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Error 02 I've attempted to clean the head; capstan; the entire tape track; Still get the error 02 code after awhile. It does reset after turning the machine on and off, but when you listen to the machine as you jog between functions, such as "stop" fast forwward" etc. it sounds "sluggish" Thought the cleaning would help but obviously missed something. On a chat room sight the general inpression was that the machine "isn't worth the effort". However, up until recently I've had no problems and has given me good recordings.

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Error 02 = Error in Reel/Capstan Motors. One,or more, of your motors is going......You can pick 'em up cheap on the auction lists(whole decks,not motors).

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