Hi all, I recently purchased a Pioneer RT-1020L and after cleaning and lubricating, I gave it a test. Well, not surprising, the 1973 machine was not without problems. I checked the threads here as well as Google and also downloaded the service manual. My question is this; when recording, there is a big difference in volume between source and tape, there is hardly any output from the tape. To get sufficient volume, I would have to pin the VU meters from the source. Second, when playing back a previously recorded tape from my Akai 4000ds, the sound is distorted as well as low. I looked at the service manual, and I am not sure what these symptoms fall under "insufficient sound" ie P.B. circuit or "recorded sound insufficient or distorted" ie oscillator circuit. Any pointers or suggestions before I swap out half of this fine looking machine for nothing. Edmund.