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    Tascam Drive belts - 112 cassette

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    Just pulled my ancient 112 out and tried to use it but the loner flat type drive belt from the top motor has stretched badly and this one is used to drive the mechanism that pulls up the pinch roller. FF, RW work fine but this slack belt needs replacing. Any good sources prefereably in the UK?

    The other thing is that getting this belt out and a new one in looks like a big job. Is there some trick to getting into the mechanism apart from through the top? It looks a major job to remove the mech and get access?

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    I replaced the belts on my 112 a few weeks ago and ended up buying the belts from the US because I couldn't find anything suitable from CPC or Donberg.

    TASCAM 112 & 112B CAPSTAN BELT CONTROL BELT AND IDLER TIRES | eBay

    is the current auction which also includes the idler tyres (which I also needed but didn't realise at the time so I ended up using O rings instead).

    They took a couple of weeks to arrive if I remember right.
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    In answer to your second question - the mechanism comes out fairly easily as it is only held in with 4 screws (or possibly 6 as 2 appeared to be missing in my machine). Then there are another 2 screws holding the flywheel bearing bracket in place. Once you've removed these you can replace the capstan belt. You need to undo the other part of the bracket to change the head carriage belt. It is also best to replace the FF and Rewind idlers from the same side of the mechanism - I tried replacing just the top idler as it appeared easiest to get to but it turns out that biting the bullet and disassembling the mechanism properly actually makes the job far easier.

    There are Youtube videos that show the whole process - the service manual has exploded diagrams but the best way to disassemble something isn't always obvious from them in my experience.



    Helped me a bit.
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