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Old 08-16-2014, 03:15 AM
leong leong is offline
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TEAC X-2000R Spooling

Hi All,

Can someone assist me with this .....

I have just bought a TEAC X-2000R and have had it stripped and serviced.

The units works and sound great but I have 1 issue with it ..... the tape does not pack on to the take-up reel firmly and evenly. I have tried various reels and these reels perform fine on my X-1000R and A-3300SX.

What should I look for ?


Old 08-17-2014, 10:46 AM
kevman kevman is offline
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Are you taking about is ff and rewind mode ? I don't think Ive found any machine that packs tape evenly in those modes. the X-2000 and x-2000M both have a spooling mode, but no auto reverse. My X-2000 will not pack evenly unless I use the spool mode feature. Hope this helps.

EDIT: ok I re-read your post it sounds like it happens when you play ? Maybe check the alignment of the tension arm rollers and make sure the nylon washers on both side of them are not missing.
Old 08-17-2014, 06:45 PM
leong leong is offline
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Hi Kevman,

Yes .... in play mode. Tension arms are fine and washers are in place.

Do you think packing the supply side reel table out (like with a reel adjusting disc) will help ?
Old 08-17-2014, 07:20 PM
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Position of the reel table out or in just make the flange not to rub. The correct way to fast wind a tape is under the proper regulated tension. Most service shops I have seen units after they touch them are no where close to what they should be- they adjust them by effect which is wrong.
Check the voltage reference at the tension arm opto returns and then adjust the tension to 50-60 g/cm tension using a Tentelometer. If you are using non back coated tape then that is on reason not to use it. I have had back coated tapes wind perfectly find in X series servo tension decks when all the settings are correct they do the same thing in Tascam servo adjusted tension arm units like the 52.
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Sam Palermo, BSEE , ProSquad Member
Skywave Tape Deck Repair- Chicago area
(630)616-0932 Office/ Email skywavebe@sbcglobal.net
Past Teac/Tascam Lead Service Technician at Chicago Factory Service, Sony too still doing repairs.

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