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No sound on cassette deck

I went to turn on the tape deck and it shows the tape is playing, but there is no sound out of either deck. All the connections are good and I have cleaned the heads. I lost the manual and cannot find a place to download one for free. Any suggestions. I don't use it that often, but the last time I used it, everything was fine.l

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Re: No sound on cassette deck

Hi Does the deck have VU meters?...or a graphic display of some kind to indicate there is sound being picked up from the heads? If there are, and they are not moving or flashing, as the case may be, then you could have a wire off the head, or a problem in the preamp circuit, or if the deck is older, it could be as simple as a dirty play/record switch. I would need more info to help further. Good Luck!

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