There are no belts in that machine, one reel drive idler rubber tyre and of
course a rubber pinch roller. They're usually reliable machines but are
getting old and may have had a lot of work.
The tape path needs regular cleaning or tapes may be damaged or jam inside.
Cleaning the capstan and pinch roller is a lot easier with a custom dummy
cassette to trick the capstan motor to run and engage the pinch roller in
play mode for cleaning. I can upload a photo of a dummy cassette if that
I service these but unfortunately am in Australia... It may also need a
skilled local serviceman to check it out.
Best of luck
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From: "Martin Fisher" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:27 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Much Trouble with my two TASCAM 122 Mk 2s
> Check for tight belts and good rubber tires.
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> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Much Trouble with my two TASCAM 122 Mk 2s
> Hello everybody
> I was cut off from ARSC for about 2 months, because their email was being
> rejected by my computer for some reason.
> I have 2 TASCAM 122 Mk 2 recorders.
> They seem to have week mechanisms.
> I was told I can use only high quality cassettes.
> Is that how it should be?
> I don't use junk, but the mechanism struggles and moans, then it stops or
> eats the tape.
> The cassettes have gotten stuck in one of them and I had to take off the
> cover to make the mechanism give them up.
> Is that how it should be? Maybe the rubber parts need to be cleaned.
> *Are there any service centers for TASCAM in south Florida?*
> Ben Roth
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