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Akai GXC-38D

Cassette Stereo Tape Deck (1973-75)

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Akai GXC-38D


Exciting Akai innovations put the GXC-38D stereo cassette deck in a class by itself.

Starting with an exclusive Akai GX (glass and crystal ferrite) head and Dolby noise reduction system, Akai added an over level suppressor circuit to limit high recording level distortion.

Other distinctive features include pause control, auto stop, tape selector switch, direct function change control and a 3-digit index counter.


Type: single compact cassette deck

Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 4.76 cm/s

Motor: induction type

Noise Reduction: B

Frequency Response: 30Hz to 18kHz  (Cr02 tape)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 58dB  (dolby B)

Wow and Flutter: 0.12%

Total Harmonic Distortion: 2%

Dimensions: 16.1 x 4.4 x 8.7 inches

Weight: 11lbs


instruction/owners manual   English - derreparator

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re: GXC-38D

Picked this up from a pawn shop in Brighton and the Record Button will not move down for love nor money.

Trued pushing down Pause then doing it but again troubleshooting has lead me no where left to turn.

Plays cassettes no problem but the record function is what i wanted it for.

Im under the assumptoin that the VU meters should be moving when there is a line signal going into the recorder irrespective of the record buttons inability to go down but no such luck there either.

Is it a write off?

Any one know if this can be serviced locally to Brighton UK either?

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re: GXC-38D

Sorry if the questions sound dumb! Did you put in a cassette tape? Remember that if you didn't the deck has a little switch in the back that prevents it from erasing it by mistake.
Did you take it apart to see what's stopping the buttons from being pushed down?

re: GXC-38D

Apologies if I'm stating the obvious, but I presume you know that the record button will only go down when there is a cassette in there with either the record tab intact, or the hole where the tab is has been covered over with tape? Can you press down the record button (depending on the deck you may need to press play at the same time) when the switch at the back of the cassette compartment is pushed in by hand?


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