Bill Roper (billroper) wrote,
Bill Roper

Thud, Thud, Thud

There are some projects that are just doomed to be irritating. This appears to be one of them.

At Worldcon, Spencer was good enough to loan us a 4-track reel-to-reel deck so we could transcribe some old 4-track tapes for the remix of Julia Ecklar's "Walkabout" and get it back in print on CD. Since we were running like mad between Worldcon and OVFF (when I was supposed to return the deck), it wasn't until the week before OVFF when I got around to setting up the deck to play the tapes.

This is when I discovered that the large reel hubs weren't there. Now, I remember that this deck once had hubs, because it used to be mine after I bought it from Firebird, before I sold it to Clif, who sold it to Spencer. But Spencer has no idea where the hubs are and Clif is incommunicado. So I found a web source and ordered a set of hubs.

Minutes after the hubs actually shipped, Clif called and told me that he had them -- he'd just never goten them to Spencer. Oh, well. I figured I'd find a home for the new hubs eventually. Clif gave me the box of odd parts for the 4-track deck and I stuck it in my basement.

Today, I decided it was finally slack time again and I should try transcribing the tapes. I went to Clif's box, looked at the "hubs" there and went *ugh*. I don't know exactly what's happened, but these don't look right. But that's ok, because I have the hubs I bought.

I mount the large reel hubs. No problem. I wire the deck through the 8-track dbx unit that goes with my 8-track reel-to-reel deck. No problem. I go to plug in the 4-track deck.

Problem. In my experience, gear comes in three varieties. One type has a permanently attached cord. Another type uses that three-pronged cord that is positively ubiquitous. The third type uses a wall wart, but that's a recent development and this is an old deck, so...

This tape deck is of a fourth type. I suppose that I've seen it before, because I used to have this deck in my possession, I think, but I just don't remember it. It has two common male socket prongs sticking out and wants a matching female adapter cord that I didn't get from Spencer with the deck.

Radio Shack, of course, doesn't have such a beast. Mind you, Radio Shack seldom has what I'm looking for, but I figured it was worth a try.

Joseph Electronics may have a cord, but they're closed today.

Maybe tomorrow.
Tags: filk, musings, tech

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