What should I do with my tape-recorder?
July 8, 2010 10:45am CST
Way back in 50s, my father was in Minnesota University USA. He had purchased a tape-recorder which has spool system. Since USA is having 110V system and in India it is 220V, my father had got made a transformer of 110 V. The tape-recorder was running very fine and its sound even beats todays loud-speakers. However, the belt which joins the two disc got broken besides something had also gon wrong. It is not working comfortably any more. Sometimes I play it with the help of a rubber belt but it does not go on comfortably. My father expired in 1976 and since then I am keeping this almost antique piece with me. I know my sons would not like to keep it. All my efforts to get it repaired also failed. I do not want it to be thrown away after my death as I feel my days are not far. What should I do with it? Any suggestions excepting rude one-throw away?
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8 Jul 10
I think the equipment can be well repaired by specific workshops and its belt will have to be redesigned! You have to find out the workshop with patience and search! Use also reputed search engines for this purpose! It is certainly a good-piece from utility as well as antique point of views! Thanks for this nice topic and hope you will get repaired it very soon!!
• Garden Grove, California
8 Jul 10
wow udaymohan that is an oldie but golden. I have one like that in storage. Keep it to honor your father. You could even showcase it in your home.If you are concerned about it being thrown away if you should die, put that in your will that the tape recorder may not be disposed of as that is your wish. Its too bad you cannot get it repaired for your sons to use but maybe you are right, todays young people rarely prize old tape recorders.
8 Jul 10
Hello, It is very good that you want to keep your father's memory alive. It will be great if you can repair it. The old tape-recorders may have outdated electronic material and it may be difficult to get spare parts which will suit to your tape-recorder. It may be possible by giving some extra money to expert mechanic. If you can't repair it. Then keep it at safe place and retain the memory of your father. Tell your sons to keep it as their ancestor's gift. If it is very unique and rarely seen model then can tell about it to some museum and let them showcase it in their museum with giving you father's name and year of purchasing. Thanks.