Question about Tape Decks
Have a Nakamichi RX-303 CASSETTE DECK and TEAC 2000x REEL TO REEL . Both Decks stopped playing after 3 yrs in storage. Both decks will rewinds and fast forwards the tape but when press the play button I hear a click but nothing happens. Any assistance in this matter will be greatly appreciated.
Also do you know any reliable repair facilities in Virginia or New-York who can repair them?
Thank you for your time
The click you did hear is the solenoid engaging. Both the Nakamichi and the Teach often uses a different motor for the play and for the rewind/forward functions.
The capstan belt you referred to is often a flat belt roughly 5mm in width but with the diameter varying from model to model. I would suspect that the belt has melted or broken in pieces. best way hopefully on parts replacement would be as per sample but with the previous statement might be impractical. You might be better off with winging the size with a string of some sort and just tie around from the motor around the flywheel/capstan.
As to a repair facilities, pls try entering your Zip Code on the small window "Repair Service", I believe on the right of this page.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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Posted on Aug 08, 2008
These decks need a complete overhaul. There are belts and "idlers" inside that are made from rubber that have dried out and slip. The Rx-303 needs a tire replacement. This tire only comes into play when in play mode. The FF and REW functions are powered only by a belt. Changing hte idler tire is a bit tricky in these units if you have not replaced one before. Given the value of these units, I'd recommend that you have a servicer in your area overhaul these. The parts expense should not exceed $15 for either deck. Check in the area for the labor costs. Both units are definately worth the repair cost.
Posted on Aug 08, 2008
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