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

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Akai x200d reel to reel tape player playback is a bit high pitch,

The capacitor, if you mean the run capacitor, its value is not critical. Probably a dirty contact in the speed switch.

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How do play both sides if what looks like a reel to reel tape that has a side 1 and side 2 ? My Akai 1722II does not have auto reverse . Thanks

You take the spools off and put the right spool on the left and the left on the right.

The link also explains, but i started on reel to reel in the late 60s. :>)

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Use a foil tape at the end of the reel. If that does not trigger it then play a tape and touch the two sensor contacts with a paper clip. If it still does not reverse then there are circuit failures in it and off to some Technician it goes. Or you can download the schematics from Hi Fi Engine and do the job yourself.

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Here you are Andrew. That is a blast from the past!!

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I am not an expert in the repair of Akai units- most of the time I refuse them, however just to put you on the right path, the hum is coming from a power supply issue in the record audio section or may be in the bias section. You may need to put new Electrolytic caps in the power supply to resolve this. You can also scope the supplies on this deck to find the cause. I commonly work on Teac, Pioneer, Otari, Studer, Sony and better made decks. Some brands are real trouble and are more costly to repair due to poor construction.
I have been doing repairs for 40 years so far.

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My AKAI GX 636 records but can't hear anything on playback (had recorded tape play on another reel to reel) plus the VU needles don't move when you try to play a recorded or pre-recorded tape

Trace the wires from the head to the amp section. Put your finger on where they join (during playback) and see if you can get a buzz. If you can't on either channel, look for something that might be common to both channels. Either a switch, or a pre-amp IC, as being the cause of the fault.

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Playing records is a contact sport.

Since the needle touches the record -- as opposed to a laser reading a CD -- any bit of dust or mold translates to annoying pops and hisses.

Record cleaners get down into the record grooves to extract dust and particles.

Or you may need a new needle.

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Seems to me that the first thing you want to do is find out if your problem comes from the camera speakers/output, or if it records them scratchy. Take one of the "scratchy" cassettes, and play them on another device to see if it transfers bad audio. If it does, then you're worst off offcourse, more of a repair. If it doesn't you can decide you don't need a repair, as long as it does the job. Good luck

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