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Faulty Amstrad dd8904 VCR

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I have a Amstrad double decker VCR model dd8904.

Fault sympton is when the unit is turned on it livens up and after around 30 seconds shuts done and flashes the Tape symbol on the no1 drive. When this occurs then the unit is not able to be operated.

Wonder if you can help

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It sounds like it needs a belt kit (New drive belts needed).
If this old VCR has not been used for a long time it could also be ceased up.

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