Is the AKAI MG1212 and 1214 worth buying today?

RobMG1212

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Sweetbeats,
Yes. I bet you are correct on the bias issue. Everything you posted about bias is right on the money about record signal. Apparently, I was simply adjusting the "record level" and not the bias adjustment. With these new schematics, I can better see what is going on. If I can figure out exactly how (where) to do this, I will twiddle with the adjustments, just to see if it makes a positive difference. I assume I would need to read up more on this and get an oscilloscope. This bias thing is new concept to me, but makes good sense on why it is needed. Also, I recently purchased a junk VCR and was surprised at how many similarities exist between it and the mg1212. Looks like tape guides, maybe pinch roller etc....could all be made to work if needed. It is all half inch tape. Now if I can find a junked out, top load beta vcr, there would be some fun.
Rob
 

RobMG1212

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I found some guy on craigslist who had around 10 machines for sale in San Francisco, and he said 50 to 100 bucks each.....mg14d, 1214 s. I got real exited, but then he raised the price when I wanted multiple machines, claiming that he didnt know there was this much demand, when I was the only person who was demanding them. Anyhow, thanks sweetbeats for all the help. The 1212s are seeming like an old vw.....constant problems but fun to drive. I am confident that parts, at least some of them, are common among some machines. In fact, I was able to track down a part from the actual part number in schematic. When I found it, it was the identical part, but no mention of mg1212. Also, for example, I am looking at idler tires. Nothing online about them for MG machines, but a micrometer and a search, shows that generic replacements are available.
Rob
 
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