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Where do you get the 100% alcohol to clean head

I saw in another posting that you should use 100% alcohol, but where can you get it and the Q tip thing as well?

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Re: Where do you get the 100% alcohol to clean head

The local pharmacy should be able to help you with the 100% alcohol thing and aren't q tips just cotton buds?

Posted on Jun 07, 2007

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Try using a head cleaner cassette. You can get one here:
or here:

It could also be that the particular cassette is dirty. You can also clean the head with a Q-Tip dabbed in isopropyl alcohol. Ensure that you play a cassette only after the alcohol has evaporated, or the tape will get stuck.

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A Q-tip should never be used to clean a video head.  Unfortunately they can pull the tiny head out of alignment.  I believe this is your problem and the repaid may be more costly than a new purchase.

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