View Full Version : My New Teac 3340-S - Might Need Some Help

06-09-2013, 12:57 PM
My Teac 3340-S arrived yesterday! :banana: ( (

It was shipped from northern California via FedEx. It was packaged tightly in a box with styrofoam surrounding it, wrapped in bubble wrap, taped with fragile tape all the way around. A very fine pack job, too bad it was something inside of the machine that caused some damage :tears:

This came loose, broke one of the micro switches, and might have caused even more damage. I already have a replacement switch on the way from Mouser.

If I understand what I've read so far, the switch it broke is the one that controls the transport (capstan/pinch roller mechanism) - which would explain why the capstan isn't turning and the pinch roller isn't engaging (I hope).

Disappointed that it was damaged, but excited that i had a new toy, I continued to test all the functions. Only one of the reels turns, the right one (without tape/reel loaded). The left one makes an audible click and moves just a tiny bit before stopping. I don't know if this has something to do with the broken switch, or something else. The right reel is slow to start moving and only runs steadily at "high" speed (15ips) at "low" (7.5ips) it slowly slows to a stop. The buttons stick and all the knobs crackle when I turn them, so I am hoping a little deoxit and cleanup will help. It is a dusty, dirty mess inside.

A bit of good news, both belts look good (I already have replacements on the way) the VU meters all work, both sets of channels work, inputs/outputs, everything.

I think that the heads look ok? ( ( (

For $150 I figured I'd take a chance....if it turns out not to be worth it I can always part it out...but I'd rather go on thinking that with some work (possibly by a professional) it will be more than worth it :yes:

06-09-2013, 03:28 PM
What is that switch in place of the Rear Phones jack?

06-09-2013, 03:31 PM
It switches the front headphone jack to either front or rear. Never seen anything like it on other 3340s.

An update, I found a pin type connector that was halfway connected. I disconnected it, cleaned it, and reconnected it. The left reel now works somewhat as it should. Its slow to ff/reverse but it kicks into play without hesitation.

06-09-2013, 03:33 PM
Thanks publicenemy3.
Is that original. I don't remember seeing it in the past. I may be wrong.

06-10-2013, 10:56 AM
No idea if it is origonal...I don't think so.

06-10-2013, 11:00 AM
No it is definitely not original. No manufacturer would install a star-washer like that.

06-10-2013, 11:29 AM
That weight may have been cracked already, and fell off during shipping. The record head looks excellent, the play head shows some wear but it's probably ok.

06-10-2013, 11:57 AM
I have the weight back in place, I'm sure it just came loose. The switch replacement should be relatively simple.

That's good news about the heads. I'll go ahead and get some polish and clean them up real good.

06-21-2013, 06:22 PM
Here she is, all cleaned up and working great :music::banana:


06-21-2013, 06:44 PM
Nice work! Enjoy!

kermit z
06-21-2013, 08:39 PM
Very nice job :) How does she sound?

06-21-2013, 11:11 PM
so cool!!! nice work !!!

06-22-2013, 07:57 AM
Looks great. Looks like someone took the rear headphone jack out and replaced it with a switch to toggle back and forth between front and rear.

06-22-2013, 08:33 AM
I have this same deck and I love mine also. It's the only one I own that has 15ips. Your machine doesn't have a que lever on the pinch roller like mine. I've seen this model both ways, yet the model number doesn't change. I wonder if it's a change that was made in the production run somewhere?

You'll enjoy that machine!
Good luck


06-22-2013, 10:15 AM
I also have one of these fine decks, and really like it. Glad out gut yours working again! Congrats.

06-22-2013, 10:29 AM
A great deck. The TEAC ads for the deck were great too. Can't believe its been nearly 40 years.

06-22-2013, 11:36 AM
Very nice job :) How does she sound?

It sounds good :music:

I'm experiencing a little bit of a drop off in the high end, probably in need of an adjustment (or maybe another type of tape).

I'm so happy to have it fixed and back together. Can't wait to record some quad Pink Floyd at 15ips :smoke:

06-22-2013, 01:53 PM
Don't touch the head alignment unless you have the proper tools and follow the alignment procedure in the service manual!

06-22-2013, 02:36 PM
^ Don't worry, I wouldn't ever mess with anything like that :thmbsp: