Were VHS rewinders snake oil?

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

  1. Dude111

    Dude111 An Awesome Dude

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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