I just got a SHARP brand (No model number obvious) solid state, stereo,
reel-to-reel tape recorder at a garage sale. I just got this and
anticipate having to replace the condeser to reduce hum, but I don't
know how to start it up as there is no "play" button. The buttons from
right to left are Stop-Forward-Fast-Backward-Record 2-Record 1. There
are selector knobs: mode and speed.
After pushing the Power botton to On, Pushing Forward does start a low
motor hum and the tension posts activate, both near the reels and near
the read heads, but nothing goes forward. Other buttons are frozen
except Stop, which releases the tension - duh.
Do I need to push a combination of buttons simultaneously, similar to
some complex fraternal order handshake? Tried several permutations, but
no response. Output jacks and input jacks are on the side of the unit
as well as mic inputs near the record buttons.
The cowling/protective cover of the read head area is missing, but
there seems to be nothing else missing.
I have a lot of old tapes with long deceased family members talking and
I'd like to be able remaster them onto to a CD so the current
generation as well as oldsters can enjoy.
Hope you can smile at my newbie-ness and offer a solution. Van