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Tascam 122MKII - press play no sound, meters don't move

When I insert a cassette and press play, the tape spins but no sound is heard and the meters do not respond. Any suggestions? If not, is it worth repairing such an old deck? Thanks

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Look for small leaver or any contact switches. They might have become bent out of shape or broken, or have dirt in them, cutting off the sound. Also check the leads coming from the head, they might have become detached or at least you can trace where they join the PC board. If you touch where they join you should get a buzz on either channel.

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    Sam Palermo Dec 14, 2014

    More likely there is a broken gear in the cam system or a bad capstan motor- these are notorious for the bad motors due to cheap surface mount caps on them. I repair them all the time.

  • Sam Palermo
    Sam Palermo Jun 12, 2017

    Of course we did not ask if the monitor switch is in the right place? This is a three head deck and that alone will stop the audio or the output pot being down all the way.

  • Sam Palermo
    Sam Palermo Jan 09, 2018

    This unit uses plug in cards. In shipping these can become unseated. There can also be broken solder joints on those connectors. I can fix it if you want.

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