My asking price is firm, so please do not message me asking to lower the price. I will regularly lower prices on items that do not sell. Deck has new belts (control cam and tray) and most functions appear to work fine. No/low output on the left channel.I think there might be something wrong with the output volume potentiometer, as that adjusts the right channel just fine, but when using the headphone jack you can hear the left channel at a lower volume but turning the output volume knob up or down does not affect the left channel. From the RCA jack there appears to be no output on the left channel when connected to a receiver. When playing a tape, both meters show a signal, so I believe the heads are working fine. In addition, I was able to get the deck to record on both channels. Took the recorded test tape and it played back fine on both channels on a different deck, so I think the issue is in the output stage (maybe a bad potentiometer as mentioned before) and not a bad head or anything like that.
Calibration mode seems to work, but the level and bias pots definitely need cleaning, as it is difficult to dial in those settings and there is extra noise when adjusting those pots. I wanted to get this deck up and running myself, as I cleaned it up and replaced the two belts on it maybe about six months ago. Unfortunately this one is beyond my fairly basic skill level, so it's sat on a shelf since I have been unable to finish it.It's a really high end deck that is also pretty well built (It weighs 17+ lbs and just feels very solidly constructed). Has the super cool motorized slide out tray for all of the recording and noise reduction controls. Interestingly enough, this deck not only has Dolby B and C, but also dbx and dbx disc (vinyl decoding/encoding noise reduction). I don't think I've seen any other cassette deck with dbx disc before! The deck is also an auto-reverse double direct-drive three head cassette deck. Technically it has four heads; there are two erase heads, one positioned on either side of the auto-reverse head block to allow for recording in either direction. The record and playback heads are then sandwiched together on the rotating head assembly.
Heads appear to be in pretty good shape. The deck is also double direct drive (each capstan is driven by its own direct drive motor) but only one capstan/pinch roller is active at a time.One capstan handles the forward direction, and the other handles reverse. Since both motors are always active, it has the ability to change directions fairly quickly. A very technically unique deck that was a true top-of-the-line offering by TEAC! There are some scratches and dings on the top of the faceplate and the case. Please see all pictures for more information!
I used a paint marker to fill in the dings on the top of the faceplate, and that cleaned it up a bit. They were down to the bare aluminum and were much more noticeable before. There is one other big scratch on the center of the case, and some smaller ones along the edges of the case. Luckily the front of the faceplate and buttons are all in good shape.The little door for the headphone jack sometimes sags a bit, but it does stay in place if you push it all the way closed. Message me with any questions and thanks for looking!
This item is in the category "Consumer Electronics\TV, Video & Home Audio\Home Audio\Home Audio Components\Cassette Tape Decks". The seller is "sta292" and is located in this country: US.
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