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MARANTZ PMD 101 PROBLEMS, COUNTER AND REWIND

Hi. Just bought a Marantz PMD 101 portable mono tape recorder for the sound quality, I am a pro guitarist and need this for recording acoustic and electric ideas....

I just received this item from ebay at UK £50 so i want it to work.

The counter is very very noisy and clanky - it litters the recordings with clicks etc, simply the internal mic picking up the physical clicking of the counter in forward mode.

Also, rewind stays on for a few seconds only.

Both problems exist with or without a cassette in the machine and I am using he marantz adapter for power.

i have no idea how to open this machine even , sooo many screws, but have made valve amps and pedals so I can be handy if i want to be.

Is this worth fixing myself? Any pointers on fixing this please?

All help gratefully received, many thanks in advance.

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  • dpdrums Jul 21, 2008

    my marantz 101 has a counter issue as well. it is very slow in getting going. i'm not sure why it takes it's time to run, and have no idea why it always starts to work. for whatever reason it does work but it has a mind of it's own. it does seem, it could be in my head only, that if i tap on it next to the counter it starts running. again this could be in my mind.
    anyone know about this. maybe some oil or something like that?????
    thank you in advance for any help


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Get the belts changed, and check a clutch inside the mech which drives the auto-stop mechanism.

It works in a way that it normally holds the auto-stop off if the spools are rotating, but when it wears, there is no srive through it to hold the auto-stop off, so the auto-stops stops, if you see what I mean.

Any good audio tech should be able to do this, if the machine otherwise works OK, it is worth doing because these are very nice and usually reliable machines.

For musical work though, the CP series are usually better, as they provide 3-heads and off-tape monitoring, with better quality and the facility to set tape bias to suit high-grade tapes.

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