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Subject: Re: Pianocorder malfunction

Mark Fontana
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Date Posted: 16:36:33 12/10/05 Sat
In reply to: Jim Collins 's message, "Pianocorder malfunction" on 09:55:58 12/10/05 Sat

It sounds like the tape is running too fast. This is a common problem as the cassette deck ages.

First, check that the tape head is fully engaging the tape (actually entering the tape shell) and that the felt pressure pad in the cassette (pushing the tape against the head) is intact.

Turn the tempo control all the way to the left and right a few times, then leave it at the center position.

Finally, with a blank (or junk) tape in the deck, depress RECORD and PLAY together followed by STOP about ten times.

If the prerecorded Pianocorder tapes play OK after this exercise, then your cassette deck is probably suffering from oxidation of contacts in the tempo control circuitry. Several of us have found that opening the deck and bypassing the external tempo control jack (which no one ever uses) often solves tempo problems.

If you're not interested in modifying or repairing the deck yourself, Randy Cox and Carl Meyer are two technicians who could overhaul your cassette deck for you. Their contact info is <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://dp70.dyndns.org/pianocorder/technicians.html">here</a>.

Another solution would be to replace the cassette deck with a <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://dp70.dyndns.org/pianocorder/wapc/wapc_wireless_kit.html">wireless link</a> to your Windows PC. This would allow you to control your Pianocorder using your computer.

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Re: Pianocorder malfunctionhoward schoor16:10:11 12/25/05 Sun

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