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#1 jasatc77

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 09:13 PM

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So I am working on this unit, great features, looks, and decent sound, but the tape deck needs help. It is nearly identical to its bigger brother the "blockbuster" 5259a and I have had luck repairing those. It has been cleaned and rebelted. It now rewinds and fast forwards. It wants to play, the head rises, but not quite high enough for the pinch roller to make contact with the capstan. Now this is a soft touch deck, so the head rises through its own power, instead of the power of your finger. One of my blockbusters did this at first but after I pushed the play then stop button a few times it clicked into action and has worked since. Haven't had this luck on the 5258a. Anyone had any experience with this? Its almost there.



#2 Michiel

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 01:09 AM

I did repair a scr8 some time ago and the spring that pushes the head assembly up was broken out of its plastic holder. Stupid design flaw. It sits next to the capstan. Not sure this one shares the same deck. It does look like it does. Symptoms were the same.

#3 blu_fuz

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 03:40 PM

Nice box, featured in 'The Goonies'. Good luck with the repair.



#4 jasatc77

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 09:12 PM

Nice box, featured in 'The Goonies'. Good luck with the repair.

 

It was in the goonies!!!!! Nice call ! I like it even more now!



#5 jasatc77

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 09:16 PM

I did repair a scr8 some time ago and the spring that pushes the head assembly up was broken out of its plastic holder. Stupid design flaw. It sits next to the capstan. Not sure this one shares the same deck. It does look like it does. Symptoms were the same.

 

There is a spring that seems to be loose down there. Were you able to find a replacement or a remedy for this?





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