Having bought a pre-owned Sony FM stereo tuner through eBay, it came without any manuals. It soon became clear that to get the best from this excellent tuner I needed a decent manual because much of the operation was not intuitive to a newboy to hi fi like me. I managed to download the official Sony multi-lingual manual from Owner-Manuals.com with no problem at all - a really quick and easy service. I'm very glad I did because I found out all the operations of the tuner and was then able to not only set it up quickly but also to get much more from it that poke-and-hope trialling would ever achieve. In my book $4.99 very well spent.
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Handling the cassette tape
Notes on cassette tape Safety tab (accidental erasure prevention tab)
After an important recording has been finished, break the safety tab, to prevent the recorded contents from being erased or recorded on accidentally.
To store cassette tapes
Do not store the tapes in a place which is subject to direct sunlight, or near equipment that generates heat. Keep the cassette tapes away from any magnetic field.
For A side For B side
When there is slack in the tape
In such a case, insert a pencil into the reel hole and wind the reel hub to remove the slack.
Apply tape only to the position where the tab has been removed.
1. Longer tape than 110 minutes cassette tape Since longer tape than 110 minutes cassette tape is very thin, the tape could adhere to the pinch roller or be easily cut. It is recommended that these tapes not be used with this unit to prevent possible damage.
2. Endless tapes Do not use an endless tape, as this could damage the mechanism of the unit.