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Sharp RT-3535

Stereo Cassette Deck (1978-79)

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Sharp RT-3535


Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.8 cm/s

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Tape Type: type I, FeCr, CrO2

Noise Reduction: B

Frequency Response: 30Hz to 17kHz  (FeCr tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 62dB  (dolby B)

Wow and Flutter: 0.05%

Input: 70mV (line), 0.2mV (mic)

Output: 0.58V (line)

Semiconductors: 47 x transistors, 2 x FET, 59 x diodes, 3 x LED, 8 x IC

Dimensions: 467 x 354 x 146mm

Weight: 10.2kg


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re: RT-3535

One of my favorite angled transport designs, because the door opening and cassette eject are separate actions and because there is a lip near the front of the deck that catches the cassette when it ejects unlike many other angled well units. I also really like the reversed VU meters and the APLD features. I finally found one in good cosmetic condition and had to do a lot of work on it including cleaning the decomposed counter belt and capstan tire goo out of the transport, improving the springs on the reel turntables, replacing the capstan motor and counter belts, putting a rubber cap over the drive pulley for the reel motor to give it a better purchase and replacing the loading door which was missing the aluminum panel on the front. The transport is much less tentative now and works a lot better. These decks are actually really well built with separate circuit boards for power, TTL chips, recording level adjustment and main board components and a very durable transport with mostly metal parts. I'm still working on getting recording to work correctly, but I don't really record so troubleshooting that is just for fun. I think it is one of the nicest looking decks ever and am glad I took a chance on trying to fix it!

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