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Video Heads Hi.I have a DV-RV8500E and need to replace the head. Do you know what the head part number is or, what chassis they use on that combo. Thanks in advance zoumbero

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    Thanks for your time and help..

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From Google, I found this:

Part number is TS19425

You might contact Hitachi and reference that part number and see which distributors sell them. You might check MCM Electronics as they sell VCR/TV parts.


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