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Weird speed issue with Otari 5050
« on: July 30, 2015, 05:18:55 PM »
I just finished building my Eros tape preamplifier and the first time I played my recently restored and upgraded MX5050 everything sounded like it was working fine except for the tape rubbing against a bent take up reel. I replaced the take up reel and now I cannot get the tape player to run at normal playback speed. The display says it is set on 15 ips. When I hit the play button it takes off at fast forward speed. Has anyone ever seen a problem like this? Am I missing a switch somewhere? Could I have blown a fuse?

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Re: Weird speed issue with Otari 5050
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2015, 08:51:16 AM »
When you press the play button is the pinch roller engaging and clamping the tape against the capstan?
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Re: Weird speed issue with Otari 5050
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2015, 03:25:06 PM »
Thanks. That might have been the problem. It is working today. It sounds wondrous. The combination of the Magnetic flux tape head with the Eros is incredible. I can't wait to play one of my Tape Project tapes but I need to figure out a better way to fast rewind. The method I used did not wrap the tape tight enough. What are the best practices for rewinding ?

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Re: Weird speed issue with Otari 5050
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2015, 06:36:10 PM »
If the tape is packing too loose the brakes may need adjusting.
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Re: Weird speed issue with Otari 5050
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2015, 08:22:03 PM »
Try cleaning (DeOxit) and exercising the Pitch Control, that even when off can cause speed issues.
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Re: Weird speed issue with Otari 5050
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2016, 12:15:20 PM »
This is a common problem for all versions of the MX5050, cleaning the pitch control switch will give you better sleep at night knowing your deck will roll tape at a consistent speed.  :-)

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