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Well which is it 122 mk III or the 238?
The grease in the 122 will harden with time and gear crack or lose teeth. The deck needs to be worked on. There is myself in Chicago,
Russ in New Jersey that are still working Teac Technicians. There is Adrian in CA but I am not sure he wants to work on cassette decks.
The problem is a lack of movement in the transport to tell the controller that it has completed it cycle. This is most of the time caused by the grease they used and sometimes a gear with broken teeth on it. These gears have been discontinued and I am having some made but it will take a few months to set up. I do have some in stock right now for repairs. The transport will need to be cleaned of old grease and new grease put into it. They also suffer from decaying capstan surface mount caps. These are replaced when I do the gear correction. After that they are good decks.
That would be me at Skywave Tape Deck Repair- maybe I have contacted you already through Thumbtack. I can not say more here but if you search for tape deck repair in Chicago you no doubt will come across me sooner or later. The only other person you would be qualified would be Russ Bachmann at New Jersey Factory service. We both worked at Teac factory service facilities and rose to high ranks at those facilities.
Hi Julian, There is a lot that can go wrong with these miniature helical scan systems. When I had units like that I packed them off to Russ at New Jersey Factory Service and they were restored. I am not sure about parts like drums at this point but Russ is your best chance to get it working again. He has corrected CDRW and DAT as well as just about anything Tascam makes and he even fixed some Sony units too. I know him as the counterpart to the Chicago Factory Service facility when it was open. He was the Manager in New Jersey then. New Jersey Factory Service, Inc. 16 Chestnut Avenue Suite 103 B Emerson,New Jersey 07630 201-967-0060 Fax 201-967-0062 Mon- Wed 8-4 Thurs 8-3(July-Aug) Closed Fri Sat by appt.
A Technician usually has to get a tape out of a machine when this happens. In radio when I was Chief Engineer for several stations in Chicago I would send my defective decks to Russ at New Jersey Factory Service in Emerson NJ. He knows how to fix these units. New Jersey Factory Service, Inc. 16 Chestnut Avenue Suite 103 B Emerson,New Jersey 07630 201-967-0060 Fax 201-967-0062 Mon- Thurs 8-4 Closed Fri Sat by appt.