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My OTARI MX7000 needs help again
Old 28th September 2019
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My OTARI MX7000 needs help again


I have a little problem with my Otari MX7000. It‘s a 2 track 1/4“ tape machine. It has 3x tape speeds: 15, 7 ½ and 3 ¾ IPS. I just discovered that the capstan motor isn‘t running at 3 ¾ speed. The reel motors are working, so when I push PLAY they want to spin, but they can‘t, since the capstan motor is not supporting them.

What would be the first thing to check? I suspect a faulty relay. But I‘m not sure which one it is. Could you help me? I attached the schematics, would you have a look at it?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 29th September 2019
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I was troubleshooting the machine today and could‘t find any fault so far. I was trying to understand the speed switch. It looks pretty messy from below (see photo). But I have a question. On the transport diagram there is this big CN4 connector. When you look at the PIN B9 of this connector, it says ‚SAFETY OUT‘. What does it mean? Any ideas?

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Old 6th October 2019
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You might try posting in the reel to reel tape machines forum over at Lots of expertise over there, and the forums are pretty active.

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