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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:48 pm 
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any rule to thumb how much hours to use your cassette deck cause not playing enough causes problems


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:53 pm 
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Everything deteriorates over time; belts, pinch rollers, lubrication, etc.

I don't think is is as simple as running your machine.

If the unit is maintained properly, just play it when you want to.

Then eventually maintenance will be required again.

I couldn't imagine anyone in the right mind exercising their tape deck!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:22 pm 
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i guess i disagree with you my nakamichi deck needs to be played regulary


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:33 pm 
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jnaudio wrote:
i guess i disagree with you my nakamichi deck needs to be played regulary


At what point do you notice a degradation?
Guess that numbers yer answer

Maybe just change the pinch roller...

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:55 pm 
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Zero would be my bet.


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That's a good question... Some parts will deteriorate regardless of how often they're used (like drive belts). Other parts will seize up if they're not used for long periods. My current cassette deck goes for very long periods between uses (I'm going to guess up to a year) and it's never given me any problems, but my gut tells me I'm living on borrowed time! I'd think running a tape through it once a month would be prudent, but it's also going to depend on what make/model. My deck is all direct drive, and no belts, so it's going to be more robust than others....


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It actually depends on the source media used to make your tapes. If it's CD, they have built in obsolescence through 'surface pitting' that tracks back through the gear (this reflected in the relatively short life of CDP's - the 'pitting' effect back ups into the laser drive reader with salt causing fluid retention and the reader goes 'pear-shaped' leading to early death), and in a tape machine this results in early rubber de-rotation on the capstans and other majiggers. And the belts, oh, the belts, it's a tragedy...

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Che Cavolo posted a reply typical in an automotive forum when someone asks what the responder deems a stupid question. Then, there is usually advice with reference to having to top up one's blinker fluid.

If anything, I would have advised the OP to put the deck thru a mild cycle in the dishwasher. I know, some of you will be skeptical but let me tell you it can down wonders for widening the soundstage, adding more air to the sound. In fact it's almost like passing wind...

Jokes aside I am handy and I have two, three-head dual capstan decks bought new, Sony TCK-444ESII and a Yamaha . They are not easy to work on or fix. What works for your deck might vary but if it works and it's old, a cooler environment is always better and anything rubber ages no matter what. Better find a contact for possible servicing on an old machine. My cool finished basement is better than a hot shed for storage, that's for sure.

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^ Maybe run a continuous loop of pink noise to keep it broken in.

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I liked EVERY ONE of the responses...... 8)


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jnaudio wrote:
i guess i disagree with you my nakamichi deck needs to be played regulary

Why?
Is this information in the manual?

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I make it a habit of listening to my cassette and RTR machines once a week.


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