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  1. Marty

    Marty Guest


    I am seeking a drive belt for an old Bell & Howell "Music Model" cassette
    recorder that is part of an old Baldwin organ. Inside the battery door there
    is a tag that says "Model 130" but the tag also says "DH Baldwin Company" so
    that may be a Baldwin model number rather than Bell & Howell.

    The old belt is approximately 25cm in length, although I suspect it may be
    stretched out and thus, causing slippage. The belt has a square
    cross-section, approx. 1mm or so in thickness.

    Any ideas or potential parts sources would be appreciated.


  2. Tim

    Tim Guest

    A trick with square belts is to roll them inside out. It is a temp fix,
    but it will keep it going until you find a replacement. I used to do
    that with VTR equipment, as the belts would age quite quickly on the
    3/4" tape machines.

    - Tim -
  3. I have had luck at hydraulics suppliers - a suitable O ring can often work.
  4. gonzo

    gonzo Guest

    Scroll down to the square section belts, a few there might be very close.
  5. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Although 1mm square section cassette belts are a little less common now than
    they were a couple of years ago, I still have no trouble obtaining them here
    in the UK, and I keep a full range of sizes from 15mm to over 100mm. Please
    note though that this is a diameter, not a length, and is the standard way
    that cassette belts are specified, so the diameter of your 25cm long belt
    will be that divided by pi or around 80mm

  6. Marty

    Marty Guest

    Thanks for the replies.
  7. Splork

    Splork Guest

    I have a few sources for belts. These may be the most
    appropriate. Under belts-square

    I have been fortunate finding these sources and proving them
  8. Lee

    Lee Guest

  9. Ken Layton

    Ken Layton Guest

    Russell Industries bought out the old PRB (Projector-Recorder Belt
    Corp) line in 1999. Visit and click on "PRB LINE"
    and "EVG" for belts.
  10. Guest

    The number is for your organ: a Model 130 "Encore" from the 1970s.

    Baldwin considered the cassette units non-repairable.
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