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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Otari MX-55T-M
« on: September 22, 2011, 06:32:34 PM »
Here are some photos of my MX-55T-M showing the whole machine with meter bridge mounts and added feet.

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Otari MX-55T-M
« on: September 22, 2011, 03:10:19 PM »
The CY4109 feet go on the bottom of the main chassis, extending out the front and back by an inch or so. The CY4108 feet mount on the rear upper corners of the main chassis so when you lay it down horizontally, the back of the bottom feet and the top feet hold it up off the surface by about an inch. If you are never going to lay it down, you don't need the upper feet. On the other hand, each pair of feet was well under $10, so we're not talking about a lot of money here.

One thing, the bottom of the chassis fits into a cut-out on the bottom feet. I don't know if it was due to shrinkage because of age or what, but the openings on the feet were too tight for the chassis to fit into. I opened them up with a file, as I was afraid if I forced them on the way they came, they might crack.

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Otari MX-55T-M
« on: September 22, 2011, 07:36:04 AM »
The feet look just like the ones in the brochure for the standard all-in-one version, 55N and 55T. I'll post a few more photos this weekend. The bottom feet, CY4109, give it better stability, but the back feet, CY4108, are kind of useless since they are for lying the unit flat, and the connectors coming out of the back of the meter bridge unit wouldn't clear unless you put it up on blocks.

I did not find any side panels for it. I was contemplating making some of my own out of some nice hardwood, or having some made, but have grown to like the cast aluminum "tech" look, so I think I'll leave it like this. I got some of those Darklab NAB hubs in matt silver that match well.

Do you have the manuals?

Photos to be posted as soon as I get a moment to take them.

Phil

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Otari MX-55T-M
« on: September 20, 2011, 09:27:01 PM »
Here's what I did with mine. The aluminum channel (1 x 1/2 x 1/8 inch) came from McMaster. I think the screws are sockethead 3mm x 6mm or maybe 8mm. Parts were made with a belt grinder, drill press, and hand file. The top unit is spaced a bit back relative to the bottom so 10-1/2 reels clear its knobs by about 1/4 inch. 
Amazingly, I was able to order the bottom and back plastic feet (CY4108 and CY4109) from Otari's US rep, aheadtek.com in San Jose, CA, who had them shipped to me from Japan.
Phil

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Otari MX-55 Manuals?
« on: January 23, 2011, 06:23:27 PM »
I might be interested in some MX-55 parts. Do you have the splicing block? NAB hubs? Rackmount brackets? What else? You can PM me with a list if you have one.
Phil

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Reel to Reel Tape Machines / Re: Otari MX-55 Manuals?
« on: January 18, 2011, 08:43:50 PM »
Hello Steve, I have an original hard copy MX-55 Operation and Maintenance Manual, 7th Ed (Nov 1991). Mine covers the MX-55T-M (NAB 2trk 2ch with center time code track - meterbridge), MX-55T (same - standard), and MX-55N-M (NAB 2trk 2ch - meterbridge) models. It has operating and maintenance instructions, PC board layouts, and circuit diagrams. If this will work for you, I can try to scan it. Send me a PM.
Phil

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