for Reel to Reel
Tape Recorder Enthusiasts
ClydeSight Tape Recorder Channel on YouTube!
ClydeSight Channel on YouTube features 84 videos for vintage tape recorder lovers. Some are about reel to reel machines, others are about vintage cassette tape recorders.
ALL feature a narrated walkthrough of the functions of each machine, voice and music tests, and an exploration of the inner workings of each machine that has been lovingly restored by ClydeSight.
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recorder enthusiasts are always looking for a good source for parts, which
are getting harder and harder to find. This page has links to vendors we
used in the Wollensak 5750 reel to reel tape recorder restoration/rebuild
project. We offer them in hopes they can help others with their projects.
All links were live and valid as of December 2007.
don't repair or rebuild tape recorders. This site is to highlight our composer-in-resident's
fascinating adventure with his Wollensak machine. If you are looking for
help in restoring a machine you have, be it Akai, Roberts, Sony, etc., we
strongly suggest you visit the Web sites listed
here. They too have a links page, and by going from link to link, you may
find the help you are seeking. Finding answers to questions and solutions
to problems often requires a lot of research, there's just no way around
it. This Links page can at least give you a start.
potential source for help, believe it or not, if "YouTube" (see
link at bottom of this page.)
There are several videos by people about their tape recorders (who knew reel
to reel machines were still so popular?) and you might be able to see something
or contact someone there, who can lead you in the right direction. Just search "tape
recorder" when you go to You Tube and take a look at the results. At
the worst, you'll see some interesting (or not) videos. At best, you may
find a lead to getting your question answered.
Other Vintage Tape Recorder Web sites
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.
Rollers and Other Parts
is probably the biggest area of concern for reel to reel tape enthusiasts,
and no matter how vintage your audio equipment, you'll eventually need belts
and idlers. Here are some vendors we used who proved to us to be worthy of
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.
- This company offers belts by manufacturer. We looked up Wollensak and they
had a number of belts and options available at reasonable prices. Delivery
was fast and follow up was excellent. Click
here for a page listing all Wollensak
belts (including for the T-1500)
Inc - If you need parts for a TEAC, this place will have them. Not Wollensak,
but useful for TEAC folks.
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.
and Service Books
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.
and Other Information
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 (about tape recorders and turntabes, amp-lifiers, etc.), digital audio and video information, even computer tips and tricks. They also have a live chat line during the show, so you can leave comments and they might even respond to you ON THE AIR! (How cool is THAT?)
It is a great WebCast and a fascinating new approach to spreading the word about all things tech! You never know, they may even devote some time to Wollensak! ClydeSight tunes in every week and SO SHOULD YOU! You'll enjoy it and learn something new. AND if you miss a show, they have all episodes archived, so you can watch on-line at any time! But don't miss a show, it is too exciting to miss.
Productions has generously provided an on-line resource
of vintage electronics catalogs from the 1900's onwards, and they include
advertisements. For tape recorder information. click on their section
called: Vintage R2R, located in their navigation sidebar.
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
has a good basic
article on the reel to reel tape recorder.
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.
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing
(Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing) are the makers of "Scotch®" brand
tape products. Besides owning the Wollensak tape recorder division, they
also produced magnetic recording tape on reels and cassettes. The company
had a reputation for producing a solid performing product at a reasonable
Reel To Reel Tape Recorder Videos
are a few people who are really into their reel to reel tape recorders. You
Tube shows some videos thay have made about their projects. And yes, ClydeSight
has a video there too! This link takes you to the serach 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.
DO NOT ASK US how to sell your old machine or tapes or records. We will
NOT respond to selling or value estimate inquiries.
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