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Playback problem EP

I have a problem when playing back recording in EP. It plays back briefly okay, then there is interference on the screen and noise as well, the briefly okay again, etc. It plays back perfectly when it records in SP. I have checked the same tape on another VCR, also a JVC, and it plays back fine, both EP and SP. I also have played back a tape recorded in EP on another VCR. The interference on the screen disappears and the sound is fine, but the picture is very jittery. Hope you have some suggestions to correct this.

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Re: Playback problem EP

Do you have a tracking control on the
vcr if you do it should be centered during
record It can be adjusted during playback
to clear up the picture adjust it for the best

If you dont have a tracking control on the
vcr then it may require a mechanical adjustment
of the backtension or guidepost which requires
special tools to perform

Posted on Nov 18, 2007

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or you should have new heasd drum sir

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