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    I've got some stuff together at Workshop for FOSTEX R8 users.
    HERE's page link: http://www.mzentertainment.com/studi...fostex_r8.html

    scroll down there to "inside the unit / access / repair info" section, there are links to pictures and "how to".

    Went through fixing a very popular problem with R8 - cracked plastic pulleys ...grrrrrrrrrrr They hold well so far.

    It's a very cool machine. Too damn bad that it's not built of solid heavy metal ...heh heh heh
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    Thanks so much for that site man!!!! I'm looking to get an R8 and the info you have will be invaluable. Thank you so much. Rep added!!!!
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    No...the Neve doesn't have all those high-tech, upgraded options like the Behringer....

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    Thumbs up Thumbs up!

    Mike...this is really great.

    Really, those 1/4" 8-track Fostex machines sound great, are relatively portable and use economical media. And they have some neat, unique and handy features. I remember a thread some time back about somebody working through getting this fixed and I think they finally got it but how many more are out there? Those pulleys are an unfortunate weak-point on these machines.

    Kudos to you for putting some needed attention and support to these machines and their users. The Fostex machines seem to live in the shadows a bit which is too bad, and I think a lot of it is simply related to parts availability and user community support. This will help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetbeats View Post
    The Fostex machines seem to live in the shadows a bit which is too bad, and I think a lot of it is simply related to parts availability and user community support. This will help.
    Speaking of parts availability; are there NOS parts for these decks or do you have to buy parts decks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    No...the Neve doesn't have all those high-tech, upgraded options like the Behringer....

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    thanks guys, and cheers to you too

    No NOS , nada-zeeppo, no-notin' as for parts, afaik... heh heh , so -

    the more I was "investigating" all the cons of the design of this thing the more I could not help myself, so started fanta-sizing ( ) about perspective "idea" of finding a heavy-duty deck ala, TEAC a3340, and maybe figuring out how to gut out rec/play electronics off the R8 and then swap the R8's head block onto such mighty machine like 3340 and then supply the "new system" with real hard core rec/play switches and such and thus dumping all those itsy- bitsy teenie weenie purple polka-dot advanced ala-computa' transport features ...huh huh huh

    I think R8s are in the shadows simply because they stop working and there's no "simple" way to fix them. I really have no clues though..just guessing

    One thing I can tell for sure though, if you get R8 that works then you'll have a real nice tool to make great recordings.... assumingly, that you've got something good to be recorded to begin with, of course ...hah hah, but that's a diffrent story
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    So if the capstan belt starts slipping, what does one do? Have a third party company create a new belt from the same specs? Just curious as to the options.
    -Nate








    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    No...the Neve doesn't have all those high-tech, upgraded options like the Behringer....

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    I have no clue about options
    I'd guess if you find or can custom order a flat rubber belt of the same size you'll be OK.
    I fixed couple reel-to-reel machines, few cassette decks and even couple cd-players simply by going through my junk box and finding a belt that fits. But that's how I do most of "repair" , but I can't recommend this to anybody (I'm not a "certified specialist" and ain't got no licence no permit granted from the agency...heh heh
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    If you have a specialty electronics shop in your vicinity that stocks VCR belts you might find something there, or check wwith someplace like Parts Express...they used to stock a scad of round and flat belts...I have an electronics shop near me with a whole isle of the things and someday I mean to take a couple belts there and see if I can find a match.

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    Once again the good Doc has outdone himself. Rep points on the way!

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    Daniel! Thank you, Sir!

    OK, guys, I was spinning the machine today, Also had to tighten up the brakes a bit. So the bonds on the pulleys hold well so far. If it'll fail some day I'll sure let you know and then will have to try something different... arghhhhhh, I hope not.

    I was also tracing the wires from the control unit jack to the control board and got it all figured. I has few ideas about how to implement long cord for the control unit, as it's pretty hard to find that special Fostex extension cable. Also it has a pretty unique 12-pin connector.
    My latest "idea" was to add d-sub 15pin connector in the area between INs/OUTs jacks and the Sync Connector (there's some good empty space there). The challenge however is the control unit, as there's no space there , well maybe where the punch/locate jacks are ??? , I have to look into it again.
    In any case, if anybody needs the info about the 12-pins jack and where the wires go ...let me know. I'll put this info out on the web-page too when ever I get time.

    later, guys
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