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Old 09-26-2011, 07:00 PM
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Talking realistic 999

after the doctors appt i had today i figure id hit the boynton beach goodwill for a quick peek, i found a realistic 999 RTR deck, still in the box, got it for $10. when i got it home i descoverd that in the box was two Rtr tapes with the machine but its obvious the deck has been used and is not NOS. but thats ok cause its rare to find one in the box. when i got it home i discoverd it dosent work :( it sounds like there is something loose rattling around inside the cabinet and it wont spin, probubly needs a belt. its a very cheap chinsey deck and i have far better, but still a neat little score. the thing is in incredibly good condition, i just wish it worked.












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Old 09-26-2011, 07:10 PM
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Hey, for 10 bucks, it's worth having as a prop!! I'm sure it can be revived. Those were around $79 new back then if memory serves.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:10 AM
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OKI-dokey?....

Read somewhere that this might have been made by OKI.

Rather than a belt, it might need a drive wheel rebuilt to function.
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:21 PM
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when i get some room to work on it ill go threw it, untill then, back in its box it goes..
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:24 PM
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i had run across one of those in the past when i was servicing consumer electronics, after the initial repair (i had to replace a rubber drive tire that was directly attached to the end of the motor shaft), i tested it out with both low end & older tape as well as some of the newer Maxell tapes & i found it to do a pretty good job of recording & playback. i found that it works best with the old Scotch 202 & it even does a pretty good job with Scotch 111 tape. my guess is that it was a budget priced tape recorder designed for the use of the "budget" priced tape that was widely available at that time. Shamrock (Ampex) & Scotch 111 was widely available at that time. Radio Shack offered Concertape, Which was the equivalent of Shamrock / Irish & they were made by Ampex.
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I have one of these that my High School band teacher was going to throw away because the motor locked up. I was 16 at the time and took it home and oiled the motor and kept twisting it and oiling it with 3 in 1 oil and it broke loose and ran all through high school and college and finally a right channel went out, and I managed to fix that, but not good enough and it quit again so I shelved it until last year and took it out, and unfortunately I turned it on without looking on the inside of it and the rubber wheel on the end of the motor slung all over the place and that was it. Goo everywhere. Now it sits in my garage because I don't have any idea how to get a replacement rubber wheel for it. I have no idea what size that wheel was at this point. In 1982, I was the only kid in school that had a reel to reel that is for sure.
I bought Maxell UD-35-90's and TDK LX-35 90B blank tapes for it, and it recorded very well. I was shocked how good albums sounded after I recorded them on to those tapes. I still have those tapes but have nothing to play them on. I did them all on high speed setting.
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Nice score! I never seem to find anything in Goodwill's cept junk. Didn't TEAC make some of Radio Shacks decks? I'm pretty sure they made the TR-101D I had back in the early 70's.
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Did you remember the shape of the tire on the motor shaft? Mine turned to goo and I have no idea what size it was. Sent an email to Terry. Thanks for the tip Johns82.
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Did you remember the shape of the tire on the motor shaft? Mine turned to goo and I have no idea what size it was. Sent an email to Terry. Thanks for the tip Johns82.
It Had Turned To Goo.
believe it or not, i used a VCR idler tire to replace it & it worked perfectly
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I took home a 999 in my teens when they were new. (And took it back the next day.)
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Terry said he knew exactly what I needed and that he had done several of them. So now I have to clean the goo off and send the hub to him.
I know it is not a great tape player, but compared to what I had when I was 16, it was way better.

That is amazing that you found one from a VCR that worked. I don't ever seem to be that lucky.
Thanks for the help.
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It was way better than what I had before too (a Realistic 505), but at full retail price, I pretty quickly came to believe it was no bargain.
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