RE: TV/VCR Combinations

Stan Gilliam (
Fri, 11 Jul 1997 07:05:49 -0700

There is the issue of the vcr's breaking down, and while they are being
you are missing a monitor as well.
Plus, I have learned that in some combo units (a Quasar from several years ago),
the same board controls the monitor and the vcr. So that (as in our case) if
the board gets severely damaged by heat, and cannot be replaced due to
the monitor and vcr both have to be scrapped. In other words, when the vcr
died, we couldn't run video from an external source and make use of the 27"
However, we have used the small Panasonic AG560's with minimum difficulty...
an occasional tape jam.

At 01:48 PM 7/10/97 -0700, you wrote:
>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