Hi, my first post here and I'm hoping some of you knowledgeable people will be able to help me!
I've had my JVC GR-DVL 275E Mini DV for just over two years now, and been very happy with it. However it's recently started to give me a problem.
Whenever I use it after it's been out of use for a time - say a couple of weeks or a month - the first minute or two of recording displays 'banding' ie the picture cuts up horizontally, before settling down.
Now it's chewed a couple of tapes. I'm wondering if all this is a head-cleaning issue? I've never used a headcleaner, I've heard some people don't recommend them?
So - three questions:
Headcleaner or not?
And if yes, is there a recommended brand?
What's the technique for hand-winding a few inches of tape back into a mini-dv cassette, I'm guessing there's some kind of ratchet / interlock mechanism that needs to be defeated?
Thanking you very much in anticipation