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The auto stop mechanism seems to have completely stopped working. When play a cassette, it eats it. When you put the deck into play mode without a cassette and push on the pinch roller with your finger, it does not stop as expected. The auto reverse switch also does not seem to function (I have not tried it with a cassette in for obvious reasons).

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  • evokat3ur Sep 04, 2011

    FF and REW actually do work, yet, during playback, the take up reel does not turn, I did clean the head, capstans, etc.

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When's the last time it was cleaned? It surely needs it now.

Never touch the any part of the transport that directly contacts the tape with bear fingers.

This sounds like a failure of the take-up (left) reel to take up slack as it's fed in by the capstan.

You can probably trust the machine to fast forward or rewind a tape to test the ability of the reels to manage slack since either action only requires one reel to pull while the other just coasts. Failure would look like stationary tape that eventually would time out and reset the command.

If it won't do fast transport motions that eliminates the capstan/pinch roller.

If it CAN FF and REW then the capstan, pinch roller, heads or something is probably glommed up with sticky tape oxide, which brings us back to the first question.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011

  • David Dunn
    David Dunn Sep 04, 2011

    If FF and REW work the reels have enough torque. Failure of the capstan pinch wheel will result in no apparent tape motion other than the reels will tension the tape slightly as they oppose each other. Experiment with an eaten tape if you don't trust the machine. Just FF opr REW to a smooth part.

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