Technics/Panasonic REM0043 Gear

The gear that is attached to motor that drives tape transport and opening/closing of cassette doors. Because it was made from semi-flexible material it also tends to crack during the time.

If you can hear ticking noise and tape transport and/or cassette door do not work correctly then it might be cause by cracked gear. Check service manual of your deck if there is REM0043. You can see it here: read more

Technics/Panasonic RDG5772ZC Gear

Many Technics/Panasonic tape decks use this gear for tape transport. They were created from semi-flexible material that tends to crack during the time (well, the parts were produced back in 80’s or 90’s).

You can recognize problem with this gear when you hear ticking noise during playback. At the end you would not be able to play the tape at all, or only in one direction if you have reverse deck. read more

Reel-to-reel Cassette Upgrade

If you like reel-to-reel compact cassette look and you don’t want to spend a fortune then you can create one – using 3D printed reels.

Just download attached zip file containing STL model files. Print it with the highest precision (0.1mm layer height, 0.3mm nozzle diameter, 100% infill). I use PLA filament. read more