What kind of connector is this?

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  1. Blatboy

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    This is a connector for an AC cable on an old OKI 111 reel to reel tape player from the mid 60's. The player is in absolutely beautiful shape, but the power cord is missing. While I can easily jimmy something and get it working, I'd like to be able to make my own nice looking cable with the proper connector. I wouldn't know the first thing as far as what the connector type was called so I can search for it.

    Anyone have a clue what this connector was called and/or if I could find one somewhere? Though I've never seen it before, I wouldn't be surprised if it was a common connector...

    THANKS!

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  2. LDC3

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    If you cannot find the cable, it might be possible to replace the connector (that will fit in the hole) with one that has a cable.
     
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  3. cmartinez

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    I usually find connectors in Digikey's website by doing a parametric search, and looking at the long list of pictures that are shown.
     
  4. wayneh

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    From my years of tearing stuff apart, I'd guess that connector is/was proprietary. The 3-wire computer cord is about the only power cord I've seen that is swappable from one device to another. You could find a CPU on its way to recycling and pull that jack out of it, to replace those prongs.
     
  5. MaxHeadRoom

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    Looks to be a standard European style.
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  8. Blatboy

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    It's not a standard figure 8. It's square. I can sort of force a figure 8 on it, but the pins are too big for the holes on a standard figure 8. Yeah, it's probably proprietary I guess. (Note the picture is of the jack on the tape machine itself.) I was hoping it was some sort of common connector from the 60's. I'll measure the diameter of the pins with my caliper and search Digikey and Mouser.
     
  9. Reloadron

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    Try a Google of iec-320 c8 power cord. That is what it looks like and as mentioned, this would go better if the pin spacing was known and the pin diameters.

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  10. djsfantasi

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    Note that although it looks like an EU connector, it is clearly labelled 117V
     
  11. Reloadron

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    Also labeled 60 Hz. If the pin spacing, center to center is .339 inch (8.6 mm) then the connector on the appliance is likely a IEC 320 C8 and the matching / mating connector could be a IEC 320 C7. I have an older Sony CD player sitting here that uses what looks to be the same connector.

    That is my best guess anyway with all things considered. :)

    Ron
     
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  13. AnalogKid

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    The IEC connectors usually have one or both sides rounded. What he has is the AC input connector that was standard on TVs, table radios, and portable stereos in the 50's-70's. I worked on a ton of them in the 60's. The mating cord usually was held in place on the back cover with a spring clip. We used a stand-alone cable called a "cheater cord" to power a device with the rear cover removed for service. There were two types, polarized (with one pin fatter than the other) and non-polarized which is what you need. Try MCM Electronics and other TV service parts vendors.

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  14. Blatboy

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  16. Reloadron

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    For seven bucks buy it and make it work. :)

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  17. #12

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    It is, but that was 50 years ago!
     
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  18. AnalogKid

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    I had no idea that name still is used.

    $20 is ridiculous, and that one might be polarized.
     
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