Web Sites About Vintage Tape Recorders:
The Wollensak 5750 Vintage Tape Recorder Restoration Project
If you love Wollensak, you'll love this! The site takes you through the ENTIRE restoration process of a ruined Wollensak 5750 stereophonic tape recorder. Includes videos, music samples and lots of pictures!
The Vintage Tape Recorder Hall Of Fame Satellite Web Site
The Vintage Tape Recorder Hall Of Fame is hosted here at ClydeSight Productions. We have a satellite Web site at an independent domain so visitors can find us more easily. You can visit the satellite site (www.vintagetaperecorderhof.com) by clicking on the link.
Purchasing or Selling Vintage Tape Recorders:
E-Bay - It goes without saying that eventually EVERYTHING will wind up on E-Bay! If you want to buy vintage reel to reel or cassette recorders, use any E-Bay connection (the U.S. url is listed here) and search under "vintage tape recorder". Same goes for selling. Good luck and happy bidding.
NOTE: E-Bay is a great source for inexpensive cassette replacement belts!
Search "cassette belts" and you will find many offerings, some reasonably prices, some outrageous... it's E-Bay, after all!
Repair, electronic and Restoration Parts:
NOTE: Clydesight Productions and the Vintage Tape Recroder Hall of Fame are NOT responsible for any damage you may do to yourself or your machine by attempting to replace capacitors or other tape recorder parts!
Terry's Rubber Rollers - Terry apparently makes new idlers and rubber part himself. He doesn't ship them out that we know of. His work is excellent and his prices are competitive. His web site is informative and helpful. He is a good resource if you need to have idlers of pinch rollers rebuilt.
Turntable Needles.com - This company offers belts by manufacturer. You can look up your machine by name and model number, or you can measure your old belt and order from their extensive inventory.
DAE, Inc - The TEAC PLACE - If you need parts for a TEAC, this place will have them. Not Wollensak, but useful for TEAC folks.
ACE Hardware - The web site doesn't help as much as the stores do. ACE stores have a pretty large inventory. ACE is the place to get replacement "tires" for a Wollensak 5000 series "power cam". The part is a plumber's "O" ring, 1-3/16" OD (outside diameter) 1/8" thick. I don't have the part number. But it is made by DANCO. I found it in a bin of plumber's parts, you may be able to do the same. If you need little belts, a plumber's O ring (they come in a LOT of sizes might help you out. ACE is also a good place to get Wonder Liner, if you need a replacement for light speaker grill cloth. You'd be surprised what digging around in a hardware store will uncover! They are a tinker's paradise.
Understanding and Replacing Electronic Parts
Phil's Old Radios - Phil explains all about capacitors, why and how to replace them. Replacing electrolytic capacitors is probably the number one electronic thing you can do to bring a dead tape recorder back to life. Check out his site to learn about caps, then go get some and bring your machine back to life!
Just Radios - Another great site that tells you about capacitors and the important role they play in electronic circuits. This site also carries some of the more common vintage rated capacitors that you might need.
Motors and Other Electronic Specialty Items
Surplus Sales of Nebraska - Almost anything you can think of winds up here! They have a HUGE inventory, tons of capacitors of all kinds, DC motors, AC motors, hardware and more. Look here first, especially if you need electrolytic capacitors. They probably have what you need. Some of it is military grade hardware as well. Prices are reasonable.
Surplus Shed - This site carries surplus parts from many resources, including some cassette motors made by Canon for very reasonable prices. Dig around in there, you will be amazed at some of the things you can find!
Electronic Goldmine - So, you need an LED, or a replacement motor? This is another great place to look. They have reasonable prices and they sell regulated cassette motors! They also have excellent customer service. Check them out!
Audio Information, Manuals and Service Books:
Interface WebCast - This is a new web site that features "technotainment"! It is run by two radio personalities, Scotty D. and J.C. They broadcast every week on Friday's at 4:00 PM (Pacific Time) 7:00 PM (Eastern Time). The "show" has a number of regular features and special guests. They offer techno news, vintage audio information, digital audio and video information, tips and tricks, and they also have a live chat line during the show. It is a fascinating new approach to spreading the word about all things tech! They sometimes talk about vintage tape recorders and other equipment, including turntables and cartridges. There is something for the "geek" in you! Tune in, you don't want to miss this show.
Stereo Manuals.com - You can look up a manual by manufacturer on their web site. Ordering is a b it confusing, but the prices are good and they deliver very fast. If you don't see a manual of photofact document listed, you can write to them and they may be able to help you.
Phantom Productions has generously provided an on-line resource of vintage electronics catalogs from the 1900's onwards, and they include advertisements.
Radio Shack Catalogs provides a large collection of vintage radio shack catalogs. You can view complete catalogs from 1939 on! A great resource for all RS fans. Don't underestimate Radio Shack! This site is proof of the tremendous influence and enrichment the Radio Shack line has brought to many people for more than 40 years. If you like all things RS, you will LOVE this site!
AudioTools.com claims to be "...the Internet's premier source of dubious information, suspect advice and Uncle Technology on all kinds of hi-fi and audio equipment..." However, for being dubious, they have sent a lot of web pages with information about audio equipment manufacturers. I believe they are being somewhat self-deprecating.
Basic Reel to Reel and Other Tape Recorder Info
Wikipedia has a good basic article on the reel to reel tape recorder.
"How Stuff Works" has a detailed explanation of this sound recording process, focusing on the cassette format which, due to greater convenience and smaller size, replaced the reel to reel format in the home recording arena starting in the late 1960's.
Reel To Reel Tape Recorder Videos
YouTube There are quite a few people who are really into their reel to reel tape recorders. You Tube shows some videos they have made about their projects. This link takes you to the search results for "tape recorder". You can try other searches there also. Some of the video authors may be willing to correspond with you and may have some sources for help with your restoration project.