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Oh, yeah – that reel to reel on
top looks like a SONY TC-350 (?)
MICRO1700 you are correct that is a Sony TC-350 in perfect working order.
I have a lot of hardware that I make every effort to repair and maintain.
I recently purchased a used Onkyo TA-630DM cassette deck from Goodwill. They had it marked at $20.00 USD. I went on Memorial Day when everything was half price. I found an AC power outlet and plugged it in. It powered up and looked great! I obtained a cassette tape they were selling and placed it in the loading tray and pressed play. No movement of the tape was observed. Fast forward and rewind resulted in no tape movement either.
I believed I could repair the unit and I asked for the store manager, I told the lady that the unit had no tape movement what-so-ever but if they were willing to drop the price to $10.00 and add that holiday half price to it, I’d buy it and they’d never see it again.
She took the unit to the back room for a few minutes and came back with it with a new price sticker on it that was marked $10.00. I paid $5.00 for it.
Upon opening the unit at home, I observed what I expected to see, two failed drive belts. Both belts had turned into a tar like rubber substance. I was lucky to find a set of replacement belts on Ebay for $24.00 and free shipping. I was also lucky to find an owners manual and service manual on line.
Today, that unit works very well and was worth the $29.00 I paid for it. It has some very large analog needle audio meters and a lot of audio bias features and switches and the internals are unbelievable. The circuit board of this unit is packed with parts, you’d think it was an AM/FM unit as well, because I’ve never seen a circuit board this big and packed with parts just for a single cassette deck!
I also go to the trouble of replacing CD lens. I am totally NOT crazy about CDs, never was never will be. For what it is worth, 97% of my music is on vinyl records. 2% Cassettes and 1% CDs.
I have a Philips CDR778 which is a duel CDR/CD deck. The CD deck’s laser has stopped reading discs, so, rather then throw the unit out, I go on line and look for a new lens chassis and replace the lens. I have not done so yet, but I do have several lenses bookmarked for purchase when I’m ready. Perhaps next month I will finally get around to purchasing that lens assembly and install it in the CDR-778. It’s a good deck because that one unit has a two in one CD player saving space in the audio rack.
I have also have an Onkyo TA-RW404 Dual Cassette deck that works. It has auto-reverse and the ability to switch between two different cassettes on the same deck and that also saves on room in the rack as well.
In my studio photo above, to the very far, lower left portion of the photo, is a Realistic portable cassette tape recorder, that tape recorder functions in two ways.
One, we use it to cue a certain song on a cassette tape before moving to the on-air cassette deck.
Two, it doubled as our telephone conversation recorder. We have a Radio Shack telephone module, that is activated by a simple pulse on the phone line, such as when the telephone hand set is off hook. That module picks up the audio from the telephone line and feeds it into the tape recorder’s microphone jack. That tape recorder has a pause jack, which pauses the tape when a microphone’s pause switch is put into pause. This radio Shack module has a plug for that jack. When there is a pulse on the phone line, that module un-pauses the tape movement and the telephone conversation is recorded onto that cassette tape.
Now, the purpose of doing this is to air called in requests or listener conversations with our DJ staff, without risk of profanity going over the air when an excited or drunk listener wants to yell “Play that F’ing song by Nirvana for me please!!” It gives us time to edit the tape before it hits the air. Professional radio stations either use tape delay or a delay box, which allows them several seconds before the blooper hits the air and can press a button to bleep it out.
Although our way is cheaper, it still works just as well as an expensive box or those 4 head reel to reel tape delay decks of yesteryear.