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Old 2nd April 2010, 04:34 PM   #1
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Default Making beat-up ReVox B77 loook nice on almost zero budget

A couple of weeks ago I bought a B77 for $25. It looked bad, but since it's my favourite tape recorder model of all time, I couldn't leave it. I thought it would at least be good for spares, but some inspiration brought it back to 'showpiece condition'.

As I got it, (a) all the toggle switches had been broken off, (b) someone had put something hot on the top of the cabinet in from of the handle, which melted a droop in & blistered the cabinet, (c) the Nextel was generally very scratched and worn.

For the toggle switches I made 'fakes' by filing & machining down two glued-together strips of acrylic, cut from an old cracked turntable cover; I needed double thickness, so two strips. Then I drilled & painted these metallic silver. A short section of 2mm welding rod connects these new fake dollies to the original switch toggle mechanism, into the centre of which I drilled a 2mm hole.

The burned cabinet top I 'hid' by carving out a rectangular recess, using a chisel & craft knife. Into this recess I slotted a section of aluminium extrusion from the hardware store. It matches the pinch roller cover flap perfectly.

I removed all the Nextel with methylated spirits, and re-sprayed it in Satin Black aerosol paint (2 x $5 cans).

Various scrapes and scratches on the amplifier face and reel taples I touched up with Humbrol model paint & a tiny brush.

It looks pretty now!
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Old 8th April 2010, 03:09 PM   #2
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nice work
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Old 2nd January 2011, 05:16 PM   #3
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Thumbs up Your B77 revival

I found the same machine for 20 bucks!
Another 100 brought it back to near mint condition.
Still short two silver switches, but I might try your
method.

Thanks for posting!
Alex
Montreal

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