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Cassette door will not open

I put a tape in - play slow .no FF or RR and cannot open door.Tried same troubleshooting for a previous posting for a Sony model

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Found more issues, got top off and door open but touch controls did not move flywheel in any mode for long and internal noise. Will abandon repair as probably too costly.Thanks

Posted on Jan 18, 2009

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