I read on this forum that it hurts your camcorder to use different brands of MiniDV tape - some are "wet" and some "dry." I have never heard this before I want to make sure I get it right with my next camcorder. Here is my situation: My old camcorder broke (JVC GR-DVL9000U) - to get it fixed will cost as much as a new, better one. So I am getting ready to buy a Sony DCR-PC105. Quality is good, size is great, and I can deal with the zoom button many have problems with. But... I have old tapes; sony, TDK, and Maxell that I taped in my old camcorder (maybe that had something to do with my breakdown?). There is stuff on them that I never got to download to my PC. So what should I do? How do I get those tapes onto my PC without hurting my new camera? would head cleaning tapes help? or are the three brands I mentioned above all the same type (i.e. wet/dry) and therefore compatible? One thought was to buy a used MiniDV on Ebay that has questionable quality for real cheap... just use it to get the tapes onto my hard drive. I'm not aware of any device that just plays MiniDV's. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.