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Old 3rd August 2006, 05:27 PM   #1
gp37 is offline gp37  Chile
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Default akai 1730 dss doesn`t pull the tape

Hello i have an akai 1730 dss quadraphonic reel to reel
in good condition, but it doesn`t pull the tape.
you have to pull the reel with the hand to begin
to play.

Thank you in advance
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Old 3rd August 2006, 08:28 PM   #2
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Hi gp37,
There are normally three potential problems with the old Akai R-R units.

1.) The grease has dried - clean the old grease and relubricate.

2.) The belts are "worn" - find replacement belts from a second source.

3.) The micro switch contacts are bad - Replace, they are a standard item.

Other things to look for are worn bearings, the capstan bearing is critical. A bad pinchroller is trouble. Sit it on a table or clean flat surface where it touches the tape. There should be no gap in the center. You can get away with a very small gap. Watch that the entire tape path is clean and not worn. DO NOT ATTEMPT to correct the head alignment - ever, unless the heads show zero wear (are new).

Good luck with your repair!

-Chris
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