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Good information for those with the original 410 made in Japan by Sanyo. These have the aluminum carry handle (see photo). Unlike the more common Hong Kong 410 that has three belts, this version (with carry handle) only has two belts. One main drive belt for PLAY/FF/RWD and a counter belt. So there is bad news and good news. The bad news is that the 410 belt kit is for the Hong Kong 410s. The good news is that the play belt in Magic Knight's 410 kit (3 belts) is an adequate substitute and will work on this Japanese 410. None of the three belts in the kit will work as a replacement for the counter belt in this original 410 (Japan) if that one is broke or stretched out.


Before I ordered these, I pretty much assumed they'd be different as what are the odds that a Japanese Sanyo player would use the exact same belt as one from Hong Kong. Luckily one of them is close enough to serve as the PLAY/FF/RW belt. So, I just said that I'd "take one for the team" and give it a try. Unfortunately for me, once I fixed the belt, I discovered that one of the rubber friction wheels no longer makes sufficient contact on the other wheel for FF to work. There has been some information in other 410 belt threads that claims that the two 410s share the same belts and that is just not the case.

I wanted to thank Magic Knight for having these kits available as I ordered this with eyes wide open knowing there was a chance it wouldn't work.

If there is anyone CONUS that needs a 410 belt kit, PM me and I'll send it to you.


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If you are not in a hurry, the cheapest option is Aliexpress. My new belts for my collection of 1010, XC12 and 410 recorders came from these kinds of sets of belts: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Shanghaimagicbox-Set-of-40-Small-Fine-Pulley-Belt-Engine-Drive-Belts-for-DIY-Toys-Module-Car/32617853983.html


Ofcourse you cannot use all of them, but for just 2 dollars including shipping you cannot get new belts any cheaper.



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