Can this VCR be saved?
I know they are phasing out VCRs, but I still like them, and have tons of VHS tapes. I prefer them to the VCR/DVD combos, since those remotes tend to be so complicated.
I have an older panasonic VCR, which I have loved. Its probably about 15 years old?? It was one of the first ones out and they were built much better than the more recent ones.
It ate one of my tapes, and then wouldn't function properly. I live outside a smaller town and was happy to find a TV repair guy who also fixed VCRs. I took it in and he said it just needed cleaned up.
Well, when I went to use it, it made a very loud whistle and taped a horrible picture.
I took it back and he checked it out again. Unfortunately, the tapes he used to check it out all worked perfectly. He said it must be my old tapes. I kept telling him that I tried 3 different tapes, and one of them was brand new, and they all did the same thing.
He made a few adjustments on the tracking and said it was fine.
I just hooked it up and its still whistling and taping a horrible picture. I put in a movie I'd taped in the past, and it has a fairly decent picture.....not perfect, but okay.
I paid $30 for the cleaning. I don't really want to spend any more money on it, but it was such a great VCR.
Is it possible that he just doesn't know enough about them, and maybe someone else in a bigger city would?
Also....why did it work okay at his shop and not at home? The symptoms don't have anything to do with how its connected, does it?
I just have an antenna with a coaxial.
I think you're probably going to say to just buy a new one, and you're probably going to say to buy a combo, since they make the VCRs so poorly now. So.......what would you consider the least expensive, but a reasonable VCR/DVD combo? I would use the VCR much more than the DVD. I have a Sony recorder combo, but its in another room and I want to save it for transferring my VHS tapes to DVDs and don't want to wear it out just watching old movies and taping Soaps. Thanks for your help!