Philips crazy Ski Slope Cassette Deck

1. mai. 2021
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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
Additional Links
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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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  • What a complicated machine. Amazing.

    Bernard WilkinsonBernard WilkinsonTime siden
  • Best feature was the mechanical arm that came out, and inserted a pen cap for it’s auto rewind.

    Mr ManMr ManTime siden
  • Great video but seeing how moody this machine is, I can see why nobody remembers this type of deck. Man, what a stupid design! What were they thinking? A Philips engineer smoked crack, or something?

    Adrian MantschAdrian Mantsch4 timer siden
  • as soon as you pulled off the cover I got that “This is a bigger project than I expected” feeling

    DawgDawg7 timer siden
  • What a marvel of engineering!

    henmichhenmich7 timer siden
  • I didn't know this existed until this video, after seeing the complex internals I now want one haha

    Duane DibbleyDuane Dibbley10 timer siden
  • Oh wow!

    David IrwinDavid Irwin21 time siden
  • Great work. Really appreciate the effort that went in to making this video!

    the.great.below.the.great.below.21 time siden
  • ye great video thats a scary looking proj !!

    badbasstrilogybadbasstrilogy23 timer siden
  • Here I am, thanks to the algorithm.

    George WashingtonGeorge Washington23 timer siden
  • What a design haha and what a "fun" repair :P

    R.O.T. StudiosR.O.T. Studios23 timer siden
  • Interesting video, I had tons of cassettes and never heard of this.

    M 3M 3Dag siden
  • Thank you for doing this video. Very interesting how they made this all work. Seems over-engineered by today's standards. When you are having to figure it all out for the first time, you try what you think of I guess. Thank you for taking the time to show all of the insides of the machine and then all of the working stuff. Great video.

    Arthur SchwiegerArthur SchwiegerDag siden
  • This recorder lays in my cellar it never works correctly

    Wiel MoulenWiel MoulenDag siden
  • Great vid. Good job.

    KevincarrKevincarrDag siden
  • Absolutely enjoyed watching the repair

    MrDirzelMrDirzelDag siden
  • In the early 70s these things drew crowds at every hi-fi and electronics show, but they were low performance machines at high prices. They never stood a chance of breaking out of the niche restaurant and bar market. We used to scratch our heads, and wonder what Philips thought they were doing.

    Steve UnderwoodSteve UnderwoodDag siden
  • Bloody Bizarre and Brilliant

    nihar2009nihar2009Dag siden
  • What an amazing machine. I wonder who the person is that designed this cassette flipper? Hats off to them.

    Video GuyVideo GuyDag siden
  • Good god old technology was desperate crap wasnt it. We do all of this in software and electronics these days, and you can see why, imaging how much this thing cost to make!

    zzebowazzebowaDag siden
  • Back in the mid 70's I got one of these but without the ski slope - I found it at a jumble sale. After much research (noo internet back then, hoowever did we survive) and I discovered the need for the ski slope. Fortunatley a couple of weeks later a complete machine turned up in perfect working order. I kept it for quite some time, it was a fascinating thing to watch.

    BostonBikeBitsBostonBikeBitsDag siden
  • 14:10 how ironic you're saying that and I'm trying to clean out my ears especially since I have very small ear canals and it does requires me to go in deep to take out wax

    Victor CowoVictor CowoDag siden
  • I could watch this mechanism for weeks

    Hazy JHazy JDag siden
  • Looks like it was designed by engineering students in the 70's who just dropped acid.

    Ben KleschinskyBen KleschinskyDag siden
  • Meanwhile on Reddit…

    Aaron SlaterAaron SlaterDag siden
  • 36:16 You're welcome.

    a2phaa2phaDag siden
  • Thank you so much for the effort you put into these videos, I found that absolutely fascinating. It also bought back memories of repairing cassette and videos decks, why did manufacturers put belts in such inaccessible places that usually resulted in have to disassemble the whole thing. Then you put it all back together and you had a whole new fault! But the belt worked. Thanks Techmoan.

    Anthony ChallisAnthony Challis2 dager siden
  • Engelbert Humperdinck? unsubscribed (kidding)

    pmfmanpmfman2 dager siden
  • Neil, Barry and Engelbert, what a Party!!

    Guy .SGuy .S2 dager siden
  • You should get in contact with the NOworld channel "My Mate Vince" he would love working on this stuff and I'm sure you would share viewers with him repairing them and you reviewing them.

    Delicate DaveDelicate Dave2 dager siden
  • We had one of these in the Student Union room at college in 1975. It didn't work. I took it apart to discover the string that pulled the sled had snapped. I never did manage to get it running again. I can feel your pain...

    Mark BlinkhornMark Blinkhorn2 dager siden
  • Fascinating, coming into fashion again! Just watching your video is almost like owning one!!

    Joss DionneJoss Dionne2 dager siden
    • Precious, I still enjoy my collections of mixed music tapes. I would play them on your systems.

      Joss DionneJoss Dionne2 dager siden
  • Once upon a time they had no respect for internal wiring

    Mario TerziMario Terzi2 dager siden
  • Seeing this, it's sad to see Philips is just a shell of this former cutting edge company.

    Niels WullemsNiels Wullems2 dager siden
  • I miss that kind of gimmicky inventiveness in consumer electronics. And the style too - can't go wrong with that much of a combination of silver and wood grain. Thanks for the video, and thanks for going to all the trouble of getting that mechanism working!

    FCV0511FCV05112 dager siden
  • This video gave me a flashback about the most stupid purchase i ever made. I bought Sony Walkman cassette player with lots and lots of features. Like it could play both sides without reopening player lid, and also it could skip entire track and so on. But what made this purchase really stupid is that i bought it in 2004. A cassette player in 2004, when mp3 players were already present at the market. Most stupid waste of money i suppose.

    Медалий ПилоновМедалий Пилонов2 dager siden
  • is there one for vhs tapes 🤔📼😑

    Donald SleightholmeDonald Sleightholme2 dager siden
  • That's awesome

    JunkardCODJunkardCOD2 dager siden
  • What a crazy mechanism!

    Peter LischkaPeter Lischka2 dager siden
  • Can you imagine the work instructions at the factory to make that thing in the first place, boggles the mind.

    spartan 246spartan 2462 dager siden
  • Filling in time with irrelevance is basically why I watch your channel. Fascinating and wonderful, but irrelevant.

    The SnydersThe Snyders2 dager siden
  • fantastic video! Nice show of old-time products. I like your elaborate explanation of the stuff you did

    marcel dohmenmarcel dohmen3 dager siden
  • Alternate Title: *How To Get Over A Million NOworld Subscribers*

    David Sky WalkerDavid Sky Walker3 dager siden
    • Subtext: *A Story of Time, Effort, and Passion*

      David Sky WalkerDavid Sky Walker3 dager siden
  • So the 80s and 90s version of a jukebox

    Michael RahamanMichael Rahaman3 dager siden
  • 28:32 to watch it work properly.

    Larry The lobsterLarry The lobster3 dager siden
  • "Hindsight is 2020, and it's 2021 now" oh now that made me chuckle :)

    SattersSatters3 dager siden
  • 10:56 Looking at that page in the manual the belts and pulleys have corresponding letters on them to tell you where they connect to. The belto on the left has and arrow and a P which corresponds to the pulley on the right which has an arrow and a P.

    Chris MillerChris Miller3 dager siden
  • Beautiful

    Jaysef GamesJaysef Games3 dager siden
  • I watch this video, fast-forwarded it, reversed, and now I have magnetic tape all over the living room! Does anyone have a pencil?! Never watch NOworld on VHS. This could take a while...

    AegelisAegelis3 dager siden
  • Crazy. I can't believe this made it to market.

    FPChrisFPChris3 dager siden
  • incredible work. loot of effort. thanks!

    Dario FajreDario Fajre3 dager siden
  • Can you imagine how mental it would be if VHS tapes had sides like audio tapes and there was an equivalent for them?

    bsharpmajorscalebsharpmajorscale3 dager siden
    • That would be cool for series

      Gordogames 121Gordogames 1216 minutter siden
  • It's actually a wonder that any engineer all those decades ago even created something so mechanically/electronically complex!

    ERdoc0ERdoc03 dager siden
  • there is no fun in life anymore... people are just downloading and streaming stuff... no excitement whatsoever

    fidan2fastfidan2fast4 dager siden
  • "Im not particular good reparing....." yeah right! 😃

    Magnus EhnMagnus Ehn4 dager siden
  • Hello, 10:50

    Ba NujBa Nuj4 dager siden
  • Everything was so simple before IC’s, and I can’t believe before the internet we used to copy basic and machine language from zap magazines to write programs on our C64s

    Colin StablesColin Stables4 dager siden
  • this dude is amazing

    AmplifyAmplify4 dager siden
  • Super Cool 😎

    Nick NorrisNick Norris4 dager siden
  • You say you found it difficult to get your head around how it worked, But what I always think about when working on an old electromechanical device like that is "I've got the easy job of just trying to see how it works....... There were some poor sods who originally got tasked with thinking out an entire mechanism to make some marketing guy's idea into a real thing". Some of the later electromechanical machines I've had apart have been truly spectacular with their Rube Goldberg level of complexity. With no real electronic controls to speak of, all the logic within the devices had to be done via mechanical means. Some of the convoluted ways engineers had to come up with to do, what now would be seen as a simple task, used to make me wonder how the device could ever have been reliable enough to be classed as a "Finished product" even when new? Today engineers can most of the time pretty much do the same job, cheaper and more reliably, with a couple of stepper motors and less processing power than you'd find in a cheap digital watch ! :)

    Reman1975Reman19754 dager siden
  • Just sampled the weird sound of the tape change. Nice rhythmic toc'di'cluck. No wonder that this thing was a non-seller.

    Olmor FrazzleOlmor Frazzle4 dager siden
  • Why so relatively pristine inside? Seriously would like to know...

    RinnerRinner4 dager siden
  • I enjoyed this greatly, thank you. Now we have music MP3 folders looped playlists or streaming, but that ski slope mechanism is sublime. Some bright soul needs to build a multimedia animation, with sound effects, of that structure changing when a new music folder/artist is played - I would buy it ;)

    BeamerBeamer4 dager siden
  • This was one of those rare cassette changers that are not available to the US. If there was a US version of this cassette changer, it was made by Ampex when it was part of the Micro series.

    MTN - A Rainbow Pastures CompanyMTN - A Rainbow Pastures Company4 dager siden
  • If it could play both sides of the tape before ejecting it, it would be really good for multi-tape audiobooks.

    gothicchocobogothicchocobo4 dager siden
  • Incredible vid repairing old old audio devices.Huge respect deserved.

    Brian MorecombeBrian Morecombe4 dager siden
  • Excellent video. Apple think iPods were a clever idea. More then one way to skin a cat, reminds me of the Russian method of controlling spacecraft using gears and clockwork in place of the US electronics technology that they didn't have.

    Harry CrabbHarry Crabb4 dager siden
  • millenials: The adults used simple and boring items me: hold this in your hand, as****

    fechbrdfechbrd5 dager siden
  • My first job in 1982 (till '85) was in a electronics repair shop. Worked on a lot of tape players while there, but never saw one of those! Working out how belts go was a challenge at times. Thanks for making the video on it!

    Bill SkorosBill Skoros5 dager siden
  • Holy crap, my dad has two of these and they still work. I remember he would set it up at christmas and play tapes. I loved the slide for the tapes.

    lonely zombielonely zombie5 dager siden
  • Heath Robinson: Hi, I'm famous for creating excessively elaborate and complicated devices. Philips Cassette Player division: Hold my toolkit.

    Simon FernandesSimon Fernandes5 dager siden
  • I generally like these videos but this guy talks more than a bad women. My head just explodes from it.

    line waysline ways5 dager siden
  • You could play two sides without listening to another 30 minutes of music by using 2 dummy tapes with zero lenght in autoplay mode

    Rob de VentRob de Vent5 dager siden
  • Abslotly speechless... I was born in 1971 ... great.... not a streamer yet!

    Frank EFrank E5 dager siden
  • That's fucking cool. I think you want a bunch of dummy extra-short tapes that just push the auto-reverse mechanism around, for when you only have 1 or 2 tapes of music.

    David KnollDavid Knoll5 dager siden
  • ..Ahem...did anyone else think the tape would be pinged out at high velocity and flip round the ski slope and plop back in on side two....? or was that just me...

    Chaz NewmanChaz Newman5 dager siden
  • That's a pretty complicated mechanism just to play back a big ol' Spotify Playlist

    faselblaDer3tefaselblaDer3te5 dager siden
    • ts spotify, a dude with a small collection of 300 records had something to offer, spotify, that is why music became so cheap no effort has to be made, no experience is need overall it's just lame. When Matt and me was young each collector of records had something to offer for your ears, still we own specialties, but spotify and similar only offers what sells adverts, it kills good choice. But still we have vinyls which was never digitized.

      Gernot SchraderGernot Schrader3 dager siden
  • Love the cassete going "Wheee"!

    Rodrigo OliveiraRodrigo Oliveira5 dager siden
  • Rube Goldberg is beaming with pride. A commercial failure gets some recognition.

    Curtis LoweCurtis Lowe5 dager siden
  • Did you make these tapes so we could visually see side A/B?

    waziammmwaziammm5 dager siden
  • I have won more arguments with friends thanks to this man and channel...always love the content!! Long live the old school!

    Jess VolinaJess Volina5 dager siden
  • Sir you did GOOD. Bravo! Keep going! YAY

    jody walesjody wales5 dager siden
  • Yeah, I don't really care. Too long winded.

    SpeedSpeed5 dager siden
  • you're hired

    walldoo99walldoo995 dager siden
  • You'd have to be a real glutton for punishment to want to take that on. I used to work in a shop that had a different style for sale and it never worked right. It's not that hard to flip a tape. LOL

    walldoo99walldoo995 dager siden
  • Have you ever thought about recording audio ( particularly long radio shows onto DVD. In ep mode you can get up to 6 hours. Plus a timer function is there. if you use dvd ram you can also edit. One of the best machines to use is Panasonics first dvd recorded the DMR E20. The reason this one is better is because it does have a VU meter on the display. They can be found on eBay from £5 to £50. Also please check out my TV repair channel here. Keep it up.

    Allen FleckneyAllen Fleckney6 dager siden
  • still better than some cd changer thats in the boot of some 90s bmw or mercedes

    Area51UFOGynaecologyArea51UFOGynaecology6 dager siden
  • The inside is a mechanical nightmare XD

    Extreme Analog MusicExtreme Analog Music6 dager siden
  • fascinating. thanks for sharing!

    planet rockplanet rock6 dager siden
  • Where do you find you archive adverts/magazine/catalogues? I'm always so impressed when the seemingly most obscure or 'useless' documents can be unearthed!

    LiamtotherescueLiamtotherescue6 dager siden
  • I like the little lift the bin cover does when it's "eaten" a tape with the six-stack. Burp!

    Paul HayesPaul Hayes6 dager siden
  • Ah yes Playlist

    Похождения К0тярыПохождения К0тяры6 dager siden
  • I have been in the audio business my whole life, and never encountered this model . Great video.

    LogicalScienceLogicalScience6 dager siden
  • Alexa, add Philips Ski Slope Cassette Deck to shopping cart

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  • Many of this machines die because of User Rage

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  • 28:06 Your welcome for those who don't want to click "more"

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  • Look at my Techmoan merchandise I just bought:

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  • Very interesting 🍻

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  • If you don't have one, you are in desperate need of a tool called a "spring hook" considering all the fiddling you do with old electronics consisting of belts and springs. Until I worked on copiers for a living, I had no idea such a tool existed, but once I become aware of its existence, it became an irreplaceable tool for dealing with both belts and springs. I am adding a link to show you what I am referring to, and the type I have is nearly exactly the same as this save for the lack of the black grip material on the handle as mine is simply knurled steel. It's called a "push and pull spring hook" if you want to look them up, and they generally cost little more than a few US dollars; mine was a bit pricier since I bought it in a brick and mortar store for about $9 USD back in 2010, but I'm sure you can find them for cheap online - the site in the link is selling them for $3.60 USD at time of posting, but I didn't look at their shipping costs. Definitely look into getting one if you don't already, as they will make doing work like this IMMENSELY easier. As a side note, you can also get a spring-loaded "grabber" variant that will hold onto the the spring or belt with the hook under tension for springs and belts that are difficult to place, and I'd be happy to share a photo or link for one of those as well if you are interested. Here is the link showing you what the tool looks like that will make placing belts and springs far easier than using needle-nosed pliers or a screwdriver:

    Justin KashtockJustin Kashtock6 dager siden
    • For reference, the spring loaded spring hooks are proving difficult to find an image of, but "IC Grabbers" are essentially the same thing and look like this: It is, for all intents and purposes, a little hook under spring tension that you have to press on the non-hooked end to release the "grabbing" tension of the hooked end, and they are good for moving springs and belts into exact locations that using a spring hook alone cannot accomplish.

      Justin KashtockJustin Kashtock6 dager siden
  • Great video! Thanks for posting it!🎧

    bareknuckles2ubareknuckles2u6 dager siden