Thanks for your post. Do you own a W-890R? If so, could you tell me whether pressing the PLAY button produces a LOUD "HURRRRRMCLUNCK" sound that lasts about 1.2 seconds to engage the drive mechanism? Same sound when the STOP button is pressed to disengage the drive mechanism.
Reason I ask is that my wife currently has a Teac W-600R and it makes the LOUD "HURRRRRMCLUNCK" sound which I can hear through the walls in an adjacent room. Too loud to be used at night when folks are trying to sleep.
I'm looking for a dual tape cassette deck like the old ones I had that just made a soft "Click" sound when the PLAY or STOP buttons were pressed.