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Need capstan belt for reel to reel -tascam-dx-44,pls help.

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The model is not a DX44 as that is a dBx unit attached to either a Tascam 44 or 40-4. The tape deck model would need to be determined and when that is done go to Marrs Communications and order the belt kit for that machine and you will get the capstan and counter belt.
http://marrscommunications.com/tascam-cassette-kits

Posted on Apr 04, 2013

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You can but try! However either make a drawing of how the thing fits together or better still take pictures if you have a digital camera. Then you will know how it fitted together.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009

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(Unplug the unit before doing the following!)
Pull the top off (8 screws). On the back of each deck you will see a motor (silver cylinder 1.5"Diam x 1.25"Long) mounted to a removeable plate. It's kind of tricky, but... Loosen the bottom two screws securing the motor mounting plate (not the motor itself) to the rest of the deck. Then completely remove the top two screws, so the moter and plate fold away from the rest of the deck. With some care, you should be able to remove the old belt and slide the new belt over the capstan flywheel and motor pulley. Fold the motor assembly back into place and secure the screws. That should do it!
Note: I used a jeweler's screwdriver and needle-nose pliers to turn the screws on the motor mount. This is real fun with all the wires in the way, but it is possible. I Also pulled the screws on the power transformer, to move it, so I could get at one screw for deck #1.
BY THE WAY: I'm ready for new belts myself, and haven't been able to find a source, except in germany. Any ideas??????

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That's a rarity but easily fixed. Before pulling anything apart spray some penetrating oil (WD-40) or similar into a small container. Then with a cotton bud soak the tip in the penetrating oil and apply it to the base of the capstan where the bearing is. Allow this to sit for a few hours and even repeat it if it looks to have soaked the oil up. NOW, with the power lead out of the wall socket remove the top cover of the deck. You will have to remove a few knobs and mode switches too. Now see if you can rotate the capstan flywheel by hand. It might take a bit of pressure to get it to turn but once it does keep going until it starts to rotate freely.

By the way, check that the capstan drive belt is in one piece and not slipping first.

If it's running freely then reassemble the cover and other pieces tyhen put a few drops of light oil on the capstan bearing (sewing machine oil is ideal) Do this because penetrating oil will dry out after a while. That should fix it.

I'm assuming you know exactly how to thread the tape through the machine. Don't forget to position the stop lever on the upper side of the tape otherwise nothing will operate. If you are unsure about that write back and I will elaborate.

Posted on Apr 24, 2010

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Just measure the diameter in MM and put the result into google with the words 'cassette drive belt'. Belts are not maker specfic.

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