Of course it has all the regular controls like balance, treble and bass. You can switch with the push of a button from 8 track to the FM tuner. It has the DX feature to bring in those hard to get stations with a quality antenna. When I acquired this TP-900 it had a couple of issues common to a unit that's been sitting for an extended time. The program change mechanism was stuck in place and there was a fair amount of crosstalk between programs.
If you watched the video demo you know each of those issues has been repaired and today this unit is fully functional. In addition to these repairs I removed all the broken remains of 8 track tapes, then cleaned and detailed each of the tape path components. Moving parts such as the program change mechanism have been cleaned of gritty, dirty original factory lube and freshly relubed with professional products. Deoxit to improve performance and reliability on every switch, potentiometer and circuit board.
Note: Due to the absence of the unit's antenna I was unable to test the FM tuner. Everything checked out OK on the tuner's circuit board so I've determined the tuner will work as it should with the proper antenna.
Alternatively, you could bring it to your local car stereo installer for professional installation. One of the reasons for the outstanding sound quality is the gorgeous condition of the play head.
You can see it in picture #10. That's what the play head is supposed to look like.It didn't look like that when I acquired this unit. The head was covered in graphite debris that was actually embedded into the metal. It takes a lot of time to bring it back to the way the head looks today. The original and badly worn out drive belt was replaced with properly sized new stock to ensure proper playback speed. The capstan still looks much like it did the day it left the factory, (pic #12). The motor spindle and program change sensor has been cleaned of graphite debris and refinished, (pic #12). Each potentiometer and switch has been cleaned of dust and dirt and then relubed to ensure proper functioning, see pic #11. The motor has been lubed to ensure proper playback speed. The tape path is freshly demagnetized for optimal sound quality. Azimuth and head height settings are now recalibrated to factory standards to prevent crosstalk (hearing two songs or channels at one time) on properly maintained tapes.
So What is a Properly Maintained or Reconditioned tape? Enjoy your 8 track listening experience to the fullest extent, please make sure your tapes are properly reconditioned before you play them in this deck!If you don't properly recondition your tapes as described below your enjoyment will be less than it should be. 8 track tapes are very old! They stopped making them between 1985 and 1990, so even the youngest ones are 30 years old! There are two parts you should replace before you play any tape. The first is the "pressure pad" that holds the tape properly against the head as it passes by. The second is the silver foil strip that holds the two ends of the tape together. There are two types of pressure pads. The best ones have two thin metal arms with felt pads on each flat end. The second type is a rectangular foam strip topped with tape. I've found the first type holds up better although sometimes one or both of the felt pads will fall off and need replacing. The foam pad has probably turned into dust by now.
Go ahead and press downward on one and you'll see what I mean. You'll likely hear crosstalk (two programs at once) if you play a tape with a foam pad in this condition. You can replace either type of pressure pad yourself or you can pay someone to do it. A tape deck has a sensor built into the tape path. When the silver foil strip on your tape passes it, the program change mechanism switches to the next program.
The glue on the underside of the foil strip is the only thing holding the two ends of your 8-track tape together. Once the old glue dries up the foil strip will separate leaving you with two ends of tape. If that happens inside your deck your tape is likely to be ruined. You'll find the silver tape you need to make new foil splices where you find new pressure pads. Unplayed tapes still in their original cellophane wrappers suffer the same fate!Remember, they're not really "new, " they're 30-50 year old "unused old stock". The pressure pad and foil splice on tapes still in the wrapper will also need replacing before you play them. Considering this TP-900 was made in the mid 1970's and is nearly half a century old it's in excellent condition for its age. It does show some history in the form of two scratched areas on the top of the faceplate near each corner.
You can see these areas easiest in pictures #5, 6 and 7. The metal cabinet was sanded and repainted and looks like new.Please review the pictures and make your own conclusions. FM stereo/8 track playback capability. Continuous or repeat program play mode - Separate balance, treble and bass controls.
Wire leads for power and sound. Made with quality in Japan.
Program change mechanism taken apart, cleaned and relubed and works like new. Moderate crosstalk between channels eliminated. Brand new (not unused old stock) drive belt installed to ensure accurate tape speed.Play head cleaned of embedded graphite tape remnants and refinished to like new condition. Mechanical tape path components (play head, capstan, program change sensor) cleaned and demagnetized for optimal sound reproduction. All switches and potentiometers cleaned and conditioned with Deoxit, a professional grade cleaner/conditioner for optimal functionality. Play head height and azimuth settings recalibrated to prevent crosstalk on properly maintained tapes. Flywheel and motor spindle cleaned and refinished. DC motor cleaned and lubed. I take a lot of pride in the way I package these vintage tape decks. Your cost is based on the distance between my zip code, 53719, and yours! This discount is automatically passed on to you at check out.
I monitor my auctions closely. That's good news for you. It means I answer questions quickly, so don't hesitate to ask if something's on your mind.Please note: Any 8 track tapes, LP's, or other stereo components featured in my pictures or videos are not included in this listing, only the item described. Chances are I have it in stock and can offer it to you.
If you're wondering if I service tape decks that I do not sell, the answer is yes! The item "Pioneer TP-900 Car FM 8 Track Stereo SuperTuner PRO TECH SERVICED VIDEO DEMO" is in sale since Wednesday, June 24, 2020. This item is in the category "Consumer Electronics\Vintage Electronics\Vintage Audio & Video\8-Track Players". The seller is "daveandjudi" and is located in Madison, Wisconsin.This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada, Australia.