Help with a Tascam 38 Reel to Reel machine

Discussion in 'TASCAM Analog Forum' started by hanko, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. hanko

    hanko New Member

    Nov 2013
    tascam 38
    Hi everyone. This is my first post, so please forgive me if I am posting in the wrong area, or for any other slight that I may inadvertently display.

    I was wondering if someone could help me out with a problem I am having with my Tascam 38. I have had it opened up, closed back up, opened up again, closed back up, etc. many times, trying to get it up to task. I have cleaned the motors, changed the capstan belt, and I had it recording and playing back and sounding quite good. Of course, I had to go inside one more time for something, and when I got it back together, I ended up losing my ff and rewind (nothing happens when I hit either button, even with no tape on it and the brakes slacked off). In this time, everything else on the transport still worked. Upon trying to find the problem, I ended up losing my whole transport. When I hit any button...nothing. No sound, no nothing.

    Lastly, when I put the face plate back on the last time before it all stopped working, I though I saw something arc at the wiring harness connection to the transport when I plugged it in (the unit was not powered up). So, I was wondering if someone else has had a similar experience and could maybe point me in the right direction for a fix. Also, there are 10 fuses on a PCB on the back of the machine, all of which are fine. Is it common for the op amps to fail (in this case, it would probably be E519)?

    I hope I was thorough enough in my explanation. I appreciate any help I can get. Thanks for your time!!