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Speed The tape I am trying to transcribe sounds like it is going fast forward, but is on regular speed. Is there a different speed I can switch to to slow it down?

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Re: Speed

Just had the same problem!!! You have to press FF and Play at the same time to stop the fast play!

This is probably way overdue and you won't even get it, but just in case someone else has this is the answer!!

Posted on Jan 25, 2008

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Panasonic RR-930 does not backspace with or without pedal. It engages the mechanism but appears stuck when tape is inserted. Runs fine without tape in deck.

The ancient tape is junk. Buy a new one. You might also try slamming the old tape against a wall or desk to loosen up the tape layers. Then FF and RW all the way.

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When i put a tape in to transcribe it sounds garbled. Do you think it could use a cleaning?

1. Try to change the tape speed on your machine. Sometimes that will fix it.

2. Maybe the tape is just old (has been dictated on too many times) and in that case, have the person dictate on new tapes and discard the old ones. They dont last forever.

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My Panasonic RR-930 transcriber speeds up and slows down as I play back tapes. The problem seems to be with the machine itself and not the foot pedal or the tapes. Where do I start?

Start by cleaning the capstan roller. The rubber roller and small steel rod just above it, control the tape speed. Just a little lint, build up or animal hair wrapped around this can cause the speed to vary. Clean with alcohol and a Q-tip.

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The dictaphone wont rewind or fast forward and makes a bleeping noise

Does the tape move when you press rewind or fast forward.
If the tape moves for a few seconds then bleeps it sound like a sensor problem.
If it only bleeps when the rewind and fast forward are pressed and the play is ok it sounds like the actuator motor is faulty,this motor enables the rewind and fast forward.
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Just put in my first tape for the 2740. Even SLOW is too fast. I don't see an option for changing it. Am I missing something?

Hello this transcriber is only a 4.8 Speed transcriber and the slide speed control is on the front of the unit if the cassette that you are trying is a Normal 4.8 speed and is not responding you need to send your unit for service you can try this place Send an email to or call (800) 644-9525. Please indicate model, serial and detailed description of problem

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The problem is with the capstan motor. More than likely it has developed a 'flat spot' and won't spin up. The clicking noise you hear is the solenoids trying to pull the heads into place, but because the motor isn't turning, it can't pull the heads into place.

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If it does this with all tapes, there is a small "no-cassette" switch at the back of the cassette compartment. The switch may be broken, dirty or out of adjustment. When you open the cassette door you should be able to see the switch tab. Push it in just a bit to see if the No Tape indicator goes out.

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