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Re: Bulk Digitizing Old Cassettes

PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:17 pm
by James Perrett
Tim Gillett wrote:Another issue is the cassettes themselves. Especially older cassettes can have a worn, or damaged pressure pad. This can cause partial or complete loss of signal.

That's a good point Tim which I forgot to mention in my previous post. I've had quite a few old cassettes recently where the pressure pad has come unstuck and gone missing. In cases like this I usually transfer the tape to a new housing.

Re: Bulk Digitizing Old Cassettes

PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:20 pm
by Wonks
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Re: Bulk Digitizing Old Cassettes

PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:03 am
by Tim Gillett
James Perrett wrote:
Tim Gillett wrote:Another issue is the cassettes themselves. Especially older cassettes can have a worn, or damaged pressure pad. This can cause partial or complete loss of signal.

That's a good point Tim which I forgot to mention in my previous post. I've had quite a few old cassettes recently where the pressure pad has come unstuck and gone missing. In cases like this I usually transfer the tape to a new housing.

Yes I sometimes reshell the tape or just replace the felt pad and its metal spring with a new one. But I try and avoid using the cassette pressure pad altogether, and generally use Nakamichi dual capstan machines with the pad lifter. Apart from anything else, I find the Nak type pad lifter extends the life of the valuable play head.

All the best,
Tim