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Old 12-29-2016, 03:58 PM
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Forgot to add that both my Teacs - a 3340 and a 3440 - worked fine when I got them and were in equally as good a condition when I sold them. The Tascam 38, after being assembled from two units (packing issues on the first one...) ran fine and is still doing duty in Nashville. No restoration - just selection of best original parts from two decks.
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Old 12-30-2016, 04:33 AM
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Hey Macman: do you service Revox? B-77?

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Old 12-30-2016, 07:58 AM
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I am the 2nd owner of my Sony TC-458. My supervisor in the AF in Japan bought it new in 1971. The only thing I've done to it really was take it all down to remove waxed out grease/regrease, new belts, new brake felts and azimuth adjustments. It still plays and records like a champ. The power switch is starting to falter a bit (flickering lights when first powered up), but aside from that all original. I'm thinking I shouldn't be bragging about it though cuz now that I have, I'll have major rebuild on my hands
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:15 AM
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I've noticed a lot of Teacs do that. Especially if they've been sitting a while. My 2300s always has. Just exercise the rubber pinch roller up and down with the side of your index finger a few times in the Stop or power-off position first, and you'll be fine.
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:26 PM
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My 1979 Teac A2300SD still going strong even on original belts. 1983 TR-3000 works perfectly after belt change. But it only has about 150 hours of time on it.
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:48 PM
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My Teac 6010 GSL I bought in Okinawa in 72, Crown SX 824 Needed pinch roller, belt and solenoid cap, Tascam 34B pinch roller.
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:37 AM
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Old 02-26-2017, 08:39 AM
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I've got a Teac A-4010SL that's still original and still working, along with a Pioneer RT-701 and Sony TC-353D that are still working fine!
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Old 02-26-2017, 04:06 PM
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My daily driver is a Teac A6300, bought a few months ago from the original owner with no work done and 20 years in storage. Gummed up play solenoid apparent on pre-purchase inspection (played with a good prod on pinch wheel), exercised multiple times back home and operating very nicely without maintenance action. It will get a service (from me) in due course.

Also have A4300 and A2340 that have needed nothing more than said solenoid stripping and lubing and belts.

Is anyone keeping score?
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Old 03-07-2017, 06:13 AM
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Teac 2340

Still works great. Purchased from a AV company clean the heads and its great. I use it solely for playback and it sounds great, a real work horse.
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Old 03-07-2017, 07:31 AM
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Hi Guys!
What one of you said "Gummed up play solenoid apparent on pre-purchase inspection (played with a good prod on pinch wheel), exercised multiple times " is not really recommended. You might be loosening the post that the pinch roller assembly is rotating on. This post is riveted to the chassis. You never want to loosen the rivet-as I've seen a few times when the owner forced the pinch roller mechanism back and forth.
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Old 03-07-2017, 08:11 AM
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Well, I'll ring in on this topic. I truly believe there are "soldiers" and problematic decks by design. I have gotten 3 Teac's, 2 of the Bi-Directional A-4070's, and an A-4300 basically from junk shops/basement giveaway.

They all work. They all needed belts though. The A-4070's central pinch roller tended to SLOWLY move up and down - but that was simply old grease on the pivot arm. There have been no electronics replacing in any of them.

Do they need this work done?? Maybe -- probably. But I have good ears yet, and they do quite well still. I don't do much recording with the A-4070's as the pinch rollers are beginning to slip near the end of a reel of tape now, but are not cracked, nor are they "mushy". just geriatric.

The A-4300 I have done NOTHING to in the 15 years I have owned it (Except head/tape path cleaning and oil of course) except adjust the left brake a TINY bit, so it would not spill tape going from FF to stop.

I also 'rescued' an Akai GX365D from a thrift shop for $20. In factory original box and stytrafoam molded packing inserts, and 1/2 face metal reel. Got it home, cleaned the FILTHY tape path, popped a tape on it, and it played perfectly though it's internal speakers. Lucky, I guess. See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAoBiaOqw60
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Old 03-07-2017, 09:19 AM
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Technically that's an AKAI GX-365 (No D for deck) recorder. I used to have the previous version of that which was an AKAI X-360 recorder with the built-in amp and speakers. Was a good starter R2R because I could not afford an amplifier and speakers at the time (1970).
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Old 03-07-2017, 10:01 PM
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Otari MX-5050 BIII. I put new rubber on the impedance and pinch rollers but that's it. Heads are getting grooved and need relapping.
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Old 03-08-2017, 02:05 AM
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Sony TC-755A, bought it about 3 months ago form its original owner who is a friend. Stayed in the closet for more than 25 years. Cleaned and lubricated the frozen pinch roller mechanism and one tape tensioner arm. Performs like new. Great sound and perfect mechanical and cosmetic condition.

Teac X-2000R. I am the original owner. Didn't use it for a very long time (more than 10 years) and when I tried to put it in use again the belt and the motor were gone. Changed the motor and the belt and it now performs like a charm.

Philips N4520, bought it last year, came from Germany. One channel was weak. The repairing technician told me it was totally original. Operates beautifully.

Sony TC-558, bought it last year from an electronic technician friend. It only needed spraying of the switch at the bottom of the machine. Performance is great.

2xRevox B-77, from the look of the insides, they are both original and perform beautifully.

2xSony TC-765, everything original including the belts. Both going strong.
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Old 03-26-2017, 09:43 AM
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RT-707, 2300SD, RT-1011L (after lubing the tension and guide roller arms).
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Old 03-26-2017, 12:30 PM
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I love how this thread keeps going. Has the original guy asking bought a reel to reel yet?

On that note my Otari mx5050 bll is up and running after a major beat down. No deck can escape my hammer a Mrl, some AmsOil and a good head scratch. As far as wondering whether no maintanence is needed on a deck? ,then id suggest taking up another hobby.
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Old 03-26-2017, 03:55 PM
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My TEAC 3340-S has not seen service.

*WORKS* but I dont think you could technically Say *well* compared to what it would be like with a little service, the heads are showing very minute amount of head gap so Im certain they will need calibration, along with a general once over.

Im not too worried about it seeing as I have only got mystery Scotch formula from the Mid 80s that is all out of a basement flood been stored in a garage since 2007 etc. Running that stuff on this machine isnt going to get me the best results even with a new Deck.
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Old 03-26-2017, 08:09 PM
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My Revox A77 was "working" and sounded reasonably good until I started to realign it. Every trim pot I have touched has failed due to the wiper breaking. No obvious failed capacitors though I'm sure they are degraded.

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