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Purveyors of Electronic, Musical and Vintage goods from then, now and in between. 
Since 1982.

FULLY SERVICED / RESTORED W/ WARRANTY
STEREO 8-TRACK CARTRIDGE
TAPE DECKS / PLAYERS / RECORDERS 
VINTAGE AND USED
REFURBISHED WITH A WARRANTY!
 

 

Fully Serviced and Refurbished Vintage 8-Track Tape Decks: Used, vintage, 8-track stereo tape cartridge decks
 & recorders / players. Our 8-track decks are refurbished with a 90 day warranty. Quadraphonic 8-track / 4-channel 8-track tape players / recorders.
Great for transferring your 8-tracks to CD / DVD ROM or computer hard drive.
 

 

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OUR 8-TRACK TAPE DECKS:
 


 

        

    



     NEW LISTING 10/6/2021
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CheckMarkSmall_web.jpg (792 bytes) warranty
RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED  
VINTAGE PANASONIC 8-TRACK CARTRIDGE TAPE DECK
8-TRACK PLAY / RECORD DECK
MODEL PANASONIC RS-808US
WITH LOCKING FAST FORWARD! & 'AUTO STOP'
  #...1478
Circa 1978-82
JAPAN

SOLD 2/18/2023
SHIPPING TO HUTSON IN TEXAS


Original observations / conditions:
"Ran, but sluggish track change. Also track alignment incorrect at played partial neighboring tracks in back ground.

Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.

 We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.

  Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and every mechanical part was cleaned of "varnished" lubes and re-lubed as well as the always at issue, Pinch Roller plunge assembly, re-lubed and reassembled.

  Lubed drive motor bushings

Main drive belt has been replaced with NEW for trouble free service.

All 'track' indicators are LED's and working now.

Capstan flywheel removed, cleaned, burnished and re-lubed prior to re-install. Entire transport and mechanism has been cleaned, re-lubed and de-magnetized.

Track change 'pick-up / contacts' cleaned and burnished (although this should be a step in normal deck maintenance). Now deck changes tracks consistently.

Program elevator mechanism and indicator contacts disassembled, cleaned / burnished and re-lubed for trouble-free program changes. All original program indicator lamps now work fine.

Counter belt has been replaced with NEW for trouble free service.

Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized and are in great shape.

Head azimuth & track cross-talk adjusted for optimum performance and the best high-frequency response (not normally expected from 8-track cartridge performance) utilizing RCA #356 and 8TSC-101, Aspen 'Deck Tester' and Audio-Tex 30-312 Test / Alignment tapes, a dual trace Oscilloscope and frequency counter.

Track alignment adjusted to eliminate 'cross-talk' between tracks and to ensure the best high-frequency response (not normally expected from 8-track cartridge performance) utilizing RCA #356 and 8TSC-101, Aspen 'Deck Tester' and Audio-Tex 30-312 Test / Alignment tapes, a dual trace Oscilloscope and frequency counter as well as our 'best' pre-recorded tapes.  Deck now has clear sounding highs even when using pre-recorded tapes.

Record signal path contacts cleaned and burnished for static-free performance

Linear Record switch cleaned so no 'Motor Boating' effect

Internal playback, meter and record level pots also adjusted w/ O-scope.

Speed initially measured at 98% accuracy. Following refurbishment, Speed checked with factory test tape to 99% accuracy! (meaning in this case, that our 1000Hz test tape plays back @ 990Hz +/-1hZ on our Freq Counter Meter w/ RCA #356 tape)

Deck 'sonically' checked for WoW and Flutter with no appreciable issues. As with most 8-Tracks, if you're listening to slow piano or strings, you'll probably detect some 'Flutter'.

Record Meters adjusted for 'even' readout and performance

Floor noise tested to -54dBu

Since we also burnished the program track light contacts, they all light and are responsive. Unit works and sounds GREAT!
 _____________________________

This machine would be perfect for burning your 8-track collection to CD.  This is also a good deck for recording 8-Track tapes for your original 1960's thru early 1980's show car. Looks, works and sounds GREAT!
Total tech time in this deck 6.5+ hours.
_____________________________

Following the above extensive work, the deck now looks good and plays GREAT!
Great quality 8-track cartridge deck. As far as recording (we realize very few 8-track users will want to do this) it was acceptable. Depending on the tape types we try with different 8-track decks, we typically see -15 to -30dB and this deck comes in at around -20dB. The great thing is that the Input Level controls become Output Level / Volume controls during playback so you can compensate for that.
This is a great deck for transferring a large amount of tapes to another media as it has two very important features. 'Locking' Fast Forward and 'Auto Stop'. These features are used to find the beginning of track one without going past the beginning of the next track. Trying to do a lot of transfers, as a business without those two features will cost a lot of time / money!

Panasonic RS-808 Features include:

    
- Metal bracketed head mount (most have nylon / plastic which will have most certainly broken by now. Not really a "feature", but if you've worked on as many 8-track decks as we have, you grow to love these kinds of touches and they become more of a "Feature" than a button or option).
- LOCKING Fast Forward (very valuable, time / money saving feature if you have a 'media transfer business' or are transferring your own tapes to CD / computer files)
- Auto-Stop at the end of track #4 when in Playback or at the end of each track when in Record mode (again, a very valuable feature if you have a 'media transfer business' or are transferring your own tapes to CD / computer files) with EOT LED indicator
- Record Capable
- Tape counter graduated in Minutes and Seconds

- Stereo Playback & Recording
- Back-lit, analog VU level meters
- Separate L & R controls for Input / output level
- Dual 1/8" microphone inputs mounted on the front panel
- 1/4" Stereo Headphone jack
- Incorporated RCA patch cables

Panasonic RS-808 Specifications:

Track system: 8-track, 2-channel stereo tape deck
Number of Heads: "3 in 1" head
Motor: DC Motor
Transport Control Type: Mechanical: Fast Forward, Play, Pause
Frequency Response: 50-12kHz
Signal / Noise: 45dB
WoW & Flutter:
0.15% WRMS
Tape speed: 9.5 cm/s (3-3/4 ips)
Fast-Forward Wind Time:
Double Play Speed / 7.5ips or ~ 480 sec w/ 300' tape

    
Again, have completely gone through it making ready for listening to your 8-Track tape collection or for burning your tape collection to another media. Also great deck for burning your 8-track collection to CD or for making 'NEW' / 'MODERN' 8-track tapes for your 'muscle car'. Looks good with only minor tics / dents (see photos above) and works GREAT! Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 12.5" wide x 9.5" deep x 4.5" high and weighs 9 lbs unpacked.
PANASONIC RS-808US 8-Track Tape Player
Cond. 8.5
SOLD 2/18/2023
SHIPPING TO HUTSON IN TEXAS

 
 
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          NEW LISTING 10/26/18
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE PANASONIC 8-TRACK CARTRIDGE TAPE DECK
8-TRACK PLAY / RECORD DECK
PANASONIC
RS-806US 'BLACK FACE' VERSION
WITH FAST FORWARD! and
"AUTO STOP"

#...8646
MIJ

SOLD 9/19/2023
SHIPPING TO JOHN IN WISCONSIN


Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.

 We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.

  Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and every mechanical part was cleaned of "varnished" lubes and re-lubed as well as the always at issue, Pinch Roller plunge assembly, re-lubed and reassembled.

Main drive belt has been replaced with NEW for trouble free service.

All 'track' indicators checked and bad bulbs replaced

Capstan flywheel removed, cleaned, burnished and re-lubed prior to re-install. Entire transport and mechanism has been cleaned, re-lubed and de-magnetized.

Track change 'pick-up / contacts' cleaned and burnished (although this should be a step in normal deck maintenance). Now deck changes tracks consistently.

Program change mechanism and indicator contacts disassembled, cleaned / burnished and re-lubed for trouble-free program changes. All original program indicator lamps now work fine.

Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized and are in great shape.

Head azimuth & track cross-talk adjusted for optimum performance and the best high-frequency response (not normally expected from 8-track cartridge performance) utilizing RCA #356 and 8TSC-101, Aspen 'Deck Tester' and Audio-Tex 30-312 Test / Alignment tapes, a dual trace Oscilloscope and frequency counter.

Track alignment adjusted to eliminate 'cross-talk' between tracks and to ensure the best high-frequency response (not normally expected from 8-track cartridge performance) utilizing RCA #356 and 8TSC-101, Aspen 'Deck Tester' and Audio-Tex 30-312 Test / Alignment tapes, a dual trace Oscilloscope and frequency counter as well as our 'best' pre-recorded tapes.  Deck now has clear sounding highs even when using pre-recorded tapes.

  
Record signal path contacts cleaned and burnished for static-free performance

Linear Record switch cleaned so no 'Motor Boating' effect

 
Internal playback, meter and record level pots also adjusted w/ O-scope.

Speed initially measured at 95% accuracy. Following refurbishment, Speed checked with factory test tape to 99.99% accuracy! (meaning in this case, that our 1000Hz test tape plays back at 1000Hz +/-1hZ on our Freq Counter Meter w/ RCA #356 tape)

Deck 'sonically' checked for WOW and Flutter with no appreciable issues

Record Meters adjusted for 'even' readout and performance

Floor noise tested to -60dBm

New meter backing foam installed

Since we also burnished the program track light contacts, they all light and are responsive. Unit works and sounds GREAT!

 _____________________________

This machine would be perfect for burning your 8-track collection  to CD.  This is also a great deck for recording (one note on recording on it is to try and max the meters above the "L" and "R" characters on the meters, depending on the type of tape used. Meters even w/ factory test tone tape. Looks, works and sounds GREAT!
Total tech time in this deck 9+ hours.
_____________________________
  

Great quality 8-track cartridge play / record deck. This is a great deck for transferring a large amount of tapes to another media as it has two very important features. LOCKING FAST FORWARD and AUTO-STOP. These features are used to find the beginning of track one without going past the beginning of the next track. Trying to do a lot of transfers, as a business without those two features, waiting on a tape to 'play through' will cost a lot of time / money!
 
 Panasonic RS-806US Features include:

   
- Stereo Playback and Recording 
- Back-lit, analog VU level meters
- Separate L & R Input level controls
- LOCKING Fast Forward (very valuable, time / money saving feature if you have a 'media transfer business' or are transferring your own tapes to CD / computer files)
- Auto-Stop at the end of track #4 (again, very valuable feature if you have a 'media transfer business' or are transferring your own tapes to CD / computer files)
- Power assist Eject
- Single Track Repeat function

- 1/8" microphone inputs mounted on the front panel
- 1/4" Stereo Headphone jack
- Rear mounted RCA I/O's

   
Again, have completely gone through it making ready for playback for listening to or burning your collection, or for making "new" 8-track tapes for listening in your vintage or muscle car. All functions work great. Also, again a perfect deck for a 'media transfer' business as it has 'Locking FF' and 'Auto-Stop'.
Great for burning your tape collection to another media. Cosmetically the only issues are the typical wear to the 'silver' details on the front silk-screening on things. Looks good and works GREAT! Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 16.5" wide x 10" deep x 4.5" high and weighs 11 lbs unpacked.
PANASONIC RS-806US
Cond. 8+

SOLD 9/19/2023
SHIPPING TO JOHN IN WISCONSIN

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       NEW LISTING 2/16/2023
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CheckMarkSmall_web.jpg (792 bytes) warranty
RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE PANASONIC 8-TRACK CARTRIDGE TAPE DECK
8-TRACK PLAY / RECORD DECK
PANASONIC RS-803US
WITH *FAST FORWARD! and
"AUTO STOP"

#...2355MIJ

for sale

Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.

 We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.

  Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and every mechanical part was cleaned of "varnished" lubes and re-lubed as well as the always at issue, Pinch Roller plunge assembly, re-lubed and reassembled. Also disassembled head plate and track adjustment mechanism.

Main drive belt has been reconditioned for trouble free service.

All track indicator lamps, and checked and tested good w/ 'low' current draw

Capstan flywheel assembly removed, cleaned, burnished and re-lubed prior to re-install. Flywheel to capstan length ratio also adjusted as it had 'settled' lower over the years allowing flywheel to lightly scrape internal chassis if you listened close enough. Capstan end bearing was also missing it's thrust pad. Entire transport and mechanism has been cleaned, re-lubed and de-magnetized.

Program change mechanism and indicator contacts cleaned / burnished and re-lubed for trouble-free program changes as well as the integrated 'Auto-Stop' contact mechanism. All original program indicator lamps now work fine.

Burnished reed switch contacts

Potentiometers / controls cleaned for noise-free operation

Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized and are in great shape.

 Head azimuth adjusted with alignment / test tape and O-Scope for best High Frequency and channel to channel Signal Phase.

Track alignment adjusted to eliminate 'cross-talk' between tracks and to ensure the best high-frequency response (not normally expected from 8-track cartridge performance). Deck now has clear sounding highs even when using pre-recorded tapes.

Record signal path contacts cleaned and burnished for static-free performance.

Linear Record switch cleaned so no 'Motor Boating' effect

Internal playback, meter and record level pots also adjusted w/ O-scope.

Following refurbishment, Speed checked with factory test tape to 100% accuracy! (meaning in this case, that our 1000Hz test tape plays back at 1000Hz on our Freq Counter Meter) (speed adjustment via port in rear, metal chassis)

Deck 'sonically' checked for WOW and Flutter with no appreciable issues

Record Meters adjusted for 'even' readout and performance

Floor noise tested to -54dB

Now, following all of the above, deck now performs VERY WELL! Plays perfectly and after adjustment, records AMAZINGLY well. (Following the extensive restoration, we did 'test tone recordings' and of  'ddd' CDs on with the following results;
1kHz @ 0dB; L= -2dB & R= +1.5dB

DDD Pre-Recorded CD material sounded AMAZING. We
really put them through the paces, testing both with well mixed, recently recorded CD material and CD recorded / factory test tones looking for correct head Azimuth and speed accuracy.


Since we also burnished the program track light contacts, they all light and are responsive. Unit works and sounds GREAT!

 _____________________________

This machine would be perfect for burning your 8-track collection to CD, SD, hard-drive or other media. Tape speed tested to 100% accuracy! Meters even w/ factory test tone tape. Cosmetically there's a few minor dings / scuffs the unit and a dent in the lower face edge as well as a few dents / chips to the vinyl, wood grain case (See above photos). Overall the unit looks good and works GREAT!
Total tech time in this deck 9 hours.
_____________________________

  

   
Great quality 8-track cartridge play / record deck. This is a great deck for transferring a large amount of tapes to another media as it has two very important features. Momentary Fast Forward and Auto Stop. These features are used to find the beginning of track one without going past the beginning of the next track. Trying to do a lot of transfers, as a business without those two features will cost a lot of time / money!
 
   Panasonic RS-803US Features include:

   
- Stereo Playback and Recording (unlike some 8-track decks, the signal you're recording can be monitored at the same time. Some decks mute their output while recording)
- Back-lit, analog VU level meters
- Separate L & R Input level controls
- *Momentary / non-locking Fast Forward
- Selectable Auto-Stop at end of track #4
- 1/8" microphone input mounted on the front panel
- 1/4" Stereo Headphone jack
- Rear mounted RCA I/O's


Again, have completely gone through it making ready for playback for listening to or burning your collection. Great for burning your tape collection to another media or for recording new 8-tracks from CD or iPod for your classic Muscle Car. Looks good and works GREAT! Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 16.75" wide x 9.5" deep x 4.5" high and weighs 11 lbs unpacked.
PANASONIC RS-803US
Cond. 8.5

$349.

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12/9/2020
Wanna buy a 'BRAND NEW' 8-track tape (not 'NOS', but an actual 'NEW release')?
Dolly Parton just released her Christmas album on Vinyl, Cassette Tape AND "8-TRACK!!!"
Link Here...


 

Due to the age, conditions in which many 8-track tapes have been stored in and subjected to and the inherent quality shortcomings of the 8-track cartridge format (ie; case shape tolerances, and pressure pad designs), most tapes will not sound as good as most of today's modern formats and likely not as good as even their original, limited quality sound.

SOLD ITEMS BELOW

We've moved most of the "SOLD" items to their own page.
Click ........HERE

      

NEW LISTING 8/17/2022
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REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED & WARRANTED 
VINTAGE PANASONIC 8-TRACK CARTRIDGE TAPE DECK
8-TRACK PLAYER DECK
MODEL PANASONIC RS-807US

#...0887
Circa 1978-82
MIJ
SOLD 8/17/2022
SHIPPING TO DOUG IN GEORGIA


Original observations / conditions:
"Ran slow, and sluggish track change. Also track alignment incorrect at played partial neighboring tracks in back ground (found elevator riding too low even after adjustment).

Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.

 We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.

  Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and every mechanical part was cleaned of "varnished" lubes and re-lubed as well as the always at issue, Pinch Roller plunge assembly, re-lubed and reassembled.

  Discovered track height shim that had disintegrated. Replaced with 3mm spacer / shim to then allow correct track adjustment.

Main motor / capstan drive belt has been replaced with proper, NEW, belt (#FRM-10.2) for trouble free service.

Motion Indicator belt has been replaced with proper, NEW, 'Square' belt (#42-210) for trouble free service.

All 'track' indicators are LED's and working now following burnishing of internal, indicator contacts.

Capstan flywheel removed, cleaned, burnished and re-lubed prior to re-install. Entire transport and mechanism has been cleaned, re-lubed and de-magnetized.

Track change 'pick-up / contacts' cleaned and burnished (although this should be a step in normal deck maintenance). Now deck changes tracks consistently.

Program elevator mechanism and indicator contacts disassembled, cleaned / burnished and re-lubed for trouble-free program changes. All original program indicator lamps now work fine.

Counter belt has been replaced with NEW for trouble free service.

Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized and are in great shape.

Head azimuth & track cross-talk adjusted for optimum performance and the best high-frequency response (not normally expected from 8-track cartridge performance) utilizing RCA #356 and 8TSC-101, Aspen 'Deck Tester' and Audio-Tex 30-312 Test / Alignment tapes, a dual trace Oscilloscope and frequency counter.

Track alignment adjusted to eliminate 'cross-talk' between tracks and to ensure the best high-frequency response (not normally expected from 8-track cartridge performance) utilizing RCA #356 and 8TSC-101, Aspen 'Deck Tester' and Audio-Tex 30-312 Test / Alignment tapes, a dual trace Oscilloscope and frequency counter as well as our 'best' pre-recorded tapes.  Deck now has clear sounding highs even when using pre-recorded tapes.

Internal playback adjusted w/ O-scope.

Speed initially measured at 99.80% accuracy. Following refurbishment, Speed checked with factory test tape to 99% accuracy! (meaning in this case, that our 1000Hz test tape plays back @ 1002Hz +/-1hZ on our Freq Counter Meter w/ RCA #356 tape)

Deck 'sonically' checked for WoW and Flutter with none audible. As with most 8-Tracks, if you're listening to slow piano or strings, you'll probably detect some 'Flutter'.

Floor noise tested to -54dBu

Since we also burnished the program track light contacts, they all light and are responsive. Unit works and sounds GREAT!
 _____________________________

This machine would be perfect for burning your 8-track collection to CD. Looks, works and sounds GREAT!
Total tech time in this deck 4.5+ hours.
_____________________________

Following the above extensive work, the deck now looks good and plays GREAT!
Great quality 8-track cartridge deck.


Panasonic RS-807 Features include:

    

- Metal bracketed head mount (most have nylon / plastic which will have most certainly broken by now. Not really a "button feature", but if you've worked on as many 8-track decks as we have, you grow to love these kinds of touches and they become more of a "Feature" than a button or option).
- Single Track Repeat function

- Tape Motion indicator (Hey, it doesn't do much, but it looks cool!)

- Stereo Playback
-
Incorporated RCA patch cables

Panasonic RS-807 (based on RS-808) Specifications:

Track system: 8-track, 2-channel stereo tape deck
Motor: DC Motor
Transport Control Type: Mechanical
Frequency Response: 50-12kHz
Signal / Noise: 45dB
WoW & Flutter:
0.15% WRMS
Tape speed: 9.5 cm/s (3-3/4 ips)

    

Again, have completely gone through it making ready for listening to your 8-Track tape collection or for burning your tape collection to another media. Looks VERY good with not much cosmetic wear at all and works GREAT! Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 8" wide x 9" deep x 4.4" high and weighs 4 lbs unpacked.
PANASONIC RS-807US 8-Track Tape Player
Cond. 8.5

SOLD 8/17/2022
SHIPPING TO DOUG IN GEORGIA

 
 
(Above text, in it's entirety, property of www.oaktreevintage.com / Oak Tree Enterprises, LLC. See 'Copyright Information' page for details)



 

  

         

     NEW LISTING 10/6/2021
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CheckMarkSmall_web.jpg (792 bytes) warranty
RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED  
VINTAGE REALISTIC 8-TRACK CARTRIDGE TAPE DECK
8-TRACK PLAY / RECORD DECK
MODEL REALISTIC TR-882 / 14-944A
WITH LOCKING FAST FORWARD! & 'AUTO STOP'
Circa 1978-82
JAPAN

SOLD 2/3/2022
SHIPPING TO DAVID IN TEXAS


Original observations; No playback due to 'melted belt'. Once belt was replaced, motor bushing had squeal. One VU meter was un-responsive. Speed not close to being accurate. Track crosstalk excessive. Intermittent track indicators. Wouldn't go to track 4. Excessive Flutter. Missing bottom pads.

Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.

 We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.

 Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and every mechanical part was cleaned of "varnished" lubes and re-lubed as well as the always at issue, Pinch Roller plunge assembly, re-lubed and reassembled.

 Lubed drive motor bushings as they were dry causing squeal / noise

Main drive belt has been replaced with NEW for trouble free service (the original was melted. The first one we installed exhibited Flutter. We then made a slight change in belt size and the Flutter diminished).

All 'track' indicators are working now following burnishing of elevator contacts (the originals are quite 'low current' so should be good into the future).

Capstan flywheel removed, cleaned, burnished and re-lubed prior to re-install. Entire transport and mechanism has been cleaned, re-lubed and de-magnetized.

Track change 'pick-up / contacts' cleaned and burnished (although this should be a step in normal deck maintenance). Now deck changes tracks consistently.

Program elevator mechanism and indicator contacts disassembled, cleaned / burnished and re-lubed for trouble-free program changes. All original program indicator lamps now work fine.

Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized and are in great shape.

Head azimuth & track cross-talk adjusted for optimum performance and the best high-frequency response (not normally expected from 8-track cartridge performance) utilizing RCA #356 and 8TSC-101, Aspen 'Deck Tester' and Audio-Tex 30-312 Test / Alignment tapes, a dual trace Oscilloscope and frequency counter.

Track alignment adjusted to eliminate 'cross-talk' between tracks and to ensure the best high-frequency response (not normally expected from 8-track cartridge performance) utilizing RCA #356 and 8TSC-101, Aspen 'Deck Tester' and Audio-Tex 30-312 Test / Alignment tapes, a dual trace Oscilloscope and frequency counter as well as our 'best' pre-recorded tapes.  Deck now has clear sounding highs even when using pre-recorded tapes. (very difficult to identify which PC mounted, trim pots affected which circuits. We 'reverse engineered' the unit (as no service manual was available) and recorded them on the work sheet)

Record signal path contacts cleaned and burnished for static-free performance

Linear Record switch cleaned so no 'Motor Boating' effect

Left channel meter was very low in response. We found two bad electrolytic capacitors; a 1uF / 50V  and a 0.47uF / 50V that were bad and both were replaced. Meter now functions correctly

Internal playback, meter and record level pots also adjusted w/ O-scope.

Speed checked with factory test tape to 99.1% accuracy! (meaning in this case, that our 1000Hz test tape plays back @ 1009Hz +/-1hZ on our Freq Counter Meter w/ RCA #356 tape)

Deck 'sonically' checked for WoW and Flutter with no appreciable issues. As with most 8-Tracks, if you're listening to slow piano or strings, you'll probably detect some 'Flutter'.

Record Meters adjusted for 'even' readout and performance

Since we also burnished the program track light contacts, they all light and are responsive. Unit works and sounds GREAT!
 _____________________________

This machine would be perfect for burning your 8-track collection to CD.  This is also a good deck for recording 8-Track tapes for your original 1960's thru early 1980's show car. Looks, works and sounds GREAT!
Total tech time in this deck 9 hours.
_____________________________

Following the above extensive work, the deck now looks and plays decently.
Decent quality 8-track cartridge deck for casual use. They high end is not quite on par with some of the higher-end decks, but if you're on a more limited budget and still desire a 'utilitarian' deck, or already have limited 'high-frequency hearing limits (and most of us do), then here you go. As far as recording (we realize very few 8-track users will want to do this) it was acceptable. Depending on the tape types we try with different 8-track decks, we typically see -15 to -30dB and this deck comes in at around -20dB. The great thing is that the Input Level controls become Output Level / Volume controls during playback so you can help compensate for that.

Realistic TR-882 Features include:


- LOCKING Fast Forward (very valuable, time / money saving feature if you have a 'media transfer business' or are transferring your own tapes to CD / computer files)
- Auto-Stop at the end of track #4 when in Playback or at the end of each track when in Record mode (again, a very valuable feature if you have a 'media transfer business' or are transferring your own tapes to CD / computer files)
- Record Capable (like many Realistic 8-tracks, the signal is 'muted' thru the outputs while in record mode)

- Stereo Playback & Recording
- Back-lit, analog VU level meters
- Separate L & R controls for Input
- Variable, Separate L & R controls for Output level (rear panel)
- 'Pause' feature (requires pressure as it's 'mechanical')
- Dual 1/4" microphone inputs mounted on the front panel
- Standard RCA I/O Jacks


Again, have completely gone through it making ready for listening to your 8-Track tape collection or for burning your tape collection to another media. Also great deck for listening to your 8-track collection or for making 'NEW' / 'MODERN' 8-track tapes for your 'muscle car'. Due to it's limited 'top end', I probably wouldn't suggest this deck for 'media transfer' use. Looks good with only minor tics / dents (see photos above) and works well. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 13" wide x 9" deep x 4.25" high and weighs 8 lbs unpacked.
Realistic TR-882 8-Track Tape Player
Cond. 8.0

SOLD 2/3/2022
SHIPPING TO DAVID IN TEXAS


 
 
(Above text, in it's entirety, property of www.oaktreevintage.com / Oak Tree Enterprises, LLC. See 'Copyright Information' page for details)
 

 

 
 
    



            NEW LISTING 10/25/18
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RESTORED / REFURBISHED / FULLY SERVICED
VINTAGE LAFAYETTE
8-TRACK TAPE DECK / PLAYER
LAFAYETTE RK-800
8-TRACK STEREO
PLAY TAPE DECK
#...2389

MIJ
 for sale

Our technician has completely gone through and 'Certified' this unit.

 We have completely and extensively gone through the mechanicals and electronics of this unit.

  Entire transport was disassembled down to the chassis, and every mechanical part was cleaned of "varnished" lubes and re-lubed as well as the always at issue, Pinch Roller plunge assembly, re-lubed and reassembled.

Main drive belt has been replaced with NEW for trouble free service.

Replaced bad track indicator lamps, and checked the balance for function

Capstan flywheel removed, cleaned, burnished and re-lubed prior to re-install. Entire transport and mechanism has been cleaned, re-lubed and de-magnetized.

Program change mechanism and indicator contacts cleaned / burnished and re-lubed for trouble-free program changes. All original program now lamps work fine.

Heads have been cleaned and de-magnetized and are in great shape.

Head azimuth & track cross-talk adjusted for optimum performance and the best high-frequency response (not normally expected from 8-track cartridge performance) utilizing RCA #356 and 8TSC-101, Aspen 'Deck Tester' and Audio-Tex 30-312 Test / Alignment tapes, a dual trace Oscilloscope and frequency counter.

Track alignment adjusted to eliminate 'cross-talk' between tracks and to ensure the best high-frequency response (not normally expected from 8-track cartridge performance). Deck now has clear sounding highs even when using pre-recorded tapes.

Speed checked afterward with factory test tape to 95.5% accuracy! (meaning in this case, that our 1000Hz test tape plays back at 1047Hz on our Freq Counter Meter)

Floor noise tested to -59dB

Deck 'sonically' checked for WOW and Flutter with no appreciable issues

Since we also burnished the program track light contacts, they all light and are responsive. Unit works and sounds GREAT

This machine would be perfect for burning your 8-track collection to CD. Cosmetically decent, except for a couple of 'dings' on the top edge of the face plate. See above photos).
Total tech time in this deck 6.5+ hours.

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This is a 'players' unit, and not going to win any beauty contests. It's got a few scratches on the top of the case, and numerous dings / dents around the edge of the front bezel (see lower, right photos above). You're paying for it's performance following the above tech time, not it's attractiveness (or lack there-of). It's for 'use'n' not 'look'n' at.

As stated above
, we have completely gone through this unit, refurbishing and then testing with amazing results for an 8-track. This machine would be perfect for burning your 'Stereo' 8-track collection to CD or computer. Sounds great!  Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty. Measures 9" wide x 10" deep x 4" high and weighs 10 lbs unpacked. 

LAFAYETTE RK-800
  Cond. 7 (due to scratches / dings)

$199.
HOLD FOR JOHN IN TX
9/24/20

 

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"(actual as measured)" refers to original test results done by Hirsch-Houck Laboratories upon test release of product when new. Current "aged" specifications / performance may of course vary from that.

 

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