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    Sony TC-366 Reel to Reel tape deck problem

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    Have acquired a vintage Sony TC-366 tape deck. Cleaned inside/out. Tape advances both ways OK but can't get it to reliably hold in the play position...there seems to lack a notched resting position for the mechanical linkage.
    Any repair/adjustment suggestions or directions towards a forum specializing in tape decks?
    Thank you
    Louis

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    Louis the headstack assembly plate need to come off first.
    Then clean all the small pivots and cam controlling the play-lever
    located on the right side.
    There is also a adjustment screw of the bottom right side of the assembly plate.
    Link with pictures and info here about 366:
    http://www.angelfire.com/electronic2...getx/SONY.html

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    Thank you Vintage Texas...really like your site. Good detail there on what mechanical challenge I need to work thru to get the unit going again.
    Question re. the adjustment screw...is it accessible without lifting the head stack?
    Louis

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    Thanks for your comment Louis, yes just over the tape-selector switch you find a small hole with the adjustment (phillips screw).
    Turn it two times clockwards and test the selector lever with only the face-plate off and see what happens.

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    NICE!

    I used to have one of these decks. It was given to my by my dentist (odd, huh?) who was about to throw it away, along with about 45 reels of Sony PR-150 tape that had AMAZING dubs of classic rock records.

    When he said he was about to trash it, I said "no you aren't" and picked it up that same day! I spent the next year and a half on my spare time dumping the tapes to my PC, into CD-format audio. To this day I'm still in the process of researching the music, and chopping up these massive WAV files into tracks, for enjoyment on other medium.

    I did experience the issue that you're experiencing with the machine. At first, it would play and then slow down to a crawl after about 10 minutes, until the tape stopped. I took it to a local vintage electronics shop, and they managed to lubricate it and clean the belts and moving parts enough to bring it back to life to the point that it would play a tape at the correct speed consistently all the way through.

    But I continued experiencing the issue with the play lever not latching -- it was intermittent, and eventually it was stay. I never pursued fixing it though.

    That's a really cool website -- I wish I had seen it before when I still had the deck

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    Thanks for your comment Muckelroy.
    Any luck with the adjustment Louis ?

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    Thumbs up Hoooray!

    Your the man "Vintage"!
    Took a while to locate that screw (it is horizontal) but 2 turns did the job..now holds play position very well.
    One more help area I need for this tape deck: the smudgy damp basement smell inside, looks like a bit of moisture had splashed thru the rear vent screen onto the back side of steel frame plates, and some wires. I cleaned off the wires but the tangy smell remains...any way of cleaning this away?

    Many thanks Vintage,
    Louis

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    Glad it works again
    I think cleaning the inside of the wood cabinet can help, wipe it down with regular house cleaning product like Ajax grapefruit or something that you like.

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    Problems Sony TC 366

    Hi,

    Hav noticed that here is a lot of knowlegde about RTR decks in this forum.

    I have problems with my Sony TC366. The Capstan motor wont start. is there any usual problem ? Maybe a easy fix also?....

    -olderkongen

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    Did you test with a tape loaded ?
    There is a small rod on the left side of the headstack that engage the motor, without tape..no juice.
    Look at the pictures below:
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