No one I know in service aligns such things. They replace the drive or the camcorder. My background includes engineering support for a CCTV manufacturing company but let's hope you get your video out before we can't find more equipment.
Having image stability problems within the viewfinder on playing back cassettes. I know it cannot be my cassettes because when I change them out, I consistently have the same problem.
Consequently, I cannot transfer them.
I tried cleaning the heads both with a head cleaner and with Q-Tips and rubbing alcohol. This has not solved my problem.
I am wondering if it is an alignment issue. I cannot locate online a photo/diagram of what the capstan, idler alignment should look like, so I haven't any if they are mis-aligned.
Naturally, I am on a very tight time crunch with this, so waiting for repair won't work. I'd sooner have to buy another camera.
I have not located the same camera to buy, but I did locate the Sony 8mm Handicam CCD-TR66, for sale locally, for $45. SO, I am investigating buying that if I cannot find some resolution trying to make mine work.
THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE for your willingness to help me.