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    Munching tapes is probably dried out curve set drive belts. The capstan has to turn at a constant speed for sound quality, the supply and take-up reels have to turn slow when loaded, fast when unloaded, so, there is a clutch that the drive belt runs under the reels. The clutch lube may be dried out as well. It would take some disassembly to make sure.

    As always, "It ain't what you don't know that gets you, it's what you think you know that just ain't so."

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    FEP Super Member gr79's Avatar
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    Just got done connecting a home cassette deck to the pc.
    Works fine.
    Tried some old cassette tapes and half of them got eaten. It's the cassette.
    Same machine plays a fresh new blank 3M AVX60 pro cassette normal bias cassette fine.
    Belts, tapes, or combo of both, wear out.
    As a test, put the same known good new blank cassette in a Sony Sport boombox. Started to eat it.
    It plays the music until too much tape is wrapped up inside machine for the wheels to turn.
    Last edited by gr79; 03-02-2021 at 11:52 PM.

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