RE-201 tech question, HALP!!!

El Jefe

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So I fired up my RE-201 for the first time in a couple months last night and had some problems. At first the tape wouldn't feed, fixed that though. The bigger issue, is that it doesn't seem to be sufficiently erasing the previously recorded stuff from the loop as it comes back around. I was playing a theremin through it, and once I turned off the theremin I had a big loop of theremin playing that just kept playing at a low level and didn't decay. It's really screwing with the sound since the echo of what was just played is all muddled up with the crap in the background on the tape. Anybody know how to fix this, or a place or person I could go to for some expertise?
 

TheGrooveking

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I can only thing of two things, one is the tape old, they do need replacing every so often and two, have you ever demagnetized heads?

TheGrooveking
 

El Jefe

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Tape's almost brand new. I was thinking the degaussing might be the solution, but I don't have a degausser. There's really cheap pen-style ones, but I've heard they don't really work.
 

El Jefe

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I just looked over my tech manual for it, seems like it might be a misalignment of the erase head. The bad part is that all the screwdrivers I own are magnetic tipped.
 

El Jefe

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Fix'd! Turns out when I put the new loop in, I missed the guide post just before the erase head. The tape was hitting all the other heads with the right tension but slightly missing the erase head.
 

mad dog

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El Jefe: Where do you get this manual? Or user manuals, for that matter? I lucked into a 201 last night, so the learning begins. (First time with a tape echo for me.) I'd be pretty clueless at this point if I had to change tape or do any standard maintenance. Thanks.
 




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