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Akai reel to reel GX230D

Records low and scratchy sound. Levels read high, but no play back

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Re: Akai reel to reel GX230D

Try demagnetizing the heads with a head demag device. This is not the same as a bulk tape eraser or a tape demag device.

Posted on May 27, 2008

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