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Re: [ARSCLIST] Repairing (or purchasing) a Uher
I'd hate to see any deck "parted out". Do you know another source for PR99
parts (other than eBay)?
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From: "Richard L. Hess" <arclists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, June 16, 2006 8:20 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Repairing (or purchasing) a Uher
As you know, I've been thinking about your project, and I've come up with
a good answer that I think makes the most sense for you in today's
end-of-life tape recorder market.
I think it was actually Steve Smolian's suggestion of using ReVox B77/PR99
loggers that run 15/16 and 1-7/8 to play these speeds. I'm not 100% sure
that the heads are compatible but they could be changed out if necessary.
These machines are somewhat reparable as there is a semi-steady source
from parted-out machines. In fact, the guy who has two for sale, Cory
Halverson, was going to part them out as a source for B77/PR99 parts.
That's one of the reasons that the price is what it is--the machines are
worth more to him in parts than as a complete machine. Anyway, he has two
with reel scratches on the faceplates, and he'd like $500 each for them. I
would suggest getting both for your application.
As I said, I am very pleased with my approach to these speeds and it
integrates with my general playback of other speeds reasonably well, so
I'm not interested in paying that kind of money to duplicate what I do on
the Sony APR-5000s, but I can't recommend that for you as it isn't
straight forward and APR-5000s are about as hard to have serviced as
Anyway if you're interested, please contact Cory Halverson
mailto:cory@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx or call Phone (306) 569-1212 He's in
Regina....not too far from you, but probably shipping is cheaper than
driving to pick them up.
Also, for service, the manuals are available at
If you choose to go the APR route, the manuals are available at
A friend, Eddie Ciletti is in Chicago and is a good person to service pro
tape machines. I'm pretty sure he services APRs as we've discussed it in
If you're not interested in both these machines, please let the list know
as I'd much rather see these relatively rare machines end up with someone
who needs them to play their archive rather than parted out to keep
hobbiests' home machines alive.
Everyone else: be fair, let Barbara have first crack at these machines
At 04:50 PM 6/13/2006, you wrote:
The University of Chicago Language Laboratories and Archives has four old
Uhers (4xxx models) (used by various faculty in the field). None of them
works, but two of them seemed repairable. I sent them out at the end of
last year and got them back a week or so ago. Apart from personal problems
for the proprietor, there was a delay in getting parts from Germany--and
then only one machine was actually "repaired". I put it that way because,
when it came back, it still did not work properly. Does anyone have any
suggestions as to where I can get this repaired? I need the 1 7/8 ips (and
would like to have the 15/16 and 3 3/4 ips) for some of the tapes in the
I have looked on eBay. Prices seemed good (but I was delayed on bidding
due to questions of who will pay!), but I have never used eBay and don't
have a sense of whether I will actually get something that works. Does
anyone have any suggestions? of alternatives?
Manager (SS4), Computer Support, Archivist
Richard L. Hess email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.