This week: a new lease of life for a pile of cassettes with a defect.

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Patient no. 1: Gurand C60

Diagnosis: tape caught in housing

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The tape is actually caught between the two halves of the cassette housing, and cannot be transported. So, let’s open her up!

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The housing seems to be a bit misformed, so maybe a little push… oh – SNAP!

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Hmmm… now there’s a bit missing, but at least it’s a functional tape now. Turns out to be empty on both sides, which seems a pity. I’m keeping this just because of the good looks.

Patient no. 2: Maxell XLII 90

Diagnosis: tape broken at the end of rewinding

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The tape is on the loose in the housing, so: surgery needed.

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Oops… that’s a bit of tape fungus. Let’s quickly return to the job at hand though.

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No, that’s not good. The parts themselves are still ok. The white bit easily slides out.

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So let’s just insert the tape from the point where it broke. It’s impossible to slide the white bit back in whilst keeping the tape in position, so I just clicked it in from the top.

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That looks much better, no leader tape is not a problem. I will use this for a recording.

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Patient no. 3: TEAC C-60

Diagnosis: leader tape breakage

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Let’s look inside for a quick fix.

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Yup, that’s broken. So let’s erase that leader tape again 🙂

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Notice that the shape of the white bit to be inserted is different on each side. Couldn’t get it in when I first put in the short side.

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Better. And there’s even some music on it. James Last…

Patient no. 4: Herbie Hancock – Man Child (1975)

Diagnosis: missing pressure pad

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I was lucky to notice this: you wouldn’t want that metal scratching your decks head.

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So, we need a donor!

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It’s filthy, but can be put to good use, because the pressure pad still looks fresh.

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And that’s easily transplanted.

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Patient no. 5: SONY UX60

Diagnosis: component breakage at the end of rewinding

So, another endless rewind that had to be stopped manually. But here the tape doesn’t seem to be the culprit. Parts have gone missing!

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Let’s have a look then.

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The tape retention thingie has snapped. That doesn’t bode well for my 300 SONY tapes I still have from the 80’s and 90’s… But let’s turn to the donor again.

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Different system, but that’ll do nicely after a clean, thank you.

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But of a kerfuffle to get the little pin in with the tape. In the end I decided to just press it on the table and force it in. Sliding it in whilst keeping the tape in place was impossible. Excess leader tape was removed with a Stanley knife.

Looks a bit out of place here, that white reel, but at least I can listen to the Fields Of The Nephilim again.

End result

An hours work, and 5 tapes ready for action.

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First clean up the mess…

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… and then start with Herbie!

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