Were VHS rewinders snake oil?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by 2trackmind, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. Dude111

    Dude111 An Awesome Dude

    YA but they ADDED WEAR to tapes!! (By slamming them home @ full speed)
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  2. Gems-A-Bems

    Gems-A-Bems Forum Resident

    The Duke City
    I also think it’s weird that so many people can be shown something so simple yet important and they just ignore it.

    It does seem to explain a lot right now, though.
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  4. Rigoberto

    Rigoberto Forum Resident

    Not being a renter of tapes I would leave my tapes in neatly wound played condition and then rewind them before playing. Avoided edge damage.
  5. Platterpus

    Platterpus Forum Resident

    No. I should buy one. I used to work in video stores and we sold them and used them for lazy customer unrewinded video returns. I have a nice used functional DVD/VCR combo and I want the VHS portion to last longer and not wear out so fast as far as the gears in doing less FFWD and RWD functions.
  6. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe 3 months since last false death report!

    3M had a cleaning cassette that was actually decent. Play it until the message appeared then stop.

    Sorry, but no. The fibers of a cotton swab would catch in the head gap, and alcohol is a bad idea, especially rubbing alcohol which has oil in it.

    I use chamois swab sticks and a carefully hoarded bottle of tricloriflorithane.

    This is what I use to clean the heads on my VHS, S-VHS, U-Matic, Beta and multistandard decks.

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