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    Question Alignment tool, tweaker

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    Guys,

    I have a bit of an issue....

    The plastic alignment tools that I bought last year don't seem to work at all on my latest acquisition, the TASCAM 48-OB.

    The tools don't fit the 'tape tension' adjustment pots [photos attached]. I tried to make one from a credit card [it fit] but it was impossible to turn [tight fitting]. I need recommendations on what to buy. I don't necessarily wanna go plastic but something which won't pass static or possibly fry the electronics. Any ideas?

    Thanks!

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    SMI Electronics in Langley has what you want, I think. I got a package of little plastic screwdrivers and adjustments (asst. sizes) for about 9 or 11 dollars. Looks like you need a plastic-tipped Phillips for those adjustments on your 48.

    http://www.smi-elec.com/
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    Yeah, I've got the same set of those plastic assorted 'alignment' screwdrivers but none of them is the Phillips type.

    I called the place you suggest but they don't have the Phillips. In fact, I also called RP Electronics and The Source and nothing...

    I'd like to get something on line, if possible. This would save me a lot of time.

    Remind me, do you have a 48 yourself?

    Anyway, thanks for replying.

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    Daniel,

    Man that's a crisp looking deck!

    Did you check Parts Express?

    They've got a lot of different stuff, wide product scope but not as deep in some areas, but I know they have tech tools for video applications and there might be something there that works...check it out.

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    What's wrong with earthing a run of the mill flat ended screwdriver & using that? Just clip a crocodile clip onto the case of your recorder & onto the screwdriver.

    Buy the way that is a pristine machine, i'm completely jealous
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    Quote Originally Posted by _brian_ View Post
    What's wrong with earthing a run of the mill flat ended screwdriver & using that? Just clip a crocodile clip onto the case of your recorder & onto the screwdriver.

    Buy the way that is a pristine machine, i'm completely jealous
    it may be different here... but i dont think that static is the issue here... it's most probably interference with magnetic resonances... i would run into similar problems with the master oscillators in old organs and such...
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    Tried them all

    Well I almost tried them all.

    I tend to use a bamboo shish-ka-bob skewer that I shape with sand paper for each use. It is soft enough to give when the force is too high. When it wears out or does not quite fit I reshape it on the sand paper and have a pristine blade as needed. Plus It is cheap and we have 50 of them in the kitchen.

    My other tweakers are always moving to some small, dark , corner unknown to me.

    Plus in need you can actually put shrimp on them and fire up the BBQ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dementedchord View Post
    it may be different here... but i dont think that static is the issue here... it's most probably interference with magnetic resonances... i would run into similar problems with the master oscillators in old organs and such...
    yeah, but the thread starter voiced his concern about "frying the electronics" with static, & that's how you'd eliminate that concern. As for magnetic problems , can't see that being an issue either, i mean it's a plastic pot he's adjusting. Magnetism's only really a problem around the tape path is it not?
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    actually haveing just reread the original post... it's the tensioning adjustments... right??? shouldn't be an issue at all as i see it... as to the rest of it... going just from personal experience... while being careful is always a concern i've never really needed a grounded driver for working on hot stuff... i would worry more about accendently grounding something i shouldn't.... and i do find it necessary to use plastic types on occasion because of inductence and parasitic capacitence issues...
    37.8% of all statistics are made up on the spot...

    hey give a guy some room... people are trying to evolve here... for crying out loud...

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    Thanks guys.

    I did some research and found these:

    http://www.powermost.com/ceramic-adjster-01.htm
    http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/pr...08474396672895

    The first one seems more like the one I'd get but the 2nd link shows some nice ones as well, not ceramic / plastic but insulated so I guess it'd be fine... Problem is that I don't know if they're magnetic or not..

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