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Sony tr105e camcorder. Frame wouldn't lock on playback. Found one of the left hand pulley assemblies had dropped into the bottom of the cassette housing. Replaced it and it worked ok intermittently, but now another pulley assembly next to the first one had come loose.

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Tried to replace the pulley asembly but, at 83 yrs old, my hands were too shaky for success. So I'm selling it for spares and have purchased a used TRV340E on eBay to view and convert my 150qty Video8 cassettes to DVD.
However, I do have a problem with my Sony EV-C3E PAL 8mm VCR - the picture won't lock (i.e., the Frame Hold doesn't synchronise). Does anybody have a simple DIY solution?

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I know this camera well !

This is likely to be your heads, but you need to be made aware of the following:

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The quality of your cassettes should first be considered:

Panasonic, Canon and several other brands use what is called "Dry Lubricant" cassettes. For this reason, you should AVOID at all costs, any cassette made from a manufacturer whose cameras use Wet Lubricant type cassettes. Unfortunately, this means you should AVOID SONY cassettes (as Sony cameras use the WET lubricant system).

Dry type cassettes also cause less wear on your heads.

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Hi there,

I've just posted this solution to another user:

This is likely to be your heads, but you need to be made aware of the following:

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The quality of your cassettes should first be considered:

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If this head cleaning process does not resolve your problem, then you will require professional assessment.


Good Luck !




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