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06-29-2019, 07:19 AM
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I have a client of some notoriety in these parts (retired boxer) and he wants me to transfer his VHS tapes.
Some are in good condition, some are quite moldy. I was wondering if a Geneva PF-740 would be a good starting point and if it can be modified, or the lid/cover be open, whilst running. I was hoping to use it as a cleaning mechanism with swabs, alcohol (for me AND the machine), and a "disposable" VCR.
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You can use a cheap VCR by removing the top cover and use surgical gussets wrapped around a pencil do not use cotton and change the gussets as they get dirty, I find it much easier with the audio head removed and use that gap for cleaning, I personally use two pencils wrapped with gussets pushing against the tape, one on the front and one on the back of the tape in one pass, It depends on the condition of the tape you may have to do several fast forward and rewind.
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06-29-2019, 12:16 PM
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Thank you for the reply, no cotton! That is well documented, and I’m not trying to reinvent the moldy cheese wheel for sure, but this machine looked like it could be of some interest, I like the smaller footprint but I’m still poking about to see if I can learn about it’s innards.
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In that other mold thread, I'm liking the idea about pre-treating mold with UV.

Then we need to figure out a good modification of a worthless Goodwill VCR. Preferably a model with a slower RAW/FF than not. I don't want to handwind, but I also don't need it to snap in one of those jet engine models of the late 90s and early 00s (made for impatient people, remember "Be kind, rewind!" ... or Blockbuster will charge a rewind fee!).

We also have an Israeli gas mask that I use for stuff like this.

Youtube how-to's are made by morons, and there's never been a good consensus method online for moldy VHS. But I think we're finally getting one together on this site this year.

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