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Sony m-2020 tape will not move in record or play mode

Tape does not move in play or record modes. fast forward and rewind work fine.

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Here's the manual of this recorder. You can take a look at it to see if there are any explanations regarding the error:
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/media/i3d/01/A/man-migrate/MANUAL000033419.pdf

Posted on Feb 21, 2013

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