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    Tascamm 488

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    I have an analague Tascam 488 - the older model not the MKll. It will not record or play. It will fast forward & rewind. However when I push play/record or play it starts for a second or two then stops - holding the buttons down gives me the same results. I took it to a service that specializes in older equipment and has serviced it before. I was told it was the motor and he could not locate one that would be compatible with this model. i think it came out in the 80's so finding a motor would be difficult.
    Does anyone know why the porta-studio would forward & reverse but not record? Isn't that the same motor ?
    I checked on line and the motors seemed to be way out of line for what the thing is worth. does anyone know where I can get an affordable and working motor for this?
    It's a real fun unit to play with and I really enjoyed the results I was getting so I'd hate to moth-ball it. also i don't really want to go digital but may have to if I keep running into dead ends. I'm 64 years old and do have computer and some digital experience I'd just rather go analogue.
    Thanks in advance to anyone reading this.

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    No, in PLAY/RECORD the tape is driven by the capstan motor. In FFWD/ REW it is driven by the spooling motor. Did you check the capstan belt? Failure of the capstan belt would result in your problem.

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    Don't forget many buy junkers, parts machines, and plain old boxes of parts when we have to. Trouble is that someone already salvaged the one part needed : )

    I don't think I ever had a transport motor fail other than that time I rewound a stepper motor. Is that heat related in the 488 ?

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    I replaced the capstan belt a while ago. so I do not think it's that - I do have a spare so maybe I can look at it again (it wasn't fun).
    also - the fellow that worked on it has worked on it before and he seemed pretty familiar with the operation. thanks for clearing up which motor runs which function.

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