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FDP Forum / Home Recording Forum / Tascam 788, push buttons becoming intermittent, any fix?



Mar 30th, 2019 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

My old Tascam 788 has, for a couple of years, started to develop problems with a couple of the many select buttons/switches.

Anyone familiar with this machine will know what I'm talking about.
These are not normal switches like on effects pedals or whatever.

Anybody with a 788 have this issue?
Any fixes for it?
I've scoured the internet and posted on another site, but there isn't anything out there.

As a last resort I might try some contact cleaner, but I thought I'd check here first.
I have also not disassembled it yet and peeked inside.

I have not contacted Tascam service and repair.
Anyone familiar with them will know why.

Thanks in advance.

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Apr 5th, 2019 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had the 488 cassette model, never had it apart but guess it has the same kind of buttons. I sold mine in the last year dirt cheap on Reverb, assuming it was fried due to a burning smell and no drive. The buyer informed me it was a belt and after a replacement functioned perfectly. I know this offers no suggestions to your current issue but it does tell me there are folks out there with the skills to fix these units that aren't the manufacturer. My recollection is this guy worked for a small electronics business in Massachusetts. If you're not compelled to tear into the unit yourself you may explore other servicing options.



Apr 5th, 2019 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks littleuch.

Well, I did a couple of things, and knock on wood and fingers crossed, last time I checked it was working much better than I'd hoped. Actually, like new.

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Apr 7th, 2019 12:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

The 488/788s are pretty indestructible short of the belts- usually a little swearing and cleaning will get them up and running again.



Apr 7th, 2019 09:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Rev: I know what you meant, but it didn't carry over in your typing.

Just to be clear, the 788 is a digital recorder and has no belts.
The 488 is a cassette multitrack, so it may have one. I say *may* because I'll leave that to someone else to verify your statement that it is a belt drive and not a motor.

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Apr 7th, 2019 08:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, I must be thinking of the 688, the MIDI-enabled 488!

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