I found my mini disk recorder yesterday and thought, awesome! Until I tried to actually record something.. So today I start to google and voila I end up here, I strip my device and discover the exact same fault as described with the snapped ribbon and proceeded to fix with the enamel coated strands of wire.. Omg, I can barely see the connections as I am soldering them, the wire is _that_ thin. Anyway, after going blind from trying to see what I am doing I have a fully functioning mini disk recorder now, .. 5 years after the original post too, this thread is just pure gold. Thanks a lot guys, for the suggestion and service manuals, etc.