SMART WASP In Antique SONY Tape Recorder TC-520CS
This Sony Tape Recorder Model TC-520CS was brought to me by one of my best friends, for changing belts. As you can see from the second photograph above, he had sealed all the screw holes with cotton to prevent wasp building its nest.
But you just see how smart this insect is. She has built it inside the battery compartment, which fell off when I opened the lid!
How did it manage to sneak into there is something that defeats me!
Anyhow, after my appreciation and grin over the joke as to how it outsmarted by friend, I opened the set, which was not having much dust and dirt inside, and cleaned it up as a routine. In order to access the mechanism, we need to remove the front panel, unscrew the mechanism holding screws and lift it up.
The belts can be replaced only after removing the capstan holding bracket. I replaced the belts and fixed it back. Gave power and tried, it worked very well.
So, fit the covers back and tried it again, playing one full cassette (A and B side).
Delivered the set back to my friend myself, on my way to the hospital, whistling and beaming with the satisfaction of having added one more to the bulging bag!
This article was prepared for you by Parasuraman Subramanian from India. He is 69 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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