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Old 11-03-2012, 09:06 AM
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Fostex Model 20 Question Reel to reel

Hello all,
I have a Fostex Model 20 portable, high speed 2T reel to reel that I really like because it sounds great, it's lighter than my Revox PR99mkII and it still has a lot of on board features (including the cue track for my SMPTE)

However, I have one concern: Fostex placed a stupid little beauty tab that is part of the head cover that covers the capstan (see attached picture) that the capstan is rubbing against during vertical operation--irritating and it can't be good for wow and flutter... I've tried to bend this tab and it got better, but still rubs. I notice some Fostex M20's, M80's and A2's have this piece and others don't--plus the E2 doesn't have it either. I am a few seconds away from cutting it off with a dremel (or a razor blade if that works) but wanted to make sure I'm not missing something here: The capstan has a little vertical play, but it doesn't seem to be more than other decks I have--any problems noted with capstan flywheel tolerances on a Fostex?

Is there a way to adjust the flywheel/capstan assembly (I didn't want to tear the front panel down if that would be pointless)?
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