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Old 12-22-2012, 10:14 AM
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tape wont stay where it should

Hey guys!! been playing around with my Teac x1000r and a new problem arose today, the tape (teac 701) does not seem to like the guides, the tape seems to slip out a few seconds after i press play; what could be causing this, it did not happen earlier with other makes. thanks, Jorge.
Old 12-22-2012, 10:33 AM
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Try a different tape maybe?
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:42 PM
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Yes. First try a different tape. If there is a lot of sticky on tape you were playing, the tape will assume a mind of its own. The assumption is that your transport in functioning in a nominal manner. And that the path is clean. And that the pinch rollers aren't glazed.

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Old 12-22-2012, 07:52 PM
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Both the X2000 and X1000 use a similar tape tension design. If you are referring to tape skew, which is what you are defining by description, the causes can be many. Like Tapetech likes to number the parts in suggestions it can be due to these or a single item or a few items.
Dirty/worn Pinch Rollers
Capstan shaft with wear patterns in them
Incorrect tensions set by non standard methods.
Dirty motor stators due to many hours wear- carbon in the gaps.
Bent or mis adjusted tension arm positions.
Non uniform pinch roller pressure.
Rubber on the rollers being cockeyed- as in cleaning them a lot but one side more than the other.
Lack of lubrication of the flywheels and an improper belt.

Working on these to get them to be working well is no easy matter and can take some hours of trial and error until the solution is found.
Best regards,

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.
Old 12-24-2012, 02:13 AM
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Hmmm; Sorry guys but I'm the idiot here, it turns out I have been feeding my tapes to the machine along the wrong path,OOOOPS .
I was feeding it through the first , inertia roller?, I stupidly fed it between the roller and some kind of extra roller it has next to it, but I found the manual and it shows that the tape must go on top of these two and not between; ha ha silly me, but please dont tell anyone , I have a reputation to maintain. Thanks guys.

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