We've got a Mitsubishi vcr, a bit less than 10 years old, that's been acting weird. It's less and less willing to play tapes, even new ones. On the occasions that you can get it to record something, rewind that same tape in the same vcr, and it won't play.
Obviously something is getting messed up with the tension sensor.
Is this something that would be easy to fix? A 10-yr-old vcr doesn't seem worth much investment, especially with the cable switch to all- digital coming at the end of the month.
The only digital-compatible things I've seen to replace it are dvd recorders (no good dvr options without a monthly subscription fee).