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Beta VCR I Have a beta 4000 VCR that eats my tape evertime I try to play the tape. What can I do to stp this?

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    My beta VCR chews my tapes everytime I press play. What Can I do?

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Open unit clean all rollers that the film touches w/ alcohol pads it will take out all grime,dust do it a couple of times until alcoholcpads are clear no more dirt you can clean video head w/ it too.

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Get all the belts changed in it and the pinch roller replaced. All of those decks had real rubber belts plus the lubricants where made from animal fat. It's a wonder it does anything at all but beta is great its the foundation of HDcam and the SR series today and what a beautiful picture.

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VCR? Like in Beta Max or VHS? Wow, yours still works? Ok, lets see. I remember opening it up to maintain the wheels and rollers that touch the tape as it passes. Used rubbing alcohol and a ear swab to wipe all the grit and tape particles off the posts and rollers. If it's playing fast sound on a purchased video then it's the tape wrapping around a dirty roller which will usually chew up the tape at that point. If it is a recording that you did recently then it's still a dirty machine that got to 'eat' the tape during the recording. Either way you will need to clean the machine up manually or if you still have one of those automatic tape cleaner (must still have fluid in it) then run it several times. Best bet is to open it up and check all the belts. you may find a broken belt that needs replacement. The leftover belt pieces may have gummed up the works so it needs to be removed along with the gummy stuff.
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