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AUDIO Dear Expert: I own a GE Model No. 3-5375 Microcassette Tape Recorder. I purchased it about five years ago. It is a great device, yet it has a sound playback problem. The problem it has can be best described as during playback of a previously recorded tape, when I try to turn the volume to a higher acceptable volume for playback, after about after a one "increment" increase of two and a half allowable "increment" increase turns of the volume dial, the tape and its audio playback demonstrate interruptive "sound skipping" and distortion. It is necessary for me to obtain a louder volume playback because I want to transfer some tape recordings onto a CD-R by use of a computer tape recorder software. Otherwise, it would be helpful to eliminate the problem that is encountered when a higher volume level is more appropriate for audio playback for general use. Also, if a simple repair can be made to eliminate the audio playback problem, that will allow for higher quality recordings on the microcassette player because uniquely, when the volume control dial is adjusted during recording, such can provide for higher quality recording onto a microcassette tape. I can be successful with simple repairs with small electronic devices. I personally think that if I had a small can of silicon spray, that might eliminate the problem. By the way, I know where I can order one. I mention that because during audio playback, there is a noticeable causation of the problem with the volume dial as a higher volume is attempted. Yet, sometimes that may not be the complete solution. I will appreciate your forum feedback. Thank you, TEXASDUDE2008

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  • ROBTHEDUDE Mar 09, 2008

    Hey Robotek

    Thank you for the helpful info. I found a retailer who

    sells crc2-26 lubicant. Good news is that before

    I purchased some I sort of experimented by simply

    removing the cover of the microcassette player.

    I readily found the problem.The plastic case and

    some of the (usually) required slide controls were

    causing for the volume dial to be pressed, causing

    for fluttering and distortion noise. The components

    are just too compact and also too tightly secured


    I corrected the problem though. By my simply

    being more careful with replacing the plastic cover

    helped tremendously. One other thing, even the

    weight of the internal circuit board will later cause

    for the small volume dial to become pressed. So

    now, I will playback tapes with the recorder placed

    upside down on a pad.

    I just thought that I would tell you the good news

    if you happen to check back to learn of my results.

    Thanks again for your good advice.





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Hey Tex

You are on the right track, sounds like a noisy volume control. Can often be repaired with a squirt of cleaner spray into the potentiometer assembly.But I suggest you use crc2-26 contact lubricant spray, not silicone spray which is a great materials lubricant, but not electrical. Worst case, the Vol Potentiometer, may have to be replaced. Go for the CRC first and see how it goes. Good Luck, happy FixYa


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