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I inherited this dual-deck amplifier from an uncle who has passed on. Unfortunately there is no manual with it anymore. The buttons on the tape decks don't depress except for the stop which immediately opens the tapedeck. There appears to be 3 settings on the left tapedeck which I can change but doesn't appear to make any difference. It sounds like the deck is constantly running except that none of the tape pins/sprockets turn. I suspect there may be a belt problem. There is a clicking sound which comes and goes but grows too an alarming volume unless I depress the Auto play button which the noise then immediately stops but nothing engages and the tape counter never advances. I'd like to see if it can still be used but I don't have a lot of money to put into it. I wouldn't mind trying to fix it however without the manual, I don't know where to even begin. How can I try and use this with my CD player and get the tape decks working again? If possible I'd like to run my DVD player through it as well. While I'd love to get the tape decks working, even if it can only be used as an amplifier/receiver, it would be worth it. Right now only the radio works but it has great sound. Thanks for any help you can offer so I can see if it will work.

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Hello
It's hard to provide advice without knowing make / model number. Many manufacturers have back issues of owners manuals on their websites - if not a Google search will often trawl one up
Lots of manufacturers used to put 'soft touch' buttons on cassette players - they don't actually push in (just wobble a bit) but work nonetheless. From your description it sounds like the drive belt has broken - alternatively it could be some worn cogs in the motor system, which might explain the clicking sound. Many years ago I had an AIWA tape deck that made a loud clicking when the tape counter got to 9999. Pressing the counter reset used to clear it.
You should be able to connect a CD or DVD player to it using the auxiliary sockets on the rear panel (assuming it has some). Any tape/ aux inputs should be the right impedance to work okay but a phono (record player) socket is unlikely to match. There will normally be a row of buttons (or perhaps a rotary dial) on the front to select input source.

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