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Cassette Deck not functioning correctly

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by [email protected], Mar 31, 2008.

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    I picked up from Ebay a cassette deck. It is a 2 head, 2 motor full
    logic controlled deck. The front panel was damaged a bit during
    shipping and it requires manually prying the door open while pressing
    the 'eject' button to load/unload tapes. It is a microcassette unit.
    When you select Play the heads come up and the tape advances for a
    split second but does not take up any slack. When you select ff/rew
    you can hear the motor start to turn but no movement from either of
    the reels and the deck will sense this and will stop.

    I took the cover off and both belts are intact and seem to work fine
    when their respective functions are engaged. One seems a wee loose
    but not enough to make too much of a difference I don't think. What
    could the trouble be? Is it something more involved than just belts?
    I remember having a Mitsubishi cassette deck and it had a similar
    problem. On most 2-motor cassette decks what is the function of the
    individual motors.....the capstan and take up reels?

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