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    Pro musician/instrument-maker/teacher/composer-arranger/jazz pianist/singer

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    Onkyo MD105FX

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  1. That makes sense. I had a few portable MDs for years before I got the Onkyo, and labelling using the portables seemed impossibly fiddly, even without the 'advice' I got that it would wear the machine out. On the Onkyo it's a breeze by comparison, though a keyboard would obviously be far better.
  2. No, fortunately - I don't like messing with live electronics. I was prepared to accept that I might have to if I couldn't get it out any other way, but I was able to get access to a a little bit more of the disc to coax it out. Why do I use paper labels? i think that's because a) for years I used cassettes a great deal, which invariably came with labels attached - the habit continued b) for years I never added titles/track names etc electronically to a disc after someone told me that labelling in this way shortened the life of the machine (Is this true?) - so I needed some kind of label. c) I like making artwork!
  3. Success! I had to strip down the Onkyo a fair way to get near the door/eject mechanism but then managed to prise the disc out. And everything works properly again! Phew.... And you were right sfbp, it WAS the paper label. Turns out I'd stuck a second label on top of an old one...*slaps wrist* On trying to eject, the bottom end of the label was slightly caught on the lip of the door and subsequent ejection attempts by the machine made more paper ramp up until nothing moved and it went to 'Mecha error'. I have learned my lesson and luckily I don't have a very expensive piece of junk. Beware of paper labels!
  4. It is helpful, Richard, because it led me to put Onkyo MD-105FX into YouTube and there's a couple of videos of them being taken apart. None in English alas. I'm well out of my comfort zone doing such things, but I'm girding up my loins to disassemble it later, in the hope of at least getting the disc out
  5. Hi sfbp, the MD will have had a label on the biggest surface (the indented part specially for labels). I've not ever experienced a problem with one before (though don't get me started on paper labels for CDs...grrr) So... how does one reset the drive? and will that make any difference? at the moment when I power on it's straight into the 'Mecha error' display and no buttons are responding. A thought - the MD 105FX was one of only two Hi-MD standalones made by Onkyo, the other being the MD 133. I think the user manuals are interchangeable, so maybe the service manuals are also basically identical? Anyone know of one for the MD133?
  6. Thanks Kevin. I already tried the outside assistance, no use. It is fully IN rather than halfway out, but the flap-door is open so I can (theoretically) get at it. When I power it on now and press eject, nothing happens except the 'Mecha error' message, so it isn't any longer trying to eject it. I'm wondering if there's a way I can get it out with the lid off, but with the power off (I'm really not happy messing with live electrics!) Meanwhile that manual isn't the correct one, mine is the MD-105FX, i.e. the Hi-MD model which is somewhat different though I appreciate the loading mech. may well be the same. Doesn't seem to be a manual for it on that site.Thanks anyway.
  7. Does anyone have advice on how to remove a disc which won't eject from this standalone? I just played a disc which worked perfectly but when it came to Eject, the machine kept trying to eject the disc but failed. The little door-flap is open and I can see the edge of the disc, but it won't eject. I attempted to help it out by a couple of gentle nudges with a thin screwdriver, no go. I've tried unpowering it and Ejecting again, and now the MD machine reads' mecha error' (no doubt 'mechanical error'). I'm no electronic expert, but I wonder if I can remove the disc by taking the machine apart? or is this unwise? Any help gratefully received.
  8. Welcome AlisonB, and thank you. Good to see a woman hereabouts, this forum is heavily male! Seems a shame to transfer MD files to mp3, such low quality - but I suppose audio interviews can get by in relative lo-fi. I've been using the self-same method (only transferring to .aiff) to move MD recordings onto the Mac, ever since Sony's Hi-MD transfer app became redundant many years and several Mac OS's ago. Audacity is amazing for a free app. If you're still making any MD recordings from the computer (ie recording from Mac onto MD), you need to investigate Stefano's free Web MD application, which has made life much easier for us Mac users. See this thread :
  9. zzzuppp

    I am back

    I was wondering where you'd got to, Phillippe - you've missed all the excitement over the Web MD Application, for one thing. And Pavlov's Dog! I was really into them in 1975 as a teenager. Have forgotten all about them since! I remember music critics in the 70s trying to describe David Surkamp's voice - 'like a vole on a hotplate' is one choice phrase I remember.
  10. No you're not alone! I too would welcome mono - I still collect 78s, among other things. Unlike making a Hi-MD version, I would have thought a Mono upload version shouldn't involve too much work?
  11. The next obvious question I'd like to ask Stefano is this one: any chance you can make a version that works for Hi-MD? That would be amazing.
  12. Had a bit of a breakthrough - I remembered that I DID have an old dying portable, an MZ-R501, which I haven't used for so long I'd forgotten about it. That machine developed problems with editing, it would take forever to write the TOC, sometimes for so long I had to abort it by taking out the battery, so it's been sitting at the back of a drawer for years since I got the Onkyo and MZ-RH1s. I put my three 'read error' discs in it and they showed up normally, so I deleted the contents and then aborted the Edit process. Two of the discs have somehow gone back to normal and no longer make the MZ-RH1 display 'Read Error'. Mysterious...the third one is still saying Read Error, but now in EVERY one of my machines (it was working in the Onkyo before and I could record on it). Bizarre. What mostly concerns me is whether my Onkyo is now off-limits as an editing/recording machine if it's not writing the TOC properly so that other machines can't read or play the MDs I make/edit with it.
  13. After all the things I read about Sonic Stage, I'm glad I'm a Mac user and have never gone near it.
  14. Anyone got a busted portable? (hollow laugh) Are there any other emojis left on this site? seems to be the only one I can get. Well, it'll certainly do in this instance.
  15. That's a bummer if it is the 105FX playing up. One of the best things about it is the ease of editing - and if it's not writing the TOC properly, I won't be able to edit on it and have to go back to the MZ-RH1s where the controls require elfin fingers. I have to say that the 105FX, potentially such a fantastic MD/HiMD standalone, has a number of annoying traits, the worst of which is that you're never sure if it IS going to work at all. It can take forever to read a disc when you first insert one, and certain functions randomly stop working, then restart hours or days later.
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