Cassette Restoration Project
We were given a “dead” cassette player that the owner thought was a burned out motor. Nice job googling that solution. Trying the old fashioned “take it apart and look” method, we discovered that it was a bad belt that had broken apart. We haven’t been afraid of a cassette restoration project since then!
Often, the dead cassette player or partially working cassette player, is simply a broken belt. It is sometimes challenging to open a player from the 1980s with all that plastic and hidden Phillips head screws, but with patience, any weekend warrior can act like Superman.
Recently, we used a rubber band used for delivering mail to replace a broken cassette player belt. Normally, I would suggest to buy a legitimate new old stock (NoS) component, which is readily available. However in this case, I didn’t want to wait 3 days for a delivery by mail. We happened to have a used rubber band handy, plopped it in and back to the happy owner the cassette player went!