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How to open an old cassette that doesn't have any screws?

I have an old Philips audio cassette and the tape inside is stuck. On other cassettes there are screws which can be undone to open and fix the tape, but this cassette has no screws. How can it be opened?

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Some bargain tapes were made with glued-together shells. They were usually sold in bulk packaging in the days of cassettes for voice recording (for students taping lectures, for instance) but weren't meant to last long. You need to break open the shell and transfer the tape into another one after you repair the problem. Use a stiff blade along the seam to open it. I use a shop knife to get the cut started, then wedge a stiff putty knife into the opening and twist. The shell splits open pretty easily once you start it.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009

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SOURCE: Sound Issues on Audio Book Cassette Tape

This might explain things...


WHAT HAPPENS TO CASSETTES THAT WON'T PLAY
By Margie Crawford

Cassettes can be damaged in a
number of ways. Besides just wearing
out, they can be broken, twisted,
stretched, stuck, demagnetized or
missing the pressure pad. Most of these
problems can be repaired except for
demagnetization which causes the
audio to fade in and out.
Cassettes can be demagnetized at the
self-check out terminals so do not
place them on the machine while
checking out other items. At home
do not place them on speakers or near
magnets. If the audio sounds backwards
or like a foreign language, it is twisted
and can be repaired.

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