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2488 Mk 1.

I just purchased a 30 month 2488 Mk1 s/hand.The seller hasn't used it for quite a while,and has said it was working appears that the stop button doesn't do anything,also,with a guitar in there is input on the meters but nothing thru the monitor..except when using the tuner.all I've done is to delete the existing songs.Is there a total reset option thru a combination of buttons?Thanks in advance..Mike ...Oxford UK.

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  • Drizabonio Feb 27, 2008

    Thanks for the reply,as you rightly point out the stop button seems to just be dirty or something,if you press it quite firmly it operates,but cleaning would be the obvious first step,as for the other issues,I seem to have those more under control,the manual seems to be a bit curious,to say the least..But I have taken to checking other forums as well,and there seems to be far more information out there than I would have imagined.again,thanks for the reply and many thanks from jolly ol' Oxford(the original one)

    yours Mike..

  • vandyke Sep 07, 2008

    Is there any danger of messing up my Tascam 2488 if I remove the cover to see if the stop button is dirty? Because I have just developed the same problem. My 2488 dosen't stop when I push the stop button PLUS if I press rewind and the stop button at the same time it returns to zero and starts to play from the beginning instead of just stopping like it used to do. What do I do HELP!!! This one of my main pieces of recording equipment.

    Thanks. Thomas -



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Hi Mike,

To reset the 2488 to factory defaults: Simultaneously press quick routing/shift/send/shutdown & turn on the unit.

The 'stop' button problem may require a look under the cover to see if the button is dirty or damaged under there. A good cleaning might do it. As for the 'no guitar out the monitors' issue, this sounds like it might have something to do with the setting of the monitor selector. Make sure it's set to 'stereo' and not effect loop or effect send or even muted. You might want to also make sure your monitor level pot is working properly.

Best of luck.

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