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Hacking a cassette tape adapter? Answered

Hey everyone! 

I was wondering, would it be possible to use the head in one of those cassette-to-AUX adapters as a tape reading head? Finding a new magnetic tape head is like hunting for hen's teeth, so it'd be nice if that were an option. 

Many thanks!

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

5 years ago

Hmmm....
Those adaptors only provide a tiny magnetic field to be picked up by the actual tape head.
I highly doubt they will qualify to actuall read out the info.
The ones I had only had two connections, a normal tape head has at least 4 for both tracks on the tape.
Check the car wreckers, old cars often have a tape player and noone really used them much ;)

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 5 years ago

Mine was stereo, with a little knob to set the head height in the cassette just right.

Ah, memories.

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rickharris
rickharris

Answer 5 years ago

I wonder if there will be a similar CD adapter to play the output of the Quantum cube players of the future.

As far a I know tape heads only have 2 actual heads, offset from the centre, that's why you turn the tape over to play the other side stereo only requiring 2 channels. So the adapter should be OK.