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Vcr tape problem

Taped a show on a Fuji SVHS tape on Panasonic PVVS4820 in Super mode. When playing back on Panasonic PVS7670 in certain portions of the tape, the screen goes blue, or goes off tracking, the SP display changes to LP very briefly when these glitches occur, I can hear slight pitch change in the motor mechanism. Other tapes including another Fuji SVHS tape play fine in this VCR. When this tape is played in the recording VCR, the 4820, the tape plays fine. I think it is the tape. Any reason to think otherwise? This has never happened before. The tape has been used a number of times to tape.

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It sounds like the tracking information is being lost for brief periods of time. Tracking is recorded at the lower edge of the tape, and if the tape is wrinkled or otherwise damaged in this area, playback will go out to lunch. A visual check of the tape would be in order. Have the heads been cleaned in these machines? This would be another area to check.... Also, there could be small differences in the tape path alignments, perhaps the control/audio head alignment is slightly different between the 2 machines.

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