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No playback when trying to record leds light up as to indicate different levels but then rewind and no playback put tape in another player to find out that it had indeed recorded what may be wrong?

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Re: no playback

The record-play switch may not be fully changing back to the Play position. Look for a bind in the mechanism that moves the switch.

Posted on Mar 15, 2008

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