RE: TV/VCR Combinations

Hooft, Robert (
Thu, 10 Jul 1997 13:07:55 -0700

Many of the VCR/TV combinations have self cleaning heads and only really
have to be cleaned every couple of hundred hours of play (Sony
Trinitron). Stuck tapes are a bit of a problem as usually the units
have to be sent for servicing. We have had our units for about two
years without ever having any problems whatsoever.

Robert Hooft
Justice Institute of B.C. - Library
A/V section
New Westminster, British Columbia

>From: Kathleen Fitzhugh[]
>Sent: Thursday, July 10, 1997 11:59AM
>To: Multiple recipients of list
>Subject: Re: TV/VCR Combinations
>We clean our VCR's nightly; the covers of the machines are unscrewed so
>that we can hand-clean the heads. I'm wondering how these combo machines
>are cleaned. Also how are stuck tapes are disengaged?... an all too frequent
>occurance here I'm afraid.
>Kathleen Fitzhugh
>Media Resources Center
>Moffitt Library
>UC Berkeley
>On Thu, 10 Jul 1997, Judy Jones wrote:
>> We purchased TV/VCR combos 2 years ago - 11 of them. They are in the
>> front row of carrels and get used heavily. So far, their repair rate
>> is no better or worse than singles or high end commercial units we
>> used to buy. We received a "grant" to purchase these units when we
>> started to record Distance Learning lectures on a regular basis.
>> Currently, the circulation numbers for DL equal 8,500 for fy 96/97.
>> Remarkable, huh? Our units are Panasonic and we got them on sale
>> locally. The only problem seems to be the occasional stuck tape. If
>> they all died tomorrow, we would have gotten our money's worth.
>> Nice to finally meet you in Berkeley.
>> Date: Thu, 10 Jul 1997 06:18:26 -0700
>> Reply-to:
>> From: "Kristine R. Brancolini" <>
>> To: Multiple recipients of list <>
>> Subject: TV/VCR Combinations
>> The Education Library on campus needs to replace a couple of TVs and
>> VCRs. The librarian is considering TV/VCR combinations. I have never
>> bought one and was wondering if any of you have experience with this
>> playback option. Please share your recommendations with me, regarding
>> using TV/VCRs in general and then makes/models you liked or did not
>> like. If you would like to reply to me privately, I would be happy to
>> summarize for the list. Thanks!
>> Kristine Brancolini
>> Indiana University Libraries