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 Post subject: Casette recorder belts
PostPosted: Jan Thu 18, 2018 7:33 pm 
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How do I go about replacing a sagging belt? I have a recorder that is very well made and I would like to get it up and running if I can but with a name like Longine I am coming up empty for parts. I want to use it to transcribe some old tapes.
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 Post subject: Re: Casette recorder belts
PostPosted: Jan Thu 18, 2018 7:55 pm 
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Brand and model? For some brands, there is still some support by a few distributors.

Encompass Parts may still have a belt or two available for a few brands.

An eBay search of the make and model will often turn up complete belt kits (Technics and Pioneer are popular in this regard...)

A measurement of the old belt, and finding a PRB replacement is getting a bit more difficult, but there are those that still have remaining stock of PRB belts.

Others will probably suggest places that still sell the belts too... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Casette recorder belts
PostPosted: Jan Thu 18, 2018 9:14 pm 
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Agree on Ebay selling belt kits for a lot of popular decks. They also have packs of 30 and 50 assorted belts shipped from China for dirt cheap if you have an obscure deck. Turntableneedles.com also has belts for many decks. I bought one for an 8 track recorder from them before. Vintage-electronics.net is supposed to be a good source. Cassettedrivebelts.com looks promising, too.


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 Post subject: Re: Casette recorder belts
PostPosted: Jan Thu 18, 2018 10:41 pm 
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I have gotten Hard-To-Find belts and lamps from this seller.

No affiliation...

https://www.vintage-electronics.net/

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 Post subject: Re: Casette recorder belts
PostPosted: Jan Fri 19, 2018 12:23 am 
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One thing you have to find out for a belt like that is whether the Flex Index is Regular or Super. Russel Industries was the last people to make Superflex belts (for one-motor reel to reels and cassette decks along with some turntables) but those have become unobtanium anymore.

You can tell if your deck uses a Superflex belt if the size listed is too small and/or bogs down the motor but the next size up falls off the rollers or doesn't grip properly.

Since Longines is not a brand in and of itself you have to find out who built the transport. It could be a Wollensak/Revere or any number of other late 60's/early 70's manufacturers - the same as you'd see for an off-brand or dept store model table phono or console - and then just source the belts for the original mfgr - like a Kenmore laundry suite from the same period is actually a Norge etc.

If it's any of these https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R ... e&_sacat=0

some of them look like they could be a Penncrest/National (Panasonic) other ones look like they could be a Ristaucrat or Califone type and like I said above other ones could be a Wollensak/Revere.

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 Post subject: Re: Casette recorder belts
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 11:53 pm 
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Don Cavey wrote:
I have gotten Hard-To-Find belts and lamps from this seller.
No affiliation...
https://www.vintage-electronics.net/

+1

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 Post subject: Re: Casette recorder belts
PostPosted: Jan Tue 23, 2018 5:36 am 
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Ed Jacobs wrote:
How do I fix a sagging belt?
Buffet food three times a day for a week. Preferably the kind that lets doggie bags out if you go there just before closing time since they are only going to throw it all out anyway after you leave.

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