Teac X-1000 Reel To Reel Repair And Restoration

This Teac X-1000 reel to reel tape deck is in pretty good cosmetic condition if not perfect.

I've removed the top cover on this Teac X-1000 open reel tape deck and I see that the capstan belt has turned to goo on the flywheels.

This Teac tape deck has not been powered up for many years and the drive belt has turned into tar. The picture shows the capstan motor.

The picture below shows a close up of the capstan pulley with what is left of the belt.

Just no way not to get this black goo all over. Wear some old clothes because once this crap is on your clothes it doesn't come off.

After cleaning with isopropyl alcohol the capstan pulley of this Teac X-1000 reel to reel tape deck is looking much better.

Now after removing the flywheels it's time to clean what's left of the drive belt from them also.

The alcohol cuts the goo pretty well. You will use many different rags and/or paper towels before you are done.

The pinch rollers were stuck. Sometimes they can be freed up with some light oil at the pivot points after the flywheels are removed. Not in this case.

You can remove the pinch roller assembly on this Teac X-1000 from the front for cleaning. The old grease is causing them to stick.

The pinch roller assembly will pull off the shaft. Sometimes you need to use a heat source to loosen up the grease before it will come off.

The pinch roller assembly has been removed. Alcohol works well to clean up the old grease. Remember there are two pinch roller assemblies.

Clean the old grease up that you will find on the shaft and on the chassis. Of course remember to add the same amount of new grease.

A service manual for the Teac X-1000 is a must before attempting disassembly. It will show you how to get things apart and back together.

There is a lot to remove to get the top faceplate off. Once again always have the service manual available before you disassemble the X-1000.

You will have a lot of small parts to keep track of. Keep them in some order that makes sense to you so that reassembly will be easier.

With the top faceplate of this Teac X-1000 reel to reel removed it will be much easier to clean the switches and remove old grease.

This Teac open reel recorder had an issue with an intermittent left channel. This was fixed using deoxit on the "rec mode" switches.

With the faceplate removed you can now more easily remove the decades old grease that has seen better days and reapply new grease.

There is also a smaller and easier to remove bottom faceplate that needs to be removed. Then the switches and pots can be accessed for cleaning.

You may need to turn the chassis of the Teac X-1000 reel to reel at different angles to get to where you need to be.

Once loosened from the front the mic, line and output pots can be turned 180 degrees and accessed from the rear. Much easier angle to use the deoxit.

This Teac X-1000 had an issue where you could not stop the unit after initiating the fast forward function. You had to power down the tape deck.

There are two pots that can be accessed from the left side, one controls the FF speed, the other rewind. Turning the pot and breaking the corrosion fixed it.

With every stereo restoration there is cleaning to do. Warm water and dish soap for the faceplate along with deoxit for the switches, pots, etc.

The new drive belt has been installed in this Teac X-1000 reel to reel tape deck. Don't forget the deoxit on the rear RCA jacks.

Everything back together and about ready for some bench testing.

The service manual for the Teac X-1000 will give you step by step instructions for both mechanical and electrical adjustments.

This Teac X-1000 reel to reel tape deck is looking good on the test bench and it will hopefully have many more decades of use ahead.

Play, fast forward, rewind and record all operating properly. This Teac X-1000 reel to reel repair and restoration is complete.