I have a Nakamichi 480. OCcasionally after I turn it on and try to use a tape, if I press play or FF or reverse the tape transport begins to work and then stops. As you know The Naklamichi initially takes up the tape slack just before playing, but this appears to cause it it to stop altogether. I have tried pressing stop and then starting again but the same thing happens. I can't get it to work at all. I have also tried leaving it for a few hours. Sometimes this has worked and sometimes it doesn't.Can you suggest what the problem might be and if it can be repaired.Thank youRegardsKevin
Pressing stop and starting again.
Removing the cassette, manually taking up the slack and then attempting to play etc.
Turning off the deck for an hour or 2 and then repeating the procedure.
Yes I am still waiting for an answer.
Yesterday evening when I got home I attempted to get the Deck to work and lo and behold it did. So as I indicated it is intermittent and I don't know each time I turn it on whether it will work or not. I need the Nakamichi to practice my singing as my teacher inists on using cassettes to teach.
It can be very frustrating when I go to do my practice and the tape doesn't work. I have used either SA or Metal tape since I bought the 480 and had it serviced a few years ago. It worked beautifully for a few years but this problem started up.
Hope you can help
Hi and welcome to JustAnswer,Thank you for the question and your patience. Should you still need assistance... Initially, the described symptom would indictae that the Nakamichi is kicking in its auto-stop mode; i.e. its sensors detects no tape movement, assume tape has reached its end. That it does this even when just about to play, rewind or fast-forward would infer that it is false sensing. This is then an internal electro-mechanical fault.Unfortunately, no quick/easy fix and neither is there a workaround. The unit would have to be opened up for visual inspection, voltage measurements, confirm fault and effect repairs.Offhand and after a review of the repair/Service Manual, primary suspects would be:
Have been in the business +25 yrs down to component level.