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Old 10-11-2017, 09:11 AM
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Anyone get the "O.C.D." over tape deck accessories?

I'm just curious if there are others who get a touch of the O.C.D. when it comes to having all the accessories such as manuals, product literature, maintenance kits, remote controls or even original boxes that came with our tape decks?

Now I know those who restore vintage cars scour the Earth looking for that last piece. What is it about us that makes us obsess over the details? I mean first and foremost the thing has to be in proper working order. Is this just pride and vanity run amuck?

Why even ask this? Well I stalked and purchased a Tandberg RC-20T remote control for my Tandberg 3014A last night. My 3014A was fairly complete with its documentation. About a year ago the seller kept promising there was a remote but never looked for it. Since then I've actively looked for one but they are way more difficult to find than one would imagine.

With the remote out of the way I want to create replicas of the wooden side panels found on some 3014 decks. This I feel like I can do with some base hardwood and maybe veneer. I've never worked with veneer but my O.C.D. pushes me to learn how.

NOTE: THis is what I want to create for my 3014A


NOTE: This is NOT my deck but the look I hope to achieve.
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:14 AM
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:16 AM
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Well I stalked and purchased a Tandberg RC-20T remote control for my Tandberg 3014A last night.
So you were the one that beat me to it. Good catch. I have 3 3014s (2 3014As and 1 3014) and the 3014 has the remote board installed too, but have remotes for only 2 wanted to get one for the 3014 but I had the price I'd pay set in my mind I let it go after $120 didn't feel the urge to push further. I had a pair of wood panels that came with my first 3014A, in fact it came with every accessory that was available for the deck (yes including the Tandberg adjustment tool, well this one came with 2 of those). I decided then to give one tool away to a member here.

By the way 3014s came with two variations of side panels. One was wood and the other black acrylic (but have seen that only on one deck so far). Honestly I personally like the acrylic version.

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Old 10-11-2017, 12:15 PM
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While I donít go crazy looking for them, I do thoroughly enjoy all of them. I have maybe 5 different wired Nak remotes, lots of original manuals and boxes etc. I like the look of the wood panels on the 3014. Nice! The accessories always seem to cost way more than they are worth though.
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:21 PM
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All i can say on this subject is ....Perhaps

If the unit ever came with a remote, no matter how rubbish, ugly, huge, i have to have it!

The biggest one i have is the Sony RM-20, which is for the Elcaset EL-7, but it probably fits other large 1970's Sony decks, Or the laptop sized commander for the B&O stack...that is a beauty, and weigh LBS, not Oz's...

Oh and the NAD 6300....and i could go on and on and on..... OCD is rife in my house!

BTW That Tandberg looks amazing, and those side panels are something to be proud of!

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Old 10-11-2017, 12:24 PM
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Shaun, that Tandberg image is from an ebay listing of one of jdurbin's decks. It was sold 2 yrs ago.

@Perry: Even though I have remotes for the 3014s I still like to use the controls on the deck. I like the tactile feeling of the controls.

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Old 10-11-2017, 12:47 PM
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@livin - Oh...

Well it still looks like a lovely deck, and you are very lucky to have a full house of such units

I have never been in Tandberg territory, they are quite rare.... I have only just started to dip my toes in English and Danish waters!! And i sort of live in that location!

Nice though...

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Old 10-11-2017, 12:50 PM
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Damn, MHz... thatís a fine looking deck.

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Old 10-11-2017, 12:51 PM
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@livin - Oh...

Well it still looks like a lovely deck, and you are very lucky to have a full house of such units

I have never been in Tandberg territory, they are quite rare.... I have only just started to dip my toes in English and Danish waters!! And i sort of live in that location!

Nice though...

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Thanks Shaun. They are lovely looking units indeed Sir. I like the looks of B&O gear too but too wide for my racks. Good deals on these decks do pop up at times.
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:52 PM
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The wood sides for and your Tandberg itself look PRIMO! How hard is it to do veneer work of that quality, and what brand of/who sells the materials you used? I am very interested, and want to make wood sides and cases for my gear. Often, the stuff sold to go with our gear is of lesser quality materials, in poor shape, and or very expensive as well.

To have all of my gear, Mc, Marantz, with the others, plus the tape decks sport matching wood is a desire I've had for a long time. Paying someone else to do it just takes all the fun out of it and adds expense to it,..My hat is indeed off to you, SIR!..
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Old 10-11-2017, 01:30 PM
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Shaun, that Tandberg image is from an ebay listing of one of jdurbin's decks. It was sold 2 yrs ago.

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Yes, strictly for illustration purposes only as I do not have the panels yet.

This is my 3014A

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Old 10-11-2017, 01:33 PM
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MHz, there was a pair for sale on German ebay a couple of weeks ago. You're right they tend to go for a lot. If you could fabricate your own you can get them done for 1/4 the price. Your 3014A is gorgeous looking unit.
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Old 10-11-2017, 03:24 PM
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Old 10-11-2017, 05:38 PM
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I'm pretty guilty on the OCD part. I have the remote, wood sides, rack handles, bias screwdriver, manuals, and box for my 3014A. On the 20A SE I have the clear reel cover, remote set, OEM takeup reel, manuals, box, and the accessory kit with NAB hubs and those silly cheap RCA cables the factory supplied. My Dragon only has the optional remote and manual, but I'll eventually find the rest of what came with it originally so it matches my bought-from-new CR-7A. It's rare to find decks with all of that stuff, sometimes you have to wait for years to track down what's missing.

I scored a huge set of Tandberg accessories several years back in a single transaction; some guy on AK cleaned out a closed FL stereo store and put all of the Tandberg stuff up in a single listing. For something like $100 I got remotes, wood side kits, tape well covers, and more. It was like a decade worth of Christmas mornings rolled into one glorious day when I unpacked his shipment.

On the sides, I have an acquaintance in the Ukraine that has made some spectacularly nice rosewood side panels for me. I'm in good shape for the more common OEM panels in my system (including the 3014A) but I wanted the correct size panels for my 3015A CD player (they're from the later 3000-series generation technically and are very slightly taller than the 3001/3002/3003/3006 etc. models) and I also needed a set for a 3026A amp and a 3016A amp. The amp and later model component side panels are virtually impossible to find outside Norway.

He did such a good job that after I assembled the OEM hardware to complete them (borrowed from more common panel sets), you'd be hard-pressed to tell them from the originals either dimensionally or optically. Most of the time people make replicas too think or don't get the right finish color, or decide that solid wood is better than the original veneer design - which is often not the case, veneer over chipboard or veneer over hardwood (Tandberg did both) is usually more stable and less warp-prone than solid hardwood, IME - and it ends up being obviously customized and less original. Some people prefer that, I prefer the original look.

Anyway, I know he considered making some additional panels for sale. I haven't talked to him recently but could reach out if a bunch of you Tandberg collectors wanted to look into having more made. I can post pics of the ones he made, if it helps.

John

P.S. The 3014/3014A/910/911 sides are a little easier to replicate since you don't need the little metal hook brackets like the ones for the tuners/amps/preamps. If you can locate suitable plastic insert washers for the mounting holes on the sides, the rest is easy. You can find the right screws at Lowes or other HW stores; it's just a countersunk Allen head metric screw.

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Old 10-12-2017, 04:39 AM
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I would love a set of rosewood panels for my 3014. I would just use black washers in the countersunk holes.
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Old 10-12-2017, 05:28 AM
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Hi Perry - How about I make you some side panels, and you give me your 3014!

Seriously, those decks look fabulous, but with the side panels, and I am not a side panel person, they look a complete stage better!

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Old 10-12-2017, 08:56 AM
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I would love a set of rosewood panels for my 3014. I would just use black washers in the countersunk holes.
Indeed. That would be a good look.

I've been trying to source something like these.

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Yes to a point.

One of the reasons for my Beosystem 6000 which has Beocord 6000 attached to it is the extra stuff like manuals were with the 3 main units and I managed to find the matching Sc60 stand + Beovox speakers. 2 pairs even.

So for a 1981 B&O system it is pretty wise complete which makes it pretty rare and it works.

I did get the remote print board and tablet remote so it would work which was an option at the time of purchase the system new.

OCD in B&O stretches over a full system for me. Most of the time systems are nearly complete when you buy them. For Beocords a manual is not really present or the extra stuff for the Beocord 9000.
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Old 10-12-2017, 10:29 AM
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There is a 3014a on ebay from Hong Kong currently at $970. But the shipping is whatís killer ....$40,030,000.00. Hahaha
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....and that's the economy shipping!!!
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