Hi Don,

I believe the squeak is (was) coming from or in the head assembly and the guides.
It was friction.

I took a chance and ran the tape anyway and it seems to have recorded (digitized) OK - no squeak in the recording when I play it from the computer.
Only one or two tapes did that from a collection of 16.

Thank you all for your suggestions.

I still need someone who can repair my Teac X-1000R.

Ben Roth

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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Fwd: [ARSCLIST] 1. Squeaky tape 2. TEAC in need of repair

Hi Ben,
  When you say the tape squeaks, what exactly do you mean? Do you mean just externally when going through the machine's mechanism, or squealing through  the playback equipment? The latter was/is a major symptom of "sticky shed  syndrome." In fact, both can be. 
  Don Tait