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Eating Tapes Mine just eats tapes, in any mode. I'm looking for parts to tune it up.

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The parts you will need to fix that will be more expensive and less reliable than if you make the jump to digital storage. Buy a small portable DVR for video production. Don't get sucked into buying one with huge memory, just dump it on your computer after each use instead of using it as a long-term storage. All of your post production work will be WAY faster this way, too.
Good luck!

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