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2" 24-track alignment tools
#975932 10/20/00 02:02 AM
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Hi Ed, Bob, Fletcher, MBishops, Tiny, Mark and all the other analog tape power users,

Would anyone know a source for purchasing surface blocks and height gauges for tape path alignment on a Sony/MCI JH24? Or the name of a good tech for that here in France? My favorite tech is just too busy building studios right now and he doesn't have these blocks either. Muchos thanks in advance,

Jon

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Sorry Jon, I try to avoid France whenever humanly possible. Whenever I've ended up working in France, and needed a real tech, I've flown them in from England...at least that way we speak a nearly similar language.

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Well, I speak French but the funny thing is, my favorite tech here in France is an American. Not cheap, but good. And always in demand all over the country.

How about where to buy surface blocks and height guages for the mechanical alignment?

Help -- big project starts soon.

jon

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BTW if you know a dealer in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco or LA, I'll be in those cities next week. Any advice? Thanks,

Jon

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Jon Atack:

Try (www.jrfmagnetics.com). They shoud be able to help. If not they'll try to direct you in the right direction.

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Yep, JRF Magnetics always works for me. I think they are in NJ.

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Just got off the phone with Doug at JRF. I'm sending them the head block today to have it aligned. Doug reckoned they can turn it around in time to have it back for the start of the sessions. Am also going to pick up one of those nice Athan pinch rollers from http://www.athan.com.

I did find some generic reference parallel blocks at precisionmotorworks.com for $140 a pair.

Hope some of these links might be useful to others. Thanks Quantum and Tiny for your help.

Jon

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Jon,

Did you just change the heads? Or is there some good reason why you think the path is out of line? Do you know how to test to see if it is out, and have you done so?

Also, do you know the china marker trick for adjusting height? 'Cause most pro audio techs don't use gauges, they use the china marker trick.

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Jon Atack,

You're welcome. That's what this post is supposed to be about.

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#975941 10/20/00 10:48 PM
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Iflier,

The tape path got out of line lately when a visiting engineer took a screwdriver to the headblock during a session at our studio (while I was in Eastern Europe doing a live gig). The head to tape contact is not as good as before (thumb to tape before / after the heads while running test tape and watching VU levels), I'm seeing more vertical tape movement than before, and to cap it all off it seems like a good time to get the heads relapped as they haven't been yet and the wear is becoming uneven.

By china marker trick are you referring to checking where the tape removes the marker in its path and where it doesn't?

What is a "china marker" precisely? Thanks for your help,

Jon

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Jon,

Yup, JRF is THE place. We DO have some good stuff in NJ. Just ask Karen, Jungle Girl.

A China Marker is a nice name for a "Grease Pencil", or whatever the French call the thing that you use to make a mark on the back of the Analogue tape, when doing a razor blade edit.

PS Quantum. Giving out info on tape heads? AND where to mix in NYC!!??

Where's that, "We are SOOOOO much cooler, and better than ANY of you peons will EVER be, that we will NEVER let out ANY of our World Famous, Patented secrets, that, if you even had a CLUE how we did stuff, you would have a Heart Attack (No offense to taking your last name in vain, Jon) out, OR let any assistants SEE our recall sheets, and when you hear our products, you will ALL get on your knees to worship us" attitude, that you always profess?

I'm telling Rob G. !!

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THE MIX FIX:

I'm just being me. I told you alot of stuff
I said before was'nt to brag. Just to add credibility to my statements. We're all
supposed to be "Comrads" up here right, like on your post about "Friends". Well I'm just being friendly "Comrade".

Peace. Gone.

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Quantum,

Okay, send us your recall sheets, then!!

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THE MIX FIX:

You gotta call whatever label we did the tracks for, and ask them for em'. They
paid for em'. They can do with them what
they want once we turn the masters in.

Peace, Gone.

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Quote:
Originally posted by Jon Atack:
The tape path got out of line lately when a visiting engineer took a screwdriver to the headblock during a session at our studio


Oh! I'm sorry to hear that, sheesh! Yeah I was wondering cause that's normally the only way to mess that up!

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By china marker trick are you referring to checking where the tape removes the marker in its path and where it doesn't?


Yup. Sounds like you're past that being able to help you though! (and yes, a china marker is the same thing as a grease pencil as someone else pointed out)

Sounds like you have your problem solved but if not, let me know and I can check with my L.A. pals on Monday.

--Lee


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