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Subject: Before you call for repair

Roger Dalziel
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Date Posted: 12:54:38 11/24/09 Tue

There are many things that can go wrong with a Pianocorder; some faults are relatively simple to correct, however, and you should investigate them first.

Tape-related problems will occur if anything prevents the tape from moving at full speed. If a tape is not evenly wound on the supply or take up reel, it might bind inside the cassette. Over time, gravity can cause a tape to fall out of position causing it to bind. You do follow the instructions which say never stop and start in the middle of a tape, don't you?

There is a tiny felt pressure pad inside the cassette which might fall off, preventing proper contact with the playback head.

Rarely, the very thin lubricating sheets on either side of the tape reels are at fault.

Another failure occurs when a plastic spring post inside the cassette mechanism breaks due to careless or rough handling.

Often the binder which cements the oxide to the Mylar tape will fail. There will be an excess of oxide buildup on the playback head when this happens.

Feel free to contact me if you have further questions.

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