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Sony TC-530

Stereo Reel to Reel Tape Recorder (1967)

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Sony TC-530

Specifications

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

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Reviewed Jul 29th, 2019 by DrakenFireen

I found mine beatup in a scrapyard with relative condition, unit powered on and motor spins despite the FWD and RWD lever was missing. the internals were gunked up with aged grease were i cleaned off and re-lubricated it also restoring the rubber drive pulleys to run it optimal. springs were too weak to pull the wheel to drive the capstan flywheel as i replaced it with a generic spring that fits.

thusly the unit was revived and surprised the circuitry was intact and plays back and records tapes decently without any bias or head adjustments, I did replaced the Felt pads on the erase and play/record heads as there completely missing. though i think the erase head is not working great as it did not fully erased the tapes with a very slight hum of the older music on it. sadly im missing screws and a dented face plate marred the looks but it runs, a solid tank for something that should not work being in a scrap yard.

If you pick one up take care the pulley drive wheels and springs to recondition them these are a solid state RTR machines so they suffer from dry rubber parts as well as there springs being overstretched from being in the parked/idle positions to long.

this is my first RTR and im highly interested to finding more in bad conditions to restore em as well listen to tapes afterwards.

 

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re: TC-530

i had my hands deep into this unit tearing out all the mechanical parts to repair it, got mine from a scrapyard with a dented face plate, i did found the speaker doors recently to finish it up and ordered a new face plate for mine, sadly i still cannot find that lever to switch from play to reverse, using a Griplock caliper to activate the drive mechanism. also the face plate is missing the metal ring separating the spindle to the face plate.

do anyone have a back screw with that large washer, toggle lever and the left spindle face plate ring as spare parts?

also thank you for the service manual is a great help since i like to find out how to tune it a bit better, the heads seems fine but i do noticed a slight tracks misalignment from a phantom sound from the reverse direction of the tape.

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I just bought a TC-530 at an auction and it didn't come with a power cord. Any thoughts on where/what kind of replacement cord I could purchase for this?
Thanks

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Ebay of course.
TEAC uses the same power cord..
I have one I can sell you $35, shipped.
Frank

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Thank you. Mine doesn't work.

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Does anyone have access to an earlier version of the schematic for this TC-530? I am trying to restore serial number 29806 that has very different main amplifier blocks with only one transistor on the board and 2SD28's on the heat sink. Any help here would be appreciated.

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I recently got one of these that's seemingly fully functional. I just cant get it to record? When I press the record button sound comes through the amp but the motor doesn't spin the wheel. I'm going to explore the manual over the weekend but was wondering if anyone had advice. Could it be a belt? All I could think was I'm either doing this wrong or the record motor is hooked up to a different and nonfunctioning belt. All this is my first reel to reel. Help.

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its the spring! as well the rubber drive wheel that sits on the Capstan's flywheel being harden and slips.

you will see a rubber wheel that gets pulled to the flywheel when you engage FWD mode the surface will harden with age making it shiny slipping on the solid metal flywheel to drive the capstan, secondly the spring that attaches to that wheel will be over stretched from lack of use, replacing it is highly advised to get it to contact the flywheel proper.

the pinch roller is connected to a bar that i found many folks talk about being sized up, when you engage the FWD it will pull up very slowly and will not make full contact to the capstan and pinch rollers. i added oil to free it up and work it for a few hours to get it moving again with success.

a clear indicator of the issue is when you engage play look at the pinch roller and those metal flaps with a felt pad to fully contact the heads/capstan, if there not then the arm that moves it is sticking badly and needs oil to free it up.

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Thanks for the service manual. I just got a faulty TC-530, so it will come in handy.

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

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Does anyone has the actual operation manual for this? Not looking to fix but to figure out how to operate/record. Thanks!

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

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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.

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I am interested in the pp30-4202n1 head--how much??

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I am interested in the pp30-4202n1 head--how much??

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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.

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I am having quite some trouble getting the head cover off

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

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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.

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Thank you very much for the service manual.

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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.

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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!

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

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