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Bad sound on vcr tape

When I replay a recorded tv show the sound snaps and picture skips

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You have a dirt video head and may also have to check the alignment. Run a wet cleaning tape through the machine repeatedly until the screen hiss the shows when the cleaning tape is in almost disappears. It is VERY important to let the head dry completely before putting a tape in. Let it dry overnight. If this only happens with one particular tape then the tape is bad.

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