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Why the right channel output in my tape deck is low?

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Nostalgic!!..Really posted on 2014?..anyway clean or replace your tape deck's "HEAD".

Posted on May 10, 2014

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    Arup Dutta May 10, 2014

    :) Yes, really can't let go... even if I listen to digital stuffs... but something that is mechanical really fascinates me...and also, don't let myself forget that these things gave me a lot of pleasure once.


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As you can see, the Left channel is close to the edge of the tape where most tape and head wear occur. High frequencies are affected first.

If you examine the edge of the tape when it is stationary there should be no waviness as this would cause poor head-to-tape contact.

Shine a high-intensity light on the tape where is passes over the heads. You should be able to identify the tracks. Looking closely you might also notice a worn pathway across the heads caused by miles of tape over the years. It changes the contour of the heads and how the tape rides on them. Wear can look like shiny bars (perpendicular to the tape travel) with rounded or wavy edges (not ruler straight).

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