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Tascam midstudio 644 powers up and can rewind and fast forward.

It will not play. As it tries to play the tape does not spin. It looks like it wantys to work but wont start turning.

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You have not mentioned the model. Hope you have checked the belt and the motor that drives teh main capstain and the reel drives. If this does not work then replace and proceed. Also the pinch roller could be defective and not holding pressure to the spindle. Check the roller for hardening of the rubbers. replace if this is faulty. I hope with the set loaded with a tape you can find which drive is not spinning to take up. This should be able to confirm you with the right section. Hope this helps. Good day

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