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Tascam 38 roller is like goo-- retrieved machine from storage recently some lights are out no counter fast forward ewind good no play action-- can it be revived one more time for transfers? hopefully the 20 yr old tpes can still make sound- rick rbmusic@iname.com thanks

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  • dskollodge Jan 29, 2009

    I have the same problem. Pinch roller is like goo on my Tascam 38 eight track. Everything else is like new. Can I get a pinch roller somewhere?

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No way to fix a bad pinch roller.Buy a new one from Tascam 323-726-0303 ex.840 is the parts dept.

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