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Sony TC-530

Stereo Reel to Reel Tape Recorder (1967)

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Sony TC-530


Track system: 4-track, 2-channel, stereo/monaural system

Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase

Reel size: up to 7 inch reel

Tape speeds: 1 78  3 34  7 12 ips

Wow and flutter: 0.17% (7 12 ips)

Frequency response: 30Hz to 20kHz (7 12 ips)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 48dB

Total harmonic distortion: 3%

Input: 60mV (line), 0.19mV (mic)

Output: 0.775V (line)

Output power: 10 watts

Semiconductors: 24 x transistors, 8 x diodes

Dimensions: 500 x 252 x 391mm

Weight: 19kg

Year: 1967


service manual   English -

flyer   English - F.L. Laanen

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re: TC-530

Thanks for the service manual it will be greatly useful. God bless

re: TC-530

...How would one know when the tape head needs replacing?

re: TC-530

If you have a loss of high freq response, which can't be corrected with playback equalization adjustment, the head is shot. I have the exact head, PP30-4202N1 (and others). It is used, but looks to be OK. Most of the heads I have are new. Reply if you're interested. I was a bench tech for Sony/Superscope in the late 60s to 1971.

re: TC-530

Replacements are most likely not available, relapping is the only option. If the heads are noticeably grooved then relapping would improve the machines performance. But as single motor deck with all its idler wheels and motor run caps make sure it works mechanically first. Look for cracked idler wheels as the rubber dries out and fractures. Listen for thumping sound when in play mode, flat spots on the wheels. Look for large caps that have either expanded or puked their guts out. And head alignment is a tough job, requiring calibration tapes and a lot of patience. Just about any three motor deck would be a better investment of your time and money. As a repair tech with over twenty machines in my collection, I strongly recommend Teac, Pioneer, and 3 motor Sony's. You can avoid head wear with a machine like a Teac 4010GSL, heads never wear out, as my 1972 4010 proves to me. Akai with glass heads should also wear well, but I just think the build quality is not up to the Teac and Pioneer models.

re: TC-530

I am having quite some trouble getting the head cover off

re: TC-530

On the rear of the head cover are two holes with recessed screws.

re: TC-530

I have not worked on a TC530 in years, but it can only be on three ways.....
1) set screws from the top
2) set screws from the sides, or
3) pushed on and no screws.
Maybe it was broke and some smart a** glued it on.

re: TC-530

Thank you very much for the service manual.

re: TC-530

I'm refurbishing a TC-530 and this will help a lot.

Thank you so much!

re: TC-530

This is a fantastic site.

Thank you for the service manual.

re: TC-530

Thank you so much. I have been trying to get a break down manual for this reel to reel for a long time.
I can't believe it was really free!

re: TC-530

Can't believe that I was able to get this manual so easily! Thanks, everyone. I hope I can reciprocate!

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