Philips crazy Ski Slope Cassette Deck

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As unusual cassette decks go - the 1970s Philips changers are some of the oddest.
00:00 Intro
04:18 The ‘Repair’
26:05 First Demo
30:13 Prices & History
32:38 More Demo
36:39 Wrap Up
38:22 Credits
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It’s very likely one reason the tapes didn’t always locate perfectly in the mechanism is because I was using short custom-wound tapes. As these have less tape inside...they will also have less weight than the average C90. When I ordered them I had no idea the tolerances in the machine would be so fine with regard to tape weight. My intention was to use the short lengths to demonstrate the continuous tape recycling feature activated by the tape end sensor...without having to wait for a full length tape to reach the end. In addition most new cassette shells are a bit rougher and more angular than ones from back in the 1970s - they'd be more smoothed off with rounder edges, and as a result they'd be far less likely to get caught up against the sides of the cassette well.

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  • My favourite genre of FIworld is “person who is incredibly talented at something niche and pours their soul into it”

    Dean CDean C4 minuuttia sitten
  • Those cassette players that you had to hold down the fast forward button, did they make the chipmunk voices too or did they mute?

    soundsparksoundspark35 minuuttia sitten
  • For some reason, your videos are videos are fascinating... All Hail Lord of the Nerds.

    Unit 47Unit 47Tunti sitten
  • This filled me with true anxiety! 😂

    MarsHottentotMarsHottentotTunti sitten
  • Just buy 3 copies of Neil Diamond and alternate the sides? :-P

    Perryinjax StudiosPerryinjax Studios2 tuntia sitten
  • You talk so much you piece of shit

    Ricardo PerezRicardo Perez2 tuntia sitten
  • This guy is a genius. Great job! 👍

    Perryinjax StudiosPerryinjax Studios2 tuntia sitten
  • That Philips casette deck is soo cool! It is funny how even cassettes are coming back now after folks went crazy with vinyl records.

    ChevyBMChevyBM2 tuntia sitten
  • The inside of it seems like a super compact Rube Goldberg machine.

    KylisKylis2 tuntia sitten
  • Good gawd man... this deserves a like and sub just for your being willing to continue tearing into this nightmare after the 3rd step. What a mess! You sir, have the patience of Job. Respect.

    Perryinjax StudiosPerryinjax Studios2 tuntia sitten
  • Ear buds are designed to clean the pinna not the canal, the smallest thing you should stick in your ear is your elbow!

    SwGuruSwGuru3 tuntia sitten
  • If thats not 10 1 hour jurassic park loops what good is it.

    Phil JermakianPhil Jermakian3 tuntia sitten
  • Designed and built by NASA.

    Ocean StratOcean Strat3 tuntia sitten
  • What a crazy device.. nightmare to repair.

    Jesse SwaneyJesse Swaney3 tuntia sitten
  • Changing Cassettes or LP´s during a party was a real bummer, you had to stop snogging, get up off of the Sofa and find something suitable to play, but,, if people didn´t like what you had chosen you were up again and so on...evening ruined :-o

    H-J. K.H-J. K.4 tuntia sitten
  • My dad had one of these. The tapes used to get stuck in the same fashion. What he did to solve this was to open an old tape case and glue some small weights inside it. He would keep this one at the top and it would push the others through.

    Vulcan WolfopusVulcan Wolfopus4 tuntia sitten
  • Mr Philips - you've got another winner on your hands!

    DisobedientSpaceWhaleDisobedientSpaceWhale4 tuntia sitten
  • Matt, 100% of your viewers wouldn't be interested in this if it was sold as "Working 100%" You fix shit the demo it & we wouldn't have it any otheway. ✌🏻🇦🇺

    ApolloVIII YouAreGoForTLIApolloVIII YouAreGoForTLI4 tuntia sitten
  • Hindsight 2021 joke was well executed

    Ratheon HudsonRatheon Hudson5 tuntia sitten
  • Great video.Not seen this type of deck before.

    Roger MashRoger Mash5 tuntia sitten
  • The idea is actually pretty cool, sadly it didn’t get much traction... I was born in 2001, but my family used tapes for quite a while before I got to being 6! I got to experience CDs (still use them) and I’m loving vinyls, as they’re having some kind of “reinassance”

    DemonDemon5 tuntia sitten
  • I love this... great job

    Santiago PeriottiSantiago Periotti5 tuntia sitten
  • I was thinking of sending you my Grundig C21 Cassette Player for your collection, but I´m afraid of getting tangled in Brexit (again!)

    H-J. K.H-J. K.5 tuntia sitten
  • This cat obviously has lots of experience with this sort of thing. There is no substitute for experience, you have to do it to be able to do it, but you must have the raw talent from genetics. In other words "don't try this at home boys and girls" Lol !

    Robert E. SipesRobert E. Sipes5 tuntia sitten
  • I really enjoyed that. Have you seen the internals of an old self loading record deck? They were very complicated.

    tomsticklandtomstickland5 tuntia sitten
  • I love how he complaines about tape machines.. 😂.. There is a upgrade

    Underrated InventionsUnderrated Inventions6 tuntia sitten
  • Remember, switching to your N2400 is always faster than reloading.

    MrManiac3MrManiac36 tuntia sitten
  • wow I am embarrassed what a smart idea i love it

    waleed bombowaleed bombo7 tuntia sitten
  • Wow I never knew this existed, must have caused a small fortune back in the day.

    Maximillian ArturoMaximillian Arturo7 tuntia sitten
  • surely im not the only person expecting a single tape to fire round and play the other side of the same tape! Doh!.

    yeknommonkeyyeknommonkey7 tuntia sitten
  • Great video,keep it!⏹⏺

    Cristina Lexy Reef TankCristina Lexy Reef Tank7 tuntia sitten
  • What tablet thing is that?

    TrashPropTrashProp7 tuntia sitten
  • god you got to love how old tech manufacturers expected you to take apart and repair your products but then again back then there were a lot more mechanical parts in things than there are now

    the gamerthe gamer7 tuntia sitten
  • На русском где субтитры??? Если мне в рекомендациях это видео - я че, обязан ваш язык знать?

    Sergey SergienkoSergey Sergienko7 tuntia sitten
  • Even bought two-tone tapes to demonstrate the flipping. What a legend.

    JohnJohn8 tuntia sitten
  • The way that the tapes endlessly flip over is ironically reminiscent of 8-track. Also, Techmoan is the best.

    JohnJohn8 tuntia sitten
  • @10:48 I laughed out loud at the complexity of that diagram. Then, I realized that I love that pre-CAD 3D drawing and immediately downloaded the manual so I can make a poster out of it for my wall. Love these absurdly complex, purely mechanical machines!

    SatansSpatulaSatansSpatula8 tuntia sitten
  • Strings, springs, belts and pulleys - in a few years the device will be suitable for 'Antiques Roadshow'. I feel rather uncomfortable because I am from that era as well.

    GarrisonFallGarrisonFall8 tuntia sitten
  • respect for your efforts and determination...

    Rickie jRickie j8 tuntia sitten
  • Am I the only one who thought the cassettes were going to get quickly launched around that loop instead of just slowly pushed?

    Ryan ButterfieldRyan Butterfield9 tuntia sitten
  • @32:56 I like how the drawer burps like it ate the tape when the standard setup is configured.

    Eric JEric J9 tuntia sitten
  • I am trying to imagine the original production process of putting one of these things together. It does not appear at all modular.

    Neal NobleNeal Noble9 tuntia sitten
  • It's a machine to change cassettes automatically. They were successful at royaltee aware people, it included a cassette service with new fresh songs. This is not Hifi, shops, malls, airports etc

    lucas remlucas rem9 tuntia sitten
  • honestly this thing is kinda sick. great vid.

    blipsqueakblipsqueak10 tuntia sitten
  • Life Hack You no longer need to buy bread if you stop eating it.

    simplesecretofsimplesecretof10 tuntia sitten
  • I stick Q-Tips in my ears all the time. The only way to get to that itchy spot.

    danilko1danilko111 tuntia sitten
  • The motor on this thing is as old as I am. No wonder why it's knackered.

    Paul AllenPaul Allen11 tuntia sitten
    • I was 29 when the motor was made. How do you think I feel now? Yep, even MORE knackered!

      Robbie HenryRobbie Henry6 tuntia sitten
  • Nice

    Hunter DeanHunter Dean11 tuntia sitten
  • Thanks for the video. A lot of work on your part. Enjoyed the weird tape player.

    SDbackoutSDbackout11 tuntia sitten
  • It's a shame this one did not come with the optional stereo microphone as it is an oddity as well. It looked like two small speakers attached to a very short tripod stand. Each side could be detached from the stand so you could record two people at a distance or get some serious stereo separation. I was given this deck and the microphone (U.S. Norelco versions) second-hand in 1978 and, for what it was, it worked great for another five years before, one day, it gave out a funny smell and then stopped cold. I certainly had fun with it recording various stupid, crude, and disgusting things as a boy will do at that age. It was really nice to see one come to life again.

    KoHoSoKoHoSo12 tuntia sitten
  • I like that you could have 3 of the same tape and alternate them. 😂

    bigfil1981bigfil198112 tuntia sitten
  • Amazing! Worth your effort. Thank you!

    bigfil1981bigfil198112 tuntia sitten
  • Wow, I always thought US inflation rates were bad

    Trash ManTrash Man13 tuntia sitten
  • That's the coolest friggin' thing I've seen all week. You have a Holy and God-given obligation to fix that thing....

    rangerstl07rangerstl0713 tuntia sitten
  • Luckily for that cassette, gravity is still working today

    Marco AurélioMarco Aurélio13 tuntia sitten
  • Thanks so much for this video! That Philips deck ( Well Norelco, as I live in the USA ) was my first stereo and I had to have that model but only got it with the cassette stacker. It was all I could afford. I wanted to be able to play music all night while I slept using my own music and it was exactly what I needed. I loved that thing. It actually did have decent volume with the high efficiency speakers that came with it but being a kid, I got bored and wanted to move on to separate components and get some more volume and fidelity. Next stop was a Fisher receiver, built in Long Island New York! Added a Philips turntable and a my parents sprung for a Sony reel to reel so I could tape multiple albums onto one reel of tape and it also would play all night. Man, I miss the excitement of new stereo gear. All pretty much done now with smart phones and sound bars. Sign.

    Bruce LyonBruce Lyon13 tuntia sitten
    • I have to agree with your final remarks. It's all to easy to have audio wherever you want. 'Hey, Alexis …' has killed the magic.

      Robbie HenryRobbie Henry6 tuntia sitten
  • very cool. i have never seen or heard of this ski slope style. you sure have more patients than i

    scott linscott lin13 tuntia sitten
  • Rube Goldberg giggled to himself in the after life the whole time it was designing this contraption.

    Peter ResetzPeter Resetz14 tuntia sitten
  • I would have loved one of these as a kid!

    Mark LamMark Lam14 tuntia sitten
  • i have never seen

    klepetarklepetar14 tuntia sitten
  • Hello from Buenos Aires, Argentina, I always thought that I would never see one of those working, but thanks to Techmoan I have seen it, a pity that almost my cassettes do not work. They are devices of high mechanical complexity, compared to today's electronic devices, thank you as always for teaching us ..... !!!!

    maria hermanomaria hermano14 tuntia sitten
  • weeeeeeeee

    Ever GreenEver Green15 tuntia sitten
  • This man remind me of jean reno

    hussein wkhussein wk15 tuntia sitten
  • 28:00 yw

    AlexAlex15 tuntia sitten
  • That’s got to be super rare

    Chris.OChris.O15 tuntia sitten
  • It's like a fine Swiss watch, only more complicated! Good job Techmoan :-)

    Emil ThueEmil Thue16 tuntia sitten
  • Absolutely fascinating!

    Alex LawsonAlex Lawson16 tuntia sitten
  • I can't help but love the mechanical inventiveness of these machines (back in the good ole days when things were simpler) KUDOS to you to getting that Rube Goldberg essence former Modern Marvel demonstrable again. Just remember that was " State of the Art " back then.

    theslowride66theslowride6616 tuntia sitten
  • Heroic effort! I've been repairing electronics from schooldays to doing it for a living, and this thing would have been in the fuckit bucket after two days 😄And I remember seeing one of these at a hifi exhibition as a wee lad in the early to mid seventies 👍

    Al Just AlAl Just Al17 tuntia sitten
  • Seems like a novelty item that was more hassle to use than just manually switching cassettes

    evilempireUKevilempireUK17 tuntia sitten
  • This remained faily interesting despite it being a long one. I enjoyed the fixing it up part!

    1171karl1171karl17 tuntia sitten
  • Hi I renovated vintage Philips cassete and Technics SL-15 turntable, both with the worn belts, and printed those in the 3D printer with TPU stiffer rubber material. Use random Z seam, slow speeds 15..20 mm/sec. Printing is the fast method to get rare belts easily :) Both works Ok now.

    Marten NiinemagiMarten Niinemagi17 tuntia sitten

    c sic si17 tuntia sitten
  • Thanks!

    Стас ПастухСтас Пастух18 tuntia sitten
  • Love it, I never saw that. A shame I would have loved that player as a kid. Would have worn it out just by cycling it a bunch but, awesome player.

    Carrboro_Chapelhill FpvCarrboro_Chapelhill Fpv18 tuntia sitten
  • If Rube Goldberg made a cassette player...

    rmp5srmp5s18 tuntia sitten
  • I worked at Philips Research in the late 1970's - but the interest by then was in the early CD prototypes. I worked on the team that made the first CD-ROM player as a computer peripheral. The inner workings of your machine are typical of the insane complexity of belts, cams, strings and springs of Philips machines of the time though. How the heck they ever made money on them is a miracle though.

    Steve BakerSteve Baker18 tuntia sitten
  • I need one

    JubaSJubaS18 tuntia sitten
  • So many compoments springs, strings gears, belts etc for only 68pounds. Back in the day, they used to build devices that was intended to last for ever. Not only 5 years and then recylce.

    Norm SmithNorm Smith19 tuntia sitten
  • My childhood method of rewinding a cassette tape from my Walkman was to put a pencil through one hole and spin it around. I think it was intentional that a pencil fit so perfectly

    Gaz SGaz S19 tuntia sitten
  • "Can you DJ my party tonight, man?" "Sure! I'll bring my Philips!" "Grooooovy!"

    Jimmy BuffétJimmy Buffét19 tuntia sitten
  • Who would win? A man that has decades of experience with all different types of audio media? Or A plastic ramp

    horehoundbasedcandyhorehoundbasedcandy19 tuntia sitten
  • That repair manual is in frakkin hieroglyphics, mate!

    Joe McJoe Mc20 tuntia sitten
  • 32:47 OM NOM NOM 33:00 "I'm done"

    CatastrophesheCatastropheshe20 tuntia sitten
  • This is weirdly satisfying 😁

    CatastrophesheCatastropheshe20 tuntia sitten
  • TBH, this is such a cool cassette player. IDC how later players changed cassettes. This is how you do it in style. I would've bought the machine when it was on sale back in the day

    ZampaPawsZampaPaws20 tuntia sitten
  • i Love this channel and your work . Thank you veeery much again , for sooo much good content !!!!

    Leon UngerLeon Unger20 tuntia sitten
  • And I thought the Nakamichi RX-202 was odd. (It _physically_ flips the tape around to play the reverse side.)

    skat1140skat114021 tunti sitten
  • _Looks down at the circuit board over-crowded with parts._ The circuit plan must be fun, figuring out how to detect states, stops, and so on. Needs the @bigclivedotcom treatment.

    Scot HarkinsScot Harkins21 tunti sitten
  • I have to say that the ingenuity to make it auto flip and play the other side was genius! It may be outdated, but the novelty factor is still there and I'd buy one just to show it off.

    Chad SanbornChad Sanborn21 tunti sitten
  • I would now try cleaning and demagnetising the heads and see if the sound improves.

    Stephen LawsonStephen Lawson21 tunti sitten
  • Reversing the head seems so ingenious to me now.

    mike pridemike pride21 tunti sitten
  • I bought one of these from the N.A.A.F.I. in Germany and everyone thought it was fantastic. Great if you had a party, just let the music play all night. I dumped it a few years ago when the rubber drive bands broke.

    John GoodfellowJohn Goodfellow22 tuntia sitten
  • For amazing engineering see the Fridan comptometer - 1930s engineering. I have one. I dread anything ever going wrong with it.

    Mark MitchellMark Mitchell22 tuntia sitten
  • I had an old top loading Cassette Recorder with a missing loading flap, so when you hammered hard and fast enough on the eject button the Cassette jumped out of it pretty high. But I didn't got it to turn around 🤣

    Fab FuntyFab Funty23 tuntia sitten
  • what the heck did you find now, holy moly.

    bludstonebludstone23 tuntia sitten
  • Well that was a unusual tape deck . The only unusual tape deck i ever had/ Still have. is a old Walkman type device it could play tapes and the radio. The radio part being made like a cassette so you would have to remove it in order to play a real cassette. Made or sold under the Cascade brand hard for me to read the model number but the tuner pack is a TN 35r.

    Stephen JonesStephen Jones23 tuntia sitten
  • This was made before they invented customer support

    Peter CortensPeter Cortens23 tuntia sitten
  • I only worked once on a cassette deck. never again. i hate the black gunk that comes off the belts.

    vizkozevizkoze23 tuntia sitten
  • Leave it to the Austrians to come up with such a wonderfully-archaic but mostly functional piece of audio equipment. It's more akin to a piece of postal office accoutrement, than home audio. If Bang & Olufsen ever designed a repeating tape player like this, it would probably have a linear accelerator in it. Hopefully Philips used their profits from this device, to put into R&D towards developing CD technology. Wouldn't surprise me in the least.

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