tape transport drive belts

Adrian Graham binarydinosaurs at gmail.com
Fri Feb 1 17:28:16 CST 2019

Evening folks,

I’m bringing a Sharp MZ80B back to life and have so far fixed a horizontal collapse problem on the video board meaning I can see what it’s prompting for at boot. I remember when I first got this machine back in 2003-ish I dismantled it and discovered some of the tape transport had melted and gummed up the automatic head mechanism.

Fast forward* 15 years and I have the transport in bits again on the bench and I can see that one belt has melted and another is on the way to collapse. Did we ever find a reasonable source of replacement belts? I know a couple of collector friends with 3D printers have printed replacements but this is new tech and I need old tech :)


*sorry, pun intended

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