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Inherited a Hitachi VMH39A 8mm camera from my dad. It has been sitting, unused for about 8 years. I think the heads need to be cleaned but I don't have a head cleaning tape and have not checked around yet to see if they are even still available. Is this something I can do on my own? without a head cleaning tape? If yes, how do I do it? If I take it to have it cleaned/maintained, will it cost as much or more than buying a new camera? I have some 8mm tapes I want to view and transfer so I at least want it to be able to do that for me...

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The heads on these devices are delicate, and can be easily broken by cleaning, especially with time. There are many articles on the net about tape cleaning, but if you've never done it before, you might check with a camera repair or tv shop to see what they would charge. Check a few- prices can vary greatly, and expensive doesn't always mean better.
Here is a cleaning tape you can order if you choose to try that:
http://www.amazon.com/Maxell-Cleaning-Cartridge-1-Pack-20-Cleanings/dp/B00004Z60N
Good luck, hope this helps, and thanks for using FixYa.

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For an 8mm camcorder: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-V825CLD-Camcorder-Cleaning-Cassette/dp/B00005TQKQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=gateway&ie=UTF8&qid=1285056413&sr=8-1

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