I just bought a Sony TC 530 reel to reel. Seems to be in pretty good shape. Cleaned heads, wheels, etc.
Runs good on all three speeds but the problem is that all speeds are running fast, just slightly faster than hormal. Not intermittent, slow & fast. Stays constant.
Thanks T. Martin
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There is a cam with solidified grease on a lot of Sony Mechanisms. The deck need to be cleaned of the grease they used that solidifies and then a better grease such as Lubriplate 105 should be applied.
The Idlers need to be reconditioned as well. The Sony units can be labor intensive due to this required work but I do fix them when people want them done. I am in the Chicago area as Skywave Tape Deck Repair
This is an answer which is general to all tape cassette decks. I think it probably applies to yours but this may or may not be the case.
The tape is transported past the "read" head by a pinch wheel and spindle that come up into the cassette on either side of the tape. The spindle runs at a very constant speed and with the tape between this and the (rubber) pinch wheel sounds are transferred fro the read head to the electronics for amplification etc. We are not concerned with that here but with what physically happens to the tape after the pinch wheel. Under normal circumstances a belt is driven from the electric motor to the take-up reel of the cassette. This usually runs slightly faster than the spindle/ pinch wheel so that the tape winds cleanly onto the take-up reel. If this belt is loose, has come off entirely or is otherwise not working properly, then the spindle/pinch wheel will continue to feed the tape but it has nowhere to go because it is not being wound onto the take-up reel, except out of the cassette into the tape desk mechanism. In this case it often gets wrapped around the spindle/pinch wheel assembly and gets into a very nasty tangle, causing serious damage to the tape and possible damage to the deck.
Hope this explains your problem.
This is because the unit has hard dried up grease in it and needs to be taken apart and cleaned out and new Lubriplate 105 grease applied as that has never been known to dry out at least not in the 40 years I have been working on these. These old Sony unit usually require 3-5 hours to get them working again. Better off buying a restored Teac A2300S, SX or SD.
Commonly to all these older units and I have seen a lot of them, there are mechanical linkages that are not covered inn the owners manual as they were moving in the short term. Now after a lot of years the grease has turned to a glue or will be very thick. The mechanical links must be taken apart and regreased- I have done many but the problem is that it can take a lot of time to do this. Get a tube of Lubriplate from a Hardware store and go in and see where things do not move and that will be where the cleaning and grease will once put in make the deck like new.
In order to maintain tape control and tension the reels always pull lightly in opposite directions during PLAY mode. The capstan moves the tape in the desired direction at a precise speed. If the capstan doesn't engage the tape BETWEEN itself and the pinch roller you'll get the reels battling over control of the tape. Check the tape routing.
Electrolytic capacitors are good at causing hum. You could try replacing some of them, they are not expensive. Otherwise you might have damaged the left channel amp semiconducter, whatever that might be.
You need to replace the motor run capacitor. It's a small aluminum can looking thing with three wires right next to the motor; they often leak paraffin wax into the bottom of the case when they overheat. Whether or not yours has leaked it's easy to replace if you can use a soldering iron. Search eBay for a Sony reel to reel 1.5uf 250VAC motor run capacitor - they're less than $15 and come with detailed instructions. Please waitImage not available
you need to have a tape in place on the reals or it will stop.Hold the tape feeler spring in place and prevent it from moving forward it is located on the left side just remove the SONY stereo tapecoder cover and you see it
My TC-230 has the same problems and it is mechanical. Actually, its real hard to say what your problem is, but it is most likely the pinch roller is to tight on the piece that is connected to the motor. This extra tension is from a spring inside the machine and, when in storage for a long time with the machine set to stop, extra pressure builds up on this spring. Try leaving it unplugged on fast forward/play overnight. that might help.