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I just purchased an RCA RP-3503B cassette recorder. Everything works fine, EXCEPT I CANNOT PUSH THE RECORD BUTTON DOWN. I know the PLAY button goes down automatically with RECORD. When I open the cassette, there seems to be a tiny blue thingy on the left hand side of the "wheels." Help?

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  • donnajack25 Apr 28, 2010

    Thanks very much for your prompt reply, but I know all about tapes having been a performing musician for the last 40 years. The tape I am using is a brand new blank one, not a punched-out erase-proof tape. I never do that in taping my own stuff. More Help?

  • donnajack25 Apr 28, 2010

    I know all about the tape-eraser thingy. I am using a brand new blank cassette tape. To repeat my question, everything works except RECORD. When I open the deck, I see a blue-colored thingy on the left side of the heads. Can you help me or should I try another person? Thanks.

  • donnajack25 Apr 28, 2010

    My answer took awhile because I didn't make it clear that I knew all the basics of a cassette recorder. However, once I received an answer, it was exactly correct. Thanks.



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From the description of the problem, it seems that the "Accidental Erasure Prevention" tab of the cassette on which you are trying to record has been snapped out. (See attached image)

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When a cassette with the tab snapped out is inserted into the tape unit, accidental erasure (and fresh recording) is prevented by a lever in the mechanism that keeps the RECORD button from depressing.

Kindly use a new cassette with an intact Accidental Erasure Prevention tab or place a Cellophane tape over the opening if the tab is broken. (See attached image)

Hope this solves your problem. Thanks for using FixYa

Posted on Apr 28, 2010

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    AliTech110 Apr 28, 2010

    Many thanks for the feedback and sorry for the delayed response. Actually, there is some problem with the email notifications and the notifications are delayed.

    Since you have already tried new cassettes with intact tabs and the problem still persists, it seems that your recorder need servicing. Kindly refer the servicing to a qualified professional or to an Authorized service center if it is still under warranty. 

    Thanks once again.



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