The Cassette Player
When your cassette player arrives, listen to the recorded instructions. If you have questions after listening to the recording, call a Reader Consultant: 800-922-9334.
The cassette machine has been specially designed to make playback simple for you. The function keys are located on a panel along the front of the cassette player. From the left, these keys are stop, rewind, play, fast forward, and eject.
Loading the Cassette
To insert the cassette into the player, press the eject key, the large black key farthest to the right on this panel. A little door will pop open behind the panel of keys.
Playing Your Books
To play side one, slide the cassette under the door, Braille side up with the thin edge of the tape away from you; then, close the door. Depress the green play key marked with a raised circle located in the middle of the key panel.
Stopping the Tape
To stop the tape, depress the key farthest to the left. The red stop key is marked with a raised "X". Always press the stop key before changing functions.
The rewind key allows you to run the tape backward so that you can then replay part of the tape if you like. This black key marked with a raised arrow pointing to the left is located between the stop and play keys.
Fast forward will speed the tape ahead allowing you to skip over part of the tape. To the right of the play key, this black key is distinguished by a raised arrow pointing to the right. Tones for indexing can be heard only at the fast-forward speed.
Just to the right of the eject key is a slightly depressed area containing five controls.
Volume Control: Nearest the front of the machine is the volume control that can slide left and right. To increase the volume, slide the control to the right. Slide this control to the left to decrease the volume.
Tone Control: Behind the volume control is another slide control that adjusts the tone. For a deeper sound, slide the tone control to the left. To brighten the tone, slide the control to the right.
Side Selector Switch: Behind the tone control is a V-shaped rocker switch for side selection. Our cassette books are recorded on four tracks or sides. To hear the entire book, you will need to adjust this switch after each even side. To listen to sides one and two, push this switch down to the left.
Listen to side one of the tape then turn the tape over to hear side two. After side two, press the side selector switch to the right and turn the cassette over to hear side three. To hear side four, turn the cassette over one last time.
To listen to the next tape of the book or to begin a new book, press the side selector switch back to the left and insert the new tape. Some cassettes may contain less than four sides.
Speed Control: Behind the side selector switch is another V-shaped rocker switch that controls the cassette playback speed. The cassette player can run at two preset speeds, 15/16 and 1 7/8 inches per second. Because most Talking Book cassettes run at the special 15/16 speed, they cannot be played back on conventional cassette players. To listen to a Talking Book, press the speed switch down to the left. The machine will run at the 1 7/8 speed when the switch is pressed down to the right. This is used when playing commercially produced cassettes, such as music tapes you can buy in stores and cassette books available through your public library or local bookstore.
Variable Speed Control: Finally, behind the speed selector switch is the variable speed control. When this slide control is all the way to the left, the tape will play at the normal preset speed (either 15/16 or 1 7/8). Sliding the switch slightly to the right will immediately slow the tape down by as much as 20 percent. If you continue sliding the switch to the right, the speed will begin to increase. When the switch is all the way to the right, the tape runs at 150 times its normal speed. You probably cannot understand the text when it is played this fast. Varying playback speed may work better for some books than others. If you run into difficulty when operating your cassette player, consider the side and speed controls on this machine. If you have the player set for the commercial speed (1 7/8) when playing a Talking Book, the text will be read at high speed, as if it is being read by a cartoon chipmunk. Make sure you slide the speed control all the way to the left. If you need assistance, call a Reader Consultant.
When the narrator or spoken text begins to slow down, recharge the battery by plugging the machine into an electrical socket for 8 to 12 hours (e.g., overnight). Unplug the player and listen to your tapes on battery power. When the machine starts to slow down again, repeat the charging process.
Be careful not to overcharge the battery. The machine operates best if you do not leave it plugged in for more than 12 hours at a time.
Rewind each tape before you begin to play it to insure that you are listening to the tape from the beginning. After you finish listening to each tape make sure it is rewound to the beginning of odd numbered side (1,3,5,7, etc.) for the convenience of the next listener.
If the tape does not move when in "play", remove the tape and tap it firmly on a flat surface. Place the tape back in the player and try again.
Always push the stop button before pushing anything else (eject, rewind, etc.).
Make sure you have removed the last tape from the cassette machine and returned it to its correct container before you return the book.
Leave the cassette player unplugged when listening to your Talking Books. The cassette player operates on a battery.