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Sound is wavering and distorted on playback as though tape is slipping. Old thicker TD60 tapes work much better than modern SA90 tapes. Heads have been cleaned to no avail. Can you help please? Regards, Alan J. Peters

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Hi there,

Well this may because of worn belts that are slipping. All cassette player are using belts to run the tape. Both decks are run using belts. If the belt on decks is slipping, You can open up the top and and check the belt for decks. You need to change the belts cost $2 to $4. Once this is done, problem solved. you may please follow the link below -

http://www.cse.iitk.ac.in/~amit/courses/371/adarsh/contents.html

Good Luck!!

Thanks

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