If you’re just a person with the average person in music, you might have forgotten what cassette decks even were. But for a person who’s a true vintage lover, cassette decks are still alive. Even, there are many technicians who do the jobs of cassette deck maintenance.
On the note of cassette deck maintenance, it reminds us of a few problems are likely to take place in a cassette deck. And if case you’re one of the owners of it, you might be in trouble if you don’t know the way to fix them up.
For you and all of us who own cassette decks still in 2018, this special article is crafted and presented on this blog. But if you are not, you can buy any cassette deck to test it. It’s all about some quick and easy-to-follow tips to do cassette desks DIY maintenance.
For each of the processes, you don’t have to purchase expensive kits and have to call an expert. They are as easy as repairing your old kitchen faucet.
Enough of the intro. Let’s dive into the detailed article-
The Possible Problem That Can Happen with A Cassette Deck
To prescribe an issue, we need to figure out what the problem. May or maybe not, you’ve already known that. However, here is what we think-
As there is a number of electrical and dynamic parts, many things can go wrong with a cassette deck. Here are some of the most common issues-
- The electric power cord can be troubling the whole system
- Driver belt can get damaged or broken al over
- A misalignment can take place between the record and record reader
- There is a tape motion sensor which can get jammed or dirty
- There are numerous switches in the system that can be faulty
- Finally, the problem can be even in the cassette itself.
How To Fix Them Up?
Now in this article, we can not address each of the possible troubles of a cassette deck and bore you guys with stressful instructions. Rather, we’ve come up with a process which may wipe away most of the common issues that use o take place with common cassette decks.
Go through the following process below and find the best possible solution of your cassette deck trouble-
Use A Cleaning Tape and Clean the Cassette Deck Head
Cassette head is that one place where the most common issues occur. Take a cleaning tape and clean the cassette head after every 10 or 20 hours of use. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions if necessary.
Try Demagnetizing The Cassette Deck Head
Another uncommon but effective way to remove your cassette deck head problems is to demagnetize it. There are items like degausser in the local store that can work as a demagnetizer in this case.
Use A Repair Kit
For maintaining and doing various repairing jobs of the cassette deck, there are kits called cassette deck repair kits. There are many kits and tools that can b used to do a number of maintenance jobs of the deck.
Some Quick Tips
For micro level problems with the cassette deck, here are some quick fixes that might get in help-
- Do check all the possible cable connections to make sure they are secure and not open.
- In case you find any problem with the cable, change the cable immediately.
- If you don’t have cleaning tapes, you can use cotton subs or isopropyl alcohol to clean the cassette deck head.
- Find the critical contacts of the player and the race and do clean them.
- Do check that the cable output cables are connected to the receiver’s ‘Cassette’, ‘Tape’ or ‘Aux’ input plug.
- Inspect the belts that you can find inside the cassette deck for wear.
- If you find any broken or worn out belts, change it immediately.
- Make sure the bias settings are okay with the connection and high-frequency music.
- Check for any incomplete erasing or tape.
- Make sure no tape is jammed or stuck with the system.
So, this was the thorough discussion of all of the quick maintenance tips that can be in use when the cassette deck of yours needs maintenance. Hopefully, if the processes are applied in the proper way, one or another method will be in help.