well at least i have enough to do now that i'm stuck at home. i'm the person that always get's these "i was going to throw this away/i found this and thought maybe you want it" calls, and this is what accumulated over the last months. while most of these things are pretty much worthless (probably 10, 20€ if they work and i sell them), some of these sell for >300€ (if i get them working), and that would be great, my other jobs are canceled right now...

started with this one, akai cs-732d. used to be a pretty decent deck back then, and they are still sought after. the reason it looks that terrible: a really thick layer of nicotine combined with basement dust. ew. frontplate is soaking in hot water now, i started with the rest and reached a dead end for now: one of the potis is broken beyond repair, and i don't have a matching replacement. :(

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i found some stereo potis! wrong value, and for horizontal mounting (they came from a mixer), but i have a file and a schematic, so whatever. of course the deck had mechanical problems as well, one slipping belt, one broken lever, one stuck hinge. and i replaced most lightbulbs, which is not that easy as two of them are mounted inside the vu-meters. polished the glass, found a replacement for the missing knob, and...it works! and looks kinda nice!

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another day, another tape deck: the drive belt in this one turned to a black sticky goo. eww. cleaning up is the hardest part, that stuff is really hard to remove. there was also a broken latch in one of the switches, replaced that with a paperclip. polished the glass, replaced some missing screws, and it's working again. 😄

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yet another day, yet another tape deck. nothing really interesting about that one, had a bent spring that was making noise, a switch not making contact, and the dirtiest tape paths i've seen in a long time. it's quiet now and works fine again. i really don't like these plastic decks from the 90s, not my style at all, they always look and feel really cheap, even when they're not.

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not another tape deck today, but the same as before. the akai still had some problems, autostop was unreliable (which meant autoreverse, the main feature of this deck, also wouldn't work), motor control was kinda fucked (tape would be way slower in reverse, that should not happen), and it threw a belt and rewind/ff stopped working. realigned the reed switch, disassembled & cleaned the motor, replaced belt, and cleaned a bunch of switches. and painted the replacement knob. better now.

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i really love the design on this deck. oversized vu-meters, huge glass panels, glossy black metal switches, lots of lights, that's so my style. i'm wondering if i should keep this and switch out my current tape deck (which is a fancy but boring high-end 3-motors 3-heads sony deck, that's also in better condition (the heads and the motor on the akai are pretty worn) but it's terribly 90s, and the 70s akai just looks way nicer)

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