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My Teac Z-7000 will not record tapes

My Teac Z-7000 Master Cassette Deck will not record tapes. I have the manual and know the procedure for recording, but when everything is set up and ready to go...I press the play button and it won't record. The tape does move. The level meters go to zero. When I press pause, the meter levels start up again.
The unit plays prerecorded tapes fine.....and what a sound!!!!

Any suggestions?

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  • dgd21ro Jul 09, 2008

    my teac z-7000 have some little problem and i need a service manual , audio level is low on right chanel

    pls help me , or someboby to repair my unit ....


  • Bill Oct 30, 2008

    dgd21ro,
    I got a manual on eBay. Once in a while one will show up. Is your
    problem with recording, or is it in playback? (Does a prerecorded tape
    exhibit the problem, or is it just manifested in tapes that you record?)


  • Bill Jan 19, 2010

    Thank You witke64 my problem is solved!
    I replaced the fade in pot with an Alps RK097111T064 100K Flat 25mm unit. The phone volume pot with an Alps RK097122T017 10K Flat 25mm dual unit. (The 10K works fine for headphone volume control) I procured these from Mouser Electronics. They have an excellent catalog with good details on all parts.(www.mouser.com). The original pots are obsolete and no longer available. These were a close fit, but not perfect. I was able to grind out the insides of the knobs and epoxy them to the shafts of the new pots. The new pots do have the push in and out feature.
    My Z-7000 now works perfectly!

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Hello,
some weeks ago I got this really impressive deck (Teac Z 7000) from a colleague, and found the same problem. I fixed it, and the fix is not too complicated. It´s the potentiometers that do fail. All pots are from the same manufacturer (Alps) and construction. The problem is that the wisher is broken away from the holding plastic and will loose contact completely. You can check that with a normal ohmmeter: You´ll find the total resistance over the outer terminals but endless resistance from one of the outer terminals to the middle wisher contact. The values are: 100 kOhm linear for each of the upper left pots (fader,space), 2x22kOhm pos.log. for the lower left pot (phone volume). So, what does a broken wisher at the "fade in" pot do? The Recorder "thinks" that You selected an "endless" fade in time, and the result is : no record level. You can do an easy "quick and dirty" fix just to see if that´s the problem: Hold- or better solder- a say 47kOhm resistor in parallel to the conducted potentiometer terminals and try to record.
4 of 5 pots have been defective in my deck, and I´ve replaced them with standard types from my local electronic supplier (Conrad electronic, has a shop in Frankfurt/Main). Well, the new parts didn´t fit perfectly, I used a file to get them in (not visible from outside). Also I lost the possibility of pushing the knobs in and out, but that is not a really problem.
I assume this fix might also help owners of the Teac Z-6000 and Z-5000, which- most probably- use the same type of potentiometers.
This text was written by Boris Witke, Kelsterbach (near Frankfurt/Main), Germany. E-Mail:
witke1@web.de Please tell me if You were successful, possibly we get lucky users of these really fascinating machines.

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