How to Fix Your Pioneer Cassette Deck

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THIS IS AN OFFER FOR REPAIR. This much sought after gem of the remote past is often seen on E-bay, and here...
THIS IS AN OFFER FOR REPAIR. This much sought after gem of the remote past is often seen on E-bay, and here is some sound advice from the European Master Technician: Be aware!!! These ads typically state something like: “The lights work and the tape runs", or "no fast forward and rewind, but a few belts will do the trick with a link to a belt seller". Be careful, this machine requires an extraordinary experienced technician to bring it up to specs. One of the reasons why the ff/rew does not work after 20 years of playing is that the rubber tire hardens caused by free radical attack and consequently looses its friction properties, yet another reason is that the rubber belt between the ff/rewind motor and an idler shaft stretches and that is not all folks, the tire on the idler wheel needs to be replaced. So here are already not one but three reasons to have this problem and you know what, there is only one single belt in this ff/rew mechanism, and of course a motor, and...Guess what, this ff/rew motor needs to be taken apart as well in order that the bearings can be lubricated and the commutator polished, the brushes reshaped and the centrifugal switches in the regulator be adjusted. Yet the guys who try to sell you these units say: "Replace the belts, and that will cure it" Of course there are other belts, like the capstan belt that drives the left hand dual capstan and there is one counter belt. By the way all of these will be replaced and... Not with the Taiwanese El-Cheapo belts, but...with American precision ground Highly Dimensionally Stable belts and idlers costing Wholesale 3 times the price of these cheap advertised belts and idlers!! Why such belts you may ask? Well it lowers Wow & Flutter. I have the instruments and test cassettes to measure it!! Moreover if you look at the armature (a part of the ff/rew motor) you also see a before and after view of the commutator. You see the shining difference? Technicians as a rule never repair motors, they just replace them, but unfortunately these motors are no longer available and need to be serviced. Your run of the mill tech gives up at this point and says “sorry but trash it". Well to make a long story even longer, this unit was completely overhauled for one of my repair customers and than the unit was calibrated and brought up to snuff and finally tested for a full week to make sure that there were no hidden problems left. I have done hundreds of these machines and can promise you that you have a gorgeous unit when I am done with it. It is not without reason that I am known as the finicky "European Master Technician" HERE IS A COMMENT FROM A CUSTOMER. "Hello, I am impressed by your sincerity and your obvious skill as a craftsman. I expect to bid on a 1250 in the very near future. May I have the seller send it directly to you for restoration and pay you when you receive it and begin work? This would be much more efficient than my looking at it and then sending it on to you. Also, I have a Pioneer TX-9800 that needs you work on tuners? An honest and trustworthy technician is a great find and I feel strongly from your writing that I have found one in you. Best regards, Donald Edwardson" May be you are contemplating... to buy a good deal on Ebay, but are hesitant because the unit has mechanical or electrical flaws. Rests assure, we can take this "Fear" out of the equation. All you have to do now is take your unit out of your sound system or from the basement or the closet, pack it in a single sturdy carton surrounded by a two inch layer of large size bubble wrap and take it to FedEx ground also known as Kinko (they are the fastest, friendliest, cheapest and most courteous people on the surface of our planet). If you are still not convinced yet that I really do what I am saying, why not contact me with whatever question is on your mind. I am very friendly and totally service oriented. I have been in this line of work for 53 years so I can say this with a great deal of authority. One more thing I should mention here: I guarantee my repairs with an "Unconditional One Year Warranty" on labor and parts that have been replaced