I need to locate and purchase a set of belts and a new set of pinch rollers in order for a technician to bring my deck back to excellent working condition. Does anyone know where I can locate these Nakamichi parts at a fair price?
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In the Teac X1000R this is most often caused by dirty Pinch Rollers and secondly bu a ring of oxide or a wear mark being developed into the capstan shaft. If cleaning the Pinch Rollers does not do it then a trip to the technician is required. These decks also have a touchy servo tension system that if upset can also contribute to the failure of this kind. I still work on these in Chicago area all the time. Russ the other ex-Teac guy is in New Jersey. Be careful of local shop with this model as many of them turn up the servo tension to resolve this problem which is the wrong thing to do that then burns out parts and the cost goes up. I have seen this mess many times as people bring me these decks as a last stop-- of course I fix then correctly with the use of the Tentelometer as is required. Pinch Rollers are often reconditioned with Naphtha after cleaning then with Denatured alcohol. Teac Tascam Repairs Skywave Tape Deck Repair Bensenville IL
The belt being broken is just the tip of the iceberg. Yes, people change them themselves all the time then they bring the deck to me when this does not work. Besides the belt, the capstan motor has to be determined good or not- sometimes a sticky belt can burn up the motor a $150 part. Typically, pots need cleaning, Flywheels should be extracted and oiled as well as capstan shafts cleaned and reconditioned- the Flywheels are particular as how they go in. I get units in with them reversed and another problem is created. The adjustment of tension arms requires a Tentelometer and the voltage references have to be set- they are usually off due to mechanical changes to the tension arms. The the calibration of the deck should be done. Also people are buying a wide belt in E bay and it does not work- I end up taking it out and putting in a correct sized belt. Rollers and Pinch Rollers need oiling and the washers put in where missing and so on. If you are in Chicago area look up skywave Tape Deck Repair on the internet- I work on X1000R and X2000Rs all the time. If in New Jersey Russ in in Emerson.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you need my help.
It could be the take up spindle does not have enough torquecausing the tape to bunch up after the capstan. If you open up the unit you will notice ether belts or rollers for the tape drive. If it has belts you can replace the belt after cleaning the pulleys. If it has rollers you may be able to clean them with a rubber cleaner (not alcohol which will dry the rubber and cause glazing). Make sure the capstan and the pinch roller is clean using a rubber revitalizing cleaner on the pinch roller. "Goof off" from a hardware store is great for the capstan if it has a lot of metal oxide on it.
You need to locate the supplier of pinch rollers that will fit your tape deck. If that fails, you have a useless piece of gear. If the unit is of decent quality, you should be able to locate a supplier. You didn't include the make or model, so good luck.
It is probable that the head assembly or pinch roller assemblies are not returning to their correct rest position. The arms that carry the pinch roller assemblies develop dried grease problems in the bearing/post they are mounted to that prevent their timely return and fouling the casette shell preventing eject. Check them by seeing if they are clearing the cassette shell, and are "sprung into the home position with out binding.
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These guys can certainly help you with parts for older Nakamichi decks. They are in the UK, and have most parts for pre 1996 tape decks from the legendary makers. The synthesis chassis had dramas with pinch rollers siezing up from dried grease. I always used to strip and relube, and often replace the pinch roller/tape guide assly. Hit them up, if you have any dramas, get back to me here.
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