First, I would like to say that I have been creeping your forum for a few weeks now and I appreciate ALL of the great info. that I have found, particularly pertaining to analog recording equipment.
To the point: I have a Tascam 388 that I purchased (with option to return) from a pawn shop who acquired it from an old man who hadn't used it in years. It was very clean, and upon bringing it home, it powered up, showed a signal on all vu meters, all lights / buttons work, etc.
RW / FW / LOAD etc. work, the capstan belt and motor are spinning freely, and the belt is very elastic and new feeling.
My problem is that PLAY and RECORD do absolutely nothing. I have checked the capstan belt, and replaced the fuses, to no avail.
No lights, no movement of the pinch roller, nothing.
Any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated as I am VERY excited at the prospect of recording with this machine!
Thank you in advance!