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DAT MACHINE HI,MY DAT MACHIONE KEEPS ON CHEWING UP MY DAT TAPES-HOW CAN THIS BE REPAIRED BECAUSE DAT MACHINE USAGE IS SCARCE NOW. THANKS

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What make and model DAT is it you are using. I have plenty of knowledge on older decks.

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Posted on Jun 29, 2008

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You need to determine what is chewing the tape up. Most cassette doors clip off, this can often show the head and pinch rollers when they come into play. The pinch roller (the rubber one) is often the biggest cause of chewed tapes. But often it's the Take Up Reel that is not moving forward, so the tape is taken out of the cassette by the roller and spews out into the deck, getting tangled up in the roller. The roller itself can become worn and therefore doesn't make proper contact with the idler, or the idler (metal bar the roller pushes against) isn't turning caused by a belt that's broken.
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There is a lot that can go wrong with these miniature helical scan systems. When I had units like that I packed them off to Russ at New Jersey Factory Service and they were restored. I am not sure about parts like drums at this point but Russ is your best chance to get it working again. He has corrected CDRW and DAT as well as just about anything Tascam makes and he even fixed some Sony units too. I know him as the counterpart to the Chicago Factory Service facility when it was open. He was the Manager in New Jersey then.
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A Technician usually has to get a tape out of a machine when this happens. In radio when I was Chief Engineer for several stations in Chicago I would send my defective decks to Russ at New Jersey Factory Service in Emerson NJ. He knows how to fix these units.
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Usually the tension of the take-up reel keeps the shut-off arm taught and everything works. If the shut off arm falls down, the recorder stops. Is that what's happening?

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