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Vcr hi there i have 4head vcr and i just bought a head cleaner from radio shack but i still haveing issue becouse it still fuzzy and no sound.even the tracking wouldn't help. model number vr556 can please help me

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You might need a more thorough cleaning than a head cleaner will provide. Or your deck needs realignment. Either problem resolution will cost more than the price of a new machine.

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