I have an Onkyo dual tape deck (TA-RW400), 20 years old.
When a tape is inserted in either unit and play is pushed, the head does not move up to the tape and the motor spins as if fast forward. happens in forward or reverse play. If i manually move the head up, tape speed is still fast.
It is strage that the same mechanical problem would appear in both units at the same time, perhaps the play buttons are sending improper signals.
Anyone experience this. I am trying to move my tapes to MP3. is it worth messing with this old deck?
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Have you check and make sure that the belts are working well?
Is the pinch roller working (spinning)?
A worn out belt will make the mechanism not to operate properly resulting in shutdown to avoid damage to the tapes.
Sounds like the cassette tape itself is too tight to play, try fast forwarding or rewinding the tape in the deck all the way to the end of tape several times before trying to play. This may solve the problem
Sounds like the belt that drives the capstan is too slack or decomposed, The capstan(s) which are connected to a geared flywheel, also drives the transport mechanism. There can also be tarnish on the sensor leaf switches, preventing contact. You might try to repair it yourself but, it is not an easy or simple job