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VCR jitters

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I have a Sharp VCR. Model VC-AA550. It *intermittently* jitters (vibrates!) in playback mode. It's watchable, but I am aware of it. I paye it back on a friend's VCR, and where it jitters on my machine, it does not do so on his. This proves that the problem is on t he playback and not on record mode.

I have tried different reels of tape, different speeds, recorded off different channels and tried cleaning the heads. Nothing helps.

All and any suggestions would be appreciated.


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  • Larry-ZA Apr 26, 2008

    Thanks for the response Premtech.

    I'd be terrified to take off the cover!! All I did was use
    one of these commercially available head cleaners. "Tape" is a
    band of chamois - you know! I don't have any idea what the brake
    or alignment bits look like. Thanks for the suggestion and
    advice, much appreciated.


  • Larry-ZA Apr 28, 2008

    Hehe For $40 I would also take it in to be attended to by a
    professional. Out here in the Styx, in South Africa, it costs
    about R200 an hour. It's pointless converting that to dollars, because
    we're not buying Rands with dollars! (as would a tourist.) R200
    is *like* spending $200. They make sure they spend at least 2 or 3
    hours; do the math. And the so-called 'technicians' have been
    hauled off the street (in a manner of speaking) and given on-the-job
    training. Nuff said? But Thanks for helping, I really
    appreciate your input.




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Is the brake tension and alignment okay? What did you clean the drum with, fluid and stick? Did you clean the rest of the path as well - erase head, audio heads, capstan, pinch roller - etc?

Posted on Apr 26, 2008

  • William Rayburn
    William Rayburn Apr 27, 2008

    It probably needs to be serviced... For most shops that's not all that expensive, we charge $39.95 for example and well worth the money for what we do... I'd suggest taking it in and having it professionally serviced...




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