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Hi my Dad has an Akai 1710 reel to reel tape recorder which is in good cosmetic & working order. However when the take-up reel has about 1/3 of tape on it the motor tends to slow down somewhat. What could be the problem please?

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Most of the old tape units had rubber "pucks" and belts thaat drive the reels..

The pucks tend to dry out and deteriorate. You MIGHT be able to restore them a bit with the spray used to restore typewriter plattens.

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