I have a second-hand Sony SLV-777. Since last week, everything has started to went wrong about this VCR. Having poor digital tracking and low sound makes me think it's completely dead. And also, it makes weird sounds while playing a tape. What should I do? Should I clean the heads?
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Last edited by AmanoAi; 10th Jul 2018 at 14:43.
There is a problem with the tape transport. Open it up and watch it while it plays. Is the tape reasonably taut or is there slack? Where does the noise come from?
If you care about it, it need to be serviced. Tracking issues can be anything, problems with the trape transport, guide misalignment with the drum... Other issues with old devices like this are dry out electrolytic capacitors that has a life span of about 15 years, so. There is nothing you can do by yourself and cleaning the drum heads wont do anything to make it better.