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Pioneer 3302

8 Track Home Stereo Tape Player (1971)

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Pioneer 3302


The Pioneer 3302 records from any signal source: radio, tapes, records or microphone, and uses all sizes of 8 track tape cartridges.

Includes all solid state electronics circuitry, other features like instant on response, illuminated track indicators, push button selector and automatic stop.


Type: single deck

Track System: 8-track, 2-channel stereo

Tape Speed: 9.5 cm/s

Frequency Response: 50Hz to 10kHz

Wow and Flutter: 0.25%

Dimensions: 9.5 x 11.5 x 4 inches

Weight: 11.6lbs

Year: 1971


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Reviewed Mar 11th, 2016 by Vintage-Tube-Audio

The Pioneer / Craig 3302 8 track deck was manufactured by Pioneer for Craig Corporation Los Angeles, CA. and features both Craig and Pioneer names on the front plate. Contrary to the posted description this deck does not have an amplifier built in. It is a player and recorder only with RCA line level, and 1/4 Mic inputs and an RCA line level output. It records via a 2 way recording sensitivity switch (no recording level control) monitored by a single level meter for both channels, that is back light with a red lamp when recording (no audio output while recording). Like other Pioneer equipment this deck is built super rugged and to last. This deck features a strong AC synchronous motor that plays even difficult tapes well. There are auto stop functions that eject the cartridge when the corresponding cycle is complete and with that shuts the unit off when done playing. It allows to play one program, the entire cartridge, or continuously without ejecting. The unit I have works well and sounds outstanding with clear highs. First mine did not record, as the resistor that feeds the bias oscillator form the power supply was open. Now it records but one channel is weak. Does anybody have a schematic for this deck?



re: 3302

Pretty much agree with the above, industrial build quality and has stood the test of time for sure. One I have plays well with all functions working with one minor(?) problem, weak bass on both channels in playback. Seems like an odd problem at that. Sure need a schematic and service info.

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