Question about Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack Recorder System

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On my Tascam 2488, the Stop, Play and Record buttons have been getting harder and harder to press and activate. Today I can't get them working at all no matter how hard I press. I opened the unit up, but can't even access that area. It looks like I need to remove all the slider keys first, but don't even know how to do that without breaking them. Help??

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I just resolved this issue on my own Tascam 2488. The unit does not have a pause button, so it is critical that the record and play buttons work right or else the unit is non-functional. MIne stopped working, so I used "DeoxIT" D-5 contact cleaner. It is the same product that I have used on my electric guitar pots. First, I unplugged the unit and held it on it's side. I used the extension straw to apply a couple of shots per button in the space around each of these buttons. (rev, ff, stop, play, record)
Then, I placed the unit on the floor upside down on a paper towel and walked away. Later, I came back and used the "blow out cake-candles" method to clear any debris from around each button. The unit now works like it is supposed to and the buttons immediately light up when pressed!

Posted on Jul 11, 2011

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I got the same problem. Also, the headphone jack on my Tascam 2488 is going bad. Only the right headphone will work most of the time. Anyone know a remedy/ solution for this?

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Throw it on the floor it should work

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  • Craig Sutter Dec 30, 2010

    How about DON'T throw it on the floor, and fix it instead... YOU CAN FIX THE BUTTON PROBLEMS, they're not broken, just dirty. It's easy: Spray radio shack contact/control cleaner (the stuff that used to be called tuner control cleaner) liberally into the gaps around the buttons, (yes, right on the top panel, you don't have to take it apart at all). Press the buttons repeatedly, let sit a while, then blow compressed air into the same gaps, OR use a vacuum cleaner, to pull out excess fluid. (which is by now just white mineral oil). Your play, stop, rew, ff, rec buttons will work like new. I've done it to both of my 2488's and saved them from the junk heap. Sorry don't know about any other issues, never had them.

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  • The Joneses Jul 09, 2011

    Thumbs up about the radio shack contact/control cleaner. I tried this recently on my Tascam 2488 and it worked! This info easily saved me $100+, As I was about to take the unit into the repair shop. Who probably would have done the same thing, while telling me that they had to replace the play button or worse the mother board. Great tip! This tidbit of information is much appreciated.

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  • thisdoug87 Jul 11, 2011

    There is no "pause" button for recording, so it is crutial that the record, stop and play buttons work well. I was using the Tascam 2488 and these buttons stopped working, so I was very glad to find this information. I used "DeoxIT" brand contact cleaner-D5. It is the same product I have used on electric guitar pots. It comes with an extension straw like on a can of wd-40. I unplugged the unit and held it on it's side. Then I applied the spray around the rew, ff, stop, play and record buttons into their cracks. I then placed the unit upsided down on a paper towel and walked away. When I came back, I blew out the space around each button using the "blow out cake-candle" method. Now the unit works properly and each button functions crisply again.

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