Once described as the "world's greatest record store", Village Music in Mill Valley, Ca. closed in 2007 after over 40 years of business. It was a showcase of music memorabilia and vinyl history, possibly the last of it's kind and the end of an era.
Dragged out my old Sony reel to reel deck that I bought new in 1970. Haven't used it in about 25 years and noticed the pinch roller is gummed up and will not engage. I found service instructions for sale online from a vintage electronics site and I'm taking it apart for cleaning and lubrication. Belts, idlers, and motor all seem to be fine at this point so I'm going to go straight for the sticky pinch roller linkage which is a common issue. The grease dries up and gets hard after many years of non-use. I had to use lighter fluid on the shaft to heat up the old grease enough to get that sucker off. That was the hardest part. Took about an hour to disassemble the head stand to get to it and another hour to heat and pry the lever off. So far so good. Next I will clean, lube and reassemble. With all the disposable electronic stuff out there today it's nice to work on a well made mechanical machine. Video before repair showing problem and after repair.
I also replaced the head pressure pads with self-stick felt pads that I cut to fit. (see photos). These pads are a little hard compared to the original felt but they work fine. I'm not recommending them as there are probably better ones out there.
© Joseph Greco