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Pete, Engineer
Category: Recorders and Players
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Experience:  Over 16 years experience installing and repairing electronics.
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Have teac a -1500 reel to reel,,have manual ,shows nothing

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have teac a -1500 reel to reel,,have manual ,shows nothing but lines and part numbers,no wording,or instruction...recorder works ,(turns on,,winds,rewinds,,all well,but no sound, has good tape
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Recorders and Players
Expert:  Pete replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

What is the model number please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
622256 model a 1500 has other numbr ***********
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
am waiting for response ,by phone and by net
Expert:  Pete replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the info, can you let me know if the needle moves to indicate that there should be sound?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Pete replied 1 year ago.

Ok, so the machine is not picking up the signal from the tape.

Have you tried cleaning the heads first?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
do not know how to clean heads
Expert:  Pete replied 1 year ago.

You can clean the heads using alcohol on a cotton swab.

If you are unable to carry out the cleaning yourself, a local electronics repair tech should be able to do it for you.

Here is a useful guide to cleaning the heads on these reel to reel machines:

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
cleaned heads , no better,,want phone call,its been three hours ,,please help
Expert:  Pete replied 1 year ago.

Your payment for the call has failed.

However we can continue here if you wish.

If cleaning the heads did not work, and the meters still don't respond when playing a recorded tape then there is a more serious fault with the machine.

Will you be attempting a repair yourself, or are you looking for a repairer in your area?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i will repair it myself,automotive engineer ford motor co, i thought manualwould be sufficient,, good only for part numbers
Expert:  Pete replied 1 year ago.

You will probably find that the YouTube repair videos are much more informative than the service manuals - they show exactly how to disassemble and reassemble.

Check this out:

Let me know if you need anything else.

(you can still reply at any time, even after rating my service)