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Old 8th Dec 2019, 12:47 am   #1
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Does any one know what I could use to replace the 3 clutch pads under each spool on these recorders.


Just as important, does anyone know the height that these protrude above the housing?
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Old 8th Dec 2019, 12:56 am   #2
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I vaguely recall someone suggesting rubber erasers out of pencils.
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Old 8th Dec 2019, 7:57 am   #3
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These are domed Neoprene plugs, which protrude about a millimetre above the surround. Eraser rubber may be too grippy for smooth operation, but easy enough to try. Hellyer's "What's in a clutch", tape recorder ca 1968, may be helpful.
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Old 8th Dec 2019, 11:51 am   #4
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I have a distant memory of using cut rubber grommets which seemed to do the job quite well.Peter.
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Old 8th Dec 2019, 6:07 pm   #5
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If you don't mind using cork i replaced mine with 8mm Natural Cork Balls from a firm called 'Just Cork'
https://www.just-cork.co.uk/natural-...all-p-371.html

They are a good easy push fit and all that needs to be done is to gently file the top so that they protrude above the metal circular holders by about 1.5 mm or so.

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Old 9th Dec 2019, 10:25 am   #6
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I've cut down (homogeneous, not made of cork shavings) cork wine stoppers in the past using a small knife (I've cut them into a hexagonal shape for simplicity which works well enough), but those cork balls seem really ideal.

Someone I read about had used rather hard rubber, the type used for door stoppers, with success. I too think that pencil eraser rubber will be too soft and will probably shed shavings in use.
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Old 9th Dec 2019, 11:27 am   #7
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I did what ricard above did - cutting slivers from a wine bottle cork and fitting hexagonal pieces into the receptacle. With a bit of trial and error to get the height right, it worked reasonably well.

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I used 8mm rubber cord from eBay:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/8mm-O-Rin...oAAOxy4dNSy-j9

I cut six slices slightly too long, inserted them in the holes (is nice snug fit), then gently filed down until there was no drive to turntables unless in fast wind.
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