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Thomas W. Bethel

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Who do you use for tape deck head relapping or replacement?
« on: November 22, 2015, 08:11:58 am »

I have two Otari MTR-10 tape decks I am working on for a client. On one of the decks the heads are in bad shape with the playback head being down -12 dBU at 15 KHz at 15 ips. The other deck checks out fine. I am wondering who you use for tape head maintenance and possible replacement. Thanks in advance.
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Thomas W. Bethel
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Re: Who do you use for tape deck head relapping or replacement?
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2015, 08:53:01 am »

Not many players in that game these days. John French would be my first call.

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Re: Who do you use for tape deck head relapping or replacement?
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2015, 12:34:33 pm »

It may be cheaper to find another machine for parts than to source new heads.
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Re: Who do you use for tape deck head relapping or replacement?
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2015, 06:13:49 am »

I never got a reply from Otari about a replacement head.

I did send the heads to JFR for an evaluation.

Thanks to all for taking the time to reply.
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Thomas W. Bethel
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Re: Who do you use for tape deck head relapping or replacement?
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2015, 06:35:11 am »

I just got the head stack back from JFR and they did a fantastic job on it. They were able to find a good Otari playback head and replaced the bad one in the head stack. I got a chance to talk to John and what an amazing person. Thanks for all the help on finding someone so good. I will be using John again in the near future.
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Thomas W. Bethel
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Acoustik Musik, Ltd.
http://www.acoustikmusik.com/

Doing what you love is freedom.
Loving what you do is happiness.

Celebrating 22 years in business in 2017
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