Tascam 246 - Play, Rec wont work but FF Rew Pause OK

Discussion in 'TASCAM DIY Repairs and Mods' started by gregb, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. gregb

    gregb New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2019
    Messages:
    3
    Likes:
    0
    Gear:
    Tascam 246
    Hi

    A year ago I turned on my trusty 246 and it chewed tape - so waited for some spare time to do a repair.

    Last week, turned on my trusty 246 - pressed play and unpleasant mechanical sound!

    So, opened it up and have now replaced control and capstan belt and pinch roller.

    But play wont work (or rec), when I hit play it seems dead i.e. the heads dont move up and no rotation etc

    Pause causes the heads to move up into position - but not much point in pause when you cant play.

    FF and Rewind OK.

    The belts are still on.

    Any ideas why my 246 wont move the heads up and play?

    Thanks in advance.

    Greg
  2. keef

    keef New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2019
    Messages:
    10
    Likes:
    1
    Gear:
    644
    Capstan Motor?

    keef
    gregb likes this.
  3. gregb

    gregb New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2019
    Messages:
    3
    Likes:
    0
    Gear:
    Tascam 246
    Hi Keef, but would that stop the transport moving up?

    Thanks

    Greg
  4. gregb

    gregb New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2019
    Messages:
    3
    Likes:
    0
    Gear:
    Tascam 246
    I looked at the schematics - if the motor had failed the led would be on but I never had the led on.

    So I kept poking the start button to see if the led came on - but it started to play!!! :)

    Seems I have a sticky play and rec button - I have to keep it down or wiggle it a bit and then it starts.

    Any idea if this problem can be fixed by cleaning the switch or is it impossible to get to?

    Thanks all

    Hope the solution so far helps someone.
  5. -mjk-

    -mjk- Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2018
    Messages:
    950
    Likes:
    510
    From:
    Hukou Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan
    Gear:
    DP-32, | 2A Mixer, A3440
    Cleaning the switch will cause no harm at all. Just do it and see what happens. That wouldn't be the first time a little shot of Deoxit saved the day!
  6. keef

    keef New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2019
    Messages:
    10
    Likes:
    1
    Gear:
    644
    Sounds like you have found the problem.

    Keef