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Subject: Re: Owner's or Operation Manual for Pianocorder

Mark Fontana
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Date Posted: 00:13:29 08/09/05 Tue
In reply to: Tony 's message, "Owner's or Operation Manual for Pianocorder" on 18:46:35 08/07/05 Sun

Tony, make sure that the tape still has its felt pressure pad (the springy cushion that applies pressure on the back side of the tape as it passes over the playback head). If this pad has fallen off, the signal quality will be too poor for the piano to play.

Another thing to try: repeatedly depress PLAY with the tempo dial in various positions of its range. Sometimes these tape decks develop a speed problem and run too fast (this can be fixed).

Finally, visually observe what happens when you depress PLAY. Does the playback head fully engage the cassette (actually entering the shell)? Do you have any trouble getting PLAY to latch and stay depressed? These decks can develop a mechanical problem that prevents the head from making good contact with the tape (this can be fixed too).

I agree with Roger that the original owner's manual will not be of much help. It was mostly fluff. There are field service manuals and troubleshooting guides in PDF format at the resources link on at the top of this page.

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