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Tascam TSR 8 odd behavior...

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by anothrgrnworld, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. I have a Tascam TSR-8. It had been working fine until the other day when it just wouldn't play back....it kinda got stuck. Then today I started getting this weird horrible white noise/scratch/static sound when playing back what I recorded as well as some odd speed dips here and there.

    I took the tape off the machine and moved the two tension rollers up to synthesize tape tension (to see if perhaps it was the heads that were the culprit). The noise was still there, thus ruling out the heads. It turns out that whenever the capstan motor is engaged this noise is happening....so I'm guessing that perhaps its a bad capstan motor? Would this be causing this weird scratching sound? It would certainly explain the odd lock-up and speed behaviors. Any help is greatly appreciated!!
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    Feb 23, 2005
    Ever lube the motors?
    I've seen Teacs and Tascams lock up from lack of oiling the motors.
    Are all the motors/spindles securely intact? Anything loose or "wobbling"?
  3. Well that would be the first thing i would have done if this noise wasn't involved as well. It's like this terrible white noise static and it occurs even without the tape. It happens on all channels and notably 5-8 I can SEE the VUs acting up even without tape when I have the capstan motor running.

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