
>> possible
>>  condition before transferring the audio.
>> 
>>  Like Lou, I (usually) resort to Nakamichi decks for transfer for a
>> host
>>  of reasons. Recently, I transferred several cassette tapes and my
>>  beloved Naks wouldn't completely play about half of them. I had to
>>  resort to another dual capstan deck for those cassettes. FWIW,
>> Nakamichi
>>  decks weren't the only decks that came with dual capstan transports
>> and
>>  pressure pad lifters. Several brands produced audiophile grade
>> machines
>>  with dual capstan transports and pressure pad lifters that had specs
>> as
>>  good as most Nakamichi's.
>> 
>>  Cheers!
>> 
>>  Corey
>> 
>>  Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
>>  www.baileyzone.net
>> 
>>  On 7/24/2019 9:42 AM, Lou Judson wrote:
>>  > Martin, I have a few you could have. I use Nakamichi decks for
>> playback so the pressure pads are irrelevant. In a project of some
>> 1500 cassettes to transfer, the guy I work with saved a bunch of parts
>> from broken cassettes for repairs, but the pads are useless to me.
>> Usually all I need for repairs are the hubs with leaders…
>>  >
>>  > I see only six or seven in the parts box, though. How many do you
>> need? Actually, come to think of it, we are not keeping the
>> transferred cassettes, so I actually have several hundred discards!
>>  >
>>  > Write or call me offlist if this helps. Or get a Nakamichi with pad
>> lifters to be better off! :-)
>>  >
>>  > <L>
>>  > Lou Judson
>>  > Intuitive Audio
>>  > 415-883-2689
>>  >
>>  >> On Jul 24, 2019, at 9:26 AM, Martin Fisher
>> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>  >>
>>  >> Hey Folks,
>>  >>
>>  >> Does anyone out there have a source for cassette pressure pad
>> assemblies (I say assemblies because the pads are usually attached to
>> a spring) or some alternative method of manufacturing your own. I've
>> tried those peel and stick strips available from several sources
>> online and they just don't cut it. Much too thick and rather
>> cumbersome. Of course I can buy a bunch of C-O shells and mutilate
>> them but I hate to waste so much just for the one part I need most.
>>  >>
>>  >> Thanks! :-)
>>  >>
>>  >> Martin
>>  >>
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