Information Terminals M-300, cassette tape transport alignment gauge

The regular service of analogue machines which will involve the mechanical alignment then electrical alignment / calibration is really important if you’re attempting to get optimum transfers and reduce any risk of damaging the potentially fragile tape.

While some of our machines are serviced by others we like to regularly check them and have gradually bought our regular servicing in house. Of course this needs specialised tools, test tapes and gauges, often totally unavailable new now.

On a lucky eBay day I happened to win one of these beauties, an Information Terminals M-300 gauge. This enables you to accurately set the tape guide height and also the head stroke. It is a universal gauge and can be used across many decks.

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Nakamichi tape deck owners have had a hard time doing this part of their servicing as the original Nakamichi gauges are very very rare now as is this.

A member of the naktalk mailing list though recently borrowed our gauge and has had it measured and will soon have a small batch CNC machined and made available. These remanufactured gauges will have a few small modifications to improve the design.

Thanks to Willy at www.willyhermansnervices.com many more tape deck transports will be able to be aligned correctly.

5 comments

Willy Hermann,
How am I going to buy one from this reproduce M-300 Alignment Guage from Naktalk?

Best regards
Mikemaxcel

Would you care to measure and share the measurement details of the gauge at 0,Min and Max。

Christian Arnold

Hallo,

for my Braun C4 i need an M300,

can you help me ?

Who can i buy it ?

sorry for my english

Regards
Christian

Fantastic… never seen one of those and not particularly useful now but could be for testing the physical properties of audio cassettes:

…To verify the validity of the technological choice based on the liner lubrication, a mechanical torque measurement of audio cassettes was effected by means of an apparatus “Information Terminals M400 Cassette tester”. Such measurements are generally made by manufacturers of audio cassettes for the production quality control; the instrument substantially measures the current absorbed by the motor which keeps the tape rotating and permits the reading of the mechanical torque (in g*cm). The readings, according to the quality control practice, are made at the beginning and at the end of the tape rewinding…

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