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That Ol' Deck 'Rec-Play, Rec-Play, Rec-Play Routine - Gotta Love It!


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#1 MyOhMy

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 05:51 AM

I bought two (ahem) 'low priced' cassette Decks:

 

Pioneer CT-5151

This had a declared 'fault' when trying to play cassettes (no other info) so took a chance.

 

Technics RS-M14

Sold as good working order but found faulty on arrival.

 

 

Pioneer CT-5151

When trying to play a cassette there was a very loud, constant & rapid click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click affecting the left channel to the point that no sound could be heard.  The right channel was not affected - or so it seemed.  The noise was loud, crazy and I thought well beyond my limited experience to fix without help.

 

I didn't know where to start with this so decided to begin by inserting a tape with the open apertures blocked and then pressing keys using the ol' Rec-Play, Rec-Play routine at differing rates and speeds for some 3-4 minutes.  I nearly fell over backwards when I inserted a tape and the deck worked perfectly on playback, it was a long shot to try this but it worked a treat!  :yes:  :-D   FF & Rew indicate the belts are due for a change and a quick look inside was enough to let me know that I need a good clear head and time aplenty to fix this.

 

 

Technics RS-M14

Despite being sold as good working order this deck arrived with the Mother Of All Buzzes in the left channel - it wasn't just a 'buzz', this was a farkin' BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!  The playback level indicator went off the scale and scared me shwitless when I first heard it!  I didn't know what to do but ended up with a full refund of costs with a notice saying I could dispose of the offending item.  OK, so now there's no harm in having a quick look-see and dabble here & there to see if this could be an easy fix but had no idea what the problem was therefore didn't know where to start.

 

Using the ol' "When in doubt always fall back on ol' Rec-Play, Rec-Play routine"  motto I started with this as I really didn't know where else to start.  Well, well, well - to my total surprise it worked on this deck as well but, just to be sure, I opened up the deck and worked the record bar for 50/70/70 times or thereabouts.  The deck now plays just as it should although the level meter indicates a <2-3% (or so) increase in playback volume.  I'm not saying there is a difference in playback volume, just the the indicator shows this despite in being almost negligible.

 

 

 

I thought each of these issues would be far more of a serious issue, hence a complicated fix, than they actually turned out to be which made my day.  From now on I'll always bring to mind the ol'  "When in doubt always fall back on ol' Rec-Play, Rec-Play routine" motto as an early option for a variety of issues.

 

If not for you Guys and your forum posts, I would never have though to try this.  Thanks, Guys!  :rock:  :clap:

 



#2 Fatdog

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 06:39 AM

That's what you call a "real world application" of knowledge.  :lol:   Don't you just love it when the fix is something really simple?  Regarding the level meter... I have an Aiwa F660 deck where the right channel LED meter usually starts off a few decibels low.  However, a quick slap on the side and it peps right up.  I'm not condoning deck abuse, but sometimes a little pimp hand is your only solution.  :yes: :-D :afro:



#3 MyOhMy

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 01:04 PM

That's what you call a "real world application" of knowledge.  :lol:   Don't you just love it when the fix is something really simple?  Regarding the level meter... I have an Aiwa F660 deck where the right channel LED meter usually starts off a few decibels low.  However, a quick slap on the side and it peps right up.  I'm not condoning deck abuse, but sometimes a little pimp hand is your only solution.  :yes: :-D :afro:

 

Ah, I'd forgotten the 'give it a good ol' slap and see what happens' as a first fix technique of world wide renown, this used to work a treat on old TV's!   :-D



#4 JVC Floyd

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 11:39 PM

Reminds me of the Sanford and son vault where the beat on the table to open the secret drawer lol.

#5 T-STER

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 12:11 AM

Glad these worked out Mom, isn't it funny, a little knowledge is a powerful thing!

#6 Nickeccles

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 04:15 PM

Always clean the rec/play switch & all other pots & switches before even powering up! - It saves you SO much time in the long run whether it's a hi-fi separate or portable stereo!!
My current restore, a Silver SR-5000 has a rec/play switch that is seized solid :bang:
But I've had this before & know that lots of patience & Servisol along with a too/fro movement will render the switch perfectly usable once again!
For now though, it's boxed in bubblewrap safely until I'm in the mood for the next stage.....& that of course is an as yet unwritten story! :-)
Belt changes on your two decks is easy enough, just take your time & remember to remove the flywheel & put a tiny drop of fine machine oil in the capstan bearing! :-)



#7 Transistorized

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Posted 27 January 2019 - 03:12 PM

Way to go Myohmy. Why not let the machine do all the work cleaning those pesky record switches... :lol:

It's kinda like going to an automatic car wash. Yeah...the machine might not do as good of a job as handwashing but good enough to get a respectable result sometimes :-)