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I have a Teac A-1250 Stereo Tape Deck. When I try to play or record, the capstan will not engage to move the tape, it moves by the take up reel pul1ing the tape through. And the tape is still held away from the heads,

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  • gekase Jun 09, 2010

    Thanks, but that is not the problem. The belt is fairly new, and is still flexible. The pinch roller will not engage the capstan, will not energize.

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More likely is the need to have the Pinch Roller linkage cleaned and greased. The capstan belt can be an issue but they surprisingly have lasted this long many times. They are stretched from over the years but not to specs- I would replace all belts in the deck and do a lot of other maintenance as well. I bet the Pinch Roller is gummed up- they usually are due to the grease they used. I know these machines as I am a past Teac Technician from Chicago Factory Service- I now operate Skywave Tape Deck Repair.

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Replade the capstan belt you can buy it @ partstore.com

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    There are two types of belt, one is for a capstan belt and one is for your threading belt, make sure they're both in good condition.

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This makes me think the Capstan Shaft is not turning either due to a broken or stretched belt or that the capstan motor itself has stopped working. This may be a job for a Technician. You first determine if the Capstan is turning or not- this is the metal post that contacts the Pinch Roller that rotates and is the way the deck gets it's speed regulation. If it is not turning look inside the deck from the side to see if the flywheel is turning and that the belt is on that flywheel. Lastly make sure the capstan motor is turning.
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Sure, the tape will play.

Copying tapes does not require an external amp, but LISTENING to them might. The A-4010 has a headphone jack so you're good to go with headphones alone if necessary.

To record, Connect the Output from the new deck to any Line Level Input on your recording device - (NOT PHONO).

If you can, set your record levels up in advance being careful not to have them too high if you're going digital as overloads are not handled well.

As with any old, rare or prized open-reel recording, avoid excessive transport handling of the tape, especially rewinding at high speed. Get yourself some Q-tips and isopropyl alcohol and clean the deck carefully, especially the capstan and idler wheel. Cheat the two tension levers manually and press Play. The capstan will engage the rubber idler. Clean the roller first with a moist Q-tip, being careful not to get strands caught up in the capstan (I'd hold the Q-tip around the 3-o'clock position on the idler), until you get nothing but a little black from it on a clean moist Q-tip. Then press Pause and the roller will retract but the capstan will still spin. Clean it with a fresh wet Q-tip until it is shiny and no more color comes off it.

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