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 Post subject: Talk About A Reel-To-Reel Addiction...
PostPosted: Nov Sun 17, 2019 5:41 pm 
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How would you like to be in charge of keeping all of these machines working smoothly, grease, belts, pinch rollers...


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PostPosted: Nov Sun 17, 2019 7:33 pm 
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That would require REEL Dedication :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Nov Sun 17, 2019 11:57 pm 
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That would require REEL Dedication :mrgreen:

Ha ha! Good one. But I gotta admit that I still use my reel-to-reel decks and love them!

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PostPosted: Nov Mon 18, 2019 7:33 am 
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I did have a Sony TC-630 D, with sound on sound stereo. I couldn't find anymore tapes so donated it to goodwill about 15 years ago.
I had a lot of Classical Music, Boston Pops, Henry Mancini, Bert Kaempfert, Billy Vaughn, Percy Faith, Frank Chacksfield , Don Costa, Mantovani, Floyd Cramer.

Hard to find those on the radio Now. :cry:
(Edit 12-19-2019)
I said 355, but I was mistaken it's the corrected one noted above. :oops:

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I am reeling from that photograph! It makes my head spin in both directions.

The usual question...... why????

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*backs slowly away...


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I'm working on restoring my Sony TC-630 now. It was purchased new by my great grandfather :D


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I'm working on restoring my Sony TC-630 now. It was purchased new by my great grandfather :D

Boy, that makes me feel old! I bought that same model in 1970 in Germany at the PX. I used it for years and then sold it to my cousin. He literally wore it out and I found him a TC-630D deck. I just finished working on it last week. I put two new belts on it and fixed a lot of lubrication issues. The real reason that I was working on it was the idler pulley that runs off of the large belt had dried up and the bushing in the pulley was all egged out. It was so bad that it just stopped! I pilfered another one out of a TC-355.

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Ditto on the 630-D...I had one in the late '60's and wore that out recording our group, and personal songs. Had fun using the SOS feature. That machine served me well...one tough hombre!


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Don Cavey wrote:
1988bluebird wrote:
I'm working on restoring my Sony TC-630 now. It was purchased new by my great grandfather :D

Boy, that makes me feel old! I bought that same model in 1970 in Germany at the PX. I used it for years and then sold it to my cousin. He literally wore it out and I found him a TC-630D deck. I just finished working on it last week. I put two new belts on it and fixed a lot of lubrication issues. The real reason that I was working on it was the idler pulley that runs off of the large belt had dried up and the bushing in the pulley was all egged out. It was so bad that it just stopped! I pilfered another one out of a TC-355.


Sorry about that, if it makes you feel any better my great grandfather purchased this TC-630 late in life (when he was 70 or so) :D Last time I had it running was back in the mid 90s and I had lubed it up then, so all the rotating parts still spin freely. In addition, all of the rubber parts on mine appear to be in good shape, but the motor capacitor has spilled it's guts and pushed wax out, so I'm working on replacing the motor cap now.


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1988bluebird wrote:
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I'm working ... but the motor capacitor has spilled it's guts and pushed wax out, so I'm working on replacing the motor cap now.

Déjà vu! In my cousin's TC-630D, the motor run capacitor had spewed wax all over the insides. I elected to just replace the capacitor with one from a USA manufactured Cart Machine, of the exact same value. The wax was still all over the insides. The replacement capacitor that I had installed years ago tested perfect and I left it in place.

Not an unusual thing for them to self destruct.

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When I had mine it wouldn't run at the right speed so I decided to replace that capacitor.

Just so happened to have one of the proper value and voltage on a defunct 8 track player.


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Update, I replaced the motor run capacitor, lubed the motor and the motor is running super smooth right now in the TC-630. Next step is cleaning all the old grease off the slides, then re-lubing the slides and oiling the idlers. It's coming along nicely so far :o

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RTR and record changers are some things I find quite worrisome to consider working on. Have worked on cassettes but that has consisted of cleaning switches and changing out the dinky little motor belts, is all.

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The tape machines definatly are not for the faint of heart but the sound quality from a 15ips 1/4" master copy recording is untouchable by any other medium if done right.

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If I didn't have a day job, working on reel-to-reel machines could almost be a dream. What I liked best about the reel-to-reel format is that the recorders almost always support multiple speeds, so they can be quite versatile. My entry into the world of reel-to-reel was with a mid 1960s AKAI cross-field that could run at 1 7/8 IPS or 3 3/4 IPS. I purchased this recorder in 1996. I used the slower speed, along with a timer, to time-shift Coast to Coast AM. I used the higher speed to make copies of CDs with better frequency response than I could typically obtain from cassettes. The main problem with the deck was that tension on the take-up reel was developed via a small clutch, and that had worn out somewhat, leading to slightly noticeable wow and flutter. I didn't pursue replacing this part, as I considered it unobtanium.

A few years later, I found a TEAC that supported 3 3/4 IPS and 7 1/2 IPS. This deck had auto-reverse.


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So I figured I'd provide an update on my Sony TC-630.....It's alive once again :D I replaced the motor run capacitor, disassembled and re-lubed all rotating parts, re-greased all sliding parts, and de-glazed all the rubber rollers. The sound is quite good, but I still need to clean some of the switches and the input level sliders. I was surprised to see the tape that I purchased in the mid-90's seems to be degrading already and leaving brown oxide dust on the capstan and heads, not happy about that. This tape has been stored indoors all it's life, so I'm surprised it's degrading already.

Does anyone sell new blank tapes anymore? Or is it all NOS stuff? Are certain brands longer lasting then others or do they all degrade and give off oxide dust?


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 Post subject: Re: Talk About A Reel-To-Reel Addiction...
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Isn't there a oven trick?

There is but it is only a temporary fix. "Sticky Shed" comes back soon after. Whilst AMPEX was known for excellent tape, manufacture dating to the 80-90 time frame seem to have the worst problem. I have never had a problem with Maxell tape however.

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There are several companies selling new 1/4" tape today. Whether or not it is better or worse than some NOS top of the line tape from a bygone era, who knows. Maybe try some?

I'd re-master yours now while you still can. Digitize it also. ;-)

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