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Giving old tech a second chance

A bit of re-soldering and cleanup and this old Swedish-branded, Taiwanese-produced Esselte AV-system tape recorder/player will have a second life as a portable speaker system. Unfortunately, someone had tried to fix this box before me, had reassembled the cassette mechanism incorrectly and few springs are missing so I could not make the tape part work.

ESSELTE AV-system cassette tape recorder/player
ESSELTE AV-system cassette tape recorder/player. Model: JCC-420C

After a friend gave this box away as a useless piece of garbage, I decided to research it. After some frustrating and fruitless scanning of Google results, I found someone in Sweden selling a similar system for 900 Swedish krona (about 96 €).