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Tape Echo ... Sony RE-4 Endless tape
Old 3rd April 2021
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Tape Echo ... Sony RE-4 Endless tape

Hi guys,
Anyone have any experience re-filling a Sony RE-4 Endless Tape cartridge, like the one in my Hohner EhcoPlus?

Mine is very sticky, with lots of friction, so the tape is not flowing out smoothly.
I've already popped it open, and removed some tape, but it's still not working properly.

I bought mine new in the 1980's (I'm OLD!!). I ordered a new 8-Track tape, that I think I'll try to use to replace the current tape, by splicing it to the old tape, and then pulling it into the cartridge.

Anyone do that before?
Any advice?
Anyone know where I can get it professionally replaced?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Many Thanks,
Gayle
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Tape Echo ... Sony RE-4 Endless tape-hohner-echo-plus.jpg  

Last edited by Gayle; 3rd April 2021 at 06:03 PM..
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Originally Posted by Gayle ➡️
Hi guys,
Anyone have any experience re-filling a Sony RE-4 Endless Tape cartridge, like the one in my Hohner EhcoPlus?

Mine is very sticky, with lots of friction, so the tape is not flowing out smoothly.
I've already popped it open, and removed some tape, but it's still not working properly.

I bought mine new in the 1980's (I'm OLD!!). I ordered a new 8-Track tape, that I think I'll try to use to replace the current tape, by splicing it to the old tape, and then pulling it into the cartridge.

Anyone do that before?
Any advice?
Anyone know where I can get it professionally replaced?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Many Thanks,
Gayle
Anyone?
Hello?
Doesn't anyone here know about these tape cartridges for old tape echo units, like my Hohner EchoPlus?
Mine needs new tape, got any ideas?
Old 4 weeks ago
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I just saw an add for tape loops. Perhaps this guy can help you:

https://www.tapeechoheaven.nl/tapeloops
https://reverb.com/uk/shop/aarts-gear-garage

Good luck!
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Originally Posted by Lotuz2019 ➡️
I just saw an add for tape loops. Perhaps this guy can help you:

https://www.tapeechoheaven.nl/tapeloops
https://reverb.com/uk/shop/aarts-gear-garage

Good luck!
You're the BEST!
Many Thanks!
I did not know about them. I've just now emailed them.
Many Thanks!!
Today, I think I'll try to re-spool on some new 8-track tape into the cartridge...can't make it any worse then it is now!!
Again, Many Thanks for the lead!
Gayle
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Gayle ➡️
You're the BEST!
Many Thanks!
I did not know about them. I've just now emailed them.
Many Thanks!!
Today, I think I'll try to re-spool on some new 8-track tape into the cartridge...can't make it any worse then it is now!!
Again, Many Thanks for the lead!
Gayle
OK!! Call me a genius (I always do!) but I was able to install/re-fill 150 feet of all new tape into my 1985 Hohner EchoPlus's SONY RE-4 endless tape cartridge!!

How did I do it? I pulled it from a new 8-track! Both are 1/4, "lubricated" tape.

Now ... it's all working well.
If you ever have this problem ... talk to me and I can maybe help you get thru this fun and totally worthwhile project!
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Tape Echo ... Sony RE-4 Endless tape-hohner-tape1.jpg  

Last edited by Gayle; 4 weeks ago at 11:43 PM.. Reason: added a photo ...
Old 4 weeks ago
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You can't find much online about this tape echo. It looks great, but how does it sound? The video on YouTube is poor quality unfortunately. Could you post some sound examples?
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