Question about Tascam 2488 Portastudio Multitrack Recorder System

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Transport STOP Button

I'm a new user with a used 2488, everything seems very stable except I'm having trouble with the transport STOP button. It doesn't always work and needs to be pressed rather hard and at slightly different angles to get it to function. All other buttons seem fine except this. Is there a way to get contact cleaner or something to fix this?
FADERS are also a little sticky-any cleaning/lube options?

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  • wolf1419 Jun 03, 2008

    Where can you get the new switches, and also those darn broken/worn XLR combo 1/4" plastic inputs could use help. Where can you get parts for these units? Best source?



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Switches are sealed, need replacement. faders can be cleaned, use de-oxit, good stuff!

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  • Craig Sutter Dec 30, 2010

    Switches are not completely sealed. YOU CAN FIX THE BUTTON PROBLEMS. Spray radio shack contact/control cleaner (the stuff that used to be called tuner control cleaner) liberally into the gaps around the buttons, press the buttons repeatedly, let sit a while, then blow compressed air into the same gaps, OR use a vacuum cleaner, to **** out excess fluid. (which is by now just white mineral oil). Your play, stop, rew, ff, rec buttons will work like new. I've done it to both of my units and saved them from the junk heap. Sorry don't know about any other issues, never had them.



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