Porta One Ministudio Play function repair

Discussion in 'TASCAM DIY Repairs and Mods' started by leighgable, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. leighgable

    leighgable New Member

    Sep 2013
    Porta One Ministudio

    I'm the proud owner of a Porta One Ministudio that has sat in a box since it was bought new years and years ago.

    The capstan motor is turning smoothly, and all the belts are intact. I made a little 50-second video of it working with the back off, and I will include a link below.


    When I push play, it disengages after a second. If I push play with the back cover off, and simultaneously rotate the white gear under the flywheel, then the transport clicks into place and it begins playing or recording like a dream.

    From the research I've been doing, it looks like the problem may be with the play/idle clutch under the take-up wheel.

    Does anyone here have any experience with this sort of repair? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.