Re: Capstan Dirty after almost every playback - Tascam TSR-8.
Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:25 am
Everything on this thread is speculation until you can try a different batch/brand of tape. Do that first then report back.
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bruceyripper wrote:So the picture above is the dirt that comes off.
As I said, it only requires 2 wipes and then it's clean again, BUT, this is happening after EACH play through, which I would presume is not normal.
I think the tension explanation seems to be on point so far. Although I have slacked the tension and now it doesn't happen after every single play back, but is still happening after 3 play backs.
I know cleaning is all part and parcel of reel to reel, but everything I've heard and read states cleaning is only required, beginning/end and every 2 hours or so in the session, NOT, after each play back or indeed after 2 or 3 playbacks, which I believe is not normal and means something is up. Right?
Sam Spoons wrote:The 'correct' tape will depend on what tape the machine was last lined up for which may be a different brand/spec of tape to the 'recommended' type (and may well be out of spec anyway unless it's been lined up recently). Either way it won't be that which is causing the oxide shedding issue but a mechanical problem, either something in the tape path or the condition of the tape itself.
Did we ascertain whether the oxide is depositing on the capstan or the fixed cylindrical guide next to the erase head?
Tim Gillett wrote:Sometimes tapes are manufactured slightly narrow or wide of the nominal 1/2" tolerance limits. The too wide the tape can foul on the tapes guides. Perhaps that is going on here.
Was the the tape
What should I say to the place i have bought these tapes from? I can't believe they have caused all this hassle, and they are expensive and advertised as new. Really bad craic that isn't it.