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My camera has a chewed taped stuck inside

I was rewinding old tapes to see what was on them to then transfer to VHS, 3 of the tapes played back black and the sound cut out after about 3 secs. The last tape that I tried was my daughters naming ceremony Grrrr, now the tape is stuck in the camera and I do not want to pull it out incase the tape breaks or pulls. Please help, I am in the Cairns area if anyone knows of a repairer. Thankyou

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Tape mechanism problems can be quite complicated. This will require disassembling the camera to repair the tape mechanism and can be done fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.

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