Akai MG1214 won't rewind/fast forward


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The play function works fine. Without a tape in, the right reel spins when I hit fast forward and the left reel spins when I hit rewind. But then I put a tape in and when I hit either of those buttons it just makes a whining sound and the tape doesn't move. Sometimes it moves a little bit, though, as if it were trying to spin but something was resisting it or holding it back somehow. Any ideas of what this could be? Thanks.
IIRC VST in LA is the best and also pretty much the only place around.
I think there was a guy in new jersey that worked on them, also.