Head cleaner for VX2000
by Bradbro on Dec 1, 2003 at 6:45:56 pm
I'm getting far to many "jaggies" and I'm thinking it's time to clean the heads. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good head cleaner? Also, are there any other methods besides using a cassette type cleaner? I've heard those things wear down the heads. Thanks.
Re: Head cleaner for VX2000 by wayne Orr on Dec 1, 2003 at 7:20:19 pm
For your first move, I would suggest the Sony Cleaning Cassette. Please follow the instructions. You can find additional information on cleaning issues in a very good FAQ at http://www.taperesources.com, along with excellent prices on stock, and cleaning tapes. A cleaning tape should be part of everyone's kit. Too often folks wait, and get that "Clean Heads" message when they are shooting in the middle of nowhere.
Re: Head cleaner for VX2000 by mikeh on Dec 1, 2003 at 9:39:04 pm
When I finally got that `Clean Head' message, while recording my sister's wedding, the cleaning tape didn't help much. Still had several glitches afterwards.
I have used the cleaning tape earlier after seeing recorded glitches (but no message), and that seemed to help at that time.
I suspect that once the dirty head problem is bad enough to trip the alarm message, the problem is too severe for the tape to entirely correct.
After the problem s experience at the wedding, I blew out the tape drive compartment with 30 PSI dry filtered nitrogen, and that has fixed the problem. I did get a message posted that the Nitroge blow was a bad idea, but what can I say, it worked.
Re: Head cleaner for VX2000 by blast1 on Dec 2, 2003 at 6:01:30 am
One caveat when using a head cleaner tape, they are abrasive and the rotational speed of the head rotation is high, so the combination can generate high heat on a small area, this can cause a heavy coating on the heads to glaze before it cleans and make it worse, as further long cleaning will just polish the glaze, so its best to use the head cleaner tape for short periods like a few 5sec periods with a bit of cool down time between passes, if you don't get results in 3-4 short periods its time to seek other aid.