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How to Release Pinch Lever on Sony U-Matic Players

  1. How to Release Pinch Lever on Sony U-Matic Players, How to Release Pinch Lever on Sony U-Matic Players: passo 1, immagine 1 di 1
    • First, remove the top cover. It is held on by four screws, one in each corner. (This varies by model)

    • After doing this, you should see something like this photo. What we're interested in is the area inside the red circle.

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    • This piece of metal you can see here is the tail end of the pinch lever. In this picture, it is in its unlocked position.

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    • In this picture, the pinch lever is hidden under this brace. This is what it looks like in its locked position. This is the position it should be in while playing a tape.

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    • If the lock is somewhere in the middle, like this, it is stuck.

    • With the deck powered off, push the end of the lever to the right. It may take a bit of force, but don't use an unreasonable amount.

    • Power the deck back on, and the tape should unthread. You can now eject your tape normally.

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    • To keep the pinch lever from getting stuck, you just need to oil it.

    • Start by removing this screw and the brace which it secures.

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    • Next, remove the indicated end of this spring and the E-clip. A pair of curved tweezers can be handy for the spring.

    • Slide the pinch lever partway up its shaft, and try to get some oil inside the bushing at the bottom of the capstan lock.

    • Do not try to completely remove the lock unless you want to do more disassembly. It is not necessary for this repair anyway.

    • I used common bike chain oil on my machine and it has been working well for about a year as of writing this. I doubt this is the best oil to use though, so if you have something better, go for it.

    • That's it! Assuming all other functions work, you now have a working U-Matic player.

Conclusione

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Timothy Fryer

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