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Reel to reel tapes of 1970

Last response: in Home Theatre Legacy
December 4, 2012 6:18:32 PM

I have a 1970's JVC reel to reel 4 track tape player. The function selection knob does not move. - does not seem broken though. It was suggested that the player may have to be reading a tape before it can be moved. I tried to load a reel, but the player has rubber-like cups on the reel pins that I can't get off. They don't seem to unscrew or pull off. I contacted someone at JVC and the customer service said they needed the model number. I have the box and it has a huge "Model and the number: on it and also the back label of the machine has the word "model" and the same number exactly where customer service said it would be found - however, SHE continues to tell me I do not have the right number.
I saw an old Sony on line - model TC630 and had a chat with Sony that said it was a 1973 model and they don't have instructions for those any more.

Obviously, I need to know how to load the tapes - not as intuitive as it sounds and how to move the selection lever. HELP

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December 6, 2012 7:23:19 PM

You may find that old open reel decks such as yours were internally lubricated and over many years that lubrication has hardened and turned into a solid glue like substance. This is common in some turntables too.
You would have to open the deck, strip and relube it. Not a minor job. Other rubber parts are probably not in great shape either.
If you really want to get this deck working you may need a good technician to go over it and show you how to use it.