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Friday
Feb262016

Auto-Reverse: The Hard Way

In 1972 to avoid their customers the inconvenience of getting out of a chair to turn a cassette tape over manually, Akai developed Invert-O-Matic. This was an amazingly complicated electro-mechanical auto-reverse system constructed from hundreds of perfectly syncronised belts, wheels, levers, switches and sensors. It really is a joy to watch it in action - and you can do so in the video below. 

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Reader Comments (15)

Dear Mat and fellow 'techies', techmoanies???

What a cracking video. When I studied engineering many years ago, a couple of my lecturers were always going on about the 'beauty' of well designed engineering; form and function and all that stuff. This cassette turner was a great example of that with a design of 'over engineering' a solution to a problem that was at best - marginal.

Never-the-less, there was a certain elegance to it, especially with a little help of the Blue Danube.

Mat, another excellent job. I hope there's still enough retro tech around for you to get your teeth into. A pin ball machine?

Chris

March 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris L

Genius, I was screaming at the monitor to show it in slow-mo.
Thanks, I love this site and your videos are just brilliant.
Long may they continue.

Where do you actually start to look for a 44 year old brand new cassette deck anyway ?

March 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

I spend hours on ebay. It has a lot of power-tools that many people don't use such as setting up saved searches with alerts as well as a curating a list of favourite sellers. Learning foreign names for things helps as well e.g. "tonbandmaschine"

March 6, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Beautiful photography on this one!!!

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterC d

Hi. I have one of these and an AKAI CS-50, that shares a very close mechanics (actually a simplified one), has a built-in 2x4W power amplifier but lacks Dolby and noise limiter. Mechanics for both the GXC-65D and CS-50 is somehow hard to fix. As Simon asked in his post, I had a hard time disassembling and fixing the CS-50 because someone tried do remove the tape inside of it by brute force. Mechanics was jammed and some metal parts were bent. It took me two weekends to put it back together, though.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLuiz C. Vieira

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