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Vestax MR100FX 4 trk cassette recorder.

Postby stollypop » Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:18 am

Can anyone help in getting a replacement drive belt for this recorder. I have had it for 21 yrs now and replaced the belt around 2007 now this belt keeps slipping off. I know it's old but i have hundreds of hours of my music recorded on this at hi speed so need it to listen back. I have e mailed Vestax Uk but have had no reply. If anyone out there can help with a supplier/alternative etc...

Many thanks.
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Re: Vestax MR100FX 4 trk cassette recorder.

Postby Jumpeyspyder » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:53 am

Hi Stollypop

I'm not sure you'll get any information from vestax but it's definatly worth a try.

The chances are, that you'll have to measure the existing belt (which has probably stretched a few mm) and order the closest you can find.

I'm in the UK so I'd use :-
http://cpc.farnell.com/belts

Hopefully there may be a similar company in Australia to save you some postage.

Good luck !! :)
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Re: Vestax MR100FX 4 trk cassette recorder.

Postby stollypop » Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:47 am

Thanks jumpey.

I'll probably have to do as you suggest as they are not writing back. They were very helpful when i bought the last one, wish i'd have bought a few now.
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Re: Vestax MR100FX 4 trk cassette recorder.

Postby Tomás Mulcahy » Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:08 am

The Vestax is not a very good machine. You could replace it with a Yamaha MT4X, that's a superb four track and IIRC is compatible with the speeds and NR on the Vestax. Check eBay, they come up occasionally. Actually, even one of the Tascam machines would be an improvement. If you're really lucky you might find one of the Marantz four tracks, definitely the best cassette four tracks ever made.
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Re: Vestax MR100FX 4 trk cassette recorder.

Postby stollypop » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:49 am

Tomás Mulcahy wrote:The Vestax is not a very good machine.

Sorry, have to disagree with that. The Vestax has been a very good 4 trk for the last 21 yrs. Apart from the belt being a bit stretched this machine has never let me down. Easy to use (like they all are) and has digital reverb in-built. Recording results have always been very good too. It even spent 6 months in storage in the UK through a winter and 2 months in storage down here in Australia through part of a very hot summer and has not suffered for it.
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Re: Vestax MR100FX 4 trk cassette recorder.

Postby Tomás Mulcahy » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:35 am

My experience disagrees with yours. I've used all of them except for the Marantz, the Yamaha MT4x is better than anything Tascam or Vestax ever made. For a while I used a Tascam Porta 02 and an MT4x and bounced between them, so I've spent a lot of time with both machines. I've also used various Tascam and Yamaha models, as well as the Vestax.

TO be fair they're all quite reliable, but the Yamaha has the best sound- for example the specified bandwidth is up to 18kHz, the others manage about 15kHz. I verified this myself using Maxell XLIIS tape, an oscillator and 'scope. It also has less wow and flutter, and less noise. Only the Marantz has better specs, and it got great reviews at the time.

So my advice is genuine. My Tascam has solenoid issues, the Yamaha is still working. You could buy an MT4x fairly cheaply and it would be far more reliable than the Vestax.
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Re: Vestax MR100FX 4 trk cassette recorder.

Postby MadManDan » Tue May 01, 2012 2:35 pm

Hi.

+1 for the yami mt4x. Was in same boat- actually with NO machine to play back my many hi speed tapes. Asked around these forums and they hipped me to the machine. Only got to use it a short while, my mac died :frown: but I'm stoked about using it when mac is back up. Very nicely built machine. You should have no complaints.
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Re: Vestax MR100FX 4 trk cassette recorder.

Postby stollypop » Wed May 02, 2012 3:21 am

Thanks all.

Is the Yamaha MT4x the only other machine that does hi speed?

Have just been given a vestax number to call about belts, i'll keep you posted.
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Re: Vestax MR100FX 4 trk cassette recorder.

Postby Tomás Mulcahy » Wed May 02, 2012 10:48 am

stollypop wrote:Is the Yamaha MT4x the only other machine that does hi speed?

No, there's also the Tascam Porta 02 and its variants/ predecessors. IIRC Yamaha had other models, and Fostex also made double speed machines with dbx, it was something of a standard established by Tascam.
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