HI, I PURCHASED A SANSUI TAPE DECK FROM A GARAGE SALE, IT PLAYS PRERECORDED TAPES JUST FINE, BUT WHEN I RECORD TAPES THEY DRAG AND SOUND ERIE/STRANG. THE MOTOR HAS A HOLE IN THE BACK FOR ADJUSTMENT. I TRIED THAT BUT THE TAPES STILL SOUND AWFUL, NO NEW BELTS, ANG SUGGESTIONS. THANKS
First try cleaning the heads with some electronics grade alcohol and a static free cleaning swab...although it sounds like the head may need alignment...if those two things do not work out for you, the capstan motor might be the culprit.
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Just connect the deck via tape 1 the out of the deck going to the in of the amp. While the out of the amp goes to the in of the deck.
The tape deck itself will automatically choose the player that plays the cassette. One will play the other will be on pause (if you press both play buttons) till the tape stops then the other will play. For recording from tape to tape one deck will be the copy and the other the copier. There should be a dubbing button which you press to record tape to tape. Some models have a high speed dub also. For recording from the amp unless both decks have record buttons you will only be able to record with one deck. Make certain the dub button is not set.
It is very easy, you don't need a manual for this. The EQ line in and Line out get hooked into the record out and Tape in of one of the tape loops on the Sansui amp. Record outs go to EQ in and the EQ out goes to tape play.
The Bias control is used during recording. If you turn down the bias,
you will get more highs, but the distortion will increase, and then
start to increase dramatically if you back off the bias more.
As far as playing tapes from different decks goes.......
1..Does the tape that you recorded on your deck sound OK on your deck ?
2..Does the tape that you recorded on your deck sound OK on other decks ?
If 1 and 2 are true, then your deck is OK.
If the tapes recorded on a specific deck sound bar on yours, but 1 and 2 are true, then the other deck is faulty.
When a deck leaves the factory, the head is aligned to a " standard "
tape. By standard tape I mean a very special tape recorded in such a
way, that a tech can tell if the head is out of align and "tweek " the
physical alignment of the tape head..
All decks are aligned just a little differently, but fairly close to each other.
first do the mechanicals....is the head of your deck spotlessly clean ?.
Use 99% pure isopropanol alcohol and a cotton swab. Never use anything
metal to clean the tape head. If you scratch the head, its toast.
If your deck is clean, plays its own recordings well, and those
recordings play well on other decks, then your deck is not the problem.
Many portable 'boombox' recorders do not include a microphone for recording ambient sound, but can only record from one internal source to another, like radio or CD to Cassettte. Some do include an input jack for microphones or other audio sources, but you'll need to check your device's specs/ports to be sure.
to hear the audio fold back in prerecording mode you will need a tape that still has a security tab in it if not put some tape over the whole or even block the hole up
supply the tape unit with a good signal and then hold down the pause button and press the record and play button at the same time. you will then be able to monitor the sound you are about to record. use headphones as this to stops background noise in your ears and allows you to focus on the sound, "its another world inside your cans" adjust the input level until just peaking into the red. when you are ready to record leave the record button alone and the stop button and the play button just release the pause button and away you go. to stop press stop to stop recording say to cut out an advert or something just press pause.
Try opening the front hatch of the tape by pressing the small, square button on the right or left (short) side of the tape. Check the black tape inside for any marks, dirt, scratches, tears, etc. If the tape is fine then your unit needs to be cleaned with a tape cleaner available at any electronics specialty or retail store. Good luck to you!
I also have an MR-929. The information that you need is in the 'Stereophonic 4 track stereo''. As stereo is only two tracks, there is another 2 tracks in addition to the one you are listening to. Wind the entire reel to the empty spool, and then play that. As you have to physically turn the reel over to do so, you should then hear the other tracks (or track, if recorded in mono).
I use my 929 to play my parents recording of my family from the late 60s, which were recorded on a valve (tube) Ferguson machine, which had a green "magic eye" level indicator, which as a child I found fascinating!
The deck needs a good cleaning. Try using a brand new tape and run it on playback for 20 min or so. You could try using a cleaning tape, but many of them are abrasive. If this doesn't work, you need a deck re-alignment which will cost more than your set is worth.