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TEAC X1000R Stereo Tape Desk (reel to reel)

I have a TEAC X1000R Stereo Tape Deck (reel to reel) that will not play. The fast and forward works and it still will not play.

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  • mcartym Nov 24, 2007

    please disregard, we got it to play

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2008

    I also have a TEAC X1000R/ will go into fast-forward and fast-reverse but will not go into eiother play or reverse can anyone help me out with what I need to do/replace/etc?TNX

  • Lee Philip Schlanger Mar 10, 2008

    I also have a TEAC X1000R/ will go into fast-forward and fast-reverse but will not go into play or play-reverse...any suggestions? TNX

  • Anonymous Jun 06, 2008

    I have the same problem :(

    Fast forward works fine, as does rewind.
    Play starts out crazy slow, dies immediately. WHY

  • thouchins Jun 11, 2008

    I also have a X1000R that won't play but will go into FF RW.

    I think it's a belt issue.

    can anyone help?


  • borge0512 Sep 18, 2008

    I had the same problem. Changed the the belt, but the problem remained. It was the capstanmotor - burned. Looking for a new or used one???

  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2009

    my teac x-1000 won't stop spinnig, on the play side, it continues to run fast what can i do?

  • Sam Palermo
    Sam Palermo Oct 01, 2012

    The X1000R suffers from a condition of sticky or dried grease in the Pinch Roller pivots. This must be taken apart and cleaned and Lubriplate applied. I have done hundreds of them but then I worked for Teac at one time. I am still doing them in Chicago now. The other thing can be a decayed capstan belt and also bad tension settings. Almost all machines I get in are all set wrong out of specs increasing head wear, wear on the motors and power supply stress. It is amazing how many incompetent people there are out there adjusting these things. Of course when the machines do not work right after they get done with them I get them here so I guess I am the last stop.



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Usually its a capstan drive belt. $10-18 for the belt & 30mins repair time - you'll be up &brunnin b4 you know it

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  • prfcg2 Feb 20, 2011

    1. As suggested replace the motor belt
    2. Clean and lube all rollers and bearings.
    3. Clean and lube the pinch rollers easily accessed from the front of the machine.
    4. Clean and lube the pinch roller shafts from behind the pinch rollers with Q tip dabbed with lubrication.
    5. Use tape lifter lever gently on X1000R to start allowing the pinch rollers to go up/down again.

  • Sam Palermo
    Sam Palermo Mar 29, 2013

    You need to take the linkage off to do the job effectively- your pinch roller linkage method is that of the consumer and will not last long.


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That is a over simplified version of the truth. The X1000R is a very complicated deck employing a servo tension system of the reel motors- these often times get off reference and need adjustments. If the Capstan belt is to be replaced it is best done by a Technician- why is this? Because the change of any capstan related part requires the calibration of the speed adjustments on the capstan servo board. In other words- the belt just does not plug in. The Flywheels should be pulled out and cleaned and the bearings oiled- Just putting on a belt will not accomplish this. I kind of know these machines as I have been a Teac Technician from the early 80's and have worked at the Factory Service in Arlington Heights IL. I operate Skywave Tape Deck Repair in the Chicago area if you want the deck serviced correctly and with a 6 month warranty.. I repair Teac, Pioneer, Sony, Technics and Studer units all the time. I have been servicing decks for better than 40 years now.

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