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post #1 of 8 Old 01-13-2013, 10:43 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi guys,

I have a tape deck that plays speedy on one side. I tried every button to see If it would stop. Do you guys think it needs a new belt? or could it be something else? The other side plays good, but not so clear I even clean the heads with some alcohol. It improved a bit. Any help will be great. Thank you.

Here is a pic of the deck and functions:
http://www.vintagecassette.com/onkyo/ta_rw400

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Bump any ideas guys?

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If it plays in one direction with no problem and the other has a problem, then probably new belts would be my first guess.
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Hi guys,

I have a tape deck that plays speedy on one side. I tried every button to see If it would stop. Do you guys think it needs a new belt? or could it be something else? The other side plays good, but not so clear I even clean the heads with some alcohol. It improved a bit. Any help will be great. Thank you.

Here is a pic of the deck and functions:
http://www.vintagecassette.com/onkyo/ta_rw400

If a tape deck plays tapes too fast, the usual cause is that the pinch roller is not engaging the tape onto the capstan.

In a reversing deck, this is usually caused by some kind of a hang up or breakage in the inner workings of the deck.

Take a look at it, looking for loose or broken belts, etc. You'll probably need a skilled technician or become one to fix it.

Unless the deck is a legendary classic like a higher end Nakamichi, its probably best to either tolerate the problem and transcribe the tapes to digital for convenience, or buy a new tape deck.
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Thanks for the replies guys. I opened it up last night and it seems to be a motor problem. The belt looked good. I ordered a used Teac W-450R from ebay should be here today or tomm., hopefully that will work better.

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The deck arrived yesterday and sounds real nice.biggrin.gif

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I just bought a TA-RW400 at a church thrift store for $4 plus sales tax. Deck B works just fine, but although Deck A also seems to function fine, it emits a very loud squealing sound. What should I look for in order to resolve the squealing?

I have a few older cassette decks around my storage room but none of them seem to play all that well, in terms of misaligned or worn out heads or somewhat annoying wow and flutter. This TA-RW400 sounds better, it seems to have been reasonably well cared for. As I write this, I'm playing one of my college-era vinyl dubs - two Earl Klugh albums which have long ago left my LP collection, recorded on Maxell UD-XL II tape - and the music sounds good. The speed and pitch might be a bit slower than the original deck, perhaps replacement belts would help, but the overall sound is good.

My main interest in having a useable cassette deck is to occasionally listen to older music and spoken-word material that I'm only unlikely to listen to on a sporadic basis. Like many of you who lived through the 80s and 90s, I have perhaps 300 or so cassette tapes in bankers' boxes stashed away in closets. In most cases, these tapes still play okay! I even found a Capitol country-and-western tape which my Dad purchased for me in 1969 to play on a Sears portable cassette recorder, and the tape still plays 45 years later! It's very unlikely that today's downloadable MP3 or iTunes files will be playable even 20 years from now.
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I have an ONKYO-TA-RW400 with two problems listed in this thread. I bought this deck used about a week ago so that I can play my old tapes. The left side is a little muddy sounding and there is a mechanical (?) squealing sound from that side. The tape head is also loose. The right side deck plays very fast. Any suggestions on how to get at least one of the decks functioning properly would be appreciated.
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