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.