Pioneer PR-85 7″ reel

I haven’t seen anywhere proper pictures of 7-inch (178mm) reel of 1⁄4-inch-wide (6.4 mm) recording tape Pioneer PR-85 taken apart.

There has been mad so many of them, they have been made from  1977 – 1982

It is made from of:

– 2 alu reels

– 2 numberings

– plastic middle piece

– 3 screws and 3 nuts

What surprise me, that numbering isn’t fixed, but is printed on extra piece of aluminium so it’s very versatile. Sides are marked 1 or 2. They are very nice looking an very light. Easy to bend but also bend back in case if they are.

In use, the supply reel or feed reel containing the tape is mounted on a spindle; the end of the tape is manually pulled out of the reel, threaded through mechanical guides and a tape head assembly, and attached by friction to the hub of a second, initially empty takeup reel. The arrangement is similar to that used for motion picture film.
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  1. Yes, you can .although most people tend to want to go the diatigl route and record *to* their computer, I can appreciate the analog .You should have a sound card in your computer; it’ll either be a seperate card (in an expansion slot) or it’s part of the motherboard. Unless you can get to the back of your computer without moving it, shut it down moving a running computer can, especially if the hard drive is active, can damage the hard drive. Most sound cards use 1/8 stereo mini-plugs so, unless you’ve got an adapter cable, you’ll have to hike down to the local RadioShack and get a 1/8 mini stereo to male RCA plugs (the cable will have one mini stereo at one end and two RCA plugs at the other usually one colored white, the other red). You don’t need anything fancy just a basic adapter. And make sure it’s long enough for your needs.Plug the mini stereo into the Line Out jack on the sound card. If your card doesn’t have a Lline Out jack, then you’ll need to use the Speaker jack and these jacks may not be labelled but have some clever, cryptic symbol on them. Plug the RCA plugs into their respective left and right Line Input or Record Input or just Input on the back of your deck.Now that you’re connected, time to check your connnections. You *will* need to have your deck loaded with tape . ahhh, have you thought about that???? Reel to reel decks went out of style a *long* time ago and finding blank reels of tape can be tough you ain’t gonna find any at the local Best Buy If you’re lucky, the RadioShack store *might* have some old stock so check when you get the adapter cable. If not, then eBay is where you should head.Okay got cable, got tape, got it all hooked up. Load up the deck with tape, put it into record and pause and dial up the recording levels about 1/2 way or so. Select a song or playlist from your computer and play it. If everything is connected right you should see the VU meters jumping around in response to the music signal. Set the levels so that the loudest peaks don’t go over +3 in the red zone and generally keep the average level between -3 and 0 on the VU meters; this will be a trial and error thing. Once you get the levels right, take the deck out of pause and you’re on your way ..If for some reason you don’t get any siganl on the deck, check your computer connection you may have to unplug and plug until you find the right output on the sound card.Good luck and have fun with it

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