rhomanski wrote:You could look at the wiring where the head goes up and down. The flex point could have broken a wire. Do a good visual inspection. Much more than these things will require test equipment.
I did not see anything wrong as all of the wires are hooked up. I tried to do a continuity check on them but the head did not allow that.
rhomanski wrote:Did you clean all the switches on the front? It would require removing the faceplate and the switches to get access to the back of each switch. Shoot the deoxit in each switch and flip or turn a few times.
I did that even though I could not test it because the tape head is not screwed in. There is no crackling when you jiggle the switches though so I do not think that is the problem.
rhomanski wrote: Are there any circuit boards inside that simply plug in? I had a Sansui doing the same thing until I unplugged and reinstalled one board a couple times. In other words try unplugging anything that will and plugging it back in a couple times to scrape any corrosion off the pins.
There are no circuit boards that plug in on this model.
rhomanski wrote: Does the tape head look bad? If it was worn out I would expect it to show.
There does not appear to be much wear on it but I would think that is the most likely problem. This is just a very very wild guess but wouldnt there be a burnt sort of look or smell to something on circuit board? I think I may have a head I can replace the current head with.