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    Lazy capstan solenoid

    I have rotated my Teac A-6300 back into use and find that the capstan solenoid has become a bit lazy. What I mean is when i engage play, the brake solenoids release sharply but the capstan solenoid( in the same circuit loop) does sort of a "stutter click" when engaging and rather than sharply...
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    Tascam 112 cassette pitch speed control issues

    I have a pair of 112 cassette decks and both of them have issues with the pitch speed control. When i bought them, both decks needed belts and the pitch speed control was jacked. When i enabled the pitch control button the motors go into full fast speed with the heads still engaged of course...
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    DBX 119 et al

    I answered an ad for this pile of gear even tho I have some version of most of it. I mean, who buys gear they dont really need, right? The money shot was the 3BX, but in a field check it came up dead. The rest of the gear passed a preliminary check, so it all came home cheap. What I have is...
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    DBX 3BX-R Remote Manual help

    I use a DBX 3bx, one of the first series units, as part of my playback system. It does a really nice job on old vinyl, quieting down the surface noise in compression mode and livening up the music in expansion mode. I recently acquired a 3BX-R remote which adds functionality and has user...
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    Teac 6300 Capstan Solenoid flaky

    For some time the solenoid that pulls in the pinch roller on my 6300 has been lazy, i.e. when i press 'play there is a slight delay and an audible double 'click' before the pinch roller pulls over. Thinking about it I presume there is a relay that energizes the solenoid and thats the first click...
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    Eq Recommendation

    I posted this earlier in the Analog section where I usually lurk, but realize there may be some valuable insights from another group as well..... I am soliciting recommendations from gear experts (junkies) for an equalizer. I have my own ideas but want a wider perspective. Since my original...
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    Equalizer Recommendation

    I am soliciting recommendations from all gear experts (junkies) for an equalizer. I have my own ideas but want a wifder perspective. Since my original failed I have had two others which both lasted only a short time. I think this is one of the downsides of *vintage* equipment, and eq's are...
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    Tascam 308B PFL oddity

    I have dusted off my 308B and am trying to address some of the gremlins it has acquired. >>>I really need to flip it over, crack it open, and clean all the pots and reseat all the cards, but from the first power up.... When I press and of the Pre-fader listen (PFL) buttons, I get an audible...
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    Revox PR99 Mk II: Can I use headphone output instead of line outs?

    I have a Revox PR99-II that has an issue with the channel 2 line output...like, there is no output. When i got the machine it was heating up and had smoked one of the resistors (R5 or R6) on the output board, like it had a short somewhere. I replaced both resistors (L+R channels) and cleaned up...
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    Can I PLAY any tape on any machine??

    Much has been made of having a reel to reel biased for the particular tape type being RECORDED upon, but what about a machine PLAYBACK capability?? At issue is I am finally making time to sort thru my large tape collection, which is made up of a vast variety of manufacturers, thicknesses...
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    ...so I got all these tapes...

    Once again I broke my vow and bought another tape machine.. an Otari 5050 1/2" 4 track, and it came with 24 reels of tape. Most of it appears to be Ampex 456 which a few reels are Quantegy GP9. I say "appears to be" as I am going under the assumption that the tape is on the original reels, if...
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    MCI on C-List

    Not mine but near me. mci tape machines FWIW
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    I cant see the forums...Help!

    Not on topic exactly, but it looks like the site layout has changed, and I cannot see the pages in the forums any longer!!. Reading a thread requires strange keyboard dexterity..I have to hit the ESC key immediately after loading a page to get anything or the body of the page goes blank after...
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    AHHHHHHHHH....Someone stop me!!!!

    http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/msg/2020155626.html
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    Hope I don't regret this...

    Long story short: saw a newly posted local Craigslist for an Ampex 440C Half inch 4 track. $350. Guy is moving out of town the next day (red flag # 1) and last minute decides he doesnt want to haul it across the country. He claims low usage. (red flag #2) So I go to the storage unit its in (red...
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    Lateset tape + tape scam

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Ampex-AG440-1-4-reel-reel-tape-deck-/360274028936?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item53e2016988 Selling a mono ampex 440 on Fleabay....totally misrepresented. Museum piece?? More like mausoleum piece. I see rust, no pinch roller, he says tube...
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    What does it take to add a head....

    I would like to have a quarter track play head on my half track Ampex 440C. Ampex did offer the half track head stack with an optional quarter track play head and a built in switch to flip between half track and quarter track, but I have been unsuccessful in finding one at a reasonable price...
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    Massivaudin sale- You gotta see this

    I will load pics in a minute (i always have trouble with this) but just went to an estate sale in Dallas I saw on C-List. UNBELIEVEABLE!!! Dozens of mixers, 4. 8, 16 track reel machines, processing gear, racks, speakers, mics, stand, tape, vcrs...the whole friggin house is packed. There is stuff...
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    Local Craigslist 24 track

    Just down the street from me. I did not even know there WAS someone in town with a 24 track analog studio, no less THREE machines. http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/msg/1661992206.html I'm tempted to call him just for a demo...:)
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    Tacam 112 runs slightly fast -

    I have acquired two Tascam 112 machines, and both exhibit the same problem. With the varispeed OFF, they both run a bit fast...not much, but enough to hear a pitch change on pre-recorded music. When the Vari speed is turned ON, the thing spools up to high speed and the vari speed pot does...
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