Tascam 112 head stack problem - won't play

Drew Wiseman

New Member
Jul 22, 2022
Gear owned
Tascam 112 Cassette Deck

My recently purchased 112 cassette deck is in excellent cosmetic shape, but has some mechanical or electrical issues. I already did research and took to unit apart, where I then replaced the 2 belts with new ones (after cleaning up the rubbery goop) and replaced the idler tires. I am having 2 problems still with this unit:

The cassette won't load unless I manually spin the white wheel to lower the stack. Once the cassette is in place, when I press play then the head stack seems confused. It goes up and down and finally stops. The cassette won't play. I have a video of this but not sure how to attach that here.

I don't know if the issue is mechanical or what the problem is. If I could get some help to identify the problem, I'm handy enough to install new parts. Otherwise, I would need to find a good repair shop. I am in the Atlanta GA area.

Would appreciate any insight and guidance on this.
Thanks so much!

My Tascam 112R had a similar issue. The headstack would not engage in either direction. It would try then stop. After that the buttons were unresponsive until I recycled the power. In my case the cam/transport belt was old and slightly expanded to where it was not tight enough to fully engage the transport. It was intact (not melted). I replaced the belt which was not that bad, took the cover off and it was accessible from the back without needing to take the tape mechanism apart. I used long needle nosed pliers and a dental tool.

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