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Speed of TC 355 Tape recorder is too slow. Rest of the deck fine

I am a musician and years ago, I recorded on this machine a series of very high quality tapes - they were flawless. I now am unable to play theses same tapes back on the machine that they were recorded on because thay are being reproduced at a much slower speed and hence the pitch of the reordings are "flat" because of the lower speed of the TC 355.Any suggestions and jow to slove this will be appreciated very much! Thank you

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    Shahid Electronics May 11, 2010

    Seems this old model requires service and lubrication in mechanism and replacement of rubber belts, pinch roller etc.

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Funny think about this model's design, when the lever is in the STOP position the tensioning spring is being stretched. After years of sitting in someone's attic in the stretched position the spring metal is now weakened. You can clean capstans and belts all day but without extra tension the tape will be slow and weak to drive. Parts are probably not available so what I did was dig around in my shed for an old small spring and was lucky to find one that I added on to the lever arm and stretched over to a convenient hole on the body. Added just enough extra pull to revive this old gem. Good luck!

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I fixed many of these old r-to-r decks when I was at Sony. They have pretty much discontinued carrying the parts for this unit. Before I left the company, they actually trashed many of the new parts they had for these (the cosmetic parts have been out of production for many, many years). They continued making the heads, idler and a few other parts that were considered wear parts, but I believe those are gone now too.

Most likely, your problem is with the motor bearings getting stuck from non-use, you can oil it and see if it spins freely. Also lube all pivot points, especially where the arm that moves the idler to the motor shaft is. Make sure all parts move/turn freely. Rotate the play/ff/rew knob multiple times back and forth to loosen it up.

You'll most likely find that once you've lubed it and let it run for a while, it's back to its old self! Good luck.

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Hi...
AS someone who repairs items like these I would say -- Find another in good condition. It would be cheaper than a repair.

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