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    Default My trusty microcassete recorder is failing... What are some good replacement models?

    I've had my Sony Cassette-Corder M-530V for about 10 years. I got it in a thrift store. It's not the sharpest sounding model in comparison to ones I had as a child, but it sounds pretty good. Reliable, until now when I just started using it again, there is mechanical trouble. It was sitting in a dry box with other stuff and previously worked without any issues. Now it stops playback once in a while and the wheels have a hard time starting to play a tape as soon as I put it in, but not all the time. Causing distorted playback for a second. It caused a little bit of the tape to come out of one of my cassettes, but not enough to cause damage. I rolled the tape back into the cassette by rotating the white wheels. I don't want my cassette recorder to end up eating my tapes, so I'm better off replacing it and then digitizing my tapes and only using it as a hobby. What are some better models you can recommend that you can still find brand new old stock? Thanks. I think my dad had a pretty nice silver Panasonic if I remember right.. I still have a lot of my precious memories stored on tape.
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    I have never cleaned the insides of my cassette-corder. Maybe that is causing the issues or lead to them?

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    Most cassette recorders have drive belts that have to be replaced after so many years. Even if they are well stored, sometimes these belts turn to goo.

    Usually after a good cleaning and replacing drive belts, a cassette recorder should work like new.

    Although, a quick search suggests a "M-530V" is a micro-cassette recorder, which can be more of a headache.

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    What makes micro-cassette recorders harder to fix? Yes, I am talking about micro cassette recorders only and my M-530V is one. It takes the MC-60 cartridges.

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    Open one up and try to work on it. Compare that to a full size Compact Cassette transport, and you'll see what he means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC9UDX View Post
    Open one up and try to work on it. Compare that to a full size Compact Cassette transport, and you'll see what he means.
    Not that much harder if you've got good eyes, a magnifying lamp and tiny nimble fingers (and a paper clip or two). As mentioned, you can get belt assortments on eBay.

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    An Optivisor (hopefully the real thing not a cheap Chinese knockoff), a swivel vise, and a hemostat on a pantograph make up for poor eyes and wobbly fat fingers. If I ever finish rebuilding my bench, I'm going to have to make a new pantograph with screwdriver capability.

    But nothing can substitute for the kind of long-suffering only God can provide.

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