After far, far too long I finally popped the cover on the old VCR and extracted the tape that hadn’t been properly ejected. The VCR works. The old Cathode-Ray Tube TV works. Right now, as I type, the VCR is playing an old off-air tape (Animaniacs if you were wondering) and the Contec set is showing it. I’m letting things run to have all the bearing spinning for a good while and get/keep the old electrolytic capacitors properly formed.
The great thing was how simple and easy it was. Other than the standard “No user serviceable parts inside.” warning (translation: no tubes) it was No Big Deal. Two standard Phillips screws and a trivial plastic interlock tab and off came the cover. No weird seal, no weird screw heads (it’s always the one Torx type not in the collection, of course). Just… two normal screws and a click and DONE.
In a day or four, I’ll move the VCR back upstairs, see about connecting it to the fancy new TV set and have the weird combination of analog tape and digital TV set. I told you that “surreal” is my normal. Once again, it just happens. No hipster crappola, just what turns out and turns up due to Reality being weird at me.
ADDENDUM: Or maybe not. VCR is still acting up. One guide indicates the “idler tire” needs cleaning or replacement. Well, something to try – but not today anymore.