A Great Relic of The Past
By now, you've likely read rave reviews about the Allsop Cassette Tape Deck Head Cleaner. I've used many cleaners in cassette form and this one is the best, if not one of the best.
While hardcore cassette audiophiles may prefer to use cotton swabs dipped in 91% (or higher) percent isopropyl alcohol to manually clean the tape path (heads, guides, capstans and pinch rollers) this isn't always practical in tight spaces, such as car cassette players or front tray-loading style cassette decks. This is where the Allsop cleaner is indispensable because its internal gear enables the head-cleaning felt pad to mimic the gentle horizontal motion of manual cleaning. The felt pads for the capstans and pinch rollers use the same alcohol-based solution. This means that if you run out of cleaning fluid, you can substitute it with widely available 91% isoproply alcohol. Some users may worry about using this alcohol on the pads to clean their decks' pinch rollers. But in my considerable experience of using more decks than I can remember, none of my decks' pinch rollers have ever been harmed.
The great thing about the pads is that you can replace them with NOS refill cartridges, that are fairly easy to find on-line.
For cleaning the tape path of units with unreachable transports Allsop Cassette Tape Deck Head Cleaner is my first choice.
Reviewed by: Len from California.