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Brand new Sony EV-S2000 vcr will not play Hi8 tapes

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I'm not sure what you mean by brand new as Sony has not made these for a while. What exactly is the problem? Is the unit NOS (new old stock) and unused but a bit older? If that is the case, the rubber parts inside may need to be changed. Rubber dries out and gets slippery with age and may not have enough friction to allow the unit to work properly.

Please update this with the symptoms.

Thanks,
Dan

Posted on Aug 31, 2010

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