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Old 05-31-2017, 10:13 PM
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My Panasonic VCR - 10+ years old and still works like new

The Sharp VCR thread started by VK member TUD1 inspired me to start a thread of my own on Panasonic VCRs. In the '80s I had one with VCR+, but a tape jammed in that machine shortly after I moved here; I had to practically wreck it to get the cassette out. Hated to have that happen, because the tape I lost was of a program I had recorded some three hours earlier. Never saw that show again.

My present Panasonic VCR is about 12 years old, give or take (it has no drive belts; full gear drive, no VCR+), and still works wonderfully. I don't use it much these days, except to watch old VHS tapes I recorded from TV some 25-30+ years ago (I have about 50 or so such tapes in a large rack in my bedroom, along with DVDs). I could use it for time-shifting, since my cable service still (for the time being, anyway) carries analog channels 2 to 100+; I guess I'd better make use of this while I can, before the cable operator does away with the analog ones altogether--and they will, as the company, Time Warner Cable/Spectrum, has already converted most if not all its cable systems to 100-percent digital. I still get most cable channels through the VCR and even on my flat-screen TV (on the latter's "TV" input mode), but I suspect this is just a fluke that could be done away with at any time.

My Panny VCR works very well for its age, as I said. However, one thing which is somewhat annoying is a loud screeching sound it makes when in rewind mode. The machine has done this since it was new, so I should be (and am) used to it by now; I don't rewind tapes in the machine anyway, preferring instead to use an old Radio Shack VHS rewinder I've had for years. Since the VCR has all gear drive, no belts, I am thinking the noise I am hearing is coming directly from those gears. No other VCR I have ever owned (I've had several, all of which were belt-driven) has made this noise, so the noisy gear theory makes sense to me.
Jeff, WB8NHV

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Old 06-01-2017, 12:12 AM
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I wouldn't recommend rewinding a tape in any newer VCR, since new ones keep the tape wrapped around the drum at all times. The tape moves in the opposite direction of the drum and causes lots of friction. That's why a lot of old Beta decks have severly worn heads. BTW, I didn't start the Sharp VCR thread. Crt89 did.
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:09 PM
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Alot of VCRs slam the tape @ full speed also when it reaches the beggining WHICH IS QUITE BAD!!!!!!! (All rewinders from radio shack I have seen do this and its aweful)

Im glad you have a good player Jeff,I hope she keeps doing good for you
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