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Error 01 I have a low hours MkII. I recently tried to use it on a project. When I put in a tape, I got the message "Error 01". I have tried other tapes. I took off the cover to see if there was any obvious obstruction or whatever. I could see nothing. The tape goes in as usual. The arms bring the tape out to the head but nothing happens there after, just the error message. What might I look for? What options do I have? Thanks, Mick Bartonwords-music@juno.com

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  • Mick B Feb 13, 2008

    I appreciate the comments and suggestions about my DAT machine. The downside of all this is that Tascam service department tells me that it no longer supports this product and spare parts, including belts are not available. If anyone has a resource for belts, please let me know.



    Mick

  • wesmiths Jun 24, 2008

    My DA 30MKII behaves in the same way. Any ideas on where to get the belt would be appreciated. I tried an O-ring of about the right size, but it was too stiff.

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Error code 01:
what to do:
open the tray, power down the unit, remove the top cover, remove the transport
(4 screws and a few conectors... I think there's a long 'transport load spring' also...)
then turn the transport over.
Looking at the bottom of the transport, there's a small, -no, make that tiny- black rubber drive belt
which goed from a very small pulley to a rather larger pulley directly next to it...
That's the one. Buy more than one replacement (they're only a buck or two) and put a new one on.
-then take the spare, and place it in a baggie and tape the baggie up inside the lid of the DA-30MkII...
Put some sort of friendly note in there for the next time the new owner of the machine needs to replace the belt.

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    James Kovacs Jun 24, 2017

    PERFECT ! I was going to remove the mechanism but checked here and ran into your answer, worked like a charm. I am in Venezuela, but found a silicone mini-belt in my junk-box. My client is VERY happy. Bless ya.

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Go to studiosoundelectronics.com
or russellindustries.com . They both sell belts that size . They even have a quick tutorial on HOW to measure your belt

Posted on Jul 03, 2008

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    Scott Frye Jul 03, 2008

    Do not use a rubber band from home. It WILL break or wear out SOON.

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Great Question... i got the existing little rubber thing off ... it seems a little loose on the pulleys so im guessing it may need to be replaced... BUT AGAIN... WHERE DO I FIND THEM AT?

Posted on Feb 16, 2008

  • Kid Capri Feb 16, 2008

    Ok I fixed it... Here's the scoop.

    If after inserting a dat tape and pressing close and the da-30 gives whining noise then goes to Error 01 - there could be a problem with the tape drive transport.... here's what i did to fix it

    open up the case using the above instructions...

    then replace the little rubberband underneath as described above...

    NOTE: You have to find a small rubberband that fits snuggly. The one that came off the unit was fairly loose and thus it was unable to drive the pulleys to engage the drives.

    I found the rubberbands by grabbing a few out of my 2 year old daughters box where she keeps her barretts and bows for her hair... it's a perfect little black rubberband that she uses to keep her hair in ponytails... but it was actually smaller in diameter than the stock rubberband so it made for a real nice tight fit on the two pulleys under the tape drive (the one pulleys desribed above)

    Anyway... I AM PUMPPED!!!! I JUST BOUGHT THE TASCAM DA-30 MKII OFF EBAY FROM A PAWN SHOP THAT HADN'T TESTED IT... AND ALL I ENDED UP DOING WAS RESEARCHING THE PROBLEM AND FOUND THIS SITE THAT LED ME TO THE LITTLE RUBBERBAND... WALKED UP STAIRS RAIDED MY DAUGHTERS HAIR PRODUCTS DRAWER THEN WHALLA... FIXED AND I'M LISTENING TO MY DAT TAKES NOW AS I TYPE.....

    WHOOO-HOO... SO MUCH FOR ERROR 01.... TRY REPLACING THE LITTLE RUBBERBAND FIRST BEFORE YOU PANIC

    THANKS TO LEAD_pLAYER AND NIGHT 71 FOR THE TIPS ABOVE!!!


    YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!!!!!!!

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OK? Where do you get the rubber-band now ?

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Error - 01; Error in tape loading Mechanism. The heads and mechanism should be cleaned and the parts properly lubricated first. This can be done at home using Lithium grease and 99% alcohol to clean the heads and tape leads. The grease is only to lubricate the gears and mechanical joints. Just don't get any on the drums or tape heads. If that fails, the unit will need servicing.

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