Sony TC 55 cassette recorder

  Diemmess 11:53 24 Feb 2013

Hoping that someone will recognise this nice almost pocketable recorder. Measures roughly, it is 13 X 9 x 4 cms. It is now showing its age presumably with belt/s now old and slackening.

Does anyone know of service manual downloads apart from the US of A? Or even taken one of this model apart?

It is nudging 40 years old yet is very miniaturised and well built. I've had one scary attempt at dismantling and realised in time that A- I wasn't getting anywhere, and B- I had a dozen tiny screws of differing lengths! If I try this again I will photograph every stage and label the print/s. Scouring the Net I' fairly sure I can buy suitable belt/s but need to get at the innards to measure.

  rdave13 13:38 24 Feb 2013

I've only come across ebay selling the manual for this. Don't know if they are service manuals or operating manuals. I also found this, click here. Not much help but you can at least see the innards.

  Diemmess 14:28 24 Feb 2013

Wow! Thanks rdave13 That is probably as good as it gets, and for free.

The pictures when zoomed in are good enough to show individual dust particles. One thing I have seen shows the major part of the box removed but still with the end cover in place. [Don't waste time and effort removing that at an early stage]

A bit difficult to have to re-orientate myself with each succeeding frame whether the lump has been turned -end for end or merely turned over.

Thanks again. Here's hoping someone will have access to a How-To and have a correct set of bands to sell!

  bumpkin 20:30 24 Feb 2013

Just as amatter of interest why do you want to repair something so old when you can buy a new better one for very little.

  Diemmess 09:10 25 Feb 2013


Because I had my childhood in a period when "Make do and mend" was a national slogan and if it couldn't be mended you did without!

Because it was working only a month ago and repair is [to me] a challenge when all it needs is 2+ bands to make it work well once more.

Because it is beautifully made and though seldom used was a reliable stand-by for portable recording. For it's size and portability it is a no-nonsense mono recorder with very little wow or flutter.

Having seen one during a holiday friendship it was exactly what I wanted expensive at the time and I don't think Sony marketed it for long, probably low sales.

  rdave13 09:54 25 Feb 2013

Diemmess , again I don't know if this will help, but I've found The Dead Technology Society on flickr. Click here.

Scroll the page down a bit. I'm not a member of flickr so I have no idea if it's worth joining to see if you can get better help there. Good luck anyway.

  Diemmess 11:17 25 Feb 2013


You are a great one for finding otherwise obscure links. I have joined flickr but though I left a new thread, I seem to be the only one with a question among a host of folk posting ever better photos of similar things.

Conflicts on my time at present, but will post here again when I find time to take a deep breath and do some careful dismantling. I think there is at least one firm which will sell bands of the correct type and size, but up to me to measure very accurately first of all!

  bumpkin 15:16 25 Feb 2013

Diemmess, four very good reasons, hope you can get the bits and fix it.

  Diemmess 17:56 02 Mar 2013

Big smile on my face. Actually despondency at first when all I could get was a faint hiss with the volume up full no tape movement at all........Then I rediscovered an on/off switch which I had almost never used. (I wonder how many have been shaken when their brand new PC wouldn't start only find it was not switched on at the PSU!)

I bought two new drive belts from GB Audio in Edinburgh. Very expensive, but like Crucial and RAM they have a table of every sort of drive belt and a promise to swap at no charge if not quite the right size. Ordered early afternoon and here in the post this a.m. Then there were hours spent dismantling and reassembly. Over 30 tiny screws [I wonder where the two I have left over should have gone?]

The labels say proudly Made in Japan. Being 40 years old this masterpiece is minimised to the extreme and by the standards of the day assembled by midgets with long thin fingers. Japan was having its own boom in consumer electronics and a no fault aim in production.

Thanks to both for your interest.

  rdave13 18:01 02 Mar 2013

Excellent news, Diemmess, that you've succeeded with your project.

  bumpkin 19:42 02 Mar 2013

Thanks for the update, glad you managed to sort it.

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