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Re:Azimuth tape head adjust

Thanks for your input. I was wondering if you could be a bit more specific on which ***** it is. You said on side...is that as your looking in at head from front of deck? There
is two springloaded screws facing you as you look at front so I'm guessing its on the left or right side of the head as your facing it? any additional help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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If you post a picture or email it to me, I'll tell you which is the azimuth.

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