Here's some questions I've been wondering. Do they just not make VCR's like they used to? I had a VCR that we must have had around for at least the last 20 years. Never had a problem with it. I upgraded to a newer, Mono version in 1995, barley lasted a year. Finally made the upgrade to Hi-Fi Stereo in 1996. It's lasted a good five years now, but is now starting to show signs of decay. Mainly, it's chewing up tapes regularly, and is making a high pitched sort of ringing sound whenever a tape places. Dosn't always do it, but it seems to be happening more frequently. Two Questions. 1)How can I stop the tape playback noise? And 2)What Brand VCR lasts longer than 5 years these days? I'm pretty happy with the two Panasonic VCR's that I Have, after switching over from GE, but if there's a better brand, I'm all for it. Hopefully this'll be the last VCR I'll have to buy untill DVD Recorders become more affordable... Thanks!