Hi all, I apologise in advance that I have posted this issue on another forum, and so far there has been one helpful response but nothing to the additional questions I've asked. There was a discussion on the lack of the existence of the model in question and that the "A" designation TEAC used on all their models meant those units were destined for "America". <sigh>... Anyway.... moving on.... Yesterday, I replaced the felt brake pads on our '72 TEAC A-3300-10. Whilst going through the FF/REW/STOP/PAUSE/PLAY during the brake adjustment process everything was OK and finally the brakes were sorted. Then on pressing stop and moving the sliding switch to play and hitting the button, the capstan snapped-in and and then the deck stopped, because the take up reel wasn't turning, so the tape dropped the shutoff arm. Tried again and nothing. I rechecked the brakes to insure they weren't binding and they were fine. I removed the reels and NABS, and tried again. I noticed the takeup reel table was just turning a little CCW when I hit Play, so a small amount of power was getting through to the motor. I cleaned the sliding switch with Servisol Super 10 and after that, I did get it to work .... just once, but as I continued to try again, I heard clear electrical sparking from that switch, so I decided it was time to pull the plug - literally! I also checked the ceramic reel resistors and those too are fine. The one suggestion I did get "over there" was that the sliding Fast/Pause/Play switch has failed. Disappointingly, no one has answered my follow up questions. So, does anyone here think that's the probable cause, have any ideas on how to fix it or have any other ideas what the cause/s of this may be? All help, ideas and comments will all be much appreciated.