Seeking RL02K cartridge

Rob Jarratt robert.jarratt at
Mon Feb 19 16:58:58 CST 2018

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> Subject: Seeking RL02K cartridge
> Hi all,
> Inspired by CuriousMarc's recent video, I cleaned and fixed my RL02 heads.
> with an ultrasonic cleaner unfortunately, but in a warm IPA bath. It
> Loading a crashed pack is obviously not a good idea, although I cleaned
> cartridge well, and figured with bad heads and a bad pack, I might as well
> it. The heads no longer crash and appear clean after loading, but the
> of course, cannot be read as the first track has been destroyed from the
> crash. I think the crash was cause by bad heads before I got the RL02
> I posted some pictures of the process here:

Looking at the pictures of the heads before and after I am struggling to see
a difference. What am I looking for?



> I am wondering if anyone would be willing to sell me an RL02K cartridge
for a
> sensible price?
> After the cleaning I am guessing my alignment will be slightly off, but
> what I have read in the manual, this is will probably just result in the
> speed being reduced as the heads have to move slightly when switching
> between either side of the platter. Am I right in thinking this or
> wrong?
> Thanks,
> Aaron.
> --
> Aaron Jackson
> PhD Student, Computer Vision Laboratory, Uni of Nottingham

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