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    I am trying to find somewhere that sells inexpensive tape head/degaussers. Radio Shack used to carry them but now only stock the cassette tape demagnetizers. I need one for my space echo. thanks, James

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    Talking reply Demag units

    Hi Jant

    If your like the rest of us recording
    people, you have catalogs like
    American Music and Musicians Friend.
    You can order a demag unit from them.
    Don't forget the head cleaner too.

    Chuck

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    You could also check places like Radio Shack. I am sure they would carry it. If you are dealing with cassette, you should also consider a capston & pinch roller cleaner.

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    Guitar Center carries the Tascam head demagnetizer. zzounds.com also should.

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    These are hard as HELL to find. It now looks like I have to order one from the US which is simply ridicously expensive!
    Grrrr....

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    tape demagnetizers, tape head and pinch roller cleaners...

    Hi from Spain,

    what do you think about these tape demagnetizers and tape head and pinch roller cleaners of this ebay store:

    http://cgi.ebay.es/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...320838451&rd=1

    I'm just buy a re-201 and I want ask you if these items are necesary for a correct maintenance?

    Thank you very much

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    guys, where/when did you see Musician's Friend ever had them? The only thing they currently have for reel-to-reel people are some quantegy tapes (most of which are always on back-order also... )
    guitar center? maybe they have them in the store(s)..??.. if you go on-line - they redirect you to Musician's Friend site ...if I am correct.
    I've searched zZounds.com ... no luck on demagnetizers at all... nothing in accessories section....
    what am I missing ... ????

    The place , where I have found some nice stuff (and tapes as well) is US Recording Media.... there you can order on-line. Han-D-Mag is there for about 60 bucks, here's page: http://www.usrecordingmedia.com/handmagdebyr.html

    now, for people outside US...I don't really know where to look, except keeping eye on e-bay.... vary head demagnetizers there all the time.
    I really don't know much about quality of work different brands/models do...thou... Han-D-Mag is the one, which was recommended widely for pro-use... as I know.

    oh, well,
    good luck,
    /respects
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    Demagnetizing your tape path is absolutely critical. All tape machines need this procedure as part of routine maintenance. Every time you play a tape on magnetized heads some of the signal on the tape gets erased, especially high frequencies.

    TWO DEMAGNETIZERS THAT WILL GET THE JOB DONE RIGHT:

    Han-D-Mag (Best with 1/4" and up)
    http://blevinsaudioexchange.com/handmag.html

    TEAC E-3 (Best with cassette and up)
    http://www.samedaymusic.com/product--TASE3
    (not in stock but there's a nice photo)

    Demagnetizers use alternating magnetic fields to create a neutral state on the tape path and heads. The demagnetizer must be strong enough to overcome the magnetized tape head and other metal in the tape path. The above are two of the best. The Teac E-3 is getting hard to find new.

    Check eBay.

    http://cgi.ebay.es/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...tem=7514247729

    http://cgi.ebay.es/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...tem=7514281807

    Cheepy models like those once made by Pickwick and sold by Radio Shack or the Sony HE-4 are relatively light in weight and too weak to neutralize the magnetic charge on the metal being treated.

    MODELS TO AVOID:

    Sony Head Demagnetizer HE-4
    Nakamichi Head Demagnetizer DM-10 and no-name brands of the same model number
    Radios Shack models 44-211 and 44-207
    MCM Tape Head Demagnetizer Model 720880

    …or anything about the size and weight of a pencil-style soldering iron.

    -Tim

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    I just sprang for that Han D Mag. Price was kinda steep though, it was $70.

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    Thank you very much for the links. I'm going to buy the TEAC E-3. Can you give me some information about the use? I never used a demagnetizer...

    Regards,

    Román.

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