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#1 btphoto

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 08:10 AM

Everything seems to work, it's just there's hardly any sound from the radio or the tape deck.  Tape deck runs fine, rewinds, fast forwards, etc, it's just that there's no volume.  Same with the radio.  Stations tune in, but you can barely hear anything.  The volume sliders are really staticy so I know they'll need detox cleaning. Any idea what the problem may be?  I can try and post a video if that helps.  The box is a Hitachi TRK-7100H

 

Any advice would be great!



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Posted 12 March 2019 - 09:59 AM

Thanks for moving this to a much better spot! I know most probably wouldn't even bother restoring this little box, but it's the exact model I had as a kid, otherwise I probably wouldn't bother either, lol
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Posted 12 March 2019 - 12:10 PM

The first thing for me would be to try and give the controls a really thorough cleaning.  You might even consider a partial disassembly of the pots and switches.  Who knows... that might be all it needs.



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Posted 12 March 2019 - 12:29 PM

Ok the coolest thing just happened.  I tapped a few times on the record button, and suddenly it works, lol  Someone on the facebook page suggested this.  It's still very staticy so I'll be opening it up and cleaning all the controls anyway.  I'm just so happy to have my little childhood boombox back again, lol  I had this one back in 82 I believe, or maybe earlier.  It then travelled with me to school in Philadelphia where I lived on my own for the very first time, so this little thing was my main source of entertainment.  I remember buying Flock Of Seagulls' first album and playing it in my tiny apartment, lol  A memories!  lol



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Posted 12 March 2019 - 01:45 PM

Right on! Glad to hear there's hope for you neat little Hitachi.

#6 JVC Floyd

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 01:47 PM

Yep the old record bar , I was going to say that but I didn't want to sound like a broken record lol.
Those damned record bars are almost always dirty after sitting unused .

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 02:54 PM

Yep the old record bar , I was going to say that but I didn't want to sound like a broken record lol.
Those damned record bars are almost always dirty after sitting unused .

 

Me too.  Opening up the box and working the ol' record bar will often cure all manner of ills, it seems to the nerve centre.



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Posted 12 March 2019 - 05:50 PM

My heart dropped when it wasn’t working. I actually got a little depressed, so silly! But now I’m happy again, waiting for a new can of detox coming from amazon.com, lol

Thanks so much everyone!

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 08:04 PM

Deoxit not detox, lol

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 09:11 PM

My heart dropped when it wasn’t working. I actually got a little depressed, so silly! But now I’m happy again, waiting for a new can of detox coming from amazon.com, lol

Thanks so much everyone!

 

Ah, that's called passion of the subject.  :yes:

 

 

Deoxit not detox, lol

 

Not both then, eh?  :-D  ;-)



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Posted 13 March 2019 - 05:35 AM

Fortunately I’ve never had to go through detox, lol. I stick to beer and weed every so often, lol

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 12:46 PM

All done! Super easy!



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Posted 14 March 2019 - 01:25 PM

I find it very refreshing to see a BB up and working again after a good dose of TLC by a caring owner.  For me, the size, make, model. age, street cred value etc., etc. don't matter as much as the new life given to even the most humble BB.  Well done and congrats on your fruitful efforts.   :rock:



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Posted 14 March 2019 - 01:46 PM

.....Well done and congrats on your fruitful efforts. :rock:



Thanks! It’s very satisfying for sure!

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 04:51 PM

Ok the coolest thing just happened.  I tapped a few times on the record button, and suddenly it works, lol  Someone on the facebook page suggested this.  It's still very staticy so I'll be opening it up and cleaning all the controls anyway.  I'm just so happy to have my little childhood boombox back again, lol  I had this one back in 82 I believe, or maybe earlier.  It then travelled with me to school in Philadelphia where I lived on my own for the very first time, so this little thing was my main source of entertainment.  I remember buying Flock Of Seagulls' first album and playing it in my tiny apartment, lol  A memories!  lol

That someone was me!  :w00t:  :lol:

My other name!



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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:16 PM



That someone was me! :w00t: :lol:
My other name!



Ha - awesome!  :bow:   The internet has come full circle!  :afro: