Current availability of replacement Microdrive faam/felt?

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stephen_usher
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Current availability of replacement Microdrive faam/felt?

Postby stephen_usher » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:55 pm

Does anyone have a pointer to a source for a suitable replacement foam/felt for Microdrive cartridges?

Some time ago I obtained some 8 track self-adhesive felt but it wasn't dense enough so that when it was cut into the required 4mm x 2mm x 4mm block it just fell apart.


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Re: Current availability of replacement Microdrive faam/felt?

Postby olifink » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:27 pm

stephen_usher wrote:Does anyone have a pointer to a source for a suitable replacement foam/felt for Microdrive cartridges?


I'm using these https://www.ebay.com/itm/8-Track-Tape-Replacement-Felt-Pads/252762966703 - I've refelted over 60 cartridges now and so far they are holding up nicely. My only issue is the shipping cost… :shock:


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Re: Current availability of replacement Microdrive faam/felt?

Postby stephen_usher » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:14 pm

olifink wrote:
stephen_usher wrote:Does anyone have a pointer to a source for a suitable replacement foam/felt for Microdrive cartridges?


I'm using these https://www.ebay.com/itm/8-Track-Tape-Replacement-Felt-Pads/252762966703 - I've refelted over 60 cartridges now and so far they are holding up nicely. My only issue is the shipping cost… :shock:


I think that's the stuff I go, but it disintegrates when cut small enough.


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Re: Current availability of replacement Microdrive faam/felt?

Postby olifink » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:28 pm

hmm. mine are holding up fine. I'm using a super sharp hobby cutter and board and do slightly larger pieces 3x4mm. they work fine here and are only slightly fuzzy around the edges


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Re: Current availability of replacement Microdrive faam/felt?

Postby Dave » Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:43 pm

I used to have large supplies of the correct felt, supplied by 3M/Oracal. Unfortunately, I only have very little left now, just enough for personal use. They no longer have any stock of it and doesn't plan to make any more.

8 track felts are suitable, but they are difficult to work with. They should be cut with a new scalpel blade, and when cut they should be warm and humid. If they are too cold or too dry, they will be very flaky/powdery when cut.



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