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    A Rare Bird...Tascam M-5000 Mixing Console

    Just saw this up on eBay...not mine, don’t know the Seller...no endorsement of the Seller or item for sale, only posting here as an opportunity to share the pics of the M-5000, which is a rare console. Not as rare as the M-700, but still very rare...here’s the listing: Tascam M5000 recording...
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    Tascam 4-track with bad head coils?

    Hey all. So I’m tinkering on a Tascam 244...really like it by the way...built like a tank compared to the 424 I’m used to. Anyway, the machine has a problem with no signal getting to tape or off of tape on tracks 1 & 3. I’ve gone through typical troubleshooting to verify in fact nothing is...
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    When is the last time you saw one of these?

    An 8-track cassette... CALIBRATION TAPE...got one:
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    RARE EXTENDER CARDS for sale: Tascam 388 & TSR-8

    Saw these on eBay...if you have a TSR-8 or 388 and are committed/addicted to it and intend on keeping it maintained and/or want the ability to thoroughly maintain it yourself OR give a technician the ability to thoroughly maintain it for you, you really ought to consider this RARE opportunity to...
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    Super long-shot...Tascam 134 manual...

    Hey everybody. I know this is a total long-shot, since I’ve been scouring the internet to no avail, but I need manuals for a Tascam 134/134B. Anybody have the owners or service manuals to this relatively rare rack-mount cassette 4-track multitrack successor to the 234?
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    Picked these up the other day...

    dbx 122 and 128...$80 for the pair. I’m not sure if they work yet but if they don’t I can probably fix them. They are in really good condition. They were on Craigslist local to me. I watched them for weeks and just kept going “hmmmm”. I don’t have a pressing need for them, but I have a pair...
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    When 13 is a lucky number...

    13 is a lucky number when it’s the number open reel tape machines (plus some other gear) you bring home for the price of the gas you burned to go pick them up...and your car gets 44mpg... I brought this home for free: The machines are in various states of operation and condition. Akai...
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    Tascam 122 Story...

    So I've had an Onkyo TA-2058 consumer cassette deck for over three decades...its been dormant for awhile, and, upon pulling it out recently to play some archived cassettes I discovered the capstan belt was dried out, stretched and slipping. I found a rubber band that worked to get through what I...
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    A different looking Tascam 424...pre mkI?

    What am I looking at here...this is a Tascam 424 that doesn’t fit the mkI, mkII or mkIII mold...dark grey like the mkII, but totally different meter display than any 424 I’ve seen (LED rather than LCD), mechanical counter, selectable tape speed, more limited I/O and mixer features...external...
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    Studer 928 Story...

    So this Story actually starts in this thread here: Hittin’ The Road Again... So go check that out and then come back here. Some of you might be wondering why I'm getting another console...I mean, I've got the Tascam M-__ prototype 12 x 8 console, I've had a Tascam M-520 and M-512, Soundtracs...
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    Hittin’ The Road Again...

    I can hardly stand it. It’s like the night before Christmas...can’t sleep. I hit the road in about four hours...heading out on a day trip to pick something up.
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    Tascam 688 MIDISTUDIO Story...

    So with a recent bargain acquisition of a 488 mkI in need of repair (that ended up being pretty easy to fix), I’d been watching the market to gauge a reasonable price to ask for the 488 and along came a 688...these have always been a curiousity for me...never seen one in the flesh...certainly...
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    Tascam 688 Service Manual?

    Does anybody have a copy of the Tascam 688 Service Manual laying around? I’m not looking for a handout...just hoping to verify some part numbers and some info from the schematics. Anybody have one?
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    Look what I got for $75

    Well...I’ve been keeping busy, but I do believe you can’t entirely take the sweetbeats out of the sweetbeats...and since I tend to troll craigslist and eBay...and Reverb...when I find a good deal it tends to follow me home even if it’s been rode hard and put up wet...if I think I can fix it or...
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    What sweetbeats has been up to lately...

    I’ve not been posting as much recently, though I’ve been lurking...lots of posts and threads with questions and issues I’d like to chime and help with but I’ve got a lot going on, so my apologies for not being much of a help lately. My day job has been very time consuming lately, plus we’ve...
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    Teac “reel” cassette...couldn’t pass it up.

    For $20 shipped I couldn’t pass this thing up...silly thing is I don’t even own a functioning cassette deck at the moment and what I *do* have here isn’t even a Teac unit...and I suppose the version with silver reel flanges and the “TASCAM” logo would be more in line with all my Tascam stuff...
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    Tascam RC-416 Remote on eBay

    No connection with or endorsement of the Seller, just saw this...it’s a good deal. Looks a litttle weathered but what do you want for $87USD shipped? I’ve seen triple that for an RC-416...the rare remote for your MSR-16 1/2” 16-track. TASCAM RC- 416 REMOTE CONTROL UNIT FOR TASCAM MSR-16 REEL...
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    Old “Friends”...

    Silly little thing to share, but not many people would understand...so here it is: I’m too cheap or fiscally challenged (probably both) to buy one of those fancy electric desoldering tools. So all these years I’ve been using one of those $4 spring-loaded desoldering tools...like for nearly 3...
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    Random Thoughts

    I have some large drawers in the garage where I keep more valuable spare parts for tape machines. I have a Tascam drawer, an Ampex drawer and a 3M drawer. The Ampex and 3M drawers are noticeably heavier than the Tascam drawer. The drawers are each filled without about the same volume of stuff...
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    Crating & Shipping Vendors...Which One To Use?

    Hey... Anybody out there ever use or have any experience with a crating and shipping company and can make a recommendation?
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