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

Joe Price
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Date Posted: 20:11:19 11/15/20 Sun
In reply to: Steve O'Neill 's message, "Re: Tape Player turns off automatically - piano won't play" on 20:40:45 11/13/20 Fri

Hi, Thanks for the message. I sent it in for a repair after I posted this and I just got it back this weekend. It turned out that it seemed to be the tape player. The pivot hinge (?) was broken on the tape player and when I got it back it seems to be playing now with cassettes. There may be some issues with the playback when I use WinAmp (notes not playing, a lot of wrong notes playing at the same time, silences), but it might be because the volume on my laptop and on the WinAmp program are set too low. I'll have to check this further. It's really loud when it does play! Hopefully there's nothing else to fix (solenoids, playback boards, etc.).

I tried getting the tape deck to play (before sending it in) with a cassette adapter and WinAmp and couldn't get it to work, but it seems that the head wasn't making contact with the cassette adapter head, because of the issue that it had.

However, one thing that I learned is that the signal seems to be going through the tape deck head continuously, as long as the piano is on, even if the tape deck play button is not pressed to 'on'. If you take the head out of a cassette adapter case and touch it to the pianocorder tape deck head, with the 3.5mm jack plugged into a computer playing a midi file through the WinAmp program, the piano will play! I actually tried this before sending it in, but it didn't work because, as it turns out, the headphone jack on my laptop wasn't working, but I figured out how to fix it now. This might be one way that you could test your signal and see if it is just the tape deck.

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Re: Tape Player turns off automatically - piano won't playSteve O'Neill11:02:38 11/18/20 Wed

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