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Wednesday
Apr052017

Repairing Sony’s Tape-to-Tape Walkman

Have you ever seen James May’s TV show - The Reassembler?
   
If you haven’t the concept is simple, he reassembles a previously disassembled device like a food mixer or record player whilst chatting about it. While is doing this, a couple of camera people do their best to capture the best angle to show the process. When it’s all over there will be a fully assembled device that works perfectly. It’s a very relaxing and pleasant TV show that in some ways feels like a youtube video with a bigger budget.
   
This video, like many that I've made over the years, is simultaneously similar and considerably different to that idea. I start with off with a broken device, one that I’m unsure can be made to work. I take it apart, attempt to fix it and finally reassemble it. All the time I’m multi-tasking as the camera, lighting and sound guy.
   
When Mr May has finished reassembling his object, he can go home. When I finish I have hours of footage that I then attempt to reassemble into a cohesive video to which I can finally add a voice-over narration.
   
These repair videos may not look as good as a BBC show, but hey, at least I tried. and unlike The Reassembler there's no guarantee that my efforts will result in a success.
   
If that sounds like the kind of thing you’d like to see, then you can, if you click the video below.
   
   
If you have a Walkman that needs a new belt - here’s your link to the only place to get them from.

 

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Reader Comments (4)

Excellent video! I remember when these were new, they seemed very exotic to me at the time! Mind you I was using a shoe box style cheap mono cassette recorder at the time (with a microphone next to the TV speaker so I could tape Top of the pops) so things didn't have to be that sophisticated to appear exotic to me! I really like to get an insight into how things are put together and I particularly enjoy the videos in which you fix things. Nice to get a look at the insides of one of these things!

April 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSebastian Sekinger

Great video
And of course you already know that James May uses your voice Matt yeh :@)

Hi Matt:
Cassette is not deat.... take a look at this...the elbow clip-on cassette player... https://player.vimeo.com/video/215812121

Nice channel... Very interesting...
David.

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDavid B.

I remember having one of these. My father gave it to me. I was so excited to have this. But now they have been replaced by iPods and Smartphone.

June 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPartha

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