Teac X7: Should I or Shouldn't I?

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  1. ToasterBin

    ToasterBin Toasterbin Subscriber

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    Hi,

    This is my first post to this site as I am getting more involved. I am fairly new to the wonderful world of R2R but do already have several decks. I have an opportunity to pick up a Teac X7 for relatively cheap ($50)--I intend to use it just to play and test tapes. I have seen mention of problems with the capstan motors--the owner says it low miles (driven by a little old lady and only on Sundays...) on it.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. audiojones

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    Hi -

    I'm sure you will hear otherwise but I wouldn't recommend it. The undersized capstan motor is prone to failure and, while it is still available and easy to replace, it is rather expensive. I have also seen control board and power supply failures on these machines that occur in conjunction with the motor failures at times. IMHO I find it's best to stick with the A series of Teac machines - they sound great, are well built and will remain trouble free for years with a minimum amount of maintenance.

    *ADD-ON* After re-reading your post I noticed that it's only $50. For that amount I would get it if it's working properly. When they work they are very nice, and you may get lucky and get a few years out of it. I wouldn't recommend putting much into it if it doesn't work, however.
     
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  3. ToasterBin

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    Thanks

    Yes, for the $50 bucks, it is harder to pass up. I've got other, better decks which I will put money into in the long run. Maybe I'll use this deck as my learning deck...
     
  4. vinyldavid

    vinyldavid Proud Jaguar Owner! Subscriber

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    The X7 should be a great deck...the X-3 is my 7" daily driver.
     
  5. ToasterBin

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    Thanks, again

    David,

    Thank you. I appreciate your response. Do you know the difference between the X3 and the X7?
     
  6. KentTeffeteller

    KentTeffeteller Gimpus Stereophilus!

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    If minty condition and in proper working order, it's an OK deck. Remember, that capstan motor is very prone to short lifespan (it's also an over $125 part now and often takes the control board with it). This series was not intended to be built as a Teac, it was designed to be a Radio Shack deck. Demand forced Teac to sell them under their name. When all is working well, they sound very nice. Motor switches are also a known weakness of this design.
     
  7. vinyldavid

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    I think that the X7 can handle XLII reel tape.

    Agreed, it is not the strongest transport, but it sure does sound nice....
     
  8. ToasterBin

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    Replacement

    Kent,

    Thanks for your comments. The question then is: if I do replace the capstan and motor controller board, will I then have a more substantive deck or will that refurbished deck also be prone to a short lifespan?
     
  9. RickB

    RickB On the Road to Find Out

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    That would have been the X-3 anyway and not the X-7, which is a 7" version of the X-10...the X-3 was a much simpler deck...if your comments about RS are even true at all, which is the first time I've ever seen anyone make such a statement about the X-7...not saying it couldn't be true, but I've never seen anything credible to that account...The real story, as I know it, is that Radio Shack had Teac build a simple deck for them that was marketed as the TR3000 deck...it was an X-3 under the skin, only the cosmetics were changed a bit...

    Then there was the X-3R, which added auto reverse..same with the X-7R, etc...

    I have an X-700R w/DBX and for all extents and purposes it is a shrunken X-1000R...

    But, I'll disagree with some of the prevailing winds here, I have an A-2300SX and an A-4300, and I feel that the sound quality of the X-700R is better than them...and much better than my Akai X-1810 or Sony TC-366....

    I replaced the belt on my X-700R a while back by following what used to be a sticky here in this forum (what happened to it?) on changing the Teac's belt...cleaned and lubed everything and I've not had a moment's trouble with mine....I bought it off ebay nearly a decade ago and it's been a great deck...and is teamed up with a Teac AN-180 for listening to Dolby encoded factory pre-recorded tapes...man, those things sound great....

    At $50 for an X-7, I think that's a no-brainer...get the thing and worry about it later...just go through it and service it according to Teac's instructions, put a new belt in it, and use it...keep it clean and dust free inside so nothing ever overheats, service it regularly, and perhaps you will never have a moment's problem with the motors...

    Good Luck and have fun...
     
  10. RickB

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    I also just checked, HiFi engine has some of the service manuals for the X-7 series...
     
  11. ToasterBin

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    Rick, my thoughts exactly. Fortunately, it also includes the user manual as this was the original owner. Pictures that he sent are of a deck in pristine shape
     
  12. RickB

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    And, which variety of X-7 is it? X-7 or X-7R, Mk I or Mk II?
     
  13. ToasterBin

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    He didn't (or perhaps he really did) specify--the picture looks like X-7.
     
  14. RickB

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    Well, the X-7 is actually simpler than the X-7R as it doesn't have auto reverse, so it should be a bit easier to maintain...
     
  15. ToasterBin

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    Rick--thanks for all your input. I'll let you know what I think.
     
  16. vinyldavid

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    Just a note on the RatShack comment...Sam Palermo has told me that the X-3 and Tascam 22-2 were transports that were originally designed for RS...and, looking at the X7, I was wrong, and it is a shrunken X10....or so the transport controls make me think so...
     
  17. steerpike2

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    The X7 (and X7R) are dual capstan & have the same headblock as the X10
    The electrical specs are identical to the X10.
     

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