Does anyone know how to fix one? Are there specfic points that they like to break at? I got one a while ago because my old one died (heatstroke... melted things pretty bad), and it turns out, the new one is dead, too. I'm just not sure how. I'd like to try and fix it myself, especially since many electronics repair guys nowadays haven't even seen one. Of course, if you've read some of my posts, you know electricity is right behind jumping 100 feet in the air on my list of talents.
It doesn't really seem to eat tapes or pinch them, and if I plug something into the phono in, I can hear it play through the attached speakers okay. The problem happens when I need to use the built in AM/FM radio (mono and stereo options!) or play a tape, at which point horrendous static happens. I think I can hear a motor spinning (maybe) when it's supposed to be playing a tape, but no useful sound comes out. The program selector also seems to be malfunctioning, and is stuck on program 4. I've got too much money sunk in my 8-track collection to make it economical to buy it all again; I'd rather get a machine working and transfer formats. I suppose I should have tested this machine before I bought it, but even if it never works again, I'm two very nice speakers and 200 feet of speaker wire ahead, so it's worth it to me.
Another idea: is it possible to build one using cassette tape heads? That would be an interesting project, if a little unweildy.