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Old Mar 1, 2014, 4:12 PM   #1
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Here's a shot peeping through the "door" of my VCR player. I cropped a little off the top to eliminate some reflective glare from the metallic DVD player sitting on top of the VCR:
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Cool! It looks complicated, no wonder I've had tapes get ruined when something goes wrong.
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I didn't realize those spools are tilted at an angle deliberately to more efficiently read and write angled stripes of data on the tapes. It was a revelation to me that sound wasn't recorded as a series of parallel continuous stripes but rather like the stripes on a barber pole.
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Old Mar 5, 2014, 6:53 AM   #4
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Thanks mtngal and selvin!

I bought this player in 1998! A little over a year ago it stopped working and gave me a message that I needed to clean the heads - something I had never done. I found some good instructions on the web and cleaned it, which resolved the problem; the player continues to work well.

Here's a shot of the player from when I cleaned it up.
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