Teac A-3340S

So today I was able to get my hands on a Teac A-3340S and not sure honestly what to do with it.  A member of my church passed away and the church was just helping with giving away items. When I saw it I figured it was something I shouldn't pass up. I would love some advice when it comes to keeping it ( not that I see myself using it much) or selling it.  It seems to be in good shape and of course I would want a professional to look over it and make sure it is in good working order.  

I sold a lot of Teac A3340S reel to reel recorders back in the day.  A very nice and well built machine.  Plus they had a great spiff for the salesmen back then.   You can connect it to your system and use it to record music from FM, etc. 
Thank yall so much for your advice. I was excited when I saw it and figured it was to good to pass up. As I said before I don't know much about them but looking forward to learning. Hopefully I can find someone around my area to give it a clean bill of health. 
learn how to clean the heads   not hard but it need to be done on a regular basis..... JD
I had one, here’s it’s manual


It is really for a musician to make recordings: 4 separate forward tracks, and professional speeds: 15 ips; 7-1/2 ips; there is no 3-3/4 ips.

My Teac X2000R R2R is the best sounding source I have. Even though it has the highest measurable noise, EVERYBODY picks tape over LP, and they all pick LP over CD. AND, Tubes over SS.

I no longer record. I listen to pre-recorded tapes, inherited, gifts, bought over 500 on ebay: sold by music labels, and recorded by individuals, and my prior recordings.

Recording is fun, but few stick with recording. New tapes can be tricky, do your research first, some shed. I have some, if you want to try recording I’ll send you a few, send me a message.

If you do not record, or find that you don’t after the initial fun: I would sell or give it away to a musician who likes analog. That’s what I did with mine. They often have their own 4 forward track tapes, but no machine. IOW, it’s not a listener model.

I progressed: all Teacs, all 3 era’s: Vintage Stainless Steel with Wood sides; Beige Plastic Faceplates, plastic rear shell; Aluminum Face Plate (black or silver) plastic rear shell. ’Fake Wood’ cases are available that cover all 4 sides (open plastic back/bottom).

I had a 2 track to play my pre-recorded 2 track stereo tapes from 1956 I inherited. (two wide tracks, twice the magnetic material). This 3340S 4 forward tracks, then on to 3 head consumer 4 track: stereo forward, manually flip the tape over, stereo backwards; then to 4 track auto reverse (6 heads needed).

Most ’pro-sumer’ 4 track stereo decks (the Teacs) have 7-1/2 ips and 3-3/4 ips (no 15 ips). 7-1/2 pre-recorded tapes are best, those are my best sounding source that beat LP. 3-3/4 ips can be quite satisfactory, especially if you cannot find a title in the better speed. Or, get 3-3/4 until you find the 7-1/2 version, then sell the 3-3/4.


ALL the Teacs are built like tanks. Many, most old belts dissolve and turn to glue. Much original lube turns into glue. Capstan rollers might be ok, hardened (they make rubber restorer), or dented from leaving them against the capstan while off/stored/unused a long time. They are easily obtainable.

Happily, ALL the Teacs I have worked on only needed Mechanical work: PATIENCE, clean innards, all switches and pots contact cleaner/lubricant; all rollers off, clean, liquid bearing oil (careful: beware of/verify presence of roller’s small washers); new belts (drive and counter), lube, align reel decks, adjust brakes, only a few needed me to adjust potentiometers to get Play/Stop/Reverse/FF/FR working (if handy, not as hard as it seems, you do it while they are running, see the effects, they are inter-related, go slow, give time for the small adjustment to settle in. I’ve rebuilt motors (apart, clean motor rotors, brushes contact surfaces, new lube, bingo back to near perfect. Get a clock with a second hand, put on a full reel of tape, measure FF/FR times, that tells you about the motors

Many have heads in good shape, many lightly used. Worn heads can be expensive to replace, yours would be hard to find.

4 track stereo heads: a whole assembly with ’not too worn’ heads can be changed fairly easily if you are handy, and, I have gotten lucky, no re-alignment needed, the plate with all the pre-aligned heads simply screws on. Modular connections, hit play.

Of course, for best use, you would want alignment by a pro.
Hi. New to the forum. My TEAC A3340S tape transport controls stopped functioning. The "dummy plug" is plugged in. I'm curious if I purchased an RC-120 if it would bypass the front panel and activate the transport.

I doubt it, the remote 'talks' to the same electronics the panel buttons do. If they don't work, the motors are not getting the instructions in either case.
where do you live? I may have a Teac remote with like 15' long fat cord in a box downstairs, are you anywhere near New Jersey, 07062? You could try it, learn something.

I can take em apart, clean, new belts, new lube, brake/speed/rewind adjustments, physical alignments, but nothing involving the electronics. 

In the service manual, are there internal fuses you can check?

I had that deck, and still have a heavy duty oak travel case for it in my crawl space under the kitchen floor.

Can elaborate on fixing it?  Was it a fuse?  I don't have my user manual and my reels no longer turn ( I don't believe they are getting any power to them).  Do you know if there is a fuse for the?  Any help would be very much appreciated.  Thanks, Roland

That was the go to machine for musicians back in the day. Several people I know or recorded with used them. Great machines.

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