Re: TapChek video cleaner

LeeAnne Krause (
Wed, 18 Oct 2000 05:51:28 -0700 (PDT)

We have a TapeChek also, but we don't use it every time something needs to be rewound. Generally speaking, we clean and inspect everything once a year, and maybe a second time if a tape is heavily used. We don't like to use it more often than that, for two reasons: 1- there is a scraping mechanism in the machine that removes debris, and 2- and it yanks on the end when it rewinds (like many commercial rewinders). Both of these factors I think would have a tendancy to cause too much wear and tear if used on a tape more than once or twice a year.

Maybe that was 3 cents worth...
LeeAnne Krause
U of S Carolina

>>> 10/17/00 10:22PM >>>
We've had a TapChek video cleaner for a couple of years now, and I think it
does a great job. It helps with sound as well as the picture; I almost threw out
our copy of "Cabaret" because the sound had gotten peculiar. Just for grins, I
threw it in the TapChek, then played it again. It was like a new tape; the
sound problems disappeared immediately.

It has helped clean up a number of problem videos. I've also found that
occasionally we get a brand new video that plays oddly for no apparent reason.
Running it through the TapChek usually clears that up, too.

We went to the TapChek because we'd had too many videos come unspooled by
cheaper video cleaner/rewinders. It's odd that there's nothing in between a $40
model and the TapChek $2500, but we finally figured that it would pay for
itself in the long run, and we've been pleased with its performance so far.

That's my two-cents' worth.

Karen Weber
Media Library
TCU Library
Fort Worth, TX