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    tascam 34b problem

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    hello i just picked up a tascam 34b and the 1st channel is either playing or recording intermitintly (i havent figured it out yet as it rarely plays)
    when its not playing all i hear is a faint oscillating sound, first higher pitched then with a rhythmic lower frequency popping in every second or so (i though there was some synth stuff on the tape at first, thats how rhythmic it actually is!)
    anyone have any idea where i should start looking to solve this problem?
    thanks in advance!

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    Well the first thing I would look at would be the heads. Are they clean?
    Also if it was a shipped recorder through someone like UPS that is well know for destroying many many good recorders I would take the bottom panel off and pull all of the channel cards out a little and push them back in to make sure they are seated well.
    Sometimes in transport they can come loose.
    Good luck with your machine its a great unit when working well.
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    yeah i cleaned and demaged the heads first thing, also i bought it from a guy locally.
    i'll have to pop it open and see if anything is amiss!
    i also have a tascam 388 that i looove but im really excited for some 4 tracking!
    (im also a heavy lurker of this board!)

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    well i tried reseating the boards and that didnt help, i did however narrow it down to being a playback problem on channel one as when i flipped the tape it played back fine on channel 4.
    also when channel one did play back it sounded crystal clear without any cutting out or crackling.
    what gives!

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    • Try some DeoxIT on the head connectors maybe? I've heard of that doing what you are describing...remove the head cover and you should be able to get to them...turn off the deck , unplug the connectors, apply cleaner/DeoxIT and work it it by connecting/reconnecting a couple times. I'd recommend doing the same with the amp card connectors.
    • What happens when you swap amp cards as opposed to flipping tape? If you swap cards for channels 1 and 2 and the problem moves to track 2 then we can assume it is a problem with the card and then go from there.
    • Is the problem the same whether you are playing back from the sync head or the repro head?
    • Does the deck pass signal clean from the input side when monitoring the input?

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    Never mind Sweetbeats just said everything I was going to.

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    ok here is where im at,
    channel four is now not working sometimes both 1 and 4 work when in sync mode (i realize now that this was the only time 1 worked) but he sound is dull and distorted.
    the tape head appear to be soldered in, and i cant get the amp cards to slide out (is there something im missing? i took the whole bottom as well os the back off and it just feels like they are going to break if i pull them any harder)
    i still have the chance to turn back on this deal, but the guy only wants $60 for it.
    how much would servicing on something like this run roughly?

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    I can't research in detail right now, but I'll look at my copy of the 34 manual later.

    For $60 I'd take it.

    I'm banking on oxidized amp card connections or sticking relays. If the head connections are soldered in then my bad...that's probably not the issue and I apologize for sending you on a chase.

    The cards can get pretty challenging to pull if its been a long time. Make sure there is nothing in the way of the cards coming out...rock the cards slightly as you pull. Are there holes in the corners of the cards? If so you can fashion something like a coat-hanger as a handle to hook through the holes, again rocking slightly as you pull.

    I'll check back later.

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    ok great!
    just wanted to make sure there wasnt a hidden screw or something i was missing.
    thanks for all the help thus far! i hope i can get this going!

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    There is the retaining bar But I'm pretty sure you have removed it. Just rock the cards one side then another till they come out.

    -Ethan

    also, Did you say what the heads looked like? A photo might be nice to see.
    In Sunny Vancouver ..... (Washington)

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