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    TEAC A-3440 doesn't record!

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    Hello, I've just brought this reel to reel and it's my first, so hopefully I'm doing something really stupid.
    It seems to run really smoothly, but I can't get it to record.
    I've downloaded the manual and I'm doing everything that it sais step by step.
    It can tell that there is sound going in trough the mike jack, as the dials move when you speak into the mike. But when I press record it doesn't work. The reel's move round as if it is recording, but nothing is transferred onto the tape.
    I brought a new tape, so that shouldn't be the problem.
    I don't know if the play function works either because I only have this new tape which has nothing on it.



    Can anyone help me?

    I hope so!
    Peacock

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    Are the red lights on? The function button should be lit solid red as well as the record button. Another problem could be if you accidentally threaded the tape over the head flap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveM View Post
    Are the red lights on? The function button should be lit solid red as well as the record button. Another problem could be if you accidentally threaded the tape over the head flap.
    Or you could have the output selected to "input" instead of "sync" or "Play."
    Rick Ruskin
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    Hello, thanks for the tips,
    I had the red light flashing and then it comes on constantly when record is selected.
    I think after further testing line one doesn't work, but the others do.
    I can only get it to play back on Sync and not play, is this normal?

    Thanks again,
    Peacock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacock View Post
    Hello, thanks for the tips,
    I had the red light flashing and then it comes on constantly when record is selected.
    I think after further testing line one doesn't work, but the others do.
    I can only get it to play back on Sync and not play, is this normal?

    Thanks again,
    Peacock
    All channels should work the same. Sync or play should yield a playback signal.
    Rick Ruskin
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    Try re-set the 4 playback cards on the bottom, common problem with 3440 models

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    Thanks for the help,
    But I have to confess I don't know what the playback cards are, can you give me a bit more direction please. I had a look at the manuals and couldn't find anything that said playback card in there.
    Sorry to be a pain,
    But a big thanks,
    Peacock

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    Hello...
    I've also been recording from a CD player today, and the quality is really bad. the recording is extreemly faint and crackely.
    I cleaned the heads etc but haven't recieved a demagnitiser yet... will this help with the quallity or do I need to do something else for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacock View Post
    Hello...
    I've also been recording from a CD player today, and the quality is really bad. the recording is extreemly faint and crackely.
    I cleaned the heads etc but haven't recieved a demagnitiser yet... will this help with the quallity or do I need to do something else for this?
    I doubt it has anything to do with the heads needing to be de-magnetized and unfortunately I don't know where the cards are on the 3440 but that's a good place to start if you can find out. Pull them out and maybe use some deoxit on all the connections. Try the deoxit on your switches and knobs too. Have you examined the heads good and made sure there is no gunk built up on them. If the tape is new old stock it could still be bad too. If it's old gunk you really need to scrub it because it'll be dried on there.

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    The 4 cards for the playback is located on the bottom, take the feet off and metal plate, you see each card for channel 1-4, pull each card out and clean the connectors + spray some De-Oxit on each slot of the mother board where the card goes in, do the same for all 4 cards.
    Be careful when doing this, it's tight to reach and the brackets in front of the card been to come off first.
    The 3440 is a great machine, but not service friendly.

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