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Dictaphone 3740 started to hum but would not play, FF or rewind. Have tried several tapes with same result. Turned machine on and off, unplugged it and still have same problem. Have tried it with the foot pedal and without, with headphones and without. It has been working fine until today. Now just beeps like at the end of a tape when I hit any button.

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If you press Play, Rew or FF and can hear something in the machine (even though the tape doesn't turn), then it's more than likely a broken capstan belt.

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