Non-dumpster advice for Sony TC-366-4

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d_archivist

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I just bought a Sony TC-366-4 from the Goodwill auction site; they claim it will power on but was not otherwise tested.

Any suggestions on what to check first? I've downloaded the service manual from hifiengine.com.

Would you know anyone who might service the beast if I'm overwhelmed?

Or should I just drop the thing into the dumpster when FedEx shows up?
 

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I was just kidding about the dumpster; I've saved more hopeless projects (e.g. 1941 Philco Beam-of-Light phonograph with bad/missing innards in the tone arm. I actually got it to work. Sort of).

But I really would appreciate whatever help you folks might share.
 

Bonzodog

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There are several excellent rebuild videos of the 2ch version on youtube.
 

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A few suggestions:
1. The rubber parts in the transport are probably shot. Finding new ones could be a problem. Caig Caikleen RBR can rejuvenate hardened rubber.
2. The large electrolytic capacitors are probably shot too.
3. The rest of it will probably work if it hasn't been abused.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I'm ok with changing the capacitors (which I assume will include the motor start capacitor) but hadn't thought of the rubber parts. Good call!
 
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