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.......a cassette demagnetizer and cleaning tape?? I had a great TDK demagnetizer I picked up in the mid 80s for $40. It looked like a circuit board inside the cassette housing?
You're talking about a demagnetizer. It does not clean your tapeheads. I have one and it effectively demagnetizes the tapehead.
You still have to go back and clean the heads and capspan. A little isopropyl alchohol on a q-tip should do the trick.
I have one (had for um.. decades) but it's not for sale.
A place called Innovative Audio in Delta BC, Canada might have one as they have a lot of old equipment for sale. I saw a discwasher record cleaner brush there once.
Not that I'm one to usually pry into another mans spending habits, but good God...WHY would you want one of those?
1. They only [supposedly] serviced the Rec/PB head(s). They completely ignore the capstan(s) and any other metal guides that might be present. (as an aside it is worth noting that the erase head generally does not need degaussing unless it is in a deck used for playback only. When the decks "record" curcuits are engaged, the erase head will degauss itself.).
2. In order for them to be used, the decks power had to be turned ON and "play" pressed. This is a big no-no. Any semi or total pro will tell you that the cardinal rule when demagging is for the decks power to be turned off. The huge surge that the heads, deck, and possibly the rest of your system can get from a power-on degaussing can really cause a lot of damage. Including your very own ears if you are careless.
3. I have seen no evidence to support the claims that those devices help at all and plenty to suggest that they can cause more harm than you bargained for.
You really should reconsider this decision and hunt down a wand unit.
But if you are still intent on an enclosed unit, you might be able to find some at Radio Shack, an out of the way small hi-fi or second hand electronics shop, Ebay, or a Thrift Shop. I doubt that any mainstream chain besides RS carries them anymore.
I guess I'm glad I lost it before using it on my deck after ESLabs had just overhauled and modded it! That was in 2000, must have misplaced the litte sucker before then.
Thank's for the warning.
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