General tape / cassette talk here.

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By maxlevel
#103548 @bez holy crap that looks complicated! Five belts. I had trouble with three. Buzzing can be hard to find, you’ll need a multimeter to work out where the overload is happening. I think it’s simple but time consuming, and then getting the capacitor or resistor out isn’t an easy solder either... I did find a strange grounding point on the back of the 2000, a copper strip connecting the circuit board casing to the shell. Bad grounding will cause a hum for sure
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By maxlevel
#103720 Fixed up the rq-sx70f but the wow/flutter is ridik. Also mechanism is noisy, it’s fine with the headphones in obviously but it sounds like a football rattle.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5O4REL2OkA[/youtube]
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By maxlevel
#104470 Not seen a bargain in what feels like months. I missed a $25 Sony 701C with adaptor after scouring Craigslist but apart from that...
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By Mateo Sanboval
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maxlevel wrote:Not seen a bargain in what feels like months. I missed a $25 Sony 701C with adaptor after scouring Craigslist but apart from that...

I hear you on that bargain front. After seeing what WM-D6s and D6Cs have been going for this past year or so, it really makes my NIB purchase seem like a bargain. Unreal dinero.
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By maxlevel
#104632 Two key discoveries this week! 1) Sony wm-dd battery covers are being 3D printed in Slovakia and 2) wm-DD metal door hinges are being made also. So I ordered both and I can return to an early project and maybe fix it up finally.

It’s the most damaged Walkman in my collection. If I can get it going it will be a significant achievement. I already changed the cracked centre gear for a new one

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By inksb
#104634 I wish I still had my Walkman from when I was younger. I know I didn't throw it out but my mother tended to randomly sell or throw out stuff while I was gone. I came home one time after going camping to find that my Atari 2600 wasn't on top of my dresser any more, I checked the closet and my basket of 50+ games was missing as well. I asked her about it and she said that she took it to my aunt's garage sale to get rid of it since I didn't use it anymore. As the anger built up inside I asked her how much she sold it for and she said $10. I had to walk away and later explain to her how much it was actually worth.

Any recommendations on a decent portable cassette player that won't break the bank?
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By maxlevel
#104635 @bez cheers dude! Just a hobby really

@inksb it’s all perception. Compared to a current portable music device anything under £200 seems reasonable where two years ago you wouldn’t even pay £50 for anything tape related. There’s not so many great models left in working order but you should be able to find a Aiwa HS p202 for under £100, or a wm-d6c but they seem to have rocketed in price. The toshiba KT range has some stylish models too, only saw these today for the first time.
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By maxlevel
#104639 One of my favourite sellers on eBay, he has high prices but repairs and maintains to a high standard, and also has lots of rare items https://ebay.co.uk/usr/albdeschis but it’s unlikely to find anything under £100

You can also check out Walkman Archive’s shop. After many eBay purchases I can say for sure it’s a mixed bag, sometimes you find gold and sometimes it’s shit. Setting the search to worldwide helps
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By Mateo Sanboval
#104642 I'll second Max's recommendation of the Aiwa HS p202; it's a good unit for a reasonable price. I'll fistfight anyone who finds a decent working WM-D6, C or otherwise, for under a hundred quid. In the street.

@Max - Great find on the battery door and hinges that could come in really handy.

PS - I just realized Max meant the DD not the D6. That's a good rig, too.

PPS - Fistfight offer still stands.
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By maxlevel
#104645 @mateo talking of fistfights, I sold my Atari 2600, 2 controllers and at least 10 games for £2 at a carboot sale. I had just bought a Nes and didn’t want to chuck it in the bin. When I got to uni in 2001 my flat mate had a boxed mint condition set which was sold for an unholy sum
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By Mateo Sanboval
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maxlevel wrote:@mateo talking of fistfights, I sold my Atari 2600, 2 controllers and at least 10 games for £2 at a carboot sale. I had just bought a Nes and didn’t want to chuck it in the bin. When I got to uni in 2001 my flat mate had a boxed mint condition set which was sold for an unholy sum

That'll turn a fella's stomach.
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By maxlevel
#104736 Picked up a £20 bargain, arrived today! Panasonic RQ-SW33V. Surprising bass quality, not totally hideous design

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By maxlevel
#104741 Haha! The LCD screen has little feet which flash as you walk! It’s like a game watch only alot shitter.

Also, the DD above - door hinges arrived, 3D printed battery cover arrived. Checked the soldering on the battery terminal, found a ropey contact on the head. Put it all back together, door locked, cogs turned... got headphones, absolute silence from the headphones. So my soldering must be suspect... tomorrow I have the final task of resoldering the head and it’s done!
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By Bezulsqy
#104742 @max: respect for your persistence. That DD project is something else. Really cool.
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By maxlevel
#104754 @bez nearly there... it’s working, sounds beautiful as a good DD should... but I think the headphone jack connections might be screwed. I have one ear playing loud and clear, the other just won’t play ball. It sounds lovely with a mono adaptor!

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By Bezulsqy
#105639 After watching the Toys that made us episode about Transformers on Netflix I decided I need this one:

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By Mateo Sanboval
#105656 I should call my folks and see if they still have my old Soundwave toy. I think I have one of the tapes in a box out here. Ravage maybe? It looked like a panther.
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By deafmetal
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Mateo Sanboval wrote:I should call my folks and see if they still have my old Soundwave toy. I think I have one of the tapes in a box out here. Ravage maybe? It looked like a panther.


Ravage, indeed. I never knew there was an actual Soundwave cassette player though. That is wild.
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By Mateo Sanboval
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deafmetal wrote:
Mateo Sanboval wrote:I should call my folks and see if they still have my old Soundwave toy. I think I have one of the tapes in a box out here. Ravage maybe? It looked like a panther.


Ravage, indeed. I never knew there was an actual Soundwave cassette player though. That is wild.

Heck yes there was. There wax a toolbox for the good guys as well, but Soundwave was the one. He made a young Mateo very happy on one morning in December.