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Transport door stuck, suspect tape wound about capstan.

Tascam 202 Mk III in storage 5 years. L hand deck worked OK 1st time. R hand deck worked OK for several moments and then stopped. Deck door refused to open. I removed the cover to see if the door could be accessed from behind. I didn't want to attempt the work without a service manual. How difficult would it be with one? Ideas?

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Open the unit and try to turn the capstan whell with a tip to release the heads and the door locks.

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