Sorry to bother you all. I'm new here so please go easy on me if I do anything annoying or break any rules
. I hope I have posted in the most relevent section? I did also have a look to see if I could find an answer to my questions but cant find anything obvious. I apologise in advance if I missed any obvious answers.
Anyway, I have recently purchased a pretty nice looking JVC HR-S7955EK VCR over here in PAL land. I have inspected it inside and out and everything is very clean. I did clean the heads with some rubbing alcohol and a piece of paper (not ideal I know but was all I had) but they seemed to be spotless anyway, so either thoroughly cleaned before I got it, well looked after or both.
Everything seems to work well mechanically, but I have a bit of an issue with playback of some videos. The videos I have used are working fine on another (Aiwa) VCR I have so I can only assume the issue is with the JVC? Many videos seem to play perfectly fine on short tests.
The issue is, that when I start playback it seems to start ok, but then alternate between normal playback and a full snowy screen and loss of full sound and the play counter on the VCR also often stops counting. During this process the VCR also often flashes up the "B.E.S.T" indicator (when enabled) so seems to be trying to adjust the tracking. On an LP recording I was trying to play a similar thing happens but is accompanied by it slipping into SP mode and then back into LP mode. I am not yet sure if this happens on all LP videos as I have only found one to test so far.
Now the odd thing is (or odd to me at least) is that I seem to be able to correct these issues by doing an onscreen rewind for 10 seconds and then starting playback again. So far this usually seems to start the video playing correctly, although I am not sure how long for yet as I have not left a video running after this. When I do the onscreen rewind I get a different type of image on the screen, it's more or less black and white and a little out of frame if I remember correctly but becomes normal when starting to play again. Just to be clear, the onscreen rewind is normal again once the video starts playing correctly.
As it stands, I guess if this can be corrected by a brief rewind I can live with it, but just wanted to see if any of you VCR gurus have any idea if this is something that might soon be serious, may need a simple adjustment or what?
My initial thoughts were either the heads may be wearing out or a tracking/playback speed issue, but honestly I have no idea.
Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.