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    244 and 246 pinch roller sizes

    I've never used Athan stuff but they have a good reputation (I usually use Terry's rubber rollers- those are kind of your 2 choices lol).
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    Update: I had a friend come over and help me with the machine, and I think we've fixed it. With a little bending, the brake strap issue is gone, but we found that erase was still not working- the tape was still being pulled away from the erase head into the tape guide during play. As I...
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    After hacking off about 3mm from the height of the replacement reel table bushing, it visually seems like my alignment is better- I don't see the tape hitting or curling into the top flange of the guide anymore. However, I couldn't quite test it because it seems I've caused another issue- I had...
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    It seems to be exactly identical to the right hand guide. I think I'm coming to the conclusion that my reel table height is too high, which is a bummer- I had to buy a replacement bushing for the supply side as the metal was cracking, and the bushing I got is a little taller than the original...
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    As I already said in this thread, the service manual says the erase head has no adjustment, and the goop on the azimuth adjustments in the R/P head has not been broken. If I was having an issue with bad frequency response on outer tracks or something, then sure, I would have spent my money on...
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    I do not have a test tape- I've pretty much blown my budget on the tentelometer when it comes to calibration tools for this thing- maybe next year? LOL
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    Good question! I have only one other reel of ATR master tape- I'll try that next. Thanks!
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    The diagram from my previous post is from what I think is the service manual (has schematics and layouts). As far as I can tell, the guide just screws right into the stack. What do you think it means that the tape seems properly placed until it starts moving?
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    So here is the tape path from the manual: The tape guides are not adjustable, and I noticed the tape rubbing and almost curling up to the top of the left tape guide, but only when playing. I removed the cap of the left tension roller and adjusted the screw to its lowest point, but it...
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    It seems to erase when I place a little bit of pressure in between the erase and rec/play head. Tricky thing is, there's nothing in between those two- no guides or anything. I did notice that the tape is running into the top flange of the guide on the supply side right before the erase head...
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    I finally purchased a tentelometer and adjusted the tape tensions per the manual. Unfortunately, it did not solve the problem- the odd tracks still erase poorly. It seems that the tape's path between the erase and rec/play head is out of alignment so that the erase tracks are not making good...
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    Finally got a spring scale and was able to test the pinch roller pressure via the manual, and it checked out perfectly (1.6 kg). Unfortunately, the tape tension measurements require a tentelometer, and even if I could find one for sale, it would probably be for more than what I paid for the...
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    The clear-ish goop on the 2 adjustment screws appears to be undisturbed, so I don't think anyone has messed with it.
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    According the the manual for the MSR-16, "the erase head is fixed and has no adjustment". There seem to be only 2 screws that hold it to the block (top and bottom), so nowhere to go with that really, plus the supply side tape guide is locked in place on the same block. I haven't had a chance...
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    Interesting- I did replace the rubber on the pinch roller, but I'll look at the tension- I think the service manual has a section on adjusting that which doesn't need any fancy tools- thanks!
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    MSR-16 Erase Issue

    Hi All! New to the forum, but long time reader. I just picked up an MSR-16 that I'm trying to get back into working shape, and I'm running into a problem with erasing. Basically, every even track erases, and every odd track doesn't. If I hit record and press my finger into the tape a bit...
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