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Re: Old 4 track studio
Yes, there is a very easy fix! It is probably just collected dust and crud in the sliders causing the problem.
Get some electrical contact cleaner (available at places like RS, Maplin etc.), stick the nozzle down into the slider slot and give a short squirt. Quickly slide the fader up and down for about 10-15 seconds and this should cure the problem.
You may even be able to get away without using contact cleaner - Sometime just repeated movement of the faders is enough to do the trick.
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Well, not being there to try some diagnostics, there can be a number of reason that the tape plays backwards at times. One reason is that the tapes are 4 channel discrete tape requiring a 4 track 4 channel deck- this would mean track 2,4 are recorded in the forward direction. A Stereo (2 channel 4 track deck) play tracks 2,4 in the opposite direction. That is why you turn the tape over on some decks. Other possibilities could be tape path skew, that reverse relay is NOT changing the head that "listens: to the tape and that is just the start of what it could be. When a new person starts to use a deck of such age- it can be correct to assume that the deck is not working in some respect. A Tape deck Technician such as myself would know how to determine if the deck was working correct or not and know and have parts to correct it. I worked in the Factory Service in Chicago for Teac and actually have one coming into my shop in the near future. After 40 years of working on these I am still at it. I am sorry there may not be an easy answer to this.
Based on your post it would seem that the lens get stuck when moving along the slider at about the same position. You can try opening the unit and performing a manual clean and re-application of any thin lubricant. Additionally you can use a can of compressed air to blow accumulated dust and foreign debris inside the unit. The slider would be the small rod encircled in yellow dotted lines.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
i have a similar setup (Cubase LE & Tascam 144) and each time i start up Cubase i have to make sure there is no digital input going to the tascam. once cubase is started up but no project loaded i plug in my spdif from my DAT machine and then open my project and all is fine. does that answer part of your question?
i have a different problem though, i'm trying to record my DAT tapes which are recorded at 32khz and cubase doesn't recognize that sample rate properly. it'll record no problem, and play them back fine, but exporting always creates mismatched sample rates in the exported file. sucks big time and i have got no idea on how to fix it either.
The Panasonic is not "region restricted". This is a security safeguard by studios to keep people from region 1 from using region 3 content. Some material is released in other countries first and later in others. This keeps other regions from using the content from other parts of the world before it is relaesed by the studio there. Your Zenith is not a region free player and the Panasonic is.
There is sometimes hacks on Videohelp.com for DVD players to be set to "region free" but not all DVD players are built with it. SONY is another non-hackable DVD player.