Any DAT Guys Here?

gortonandy

Member
2013-05-11 10:40 pm
Sony DAT 3 motor machines

I have done some videos on repairing the 3 motor machines. These are the most troublesome but once you know what to do with them they are quite easy to repair. As someone here has said, most of the Sony DATs use the same transport, with minor modifications but the dearer models use a 4 motor version with direct drive reels which is better - although even these can need a tweak of the pot that drives the take up spool.
Anyway, if you have a 3 motor deck ie the DTC-57ES, 750, 59ES, 60ES, ZE700, P7, 690, 670, 790, A6 or PCM-R300 take a look here:

Sony DAT Digital Audio Tape Repair 2a Tape Loading Problems - YouTube
Sony DAT Digital Audio Tape Repair 2b Tape Loading Problems Continued - YouTube
Sony DAT Digital Audio Tape Repair 2c More Tape Loading Problems - YouTube
Sony DAT Digital Audio Tape Repair 3 Thoughts on back tension - YouTube

Also here's how to change the head amp caps, something that should be done to all Sony DATs except the PCM-70x0 models:

Sony DAT Digital Audio Tape Repair 1 Changing the capacitors in the head amplifier - YouTube