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General Discussion / Re: Reorganization of the Tape Project
« Last post by xcortes on March 22, 2017, 03:25:56 pm »
Thanks for the update Paul.
Tape Tech / Re: Using Pancakes to store recorded tapes
« Last post by astrotoy on March 22, 2017, 12:55:00 am »
Thanks, Paul.  Great idea.  I'll be doing some dubbing with pancakes and this will minimize the risk of a spill.  Not sure whether storing them that way is worth the risk.  Larry
Istomin: Mozart Piano Concertos / Re: Some shipping, the rest soon
« Last post by High and Outside on March 21, 2017, 10:47:29 pm »
They are shipping to subscribers, and we have inventory on the shelves.
Tape Tech / Re: Using Pancakes to store recorded tapes
« Last post by High and Outside on March 21, 2017, 10:44:23 pm »
I generally don't, but that's just because I don't like to handle pancakes--it's an unnecessary risk that I might spring the tape and wind up with a mess.

Having said that, I do handle them all the time, as we do our duping on pancakes. We have a regimen that minimizes the risk, and I recommend this to you if you should choose to store some of your tapes this way. We simply put the pancake between flanges whenever it's on the machine. This works great with the VIF style reel clamps we use on the ATR's, and it works fine with Tascam clamps too. Just put a spare flange on first, dimples up. Then put the pancake on. Then put another spare flange on, dimples down. Now secure the clamp and you're ready to go. You essentially have put together a reel for it, you just haven't screwed the reel together. Think of it as a temporary reel.
General Discussion / Re: Reorganization of the Tape Project
« Last post by High and Outside on March 21, 2017, 09:16:20 pm »
OK guys, little by little, we're getting this ship moving again. There are a lot of details, a lot of moving parts, but we've done it before and there isn't any part of it that we can't do again.

The last subscriber copies of the Istomin/Mozart, TP-029, are shipping to subscribers, and six copies are now in inventory on the website.

We have started to get some of the out-of-stock titles back in stock. We started with TP-025 and the rest will start to show up in inventory over the next week or so.

And we are humming along nicely on TP-030 and several more after that. Look for an announcement about TP-030 in about a month.
Events / For Those Attending Axpona 2017
« Last post by MylesAstor on March 21, 2017, 05:08:23 am »
There will be another in the continuing series of tape seminars this year! Look forward to seeing everyone there!
Tape Tech / Otari MX 7300 Schematic
« Last post by Detech on March 19, 2017, 07:46:45 pm »
Have been asked to look at MX 7300 Otari.
Even though the owner has a manual, it's missing schematics for Transport cards .and interconnect.

Am happy to pay for any costs if required .

Tape Tech / Using Pancakes to store recorded tapes
« Last post by astrotoy on March 18, 2017, 08:31:43 pm »
Is anyone using pancakes on an NAB hub to actually store their recorded music?  Right now the price of a pancake is about the same as a metal reel. So if you just use the pancake, it will cost about half as much as a regular reel.  I've seen some videos where a pancake is being used to playback music, so I am surmising that they are not using a reel, but just using the pancake.  I've bought pancakes before, when I was able to buy a bunch of used metal reels on the cheap, or when I bought plastic reels, and transferred the pancake to the reel.  Obviously, people need to have a horizontal deck to play a pancake.   

I noticed that there was one tape seller (in Europe) that offered their tapes either on metal reels or on pancakes (at a savings).

Thanks, Larry
Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: [troubleshooting] Otari mx 5050 mk III - 8
« Last post by ironbut on March 17, 2017, 12:38:33 pm »
Hi Joe,

You might find some troubleshooting help in the Reel to Reel Links sticky located above the General Forum. Lots of Otari stuff there.
In the days when that sticky was created, YouTube hadn't quite become the juggernaut it is today so I would also suggest doing a crawl through the pages of Otari 5050 related videos there.
I wouldn't be so quick to assume that leaky caps are the problem (although they very well could be). I suggest checking all the multi pin connectors on the boards (pull each one, clean the male end and reconnect).
Reel to Reel Tape Machines / [troubleshooting] Otari mx 5050 mk III - 8
« Last post by joebass on March 16, 2017, 10:03:52 am »
Hi Tape people!

First post from me - love that this forum is here!

I have been rewiring my studio and decided to pull my 1/2" 8 track otari out of storage and wire it up into my new patchbay for an all analog option for my clients.  The deck was working well, when I put it into storage about 3 years ago.  This time when I fired it up, the take up reel came on immediately when I powered it up and ran on it's own for about 5-10 minutes.  It ran regardless of the position of the tape sensor arm position and did not respond to any other transport control commands. I have a memory of it doing this years ago, but only for say 30 seconds, after which it returned to normal operation.  I'm guessing this indicates (increasingly???) leaky caps.  Now the unit is quiet, but the transport controls are completely dead.  I have checked the 3 fuses on the main circuit board, as well as exercising/deoxit for all of the reelsize/speed/pitch/cue controls. I have also unplugged and replugged all of the cable connectors I can get to in the belly of the beast.  The transport remains completely inoperative.  The edit light does not engage.  The capstan activates normally when the tape sensor arm is moved into place, and all of the speed/reel size switches audible active switches/relays somewhere inside the machine and change the capstan speed as in normal operation.  I have 2 two track 5050 machines that are working great.  Any help is greatly appreciated as I ordered a new used headstack that I only have a few days to audition, so I'd really love to get this thing rolling ASAP. 

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