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Subject: Tape Player turns off automatically - piano won't play

Joe Price
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Date Posted: 18:09:36 10/24/20 Sat

Hi, I posted here a few weeks ago and got no response. I'm hoping that someone can help. I'll simplify my original post and problem...

I got a pianocorder from a thrift store, and it worked fine in the store. I tested it for a few seconds when it was delivered, and it worked fine.

The next time I tried it, the tape player turned off by itself after a few seconds. Piano did not play. Since then, I've tried to get it to play repeatedly, mostly by holding down the play button, and checking various things.

The tape button locks in place, and if I hold it down, the tape will continue to turn, but piano does not play. Fine tuning light stays on, always.

It also shut off when there is no tape in it, and for reverse and record. It doesn't do this for fast forward. There have been a few times where I was able to get it to play without shutting off automatically, with a tape in, but no playing from the piano.

I tried to play a midi file using a cassette adapter and the WinAmp 3, holding down the play button, but still no playing.

I tried pushing the record and stop buttons repeatedly with a blank tape in it, as suggested here, no improvement.

I disconnected and reattached some of the cables, no playing.

I WAS able to get a thud sound - maybe a pedal solenoid activated. This happened a few times and only intermittently after a number of seconds of the tape turning.

On a few occasions, holding down the play button and playing a tape, there was a sound of multiple notes striking, as if someone pounded a fist on the keyboard once, somewhere around middle C. This only happened for a second, but it happened a few times that I tried this.

I'm wondering if getting the tape deck repaired to fix the auto-stopping might fix this, or might it be something bigger, like the playback board or drivers.

It seems that the auto-stopping and not getting (much of) a signal to the piano might be related.

I am wondering if there is any way to diagnose the tape player as the problem before trying to get it repaired, or if there are any other things that I can do.

Any help would be appreciated!

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Re: Tape Player turns off automatically - piano won't playSteve O'Neill20:40:45 11/13/20 Fri

Re: Tape Player turns off automatically - piano won't playSteven O'Neill11:12:46 11/18/20 Wed

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