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Tascam portastudo 414

I bought this one off of ebay. The problem is with the pitch knob. It worked once but never again. Played back a song I compiled and my singing sounded almost like a womans voice. I could only find normal bias cassette tapes at 90 minutes and the manual calls for 30 minute high bias tapes. That could be half the problem but do you think I need to replace the rubber band coming from the motor to the cassette mechanism and would desoldering the potentiometer for the pitch and replacing it would fix the problem and yeah, using the suggested cassette tapes?

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Hi musicman

Anything you recorded with the old belt/c90 may have been recorded slow, so now that you have replaced the belt, it will play back fast. Couple of questions that may help sort things totally for you...

  1. How do recordings you have made since changing the belt sound.
  2. does the pitch control pot have any effect at all?
  3. what is the pinch roller condition like-it should be nice and flat with no raised bits across its width.
If the pinch roller is worn, you may have poor speed regulation problems with the unit and it will need to be replaced. I have fixed heaps of these over the years and not had any pitch pots fail. If it has issues, it may just need a careful squirt of CRC 2-26 into it to clean up its action a bit. Disconnecting it may well cause the unit to run flat out or at low speed so I Don't recommend that. These days, any metal or chrome tape(high bias) you can get will do, tape is getting hard to find :) Normal bias will not sound as good, and you may get some bleed problems between channels. Dont be too concerned about it being a 60 but I Dont recommend a 90 as the tape starts to get real thin, and pinch roller control(speed regulation) becomes an issue. This may even be affecting you here. Happy to talk it up further with you. A FixYa is an excellent reward for my efforts to help you out. Cheers

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