Question about Dictaphone 2740 Desktop Cassette Transcriber / Recorder

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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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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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