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Tascam 38 shut off arm keeps turning play mode off. It happens 1 out of 3 times. Help! Is this something I can fix?

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Re: Tascam 38

Usually the tension of the take-up reel keeps the shut-off arm taught and everything works. If the shut off arm falls down, the recorder stops. Is that what's happening?

Inadaquate (or NO) take-up tension can cause this; so can WARPED take up reels. Another possibility: if you play a lot of old tapes, the groove in the shut-off arm collects dirt and oxide, so the tape - as it goes through it - jams, and the take-up reel can not overcome the tension. The arm "falls down" and shuts off the machine. Also SOME tapes (which were "cut down" from 2"
tapes) are poorly ****, and will jam some machines.

This is what I do for a living, so if these suggestions don't work, give me more information, and I'll solve your problem.

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