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I think the actual tape cassette is the problem not the player. olde tapes play very slowly, dragging, distorted sound. New tapes are fine. What can I do to re-vitalise the old draggy cassettes?

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Actually the tape player itself is likely to be causing the problem. Cleaning the pinch roller and tape heads with a qtip and a small amount of rubbing alcohol should do the trick

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