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My reel to reel will not play.

I push the forward button and the pinch roller moves into position but it does not play. It will however fast forward and reverse.

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You need a new capstan belt or the capstan shaft is glazed as well as you have a hard shiny Pinch Roller. Each of these items need to have friction to work.

Posted on Jan 03, 2015

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Hi Gary,
This makes me think the Capstan Shaft is not turning either due to a broken or stretched belt or that the capstan motor itself has stopped working. This may be a job for a Technician. You first determine if the Capstan is turning or not- this is the metal post that contacts the Pinch Roller that rotates and is the way the deck gets it's speed regulation. If it is not turning look inside the deck from the side to see if the flywheel is turning and that the belt is on that flywheel. Lastly make sure the capstan motor is turning.
Beyond that a Tech may have to take over from there. I am in the Chicago area and can repair it if you are close. Many people send me units from all over the USA anyway.
My name is Sam. I operate Skywave Tape Deck Repair
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Posted on Aug 19, 2012

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Hi there. It will need a new pinch roller, and has a bias oscillator. problem. From memory, they use a module for the oscillator, and the pinch rollers are easy to get. Sorting out the bias may be the problematic part, and you will need to recalibrate the bias traps and controls if you want max performance from the unit once repaired. I would go about checking things like intermittent tape bias switch, and try wriggling the record play switch( internally) and see if you can get erase and rec back. Noisy intermittent switches can caused the symptoms you have.

If you are able to, I would be seeking a refund. If not, then repairs are feasible. Let me know where you are and I can help you find a repair guy. Cheers

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If this is a direct drive deck, the takeup reel motor may be ng

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SOURCE: tascam 38 reel-to-reel 8 track- the ff and rew work and cue instantly; it will not move forward when the play button is pushed. It is as if something is stopping it's motion. To my knowledge it i

Hi James,
I am a past Teac Technician. The answer may be a bad capstan belt- is the round metal thing rotating that makes contact with the rubber Pinch Roller? These belts become lose over time and the DC motor become defective in time due to wear- Before they burn out they can be serviced but only by a person with knowledge about how to take them apart. Otherwise the part can be $120 plus installation. I have not seen sticky Pinch Roller linkages in these models so I will say it is probably not that.
If you are near Chicago I can help you out. If you are near New Jersey Russ can help. If you want to discuss, contact me.
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Posted on Oct 31, 2012

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You do not mention the brand or model number which to answer the question effectively is needed- different machines are designed in different ways. The function of the fast wind and the play mode only differs in that in play a capstan is involved that regulates the speed and the reel motors just do the take-up of taper and a little back tension for the supply reel. You may have either a sticky Pinch Roller linkage or a non- rotating capstan shaft that might point to a loose or broken capstan drive belt. There are also the condition of the Pinch Roller surface and the surface of the Capstan shaft that can be glazed or rubber hard and non-compliant. The rubber Pinch Roller can be re-rubbered, the capstan shaft can be reconditioned and the Capstan Belt can be replaced. Capstan bearings and motor bearings need oil once a year as well. I hope this helped to some extent- I have been working on decks now for better than 40 years.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012

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If the speed-controlled roller is not closing to pinch the tape when PLAY is selected, the recorder will play in a fast mode. You will need Isopropyl alcohol, contact cleaner, Q-tips a screwdriver needle-nose pliers and a steady hand to clean every moving part in that Reel-To-Reel and then lightly lubricate the moving parts.
While you are in there I would change the belts as well. Or send it to a qualified repair shop and pay $ 125.00 to $ 200.00 for same thing to be done. Take your time, it's just a big puzzle, make sure you video or document everything you remove so it goes back together correctly. Good Luck!

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Reel to reel will not play


You do not mention the brand or model number which to answer the question effectively is needed- different machines are designed in different ways. The function of the fast wind and the play mode only differs in that in play a capstan is involved that regulates the speed and the reel motors just do the take-up of taper and a little back tension for the supply reel. You may have either a sticky Pinch Roller linkage or a non- rotating capstan shaft that might point to a loose or broken capstan drive belt. There are also the condition of the Pinch Roller surface and the surface of the Capstan shaft that can be glazed or rubber hard and non-compliant. The rubber Pinch Roller can be re-rubbered, the capstan shaft can be reconditioned and the Capstan Belt can be replaced. Capstan bearings and motor bearings need oil once a year as well. I hope this helped to some extent- I have been working on decks now for better than 40 years.

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Tascam 38 reel-to-reel 8 track- the ff and rew work and cue instantly; it will not move forward when the play button is pushed. It is as if something is stopping it's motion. To my knowledge it i


Hi James,
I am a past Teac Technician. The answer may be a bad capstan belt- is the round metal thing rotating that makes contact with the rubber Pinch Roller? These belts become lose over time and the DC motor become defective in time due to wear- Before they burn out they can be serviced but only by a person with knowledge about how to take them apart. Otherwise the part can be $120 plus installation. I have not seen sticky Pinch Roller linkages in these models so I will say it is probably not that.
If you are near Chicago I can help you out. If you are near New Jersey Russ can help. If you want to discuss, contact me.
skywavebe@sbcglobal.net
I work on all Teac and Tascam units now full time.
I am also known on tapeheads.net as well.

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Pinch Roller linkage is stuck. Clean and regrease and it will work right again- I have done hundreds of them

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When's the last time it was cleaned? It surely needs it now.

Never touch the any part of the transport that directly contacts the tape with bear fingers.

This sounds like a failure of the take-up (left) reel to take up slack as it's fed in by the capstan.

You can probably trust the machine to fast forward or rewind a tape to test the ability of the reels to manage slack since either action only requires one reel to pull while the other just coasts. Failure would look like stationary tape that eventually would time out and reset the command.

If it won't do fast transport motions that eliminates the capstan/pinch roller.

If it CAN FF and REW then the capstan, pinch roller, heads or something is probably glommed up with sticky tape oxide, which brings us back to the first question.

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