At last a full repair kit for the Philips 4308 / 7 reel to reel tape recorders including belts, brakes and clutches.
I have developed a complete kit of parts and fully illustrated, step by step instructions to repair these popular recorders.
The most common problem is that all of the drive belts and other rubber parts turn to goo and need to be replaced.
The kit includes new belts and other replacement parts and a 27 page, bound, A4 Instruction manual with step by step instructions.
Replacing the belts alone will not work as there is an important rubber clutch mechanism.
The picture below shows a clutch in need of repair. 95% of un-repaired recorders are like this and without being repaired are useless.
Replacing the belts alone is a complete waste of time (and money). The machine will not run correctly.
The Kit covers the 4307 and 4308 recorders but can also be used with others in the series such as the EL Series EL3552, EL3552A, EL3572, EL3553, EL3558, EL3573, EL3554, EL3574, EL3578 and 430x series including N4302, N4303, N4304, N4305, N4306, N4307 and N4308. It is also suitable for the clones of the same machines like the Pye 9123 and the Stella ST9123A and ST461
There are also rubber components in the braking system and mounts that support the recorder that will need replacing.
The good news is that the kit contains everything you will need to get you machine working correctly again.
The Kit covers the 4307 and 4308 recorders but can also be used with others in the 430x series such as the 4302 and 4305.
5 belts are included to cover all of the versions The instructions cover all of the differences between the different versions.
The manual covers all aspects from dismantling and replacement through to cleaning and lubrication.
It is full of hints and tips, ideas, diagrams and photos. It contains all the information you will need and explains the best way to go about it.
Importantly, it contains vital details such as how to dismantle the machine correctly without damaging anything and which screws not to remove to prevent irreparable damage.
You will need a few tools such as screwdrivers, pliers etc. You will also need a small sharp knife. A scalpel or craft knife with a pointed blade is ideal. A common or garden Stanley knife blade is a bit too big. Scalpels with 10A blades are available for a few £s here on eBay.
None of the tasks requires specialist skills, Common sense and very basic electrical / mechanical knowledge are required. If you can’t put a 13A plug on and don’t have pair of pliers then this is probably not for you. I can repair machines to order as required.
Do they work? Users have commented:
Superb item, just what is needed, what a great chap, well done!!!
Never mind the parts the instructions alone are worth the money
By the way excellent kit....Many thanks for your help.
Superbly detailed instructions supplied with new parts.
My husband has now repaired his machine and is one very happy bunny being able to listen to all his old music reels again! :o) The instructions were excellent and he managed to do his repair in an evening. Many thanks for all your help.
First-class service all round, a truly excellent item. Highly recommended.
Many thanks for your comprehensive instructions - Eddie
Hi David, Excellent instructions and belts fitted perfectly. Now up and running, what a treat to here my music again. Many thanks Bryan
One of the best sellers on eBay really professional, helpful fast delivery
Dave, Thanks for the prompt postage of the kit. ....kit is in great condition and it has made an old man very happy. The instruction manual was very well written. Thanks again.
Thanks so much for you help and the supply of the kit and instructions, I doubt I'd have bothered or succeeded without them. - Ian
Also I have repaired many machines, 4307s and 4308s as well as the related 4302 with which the kit will work.
Previous customers have commented:
The tape player arrived yesterday …I am thrilled with the job you have done.
It plays tapes just as well as I remember and I am delighted with its mechanical operation which feels like new…
All in, I thank you for a first class job done in record time… I couldn't be more pleased. ( Andy H)
Dave, Arrived safely today around noon and to say that I am pleased with it is rather an understatement.
I have used it for around four hours now and everything is working correctly … ( Ron A)
David, Machine arrived safe and sound and meets all my expectations, a credit to your engineering background Best Regards Phil
Hello Dave, I received it today. It was just as you described and works perfectly .... It's good to be able to play my old tapes again
The buyer of a 4302 commented "The Tape Recorder has just arrived..... and I am over the moon with it." (Sue G)
Hi Dave The Machine arrived a couple of hours ago and it's working brilliantly, the wife and I are absolutely delighted we've been listening to some really old tapes that have brought back a lot of happy memories...
Many thanks again, Graham.
The instructions are available at a fraction of the cost that restored recorders sell for.
So at last you can repair that old and treasured recorder that has been sitting in the loft for years and relive the horror you your little brother or sister, aged 6, singing Happy Birthday.
It also represents the answer to all those machines described as "need new belts", which as you now know is only half the story.
All components and materials supplied are new.
Dispatch usually within 24Hrs by 1st class post.
Please note that the instructions do not cover any electrical or electronic repairs so please try your recorder out to check the electrical side is working. If you need any assistance please get in touch and I'll give you some simple tests to try.
Payment by PayPal, cheque or Postal Order please. I offer a full 7 day return policy.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask, I'll do my best to answer them.
Finally, I have a Kits available on eBay for other machines including the Philips 4416 and 4510 series, the Philips 4407 series the Philips 45xx series, the Philips 4450 and many of the earlier EL series machines. You will also find kits for Akai 4000DS, Akai 1721, Sony TC366, TC377 and TC399 as well as parts for Revox machines, Grundig TK120 and TK140 and also Cassette recorders.
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Thanks for looking.