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I get the message that i have dirty heads...it wont record, wont playback. i cannot find a head cleaner. can i manually clean the heads? and where are they? sony dcr hc20.. can you send a picture by chance....pls advise

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No, you should not clean video head manually, it will be damage/ broken easily.
MiniDV Video Head Cleaning Tape is available in amazon.com, click that link to view tape image and price info.
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