i saw your answer to a question about this deck a few months ago and
thought you might be able to help me out. ive just dusted it off to put
in a friends new home studio so we can mess around with it and found
that the left channel isnt recording well. low volumes record nothing and turning it up its very distorted. help!
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Re: akai gx 4000d
Most probably the record play switching causing the problem. It is the long switch that is connected to the transport, and switches when you engage record. Flooding this switch with CRC 2-26 usually cures the symptoms you have. Just be careful not to get ahy near the transport:) Check it out and get back to me here is it does not sort out the problem. Cheers.
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The Akai brand across many models were known to have defective transistors more than any other brand. Some of the 2SC458 transistors were placed in the Bias Oscillator circuit and will not turrn that part on to erase or record. In addition I have had line section failures and record section failures of transistors and capacitors. There are so many variables of possible parts that the best answer is to bring it to a Technician. The problem that complicates it further is that most good Techs don't want to work on them as they were built so poorly. An Akai trained Technician told me they were built to be thrown away instead of fixed. Plus you will never find heads for them. They do wear out- 90% of the units I saw were worn out.
Ii have worked on tape deck for 40 years so far.
If you look around you will likely find many many Akai 4000 series reel decks for sale..some for parts.. Akai 4000 series decks used basically the same mechanism and same parts... 4000d, DS, DS II, DB, Incidentally, the Akai 1700, 1710, 1722, 1731 used the same basic mechanisms as the 4000. .
I have a counterpoint to the above statement. BarryMusic is correct that the AVERAGE cassette deck is worth about $20 bucks. You know, those piano keyed wow and flutter hiss monsters made from plastic Tupperware bins. However, the AKAI GX-F91 was at the pinnacle of cassette deck technology, just predating the release of CD. While never quite reaching the cult status of the Nakamichi Dragon or a few Studer Revox units, a drab one will easily fetch $200-$400 dollars as a PARTS MACHINE. A fully restored GX-F91 in the right market (Japan, Europe, the Middle East) can go NORTH of $1000. An all time high I saw was $1717 for a cherry machine. http://www.audio-extasa.eu/akai-gxf91-cassette-deck-p-648.html
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