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    Either/Or.....it's good we have these resources.

    Imagine a world without pinch rollers.

    Guy #1 "how come you don't use that tape deck, it looks nice,"

    Guy #2 "It needs some rubber, and I can't get it."

    Guy #1 walks away scratching head

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFR View Post
    Imagine a world without pinch rollers.
    I think that's what they did when they designed the Otari MTR-90.


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    Is that yours? Serious machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFR View Post
    Is that yours? Serious machine
    No...I have the MX-80, it uses a pinch roller...like the one I got from Athan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    I think that's what they did when they designed the Otari MTR-90.
    Those capstan rollers still disintegrate after a while though. Last time I needed replacements for my MTR-90 I went to MDI PrecisionMotorWorks - Home who were slightly cheaper than Athan yet still came highly recommended from other MTR-90 owners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesperrett View Post
    Those capstan rollers still disintegrate after a while though. Last time I needed replacements for my MTR-90 I went to MDI PrecisionMotorWorks - Home who were slightly cheaper than Athan yet still came highly recommended from other MTR-90 owners.
    YEs...MDI Precision Works is another one...though they seem to focus only on a few tape deck models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFR View Post
    Imagine a world without pinch rollers.
    Other pinchroller-less machines include the Stephens decks and the ATR-102. I keep hoping that one of these firms promising new tape decks will make a pinchroller-free machine, but so far they're all the traditional design.

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    I have sent Terry pinch rollers and counter rollers for the MS-16,MSR-24-scarce as hen's teeth-, and MSR16.All came back in excellent condition.My clients were very happy with both the price and quality.

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    Good to see Terry is still around to save all these classic machines. Always did good work for me.

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    Athan poly rollers - personal experience

    I've been using Athan poly pinch rollers for roughly 20 years and have both good and bad experiences with them in daily production use, and now less frequent archival digitizing of tape based media.

    It's because of that experience with their rollers that I wont use their poly cleaning solution on a roller more than a few years old. On multiple occasions I've cleaned an older Athan poly roller (with their cleaning solution) prior to use only to have it turn to goo (in effect becoming a very tacky particle transfer roller). In most of those instances I resorted to reinstalling the previously used (and still serviceable) rubber roller to complete the task.

    The goo experience has occurred on 1" Type C, 1/4" ATR, 3/4" Umatic as well as various flavors of the Betacam format rollers.

    I've come to the conclusion that if the Athan roller doesn't have significant oxide/binder buildup I'm better off not using the cleaning solution.

    In my experience poly has the advantage in heavy use situations; however, it doesn't last forever, Athan Corp confirmed this when I contacted them about the goo experiences.

    I pulled a 15 year old NOS rubber roller from my inventory this week (3-2019) and found it to be just as serviceable as when new.

    I got less than 30 hours use (over a 15+ year span) out of the last Athan poly roller I put on an Ampex VPR-80 before it went goo. I'm going to have Terry make a replacement VPR-80 rubber roller for me as soon as I can track down the poly roller I tossed somewhere.

    YMMV

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