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October 14th, 2013, 02:19 PM
I figured a bunch of you guys might be into old audio hardware as well as computers. So I was wondering if there is a way to cross reference an old technics tape deck belt so I can get it replaced in a couple decks I have.

From what I found on the net my Technics RS-BX501 needs a part number RDV108ZA (same belt should work for the dual deck RS-TR355 I have).

Any ideas?

October 14th, 2013, 03:18 PM
Aye, it's hard keeping the GF-555 and GTX 7000 running these days. I know Maplin sell belts (http://www.maplin.co.uk/buy-music/dj-equipment/cartridges-stylii-and-drive-belts), but I don't know if you have them in the US of A.

I have to buy a slightly short belt for my Sanyo, you might just have to measure the belt and order the closest size you can find from eBay or something.

Old Thrashbarg
October 14th, 2013, 03:23 PM
I'd contact Marrs Communications (http://marrscommunications.com/)... they've got factory grade belts for pretty much every cassette deck ever made, even if the specific model isn't listed on their site.

Alternately, you could measure out what size you need, and get the individual belts here (http://www.studiosoundelectronics.com/cassette.htm). They're not quite as good quality in terms of wow/flutter specs as the belts Marrs carries, but they're good enough for average decks like those Technics. The main catch is that accurately measuring the size is often easier said than done, depending on how the deck is designed.

October 14th, 2013, 05:19 PM
When I lived in Vancouver, Main Electronics would get you just about any belt. Just bring the old one or a length of string representing the old belt and they could match you up with something and they had a LOT of belts.

October 14th, 2013, 10:19 PM
There is also the option of heat-weld belts, supplied in lengths it can save disassembling effort as can be threaded through then just welded together.