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Where to find me?

Some people have called and asked to get my address to drop off  a unit or to ship them to me. Well here is that info-

Skywave Tape Deck Repair
617 McLean Ave.
Bensenville, IL 60106

E mail: skywavebe@sbcglobal.net

For those looking to drop off units, I am at the SW corner of O’Hare Airport not far from Route 83 and 1/2 mile  South of Irving Park Road(Rt 19).  I am here most of the time but if you are dropping off it is best to let me know when you plan to arrive.

If you have questions, my office phone is (630)616-0932.

Technical Notes

These detailed items are for those who are technically capable of understanding them and implementing them. The reason is that it is a way to share what is determined, designed or found to need correction on the various models noted. It will allow a technician who works on tape decks to benefit from my observations and design mods to make their repairs better or more accurate.

Do not hesitate to contribute if you have a proven and tested design mod.

Maple Trees Available Now

I have an over abundance of Silver Maple trees that have started growing in the yard. I have potted a lot of them to allow them to be planted elsewhere. Boy Scouts, Rotary clubs, clubs of all kinds that want to plant trees to help preserve nature. Well I got the trees here. $3.00 to individuals but clubs I can work out a deal.

I am in Bensenville IL 60106- near the SW corner of O’Hare Airport. 708-334-2260 come and get some. I don’t want them to die.

Being Informed

I am amazed that a lot of the clients I talk to do not or have not ever heard of Dr. Steven Greer. He is trying to bring out the truth that the Government and the Military have been trying to hide all these years from the 40’s. There are so many people that watch the sheeple news media that are really full of crap that is about garbage that does not matter. I don’t waste my time on that stuff. Anyway a new movie is about to come out that furthers the education of the public on the connection possible to those that have been here for years but have known we were not ready yet. People who are informed will know something about this.

Check it out.

Fake MRL Tapes from E bay

There are sites that are now offering MRL and Teac tapes that use their name but in reality they are duplicating their own signals on tape from who knows what kind of machines. This is one example-https://www.ebay.com/itm/BRAND-NEW-1-4-7-5-in-s-MRL-Four-Frequency-Calibration-Tape/392363532341?hash=item5b5ab06035:g:XaEAAOSwUPxdQc2f

These are fake and also not accurate and basically they are rip off artist that use reputable names to sell their garbage. Since when does Teac operate an alignment tape facility in Germany? It is all junk waiting to steal your money. Get MRL tape from good dealers like JRF Magnetics or MRL themselves and don’t buy the 4 tone cheaped out tape as this will not be as good as the real thing. I have been using MRL tapes from the late 80’s.

The Finest of ALL Service Manuals

I know I can be negative at times but when I find a supplier that goes beyond the call of duty I mention that too.

That is Stereomanuals.com

Well the deed has been done. If you need a Tascam 58OB manual contact Rick at Stereomanuals.com as I just got my two copies and they are outstanding in quality and clarity.
Every page straight and without marks you get from other places plus you can read all the boards and schematics.
This is the only place to get correct and well made manuals.
http://www.stereomanuals.com/man/rep/tascam/index.htm

Buyers Be Aware- Sellers Are Ripping You Off And You Don’t Know It

I am in communication with certain people who are often E bay sellers and sellers of Reel Decks on other sites. One guy told me that 99% of reel to reel users do not know the machine they are buying is bad and so that gives him the go ahead to not adjust them correctly. Another guy who I asked what do you check the speed with as in test tape and measuring device? He answered it sounds good to me!

People are buying decks at higher prices and getting equipment with the most minimum of service done to them as well as them being off speed and who knows what they calibrate them to. All these people would be classified as Hacks by the good Technicians that exist out there. These are the Knuckleheads that you are being ripped off by as the decks are not even close to correct. I am writing this to make you aware of this prevailing mindset in the used equipment sales of Reel to Reel and Cassette decks.  I never knew it was this bad and I do not intend to overlook the stuff I see. You can also tell how well the machine is worked on by asking what length warranty they have if any.

TEAC X2000R Owners: New S301 Part Available That Works

For those who own this machine there is a weak part in it called S301 which is the solenoid ALPs direction switch. Once this starts to go bad you can try and spray it with Deoxit but that might not even work given the tiny and poorly made switch design. The correct answer is to put a properly designed switch in by Kurt Jacobs which is sold on E bay. This fellow has done some homework and has made a correctly made part that should have been put in the deck of this price in the first place. Ebay Item# 153025190388

I, as a past Teac Lead Technician recommend this part!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Teac-X-2000R-replacement-reel-tape-direction-switch-S301-replaces-P-N-5302102500/153068294998?hash=item23a394d356:g:CwQAAOSw5cNYiptN

Here Is Another Rip Off- example of taking advantage of people.

If you watch this and think you need to pay $120 for this board, it is just another example of a person ready to rip you off when none of that is needed. If the left (Supply) reel table turns when you are suppose to be playing a tape in the forward direction on a Tascam 122 Mk III or 112 MkII, but this reel has drive to the left, it is because through handling the deck you have sent a signal to the controller that said to go to reverse mode. The deck uses the same IC as is in the 112R Mk II so there is a reverse mode in it.

How to fix it without $120 of fancy circuits that are not needed? A dB25 connector and a tact switch or even a set of wires that you can short together. Me in the business built a dB25 with tact switch- you only use it to get the deck in the right mode again and then disconnect it and you won’t need it again. What he is doing with all those ICs I have no idea. With the dB25 which fit the remote connector on the rear of the deck is connect pin 24- Ground to Pin 1- Play mode. The deck goes into play with this one push the correct direction. Now disconnect the remote connector and the deck will work correctly after that- I know as I have done it. I service these all the time. dB25 are pretty cheap and most Technicians and Broadcast Engineers have them sitting around like I did. Don’t be tricked into $120 rip off.

 

 

 

Pioneer RT909 Repairs at Local and Bad Shops

Recently I have been working on some decks here that have been badly butchered by local shops or so called Tecnicians that should really be called idiots because of what they do to these machines-

What has been observed are things like-

Broken off screws due to a drill being used to screw them in, stripped screws, Push on Pinch Roller rubber when they should be going to Terry for new rubber put on correctly. Cut wires all over the place, wrong belt sizes put on, power supply work that looked like a grade school person did it and I can go on and on. These people do more damage than good and then charge you for it.  One service guy said to the client that he could not repair the deck- what was wrong with the deck? A shorted Zener Diode. How hard can that be to detect? A first year Electronic college student would be able to find this.

If you have a nice deck like this be careful where you have it serviced as a typical $300 repair can easily get into the $800 range when we have to take off motor plate stand offs and install new ones and repair all kinds of other destruction caused by the service person.

To add to this- I have just spent some time on the phone with a client who has had his unit repaired and recapped by this guy on E bay for $750. Now as he sends the unit back for the 4th time it still is not working. The client tells me he has a 3 year warranty. Talking about sticking your neck out far, I though I was doing that with 6 month warranty. Regardless of stated warranties and this is the second 3 year warranty I have heard of, these shops need to be able to fix the unit right the first time not the 4th or 5th time. In both cases of these places having 3 year warranties, I have had their clients tell me they had to send it back 4 to 5 times and in the previous case after 5 times the client gave up. I don’t blame him. Do you? If you ask me if they can not fix a unit after two attempts that tells me they can not fix it in the first place. Just be warned.

Anyone advertising on E bay for work can not be very good and this is the second proof I have found besides that guy in NM.

Dual well cassette decks- WE do NOT work on them.

I continue to get calls that people want me to work on their dual well cassette decks. These usually sold for around $150. Doesn’t that tell you how they are made?

Suffice it to say that these decks of questionable quality in the first place run about $400 to repair as there are two separate transports to tear down and rebuild. Is is worth it? Certainly NOT!   They were considered throw away when they were made many years ago. The target audience was the 16 year old high school girl- does that tell you anything about the quality and their purpose?

If you have a broken one of any brand that is dual cassette, you are far better off getting an older solid made single deck like a Teac C-3RX or a Tascam 122 Mk II. Nakamichi BX300 is also another good product. You can’t buy a piece of junk and expect the Technician to make a piece of gold out of it- I have worked on them enough years that I know this is not going to happen.

Out of all the dual cassette decks made there was only one worthy one made and it was a Sony ES model that cost over $1000. That might be fixed.