Top 5 Greatest Inventions for VHS Collectors
Decades ago I was a big user of VHS tapes. I had a VCR and all kinds of things to make recording stuff from the TV happen with ease. I had a huge collection of VHS tapes tucked all around me and spent hours watching them. That technology was a part of my life, not just a hobby I had. Various things would come along and make it that much easier on me. Join me now with some memories and good feelings of these top 5 greatest inventions for VHS collectors.
A big thing I used to do was pick up a blank VHS tape to tape-record programs from the TV, mostly Monday Night Wrestling. Having a blank tape that was ready to record made that a whole lot of fun back in the day. When VHS had passed and I was getting rid of all those tapes, I counted them and it ended up being around 3000 tapes by that point! If there was a part of me happy to see VHS go, it was lifting a box full of tapes up and down a set of stairs. But even still, blank tapes recorded a lot of stuff for me for a long time.
8 Hour Tapes
A take-off of the last entry was something that happened later in VHS’s run. Blank tapes that were sold went from normally 6-hours in length to even longer! First, it was 6 and 1/2 hours long in SLP mode and then even 8-hour tapes. Those 8-hour tapes were great as you could fit 4 two-hour specials on those tapes. I once had a deal with someone to tape a bunch of pro wrestling specials and got 8 of them on 2 tapes. I saved a bunch of money that way and watched both VHS tapes a bunch of times for years. Those longer tapes were incredible at the time.
I used to watch VHS tapes a lot when I was younger and for those tapes that I rented from a store, I made sure they were rewound when I took them back. Those rental places were always there to remind you to “Be Kind and Rewind” and I did every time. When I got this little machine it became even easier. I could just pop a tape in this little plastic sleeve and press a button and the tape could be all set for the next person. If I needed to rewind one of my own tapes it worked just as well and got those tapes to the beginning in little time. It may not have been a fancy device but for what it did, it didn’t need to be.
VHS/DVD combo recorder
This was a device I bought for myself when I started working in electronics at my local K-mart and boy howdy I was glad to have it. It is a device much like a VHR player with an extra set up to play and record to DVDs. I just had to press a couple of buttons on the remote and it started recording. I ended up transforming my VHS collection into DVDs. Granted it recorded everything in real-time but there was a lot of stuff on those VHS tapes that I got to watch again and some things I had actually found that I hadn’t seen for a long time.
This one goes way back to when our family got our first VCR in 1985. It had a corded remote attached to it to fast forward, rewind, record, or do just about anything. With my more modern equipment, it thankfully used an unplugged wireless remote to do everything. Sure I may lose one of them every once in a while but that is something I am willing to deal with for the trade off of wireless connivence.