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I can set the recording speed on my vcr to SP IP or LP but cannot find any instructions on how to play a tape which a relative has recorded at LP or IP. What can I do?

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If you were to log on to the manufacturer's web site, I think you will be pleasantly surprised as usually one is able to download, by model number, Customer Instruction Manuals, list of Dealers as required.

Just Google the manufacturer's name and follow the links. Make certain you are directed to the manufacturer's web site as some search engines direct you to other sites and they charge for the information that is normally free of charge.

I hope this helps.

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