The struggle to play Philips’ giant cassette

From Techmoan.

I want to show you a type of Philips music cassette you most likely haven’t seen before. I was very fortunate to get one…but it turned out that was the easy part. Getting its 1970s player to work took a lot more effort.

00:00 Backstory
03:14 The player
06:40 Giving it a go
09:29 Inside the cassette
11:30 Inside the machine
12:45 The Repair starts
20:18 A look at the older machine
23:27 Back to the repair
27:15 The result
27:55 Summary
32:23 Groovy credits

1) Turns out that this system was known as Philips ‘Functional Music’ – What a fun name.
2) The symbol on the back showing a box with an arrow is the sign for ‘Remote’ not ‘Output’.
3) The tape speed is 1 7/8ips
4) If playback of the tape reels is attempted on a R2R machine only two of the tracks like up with the heads on a 1/4 track machine

Q) What’s that desoldering gun?
A) One of these

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Special thanks to Mikkel for spotting the machine with the tape for sale in Denmark and going to all the trouble to send it over to me. It’s greatly appreciated, thanks old chap.