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    Rubber wheel tascam 688

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    Hey guys,

    This is for the 688 freaks I guess. Has anybody here ever changed the rubber wheel? Does anybody even know where to get a new one? I guess they're not made by Tascam anymore, but it looks like a fairly common tape deck size. My wheel is starting to weir out, the part where the tape travels is worn and it looks kinda dry. Hope someone has some info.

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    Sorry, I don't have the answer . I did some searches on this last night but came up with nothing useful. I thought I'd bump the thread though to give anyone else a try at this. I'd love to hear some advice too as the rubber on mine looks pretty worn as well.

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    It wouldn't hurt to call up Tascam and ask. Ya never know.

    ...or else give terry from terry's rubber rollers a shout and ask if he does work on cassette pinch rollers. If the roller ain't too bad though, you can always use a rubber conditioner such as the rubber renue or caig's rbr.

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    I have a new one on backorder from Tascam for my 234...dunno if it is the same part, but I second the recommendation to call Tascam and ask.

    Also, talked to Terry recently and he does indeed re-rubber cassette-based pinch rollers, but it ain't cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetbeats View Post
    Also, talked to Terry recently and he does indeed re-rubber cassette-based pinch rollers, but it ain't cheap.
    That's good news Cory. How much does he charge?

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    Same as a small open-reel roller...I think its $35 + $5 S&H.

    I think the new one from Teac is running like $13 or something.

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    Hmm, that's interesting 'cause I bought mine, for the 244 / 246, for $20 USD, from TEAC Japan. I personally wouldn't mind Terry's $35 deal if those rollers were not available from TASCAM anymore. Terry's our last hope after that!

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    thanks guys! I contacted Terry and it's not cheap indeed, but I don't really care. My main problem is getting the pinch roller out (and back in) the 688 I'm afraid. It's not as easy as with the 244 for instance.

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    Try http://www.terrysrubberrollers.com/
    They should have what you need.

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    I tried as you can read in my last post. I'm gonna try to contact teac, maybe they have rollers that will fit...still, I don't want to srew my recorder while trying to get the old one out.

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