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Black bands and skipping in playback

I've had this problem for a while but it has now become really annoying. Although recording does not produce any errors, trying to play pretty much any tape produces three wide horizontal black bands across the screen and playback is jittery, skipping and with no sound. You can also hear small clicking noises, like if the tape is not engaging properly. I suspect it's a playback rather than a recording problem as it happens intermittently (though more often than not lately). Cleaning the head repeatedly has not helped. I also had it checked professionally but they could not reproduce the problem (with their own tapes). Could it be a tape rather than a camcorder issue? I use TDK tapes. Thanks, much appreciated.

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Re: Black bands and skipping in playback

Thank You Guest, this this solution is helpful, I clean the head with alcohol and the problem is solved.
And thanks for FixYa for the technical support.

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