What's on your work bench?

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Re: What's on your work bench?

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jeremyb wrote: Mon Sep 11, 2023 4:14 pm
Jay wrote: Mon Sep 11, 2023 4:06 pm :thumbup: Trying to resurrect this unit. Right now the forward movement doesn't work. It is purely mechanical but not sure what's going on. Very well made though.

Can you guess what it is?

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Reel to reel tape player?
Brand and Model please :wink:
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Re: What's on your work bench?

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Akai 4000DS :?:

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clubhouse wrote: Mon Sep 11, 2023 4:45 pm Akai 4000DS :?:
You must be old :lol: It is a Mark II bought brand-new when I was a teenager.

And I just fixed the mechanical bit that drives the Forward wind. Yay :D
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Jay wrote: Mon Sep 11, 2023 5:39 pm
clubhouse wrote: Mon Sep 11, 2023 4:45 pm Akai 4000DS :?:
You must be old :lol: It is a Mark II bought brand-new when I was a teenager.

And I just fixed the mechanical bit that drives the Forward wind. Yay :D

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Nice work, man. That would've cost you a small fortune back in the day...you must have been (be?) a serious audiophile cat to dedicate yourself to the rituals of tape :clap:

I have a lot of respect for the old Akai R2Rs...and their glass head, cassette decks are pretty special too. Solid, stable mechanics and good sounding electronics. The wood veneer vibe is also very cool...in a sorta Hefner, low lights and harvey wallbanger kinda way 8)

I have a couple of Akai M-8 Cross Field R2Rs...the ones with valve pres. As working decks, their best days are passed, but the pre amps still sound great and are just the ticket to massage acoustic guitar mics and smooth out drum overheads :thumbup:

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clubhouse wrote: Mon Sep 11, 2023 6:15 pm
Jay wrote: Mon Sep 11, 2023 5:39 pm
clubhouse wrote: Mon Sep 11, 2023 4:45 pm Akai 4000DS :?:
You must be old :lol: It is a Mark II bought brand-new when I was a teenager.

And I just fixed the mechanical bit that drives the Forward wind. Yay :D

20230911_155544.jpg
Nice work, man. That would've cost you a small fortune back in the day...you must have been (be?) a serious audiophile cat to dedicate yourself to the rituals of tape :clap:

I have a lot of respect for the old Akai R2Rs...and their glass head, cassette decks are pretty special too. Solid, stable mechanics and good sounding electronics. The wood veneer vibe is also very cool...in a sorta Hefner, low lights and harvey wallbanger kinda way 8)

I have a couple of Akai M-8 Cross Field R2Rs...the ones with valve pres. As working decks, their best days are passed, but the pre amps still sound great and are just the ticket to massage acoustic guitar mics and smooth out drum overheads :thumbup:
Can't remember what I paid but found an old add which suggests it cost me about Fl 750 (guilders) and as a student I earned Fl35 every Friday night loading trucks. That is 20 odd weeks :lol:

Copying vinyl to tape and retain a good sound quality required a more upmarket 'investment'.

Just checked out the M8 Crossfield on reverb. Wonderful technology... would be nice to get a circuit diagram of the tube preamp.
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Made a router sled to thickness a couple of neck blanks
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you don't use that router bit for thicknessing though....
So, is that low alcohol or no alcohol at all? mmmm, no alcohol, do you want to try it? Noooooooooo.

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ChAoZ wrote: Tue Sep 12, 2023 4:07 pm Made a router sled to thickness a couple of neck blanks

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Nice one, I have the same router! And a spare piece of acrylic lying about, hmmmm....
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Bg wrote: Tue Sep 12, 2023 4:17 pm you don't use that router bit for thicknessing though....
Swapped it out for a 1/2" bit and did 1/4' passes
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PVC Pipe for a sled.... thats a great idea. def upgrade from my wooden version. Will have to try it.

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dayl wrote: Tue Sep 12, 2023 7:11 pm PVC Pipe for a sled.... thats a great idea. def upgrade from my wooden version. Will have to try it.
One of the very few perks of working in a pipe manufacturing factory :D

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Made another little one to trial the process and thickness cavity covers
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ChAoZ wrote: Tue Sep 12, 2023 7:31 pm Made another little one to trial the process and thickness cavity covers

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Double sided tape?
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ChAoZ wrote: Tue Sep 12, 2023 7:28 pm

One of the very few perks of working in a pipe manufacturing factory :D
Haha, milk it for all its worth.

Start up a PVC bow TikTok :D

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Trying to figure out what stays and what goes on the great pedalboard revamp of 2023….
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