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Offline evtone

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Teac A3440
« on: April 20, 2014, 08:39:52 PM »
Hi...can anyone help on issues with my Teac? Got out tapes that have been stored for years. The Scotch 206 and Maxell are okay but the Ampex 456 is not right....oxide rubs off on playback and channels bleed through. Who to contact for repair of Teac? If head is out of alignment can I do that? Or need a Tech?

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Re: Teac A3440
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2014, 12:06:36 PM »
Sam is one of the last remaining factory trained TEAC techs.

Sam Palermo, BSEE
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(630)616-0932 Office/ 708-334-2260 Cell, [email protected]
Past Teac/Tascam Lead Service Technician at Chicago Factory Service still doing repairs.
http://www.thumbtack.com/il/bensenvi...tascam-repairs
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Re: Teac A3440
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2014, 08:38:37 AM »
Thanks for the timely advice, Ki.

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Re: Teac A3440
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2014, 12:14:42 PM »
Hi evtone (we use our real names here, please read Forum Rules),

Welcome to the forum.
This certainly sounds like a case of binder hydration usually called sticky shed syndrome.

Over time, the binder that holds the oxide to the backing changes composition. It usually results in the binder sticking to the tape path (guides, heads) and can make the tape squeal and even stick. Ampex 456 is infamous for this.

The common remedy is tape baking for the tapes and thorough cleaning of the tape path on the machine.
There is much more info about sticky shed in the "Beginners Guide" which can be found in a sticky above the General Forum.
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Re: Teac A3440
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2014, 01:54:17 PM »
I just hate it when my binder gets hydrated.
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