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My Mitsubishi HS-U770 won't keep the VHS tape in - keeps spitting it out. I did some research and it seems a belt might be slipping which keeps it from loading completely. What can I do?

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  • marcia777 Sep 13, 2010

    Thanks for the tips. I have been fond of this particular model for digitizing VHS tapes to Final Cut Pro. Guess I have to bite the bullet and find another reliable model. If you have a recommendation, I'm open. Thanks for your speedy response.

  • marcia777 Sep 13, 2010

    Yes, and I appreciated the expeditious nature of the response, along with the level of expertise.

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The belt is real easy to replace. Should cost about $4 at most. The problem is finding the right one. The belts stretch out with use so if you take the belt in you need to get one that is smaller or you just end up with a new belt that slips.

The hardest part about this is finding a place that has the belts. Usually you can call around town to any electronics store and one will be able to tell you where there is a source and maybe a repair person. I haven't done one of these for quite a while but the usual fee was about $75. The problem is that you can buy a cheap vcr for way under that so no one fixes them any more. So you may end up just replacing it, even though there is nothing really wrong with it.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010

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    Dave King Sep 13, 2010

    I haven't kept up with what is available so I can't really help you with that. I finally tossed out a 4 head jvc I kept running for years (paid $1400 for it) The reason I kept it was that it still had better imaging than the newer stuff. So what I would consider is repairing the Mits.I keep seeing cheap vcrs for $30-$40 but I doubt they last more than a few minutes longer than the warranty. The newer stuff uses a lot more plastic and it shows on things like gears. The plastic gears will get brittle over time and the teeth chip or the alignment goes out. The older quality machines keep on chugging away if you feed them a belt and clean the heads from time to time.

    You could try a cheaper one to use while you hunt down the repair shop to get the mits fixed.

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