The Tascam 42NB LIVES!!!!!

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Spent the last few days doing some disassembly, cleaning lubing and a small amount of adjusting. I have some things I need to do to the deck but all in all, it works great and sounds pretty good. I want to record a new album at 15ips here in the next week to see how good it can REALLY be. I have a new spare set of heads but I think these are in pretty good shape. Anyway, here is a couple shots of the beast. It cleaned up very nice and outside of some scuffed knobs (I don't have them on in these pics), it shows nice.

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Obviously worthwhile checking SQ out @ 15 IPS. I would too if I had a deck that ran that fast but that only gets you 1 1/2 hours with a 3600 footer.

The R2R recordings I've made have all been mix tapes and sometimes 3 hours on 3600 feet @ 7.5 IPS goes quick. My thought would be in the long run, due to the cost of tape vs recording one album @15 IPS, I'd just listen to the LP.
 

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And your point is? I spend $20 for a case of beer, it's gone in no time, then have to spend another $20....
 
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Obviously worthwhile checking SQ out @ 15 IPS. I would too if I had a deck that ran that fast but that only gets you 1 1/2 hours with a 3600 footer.

The R2R recordings I've made have all been mix tapes and sometimes 3 hours on 3600 feet @ 7.5 IPS goes quick. My thought would be in the long run, due to the cost of tape vs recording one album @15 IPS, I'd just listen to the LP.
I resurrected a 30 year old deck, how bout that??? So what if it eats tape like a fat chick on pasta???
 

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Good work, Perry. I bet it will sound remarkable at top-speed recording. And what might excite you is when you record from CD - and better yet, SACD to tape. I've made some great recordings from SACD to NOS Maxell XL1 35-90B at 7.5 i.ps..

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Good work, Perry. I bet it will sound remarkable at top-speed recording. And what might excite you is when you record from CD - and better yet, SACD to tape. I've made some great recordings from SACD to NOS Maxell XL1 35-90B at 7.5 i.ps..

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Dang Nando, now I gotta buy a CD Player???? I think the only one I got is the Bose 321 system for my TV..... Hmmmmm

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You can get an inexpensive player that does all the different audio formats such as SACD and DVD A.

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I had it threaded on top of the tape lifter rods this morning and that creates BIG ISSUES in sound....
 

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I suspect that would cause problems. That deck is in such demand these days that this and a Tascam 52 is asked for a lot in phone conversations I have- It is not like I am sitting on 40 of them. I do have a couple of them for my own collection along with 52 and 62.
Properly adjusted this deck should give you lots of quality- I have calibrated a good number of them and even one that went to 50KHz at 0 Vu with SM900 tape.
 

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Love Tascam Perry, I have a 122 Mk2 and it is a great cassette deck. The R2R stuff they make must be awesome.
He'll yeah Joe. Its built like a tank I think if I can learn how to cal it for this tape it will be great.
 

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The few pictures I looked at seemt to have too low a tension roller at the left. That needs to be closer to mid position as it could shut the deck off if it falls way down. Also show the back tension is not correct. You will need a Tentelometer for this. I have one behind me I have to check out.
 

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I adjusted and got the left tension set to mid position. $500 for a tentelometer ain't happening. Isn't the back tension and the low roller tension to the left, one in the same?
 

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I got 7 of them here. They can be had from $39 on E bay depending on condition. The servo tension decks require that you have one. Position is no indication that the roller is in the right place. The Opto reference in a X2000R and X1000R are the things to do first then the tension adjustment. The 42 has some voltage setting from mechanical placement as well. With all the repair equipment you have on the bench I have to think that if you are going to do these correctly that you need to get a Tentelometer like all my trainees do. Sometimes you have to wait for a deal to come along. I am waiting for a $500 Audio Precision One plus but this might not be possible but I know of a guy who did get one that way.
 

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If I find a tentelometer for 39 bucks I'll do it. Otherwise when my other freshly restored 42 shows up, this one can go out for adjustments/calibration.
 

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Also, I'm not going to be doing any more of these decks unless the right opportunity shows up. Between spotty parts availability, tool costs, and prices of the decks themselves, I'll stick to my AMPS and preamp. I don't like to resort to using used parts to repair stuff.
 

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I got 7 of them here. They can be had from $39 on E bay depending on condition. The servo tension decks require that you have one. Position is no indication that the roller is in the right place. The Opto reference in a X2000R and X1000R are the things to do first then the tension adjustment. The 42 has some voltage setting from mechanical placement as well. With all the repair equipment you have on the bench I have to think that if you are going to do these correctly that you need to get a Tentelometer like all my trainees do. Sometimes you have to wait for a deal to come along. I am waiting for a $500 Audio Precision One plus but this might not be possible but I know of a guy who did get one that way.

Like this??? I'll have to look at the book and see what size they call for.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tentel-tap...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
 
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