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Bars on tape playback

Went from solid grey bars to color digital bars. on all tapes new and old. cleaned heads and still same problem even worse. do i need to bring it to the Dr.? thanks

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I would first try testing it out with Sony tapes first. If the problem persist, then it needs to go in for repair.

Posted on Sep 08, 2009

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