Sony TC 530 Motor Cap Replacement

One problem I had with my TC 530 was that after about 10 minutes of running, the motor would slow down. A quick search of Google indicated that the likely culprit was the motor run capacitor. And another quick search of eBay yielded seller “tableterner”, who was selling a replacement. Hurray! I ordered said capacitor on the spot, and three days later, it arrived on my doorstep.


Analog Audio

A few years ago, a friend gave me a reel-to-reel (RTR) tape deck, a Sony TC 530. I don’t quite remember the circumstances, but I do recall liking the design; it was a heavy beast, around 40lbs., and had two speakers built in to the cabinet as well as two detachable, outboard speakers that could be positioned remotely. It was only a dual head design, but seemed capable enough.

Sony TC 530 closed up

Closed TC 530, external speakers showing