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Nakamichi Dragon, fast forward but won't play
chas2312
post Oct 18 2005, 19:51
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I have a Nakamichi Dragon that will fast forward/replay but will not move the tape when PLAY is pressed. Any ideas as to what the problem is?
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post Oct 19 2005, 20:18
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QUOTE (chas2312 @ Oct 18 2005, 10:51 AM)
I have a Nakamichi Dragon that will fast forward/replay but will not move the tape when PLAY is pressed.  Any ideas as to what the problem is?
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Sounds like bad news -- I woudl guess that this unit has separate motors for ff/rw and play, and something in the play chain is broken -- maybe the motor itself.

Best to ask on a Nakamichi forum


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post Oct 19 2005, 20:23
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QUOTE (chas2312 @ Oct 18 2005, 06:51 PM)
I have a Nakamichi Dragon that will fast forward/replay but will not move the tape when PLAY is pressed.  Any ideas as to what the problem is?
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Jesus Christ ... that tapedeck must be some 15-20 years old by now ... smile.gif

My first guess wouldn't be the PB motor (from what I remember, the Dragon had 3 motors ... 2 for both capstans and 1 for PB/FF/REW) ... maybe it's the PB switch that is broken - did you test whether the PB LED still light up when pressing ?


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NeoRenegade
post Oct 20 2005, 22:58
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Can't be all that tough (or expensive) to replace a motor, though.

Man oh man, a Dragon... *drool*

Nice trophy, whether or not it works.
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post Oct 21 2005, 13:43
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QUOTE (chas2312 @ Oct 18 2005, 07:51 PM)
I have a Nakamichi Dragon that will fast forward/replay but will not move the tape when PLAY is pressed.  Any ideas as to what the problem is?
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If it's a 3-motor deck then the capstan drive motor has failed or isn't getting power. If it's *not* a 3-motor deck then the drive belt for the capstan is missing or broken. There are other more subtle possibilities but these are by far the most likely. Essentially, the capstan isn't turning so the tape goes nowhere. Fast forward and rewind don't use the capstan drive so they'll still work.
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post Nov 7 2005, 15:22
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QUOTE (chas2312 @ Oct 18 2005, 08:51 PM)
I have a Nakamichi Dragon that will fast forward/replay but will not move the tape when PLAY is pressed.  Any ideas as to what the problem is?
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The mechanism is driven by a motor via a rubber belt. When this belt gets old, the resistans from the mechanism gets to high and the motor just spins on the belt. It is very easy to replace and cost is very low for a new belt. Good luck!
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post Jan 12 2012, 20:13
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QUOTE (uggawagga @ Nov 7 2005, 06:22) *
QUOTE (chas2312 @ Oct 18 2005, 08:51 PM)
I have a Nakamichi Dragon that will fast forward/replay but will not move the tape when PLAY is pressed.  Any ideas as to what the problem is?
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The mechanism is driven by a motor via a rubber belt. When this belt gets old, the resistans from the mechanism gets to high and the motor just spins on the belt. It is very easy to replace and cost is very low for a new belt. Good luck!


Year's later I found this question on the forum and had another experience, as such:
I had let the deck sit for almost 2 months (I promise I won't do it again!) and like the question which started this string, it would FF but not play. I could "see" that the capstans were going around fine, but that the pinch roller - rubber wheel -- didn't move up to engage when PLAY was pressed. Solution that seemed to work: with the cassette cover off and a cassette in the deck, I hit PLAY while I softly and gently urged (pushed) the lower mechanism UP until "it" took over and moved all the necessary pieces into position. I have exercised this many times -- (? to move the oils around?) -- until now it is working on it's own...

-Marian W
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