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    Tascam 388 - Will Play & stop, but wont stop when FF / RW

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    I'm hoping one of you guys can help out. I recently got a Tascam 388 & it plays & stops perfectly, varispeed all works, record works. But if I Fast Forward or Rewind, and then hit STOP the PLAY light will go out but the transport wont stop Rewinding or Fast Forwarding. Sometimes on Rewind it'll stop when I hit STOP, but the counter counts backward really slowly.

    Anyone know what this could be? Any insight would be appreciated. Aside from that it's an amazing machine!

    Thanks.

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    Hey if you're a beginner with this machine, the first thing I'd check is your tape threading. IIRC the machine acts a little funny if you thread it around the tachometer the wrong way (the counter will also go backwards).

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    It does sound rather like what the TSR-8 does if the tach roller isn't working correctly - which as mentioned, can be because the tape has been threaded wrong.
    I'm not sure quite how critical the tach is on the 388, though - the TSR-8 has a more advanced transport AFAIK.

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    The transport logic on the 388 is similar generation to 48 and TSR-8.

    They work essentially the same way so the counter roller plays the same role in the transport logic between those machines (and others).
    Last edited by sweetbeats; 07-25-2017 at 22:01.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethyrvalve View Post
    Hey if you're a beginner with this machine, the first thing I'd check is your tape threading. IIRC the machine acts a little funny if you thread it around the tachometer the wrong way (the counter will also go backwards).
    You're a champion, thank you. I'm pretty new to this machine, growing up on cassette 4 tracks and spending the last 15 years on computers, but have had a few months recording an album with it in the USA and fell in love. I just shipped it back to Australia really well packed in a custom flight case and just set it up to run it through this paces and see if it's all working, so I must have been a bit keen and too eager to find a problem. She's 100% ready to get to work, phew!!

    Thanks again guys.

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    Does that mean it was a tape threading issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetbeats View Post
    Does that mean it was a tape threading issue?
    Yeah, that was it! Its working 100% now, thanks!

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    Good deal. Thanks for posting the issue. Sometimes it's something rudimentary and it's a good reminder for anybody to check fundamentals. Happy recording!

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