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question about 2-track tape machine Otari MX5050 MKll

 
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Jim Murrell



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2003 12:16 am    Post subject: question about 2-track tape machine Otari MX5050 MKll Reply with quote

Hello,
I was looking for tape machine trouble shooting site and found this forum. I recently purchased an Otari MX5050 MKll 2trk machine for $40 usd from eBay auction. I haven't put reels on it yet but it powers up fine and hitting the play button the left side, (I think it is the take up side) spins ok but if I hit reverse or fast forward, nothing happens. I am just wondering what would be the problem (hoping it is a simple fix). I plan to spend what ever it takes for it to work as I believe the machine is repairable...it may not even be broken. Does it need the reels on and tape threaded properly before the reverse and ff funcitons work? I would appreciate any input as to possibly trouble shooting the problem myself. I tried to find info at the Otari site but the machine is not listed any more.

thanks,

Jim
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Mike Zee



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2003 3:20 am    Post subject: question about 2-track tape machine Otari MX5050 MKll Reply with quote

Jim, I am not sure (never had otari) , but it may be the case - it will ff/rw only with the tape in the rall - when tape is out/ends - the machine stops ff/rw. Get the tape and test it befor start fixing it :) heh heh , in general trasport mechanism in machines like this does not work without tape-tension. You can try to move rolls with your hand into position the way they sould be when the tape is in...if you have enough hands :)

/respects,
/Mike Zee aka DrZEE

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2003 3:24 am    Post subject: question about 2-track tape machine Otari MX5050 MKll Reply with quote

btw $40 !!! - good score :)
/mz

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