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Quiet right channel when playing pre-recorded tape.

The product is a Denon DR-M12HX stereo cassette tape deck. When playing pre-recorded tapes, I noticed that the right channel was quieter and very occasionally and briefly crackle and become louder. I tried adjusting the azimuth head, but it was difficult with the nut/bolt design rather than a phillips head screw as shown in my fix-it-yourself book. I never was able to get the right channel as loud as the left. I bought a cleaning/demagnitizing kit which may have helped a little, but the channels are not the same bass/treble-wise and the left still louder. The head looks to the naked eye like it's straight. Any ideas on what I could try next? Does it sound like I need a new head altogether? Thanks for any help you can provide.

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With the deck in play mode put your finger on the imput of the channel that is low. If it buzzers the same as the other then you may have a faulty head. If it does not there is something wrong in the amp stages of the deck. You can also reverse the leads from the head and if the sound goes down on the other channel it is the head. Try doing it where the leads join with the PC Board, it will be less messing than at the head itself.

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