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Tascam 238 tape deck

I have a Tascam 238 8 track tape deck. Everything seems to work but when you try to record, it seems as though the servo is running at full speed. It it supposed to do that? Does Tascam do service work on units this old? Thanks for your help.

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Common problem with these decks-the capstan motor needs to be replaced- A DIY job if you are careful and have some mechanical common sense- Tascam still sells these motors, around $100

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My TASCAM DA-20 Mk II DAT doesn't play back any of my tapes. It still appears to record OK, but there is no level meter or sound or track finding when playing back, though the tape seems to be run


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