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Dictaphone 3750 transcriber

My transcriber only shoes "no tape" and just beeps when I hit play, rewind, or fast forward. Is this a possible self-fix, or should I send it in?

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If it does this with all tapes, there is a small "no-cassette" switch at the back of the cassette compartment. The switch may be broken, dirty or out of adjustment. When you open the cassette door you should be able to see the switch tab. Push it in just a bit to see if the No Tape indicator goes out.

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