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Putting Double Belt Resolved A Perennial Problem In NAD6100 Tape Deck

By on May 17, 2021
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This set keeps visiting me at-least twice in an year for tape dragging and auto stopping, each time of which, what I did was replacing the belt. But this time I decided to put an end to this. I pulled out the mechanism and put two flat belts on it.

Since this deck used two motors, one for capstan and another for take-up, fast forward and rewind and did not use any belts, chances of failure on that side were remote.

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Then tried playing a cassette. It worked very well. I let two or three cassettes play A & B sides keeping the mechanism on top of the deck:

servicing tape deck

After ensuring that it was now perfect, I fit the mechanism back and again ran the deck for some more time.

checking tape deck repair

After ensuring that it was ok, I fixed the top cover and delivered it to my friend, who is very elder to me and a well-wisher and promoter of my hobby!

Satisfaction always was ready to jump to the bag and I allowed it to do so happily!

This article was prepared for you by Parasuraman Subramanian from India. He is 72 years old and has more than 30 years’ experience in handling antique equipment like Valve Radio, Amps, Reel Tape Recorders and currently studying latest tech-classes conducted by Kerala State Electronics Technicians’ Association. He has done graduation in BBA degree, private diploma in Radio Engineering and retired as MD of a USA company. Presently working as Consultant to Hospital and other institutions.

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  1. Albert van Bemmelen

    May 17, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Adding two belts together on one motormechanism is new to me! But maybe if now one belt breaks it will still stop the mechanism and the good flat belt too?

    • Parasuraman S

      May 17, 2021 at 10:42 pm

      I have done this in a few cases in the past. As the load is shared by the two belts, it lasts longer and even if one breaks, it just slides down without getting wound on any wheels. This is my experience. Well, one cannot rule out the possibility of mechanism getting stuck. That can happen even otherwise. Many thanks for your comments!

  2. Christopher Massie

    May 20, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Great Ingenuity! I have been battling the same issue on my own tape deck. Also trying to find belts is not easy these days. Do you have a good source for belts?
    It is the simple solutions that are sometimes the most illusive!
    All the best Sir.

    • Parasuraman Subramanian

      May 23, 2021 at 1:04 pm

      A few are still available in Chennai. I have a good collection. Many thanks for your comments!


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