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Please can someone advise :
I have just blown my tape - after I lost my code I tried to reconnect and got wiring wrong.

I now need a new cassette player - I don't want a modern CD player. Can someone suggest a classic or original W124 deck - aerial goes up once switched on.

I had a blaupunkt one. Can someone suggest the right one to fit in a 1990 300CE
And even helpful to post pics where the wiring goes (LOL - I got mine wrong and blew my deck) Got no music now !! ;( :crybaby2:
 

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Please can someone advise :
I have just blown my tape - after I lost my code I tried to reconnect and got wiring wrong.

I now need a new cassette player - I don't want a modern CD player. Can someone suggest a classic or original W124 deck - aerial goes up once switched on.

I had a blaupunkt one. Can someone suggest the right one to fit in a 1990 300CE
And even helpful to post pics where the wiring goes (LOL - I got mine wrong and blew my deck) Got no music now !! ;( :crybaby2:
Contact Becker Auto Sound LLC in Saddlebrook, NJ. They have ALL OEM units for sale or can repair or exchange your own one. Great folks to deal with.

Good luck!

Wes
 

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+1 on Becker Auto Sound. Both a source and a resource.
 

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I've got a original deck but it's the later type MB cassette radio that uses the ISO connectors vs. the propietary Becker type wiring. I also have a Alpine CD head unit.

I'd just go aftermarket, I went Blaupunkt on my both of my W124s because everything was plug & play and have never looked back.

I don't think anyone makes cassette decks anymore, except maybe Fisher-Price.
 

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Please can someone advise :
I have just blown my tape - after I lost my code I tried to reconnect and got wiring wrong.

I now need a new cassette player - I don't want a modern CD player. Can someone suggest a classic or original W124 deck - aerial goes up once switched on.

I had a blaupunkt one. Can someone suggest the right one to fit in a 1990 300CE
And even helpful to post pics where the wiring goes (LOL - I got mine wrong and blew my deck) Got no music now !! ;( :crybaby2:
If you didn't understand the wiring and color coding of your Becker/Alpine unit, then how is buying another brand going to help you?? You're still going to need a wiring diagram explanation/tutorial at some point. As was said, send the Becker back to be fixed and find the correct way to wire it!

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Can someone suggest the right one to fit in a 1990 300CE
The "correct" OEM "stereo" unit for the CE series is the Becker 1432 -- and usually comes outfitted to drive I believe 8 or 10 speaker drivers utilizing two two discrete amplifiers and a two piece head unit / control center. IT comes standard as an AM/FM tuner & cassette player (with BOTH Dolby B & C NR -- which was only sourced on very high end players back then). In addition, one could opt for a trunk mounted CD changer that was operated via the same Becker 1432 head unit. When working right, one would be hard pressed to improve upon the sound of this "component" system. Cassettes recorded on a competent deck rival the sound quality of CDs by a large margin and the system has excellent extension at the frequency extremes.

Once again, I can't begin to recommend Becker Auto Sound enough. They have all the parts and knowledge to keep ANY Mercedes or Porsche based Becker system running true to spec. For those wishing to plug their iPods into the system, Becker Auto Sound has a proprietary modification that they can upgrade your existing unit with, or will exchange yours for one of theirs (except that their unit will be 100% on par with a new device -- including having all potentially leaky caps etc replaced where required...)

BTW, I have no affiliation with these folks other than that I am a very happy and satisfied customer.

Good luck!

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Both vendors mentioned here are among the best available for MB fans. Potomac German Auto is deep and well versed in German salvage and NOS parts. Becker Auto Sound knows MB and Porsche radio fitments better than anybody.

In my 94 Coupe, I wanted an "invisible" upgrade. Ended up swapping out all the dried up and buzzy factory speakers with plug and play Rainbow units from Germany. Amazing sound without cutting a single wire. The Rainbow front and backs are identical high-tech two-ways except for the surround mounts. Magnets are about two times as heavy as OE's but still fit. The sound is more seamless side to side and front to back than OE.

Then Ed at Becker Auto Sound hooked me up with a plug and play Harmon-Kardon Nav Pro CD player head unit with an NOS Becker branded MB 4620 faceplate, correct right down to the MB logo. Was only available as an MB product for a few years in the late 1990's. Was also branded as the Porsche CD220.

Ed also had the parts needed to add MP3 input through the Nav Pro's CD changer plug-in. Using the Auto Sound patch, I ran a high quality twin RCA to IPod jack connector behind the console and under the wooden shifter tray into the console storage binnacle with the sliding wood cover. Just roll back back the cover, plug in the old iPhone and rock on.

Total stealth with modestly upgraded sound, plus CD and MP3 capabilities :) Kinda fun when MB savvy friends ride or drive the coupe. Most don't even blink or look twice, but a couple have gotten this slow amused smile as they process the idea that this is a better entertainment system than the factory provided back in 1994 without any obvious visual clue that it's upgraded.
 

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The "correct" OEM "stereo" unit for the CE series is the Becker 1432 -- and usually comes outfitted to drive I believe 8 or 10 speaker drivers utilizing two two discrete amplifiers and a two piece head unit / control center. IT comes standard as an AM/FM tuner & cassette player (with BOTH Dolby B & C NR -- which was only sourced on very high end players back then). In addition, one could opt for a trunk mounted CD changer that was operated via the same Becker 1432 head unit. When working right, one would be hard pressed to improve upon the sound of this "component" system. Cassettes recorded on a competent deck rival the sound quality of CDs by a large margin and the system has excellent extension at the frequency extremes.

Once again, I can't begin to recommend Becker Auto Sound enough. They have all the parts and knowledge to keep ANY Mercedes or Porsche based Becker system running true to spec. For those wishing to plug their iPods into the system, Becker Auto Sound has a proprietary modification that they can upgrade your existing unit with, or will exchange yours for one of theirs (except that their unit will be 100% on par with a new device -- including having all potentially leaky caps etc replaced where required...)

BTW, I have no affiliation with these folks other than that I am a very happy and satisfied customer.

Good luck!

Wes
As I mentioned, I had a Becker 1432 from the factory. I'm the original owner, so I know it was just a head unit and cabled back to a tuner/amp combo from Bose. There were also some Alpine head units units sold, but labeled Becker-essentially the same thing.

When I lost the car in the divorce, the ex wanted a CD changer. She went down to some local buffoons and they told her that she'd have to have a different dash unit for a remote CD changer. What they did was to steal the Bose amp/tuner and put a dash unit in-Clarion. They of course lied through the whole process because there was even a cable from the Becker that went to the back specifically for a CD changer. I think the changers were Alpine. So when I got the car back, I discovered all of this Tom foolery. I looked for a replacement tuner/amp, but couldn't find one at the time. I wound up jerking all the speakers (two on the dash, two in the front doors and two in the rear doors) and putting in a whole new system with Neon Boy Racer console unit and crossovers for the dash neodymium tweeters.

The factory speakers in all fairness, were paper cones and have a half-life. The new speakers and tweeters I used are better quality, but I really don't think the sound is any better from what I remember it. I still have the Becker head unit and yes, it has Dolby C which is pretty fantastic....but my cassettes don't leave the house anymore and I don't even want to see a cassette carrying case again.;-) Still....part of me would like to restore the original system, but with newer speakers.....hence the conundrum. As you say, with a mod to play mp3's, it wouldn't be a bad arrangement. But....I was also told that there was some weirdness with the ohm rating of the original speakers and they differ significantly from most speakers today....that with the factory Bose tuner/amp, the sound would not be good with newer style speakers. However, I had conflicting opinions there, so I wouldn't proceed unless I knew the real story.

So....the moral to this story is; unless you want the exaggerated thundering bass of subwoofers, stay the course with the original system or possibly replace the speakers with newer, but same ohm rating. Send the Becker to be fixed and modded to play mp3's by Becker Of North America.

Kevin
 
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