I just received my AG-5710 VCR.
Its a monster and screams professional.
I plugged it in and put a tape in and everything "seems" fine. But I know I am not qualified to inspect the VCR or detect any needs for maintenance.
So my first inclination is to ship it off to a shop for routine maintenance and evaluation by a professional.
The box it arrived in seemed barely adequate and was bashed in a full 5 inches on one corner. Thankfully the shipper had wrapped it two fold in large bubble wrap on all sides and it appears to have survived. No cords were included so the power supply socket and connectors were not at risk.
My question is for advice in how to best wrap it and secure it for a cross country trip. I know it will probably be costly, and I am leaning towards FedEx rather than UPS.
I'm thinking of securing the tape deck door in some manner, maybe foam in the mouth, or masking tape? and I wonder about what type of box I should get to ship it in.
The people here seem to have vast experience, unfortunately mostly bad.. with shipping a VCR.. and I sincerely would like anyone's take on how to prepare this for shipment.
I am not in a hurry.
This is a long term project with no firm end date.
I want to treat the equipment right.
If that means ordering a special box or using a special shipper, well then.. okay.