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#1 Nickeccles

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 05:21 PM

This little guy bowled in as part of the mornings post today!

A generic very early 80's player this time sporting the somewhat dubious Binatone Emblem!

I must confess I felt sorry for this poor neglected stero & for £5 including postage, I took the plunger & here it is!!

Very grubby & encrusted with years of dirt & grime I wondered had I jumped over the gun buying this rather unusual player - Furthermore, after firing it up! Quack Quack Quack Quack Quaaaaack!! I was greeted with virtually no reel movement in rewind, forward was sort of working & play was just like a slug :(

I also noticed that there was no audio getting to the little Pcb nor was there any life from the ubiquitous "Talk Line" feature so I was a bit down in the heart & not warming to the little machine :(

Time to investigate: The belt was an interesting shape & was completely fooked :D A replacement soon got the tape transport working well in all modes :O

An easy enough fix there...........

Next, time to attach the "Straw" to a new can of Serviceoil & clean clean clean every switch & the volume sliders with some cotton buds soaked in servisol.......The volume sliders were gunked up & the dirtiest I've seen in a long time & the same with the orange "Talk Line" button linked to an electret microphone at the front!

In fact this switch was seized, I just hadn't realised it until looking inside the player!

Now, normally I would have just laughed at the very name Binatone, but I saw straight away that this was built in the era when even budget machines had more than half a chance of being quite good or indeed very good - I loved this short couple of years & have fond memories of many generics that were built to last just like this little guy!

Time to power up while apart & test him out!

"All Trumpets!!" Full operation restored & acceptable & balanced stereo sound once again filled my headphones not unlike the day it was opened by it's proud new owner!!

Oh, & the "Talk Line" now worked faultlessly too :P

All that was left to do was clean up the various parts of the casing before reassembling the little Binatone & listening to it as it happily worked in all modes just as it should!!

A nice little reminder of those golden days - & another true survivor from a now bygone age............

Et Voila:


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#2 Brutus442

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 06:38 PM

always loved your break down and repair stories Nick!  Keep'em coming!



#3 Rimmer36

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 03:06 AM

way to go lad, now get it sent to me lol...i need something mickey mouse in my collection :-D



#4 thinkchronicity

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 08:31 AM

ahh...Binatone! hilariously bad name Bin-No-Tone :lol: takes me back...  I'm inspired though by your writings Nic - just had a good browse on Ebay! If you put all your restorations in a book form i would probably buy it y'know. Educational & fun. Great for me as I'm just starting out on restoration road. This whole site is amazing of course. Will there be a 10 year birthday bash i wonder?



#5 TechnicsDan82

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Posted 05 May 2019 - 03:53 AM

that is cool fairplay nick i like them binatone tape players



#6 Transistorized

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Posted 10 May 2019 - 05:04 PM

very cool Nick. The world needs more folks to save devices like this.