Analogue tape Repair Supplies and Services
PLEASE READ BEFORE SENDING YOUR TAPES TO ME
In order to help keep repair job times reasonable and to keep up with foam pad orders, I am asking that USA customers send no more than 40 tapes total per repair job at this time. Some of these tapes are requiring a bit more service than usual due to their age to get them back up and running again. So this will help keep things to a more manageable level for me :-)
8 Track Tape Repair Service
Get it done right the first time!!
*Sensing Foil replacement
*All Foam Pressure Pads are automatically replaced
*Felt Pads are replaced on a case by case basis.
*Melted pinch roller replacement if necessary
*Cleaning of the pinch roller
*Cleaning of the interior and exterior of the cartridge
*Clean and lube the spindles for the pinch roller and tape reel
*Tape tension adjustment as needed
*Repair of tapes with broken sense foil splice
*Repair of tapes that are jammed up and will not play
*Repair of tapes that have been eaten by the machine and are either broken off inside the cartridge or a tangled mess protruding from the cartridge.
*Repair or Replacement of broken pinch roller or reel spindles.
*Replacement of reels that are damaged enough to cause playback issues.
*Replacement of cart shell halves when necessary
In most cases a tune up will take care of most (but NOT all) wow and flutter issues many tapes suffer from. It WILL help to ensure your tape does not self destruct when played after having been shelved for several years (however accidents do happen!). A tune up will NOT fix tape drop nor will it bring back fidelity lost from tape damage (demagnetization, exposure to temperature extremes, damage done from the tape being eaten by the player).
All Tapes EXCEPT AMPEX:
Ampex Tapes with Melted Pinch Roller:
USA Customers Only: 1 to 9 Tapes, Customer pays the shipping both ways. Media Mail is the cheapest and my default way of shipping your tapes back to you. Depending on the amount of tapes and how they are packed, typically between $3 and $7 with insurance. I can ship them back to you Priority Mail if you would prefer.
USA Customers Only: 10+ Tapes and I pay the return shipping via Media Mail. As stated above, I can ship them back to you via Priority Mail but you will incur most of the shipping cost.
I am happy to do repairs for my Canadian and European Customers. However you will have to pay for shipping to me here in the U.S and back to your country. And that can get expensive depending on the amount of tapes.
I accept Paypal, Personal Checks and Money Orders. Check or Money Order payments can be included in the tape shipment. With Paypal and Personal Checks, I will email you when I am ready to start your repair job. I understand life happens, so if something has come up and you will need more time to pay, that would be a good time to give me a heads up. That way I can swap things around here and come back to your job when its convenient for you financially.
USA Customers, no more than 40 tapes total please. You can ALWAYS send more out once your job is complete :)
Ship your tapes to:
P.O Box 516
Merlin, OR 97532
Please email me and let me know your name, return shipping address, how many tapes you have sent and what form of payment you have included or if you just want a Paypal invoice when the job is complete.
Packing Your Tapes
Please pack your tapes in a box large enough for them to sit FLAT. Put bubble wrap on the bottom and all sides of the box. And then put a layer of bubble wrap on the top after the tapes have been packed. Put enough packing material on top of the tapes to fill any void between the top of the tapes and the top flaps of the box. Pack it like it is going to be thrown, dropped, etc because it most likely will be during shipping! Not responsible for tapes that get lost or broken during shipping due to improper packing!
And please make sure to tape the bottom of the box really good at the seam where the flaps meet. Do not rely on the cardboard tape Amazon and other shippers use.