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Sharp Trimate 5000 / 5P-37G speed issue

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#1 jlafleur

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 06:16 PM

So I bought a trimate a while ago for a steal knowing the tape deck was kaput.


I tore it apart, checking the belts - everything looking good there!


It wouldn't play....


much later, I just fixed a 9696 with a capstan tube problem and figured the trimate might have the same problem.


I added a tube and success! it plays! but it plays about half speed.


Suggestions? Tube too thick? Same fuel line tubing as the 9696.

#2 JVC Floyd

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 06:30 PM

I would see if there's a speed control vr pot on or around the tape deck , these sharps usually have a tape speed adjustment screw some place.

#3 hopey

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 11:18 PM

The capstan tube problem is just for take up it doesn't control speed. I find when motors are playing slow it's the brass bushings or contacts within the motor.  

#4 jlafleur

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 02:42 PM

I think you might be right, the more I play it the noisier the motor is getting, maybe time for a swap...