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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:18 pm 
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So today I was thinking I was wicked smart and I went out and bought a cassette adapter so I could use my phone to play music through car speakers. I pop it in wicked excited and it didn't work just kept popping the tape back out. Now could my tape player not be working correctly or would I need a special one or do they just not work in the 00+?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:40 pm 
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It should work, sounds like your tape deck isn't working correctly. Have you tried a real tape in it? (if you can find one)

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I did the same thing and my adapter kept on getting spit out as well. So I took the adapter apart and removed some of the connecting gears allowing it to turn freely so that the tape player did not think that it had a jammed tape. I think I had to play around with which ones I kept and which ones I got rid of, because after I removed everything inside, the player said that the tape was broken because there was no resistance at all. Works great now, no CD's flying around in my car and 1000's of songs to listen to through those great sounding Bose speakers.
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 Post subject: Re: cassette adapter?
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Ive been searching around my house for old tapes but I think I donated them or some thing but Im sure Ill find one and test it out.

So WDEAN what would i have to actually take of of the adapter to get it to work?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:30 am 
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I can't remember exactly, I bought 2 at the same time, one for the SSEI and one for my wife's venture, I'll have to open them both up, take some photos and post them with the differences...will try to do it by the weekend.

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That would be great if you could do that.

Thanks again
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 Post subject: Re: cassette adapter?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:34 am 
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Yeah, Delco cassette decks are quite persnickety about cassette adapters. Back in the mid-'90s, I bought a Magnavox portable CD player that came with a bunch of accessories, including a cassette adapter. The cassette player in the '91 Cutlass Supreme I had at the time used to spit it out every time. I finally bought another adapter--a Sony, I think--and it worked fine. I worked for a lady a few years ago who drove a Buick Regal of about the same vintage as my Cutlass, and she actually wedged her cassette adapter in place with a small screwdriver.

I have a couple that I used with my iPod, but the sound quality was just painfully bad, so I ended up going with a wired FM modulator that I got on eBay for $10. The difference is night and day.

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So when I first opened both adapters up, they looked the same...Then it came back to me. With the unaltered adapter the tape player would say "Tight Tape" and spit out the adapter. When I turned the adapter wheels they would turn freely in one direction, but not at all in the other. So I pulled it to pieces and took out some of the connecting gears, put it back together and tried it again, this time it said "Broken Tape", and spit it out. So the tape has to have some resistance for it to work. So i pulled it to pieces again and found a small plastic tab under the rubber wheel that locks the wheel and stops it from turning. I shaved this tab off, put it back together with all the gears in place and it works great, with no loss of sound quality.

I took some photos, but for some reason I can't add them to this post, or my gallery - if anyone wants to start a new thread of how to do that i'd appreciate it.

hope this helps

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 Post subject: Re: cassette adapter?
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Just to pipe in (but late albeit) I used a tape adaptor in my Buick Regal and it worked great. The second one at least. The first one was from 5 below and wasn't worth the $5 I paid for it. Sound quality was HORRID. The second was from Target, it was a Belkin brand and the quality was superb. Factory MONSOON audio unit and the quality I got from that was actually better (so far) than what I've experienced from my Scoche FM modulator which cost a lot more than that was a serious hassle to install*. Scosche thinks it's my antennae cables (which I doubt but) they sent me replacements so I'll try that next time I'm fooling around behind the dashboard. Just so people know that not all Delco audio units have that issue of bouncing the adaptor and not all cassette adaptors sound bad. (and that there are some things to be aware of for noobs considering an FM modulator). Although when all was said and done it's a good way to iPod your Bonne.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:32 pm 
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I have a Phillips adapter that I paid $5 for at a surplus store, works amazingly great.

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I bought the Monster iplay from Crutchfield and have never had an issue with it. The sound quality is what can be expected from a cassette player that is 12yrs old.

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I borrowed a monster one and it worked but the sound quality was horrible. I think Im gonna try the FM transmitter and then at some point wire up a AUX cable.

Thanks for all the help and input :bwoohoo:

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:29 am 
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Transmitters have the worst reputation. I tried one once and it wasn't even worth going to the store for. My FM modulator isn't too bad though installation had some "learning experiences".

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Ditto what jonnevilleSSEi said. I got my wired FM modulator on eBay for about the same cost as one of those little transmitters and the sound quality is much, much better. Installation was pretty easy except for mounting a switch on the dash to turn it on and off.

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Transmitters have the worst reputation. I tried one once and it wasn't even worth going to the store for. My FM modulator isn't too bad though.

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I did the same thing and my adapter kept on getting spit out as well. So I took the adapter apart and removed some of the connecting gears allowing it to turn freely so that the tape player did not think that it had a jammed tape. I think I had to play around with which ones I kept and which ones I got rid of, because after I removed everything inside, the player said that the tape was broken because there was no resistance at all. Works great now, no CD's flying around in my car and 1000's of songs to listen to through those great sounding Bose speakers.
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I would like to know the gears you removed because when I put my tape in, it reads "tight tape"

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