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Lomo super sampler problems

I saw you answered a similar problem to mine about the Lomo Supersampler. My one also doe not appear to be working after being in its box for a while (no mechanical whirring noises!) I noticed you said you were based in the UK and were able to sort out jams like this -I was wondering how much you charge to fix this type of problem as if it isn't too much (and too much hassle for you!) I would like to get it sorted.

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Hi Vicky,
Yes I will be glad to have a look at your Lomo if you care to email me I will send you my contact details

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