My father's health has been deteriorating lately. A reminder to me that age takes its toll on us all...not just our loved electronics.
As a kid, I remember my father coming home from work and we would fire up the VCR to watch the shows that it was scheduled to record earlier that day.
As time went on it stopped recording shows during their scheduled events. A repair facility informed my father that a sensor failure wasn't worth the repair so it got sidelined and a lower end newer JVC took its place.
It sat for 20 years next to his TV unplugged and lifeless. As my dad's health deteriorates to where he just watches TV, I asked him if he minded me taking a look at it.
He gave it to me and I took it home later for a full evaluation. Now that I am older and able to resolve issues I dove into it. I plugged it in at their house and it had developed into a worse issue than what it was originally sidelined for. Now, it only powers up with no tape, slowly fast forwards then shuts down. Wont load a tape or anything....fairly lifeless.
Tore it down and found that the mode switch had come apart. Much like the volume sliders on the M70 (superduper would understand this) the fingers had broken off the plastic slider that tells the computer where the deck is in its operation. The MacGyver in me reattached the sliding metal "fingers" to the plastic base by heating up a staple from a staple gun and melting it down into the plastic where the original broken plastic support studs once were. I then glued the metal base of the finger sliders down onto those metal studs and whalla....it worked. The VCR came to life but the timer record feature still failed to work.
Ok. Now we need to find out what this problem from 1996 was resulting in its EOL service in our home. The repair facility said it was a failed sensor. I narrowed it down to the record tab sensor that detects whether the record tab is present on the VHS tape. All it was..was a leaf switch with a bad connection. A tiny mist of deoxit and my volt meter confirmed it was working A-OK....So much for the shop saying it wasn't worth fixing.
I have set it to come on and record the late night show and it works great. Something it hasn't done in 20 years.
I remember my dad buying this VCR in 1986 at Circuit City with my uncle who was tech savvy. He went to show him what model to get. I am happy to report that 33 years later it is still going with my help. This was a time when a VCR was a VCR.
My dad paid over 600 dollars for this and I am not going to let it die. Built like a tank and makes Hi-Fi 4-Head recordings that look good even today
The below video was at their house in the guest room testing it our for the first time on a TV