Tape decks that eat tapes

Philip.Belben at pgen.com Philip.Belben at pgen.com
Thu Sep 9 03:56:19 EDT 1999

>>I've had it for years, but I've never been able to listen to it all
>>the way through, because I got it second-hand and the tape keeps
> (Melissa pats Paul sympathetically on the back)
> My stereo--the one that is less than a year old, the one that is supposedly
> new and fully functional--has two tape decks, both presumably in working
> order, both of which like to eat tapes.  So far none of their victims have
> been destroyed, and at least one of them has the goodness to stop and burp
> to let me know that it just couldn't help itself any more.  I wonder if they
> just get too WOUND UP in the story....Happens more frequently the longer
> it's used.  Pretty nervewracking when you're really into the story; worse if
> the tape happens to belong to the Library Nazis, who aren't sympathetic over
> books that are ten minutes late....

Clean it!  A cotton bud, soaked in tape head cleaning fluid (from all good hi-fi
shops), held against the rubber pinch roller while it runs (in PLAY mode with no
tape in and the door open).  Move it up and down the roller.  Repeat, using a
fresh bud occasionally, until the cotton bud comes back without a brown stain.

(A friend of mine had a more drastic treatment.  He said, Strip it down, put oil
in all the right places and remove it from all the wrong ones.)


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