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Re: Sparkles---------------------

All of the previous messages on sparkles are great information.  One 
additional test for the capstan to see if it needs to be rebuilt:  Put 
the machine in loop mode, with the loop laced in such a way as to skip 
the capstan.  Then shuttle the capstan forward and reverse and look at 
your video output.  If the capstan brushes are bad, you should see 
sparkles aplenty.  This does not necessarily mean that your reel motors 
are not also contributing to the problem, of course, in which case the 
reel motor grounding kit from Options will solve static discharge 
problems.  No need to elucidate further, as our esteemed colleagues 
have already so adroitly addressed this issue.

Ralph Edwards