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 Post subject: Craig 3302 8 track tape recorder
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 11:11 pm 
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I cannot find a schematic anywhere for this little beast.

When pushing a tape into the machine, the motor starts spinning, but the tape will not stay in the deck, also, the track changer button does not work, and the track number lights do not light.

There is a pretty big electromagnet that is supposed to hold the tape cartridge in the unit in the play position, until the eject button is hit. The electromagnet is not working.

any advice, or schematic I could use?


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 Post subject: Re: Craig 3302 8 track tape recorder
PostPosted: Jun Wed 12, 2019 2:45 pm 
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Sometimes the schematics are pasted inside the cabinet or underneath. But I'm sure you already checked in those places. Do you hear any thing when pressing the track change button? The solenoid should buzz and try to turn the mechanics that reposition the head.


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 Post subject: Re: Craig 3302 8 track tape recorder
PostPosted: Jun Wed 12, 2019 5:59 pm 
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I was hoping for the tiny schematic pasted to the inside of the cabinet, but no such luck. No buzzing or anything when pressing the track change button. I just need to take the time, use a meter, and start at the power supply, and work my way forward. There is a big, ceramic rectangular resistor mounted in there, away from printed circuit boards. An other forum had a thread where that resistor had become open. I just need to poke around. I cannot even find the schematic on Sam's.


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 Post subject: Re: Craig 3302 8 track tape recorder
PostPosted: Jun Fri 28, 2019 5:31 pm 
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My suggestion is to replace all the electrolytic caps after finding the problem.

Will ensure the 8 track is reliable and sounding its best.

Does this use an AC motor or DC motor?


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 Post subject: Re: Craig 3302 8 track tape recorder
PostPosted: Jun Sat 29, 2019 4:33 am 
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MOLE wrote:
I cannot find a schematic anywhere for this little beast.

When pushing a tape into the machine, the motor starts spinning, but the tape will not stay in the deck, also, the track changer button does not work, and the track number lights do not light.

There is a pretty big electromagnet that is supposed to hold the tape cartridge in the unit in the play position, until the eject button is hit. The electromagnet is not working.

any advice, or schematic I could use?
I've got one of those Craigs and the original manual, which has.... wait for it
the schematic.

Here's a rather poor pic of it.
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If you need better I'll have to wait till I get proper light but maybe you can glean enough from it for your needs.


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 Post subject: Re: Craig 3302 8 track tape recorder
PostPosted: Jun Sat 29, 2019 5:00 am 
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Check the fuse.


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