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Can't get stuck tape piece out of player

I have an 8 track player that ate my tape. I have most of the tape out, but a tiny bit is still in the player. I can't seem to get it out. How do I do that?

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Wow thats vintage gear i,m impressed , unfortunately you will have to take the unit apart and free it by hand its not that hard to do , then when you get the tape out make sure you clean the capstans so as not to let it happen again [which it probably will anyway ]
hope this helps

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