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Ours kept shutting off.  I traced it to an intermittent leaf switch that
detects whether a cassette in inserted.  I jumpered the switch with a blob
of solder, and now it works great and can be run with no cassette inserted
for easy cleaning.

Ellis

On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 11:53 PM, Tim Gillett <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> True, and a nice bright light - and  glasses if you need them for close
> viewing.
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mark Campbell" <
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> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Friday, July 21, 2017 11:39 AM
>
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Much Trouble with my two TASCAM 122 Mk 2s
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>
> ...flipping-off the cassette door facia panel and aslo mouting the player
>> in a rear-ward-sloping rack mounting....does help a  little visual and
>> physical access to capstan and pinchroller and head access wrt access.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:
>> [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tim Gillett
>> Sent: Friday, 21 July 2017 8:28 AM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Much Trouble with my two TASCAM 122 Mk 2s
>>
>> Hi Corey,
>>
>> Interestingly,  the 122 the owner's manual states the pinch roller and
>> capstan should be cleaned  "at least once a day the deck is used"... but
>> without resorting to extra expedients as we've both described, even  as a
>> techie I'd struggle to perform this basic first line daily maintenance.
>> Even with the non standard expedients  the pinch roller and capstan are
>> still tricky to clean, and I'd suggest without  such expedients, or a
>> custom machine mod,  almost impossible.
>>
>> Human nature being what it is, unless a basic daily task like this is
>> easy to perform,  it will tend to be skipped. A basic error by Tascam IMO
>> especially as the machine was marketed and regarded as a pro machine, and
>> now seems almost a defacto standard for archives and transfer engineers. A
>> shame as in so many other ways an excellent machine.
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Tim Gillett
>>
>> Perth,
>> Western Australia
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Corey Bailey" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Friday, July 21, 2017 2:44 AM
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Much Trouble with my two TASCAM 122 Mk 2s
>>
>>
>> Hi Tim,
>>> As you learned the hard way, this list does not accept attachments and
>>> will strip them from your post.
>>>
>>> Regarding the picture of the cassette that you posted:
>>> I have made a few variations of these for those pesky decks where the
>>> cassette sensor is hard to get to. Generally, I will put a small piece of
>>> tape across the tape sensor lever (located at the top of the cassette
>>> bay)
>>> to hold it up which allows the transport to function and gives the tech
>>> full access to the transport mechanism. The modified cassette shell
>>> certainly makes sense for routine cleaning by non-techies.
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>>
>>> Corey
>>> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
>>> www.baileyzone.net
>>>
>>> On 7/19/2017 9:35 PM, Tim Gillett wrote:
>>>
>>>> Attached photo. Nothing fancy in looks but a tool that works.
>>>>
>>>> In the Tascam I think both reels also need to be turning to avoid
>>>> activating "Stop" so I retained the hubs and tape, but with a smaller
>>>> diameter pack to avoid fouling when cleaning the parts. It makes things
>>>> easier on various other cassette machines too, especially later models
>>>> which only go into play mode when a cassette is inserted.
>>>>
>>>> I first made a few of these in the 90's when a Talking Book production
>>>> organisation I worked for bought new Tascam 122 MkIII's and the staff
>>>> struggled to perform daily  tape path cleaning. Of course I regularly
>>>> use
>>>> the tool myself.
>>>>
>>>> Hope it helps.
>>>>
>>>> Cheers
>>>> Tim
>>>>
>>>> Perth,
>>>> Western Australia
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Shai Drori" <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 11:59 AM
>>>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Much Trouble with my two TASCAM 122 Mk 2s
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Please upload the picture. Sounds interesting.
>>>>
>>>> בברכה,
>>>> שי דרורי.
>>>> מומחה לשימור ודיגיטציה של אודיו וידאו ופילם 8-35ממ
>>>> Cheers
>>>> Shai Drori
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>>>> On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 4:12 AM, Tim Gillett
>>>> <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Hi Ben,
>>>>>
>>>>> 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 would help.
>>>>>
>>>>> I service these but unfortunately am in Australia... It may also need a
>>>>> skilled local serviceman to check it out.
>>>>>
>>>>> Best of luck
>>>>>
>>>>> Tim Gillett,
>>>>> Perth,
>>>>> Western Australia
>>>>>
>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Martin Fisher"
>>>>> <[log in to unmask]
>>>>> >
>>>>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>>>>> 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.
>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Martin
>>>>>>
>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:
>>>>>> [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of 6295LARGE .
>>>>>> Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 3:23 PM
>>>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>>>> 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?*
>>>>>>
>>>>>> HELP!
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>> Ben Roth
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
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Ellis
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