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Old 01-09-2017, 08:24 PM
discozack discozack is offline
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Teac X-2000 - spooling motor wrong function

as described in the title my Teac X-2000 i just bought few days ago got an huge problem. I've never heared of something like this happend to "Teac X-1000/2000"

Working fine:

- Fast forward

Doesnt work:

- Rewind
- Play

If i press Rewind the left spooling motor runs into wrong direction and the right spooling motor runs extremly fast forward

If i press Play the right motor seems to act normal but the left runs forward aswell (pretty fast)

What else i noticed is that the "Repeat Function" is always on and i cant turn it off.

No fuse blown, Capstsan runs (both speeds), Record mode seems to work, DBX too

I tried U31, U32, U33 Main IC's already from my 2nd X-2000

Maybe someone of you know this problem?

thanks alot

best regards
Old 01-09-2017, 09:09 PM
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Was this with a tape in place or without?

If no tape threaded up, it's likely what you saw was what the supply reel should do, and that is apply a bit of back tension to keep the tape taught while playing and/or fast winding/forward for proper spooling onto the reels and so with no tape, the left reel will run in the opposite direction and vice versa for when you are fast winding in the opposite direction, again to maintain tape back tension.

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Old 01-10-2017, 03:55 AM
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i've simulated the tape with tension arms in position.
Same method works on my 2nd here perfect.

I know about back tension.


- If i press "Rewind" the left motor runs forward instead of back/rewind

- If i press "Play" the left motor runs forward instead of back/rewind aswell

thanks alot
Old 01-10-2017, 08:48 AM
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Hi Disco,
There can be a lot of reason for this.If the left motor is turning wrong all the time then it might be that someone took the motor apart and reverse the magnet poles. If this is done the motor will turn the wrong way.
There are all kinds of funny symptom that can happen with the servo deck and while you give us the symptom it can have a lot of different causes.
If you reach behind the main plate and remove the brake from the supply motor with power just on does it rotate then? If so you might have a shorted transistor which is hard to do as these 2SD718 are very robust.
I have had to change the carbon trimmer for Cermet ones as some of the carbon ones get cracks in them and are not reliable in maintaining their settings. Of course to set one of these up you need the Tentelometer.
I got one on E bay the other day for $30 including shipping.
Best regards,

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Old 01-11-2017, 09:40 AM
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A new world

My recent toy (X-2000RBL) has issues with the tension.

Playing with it, without reels, It certainly does interesting things

controlling the reel motors, including changing directions, quite forcefully,

depending on tension arm position.

My deck has the Shakes in the tension arms during play.

And REWs only when putting pressure down on the tension arms.

...a similar problem of another thread that seems to have ended with a shop fix(?) on the tension PCB.

BTW, the brushes on the capstans are a bit of a pain.

Them new fangled tape decks be "a whole new World"
Old 01-11-2017, 09:51 AM
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it may do you justice to start a new thread instead of joining into an existing thread. There could be several reasons for what you are experiencing , related or not. Yes the X1000 and X2000 machines are not as hearty as the previous A series, and come with their own quirks and weaknesses.
Old 01-11-2017, 04:28 PM
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Thanks alot @Skywavebe

I've checked the motor itself. You were right!! someone didint build it up correctly. Now the motor moves into the right direction. Of course someone messed up the tape tension configuration. You said you found one of these "Tentelometer" on ebay. Maybe you can tell me the type you use for this?

thanks alot

best regards

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