The Zenith Video
Director Beta VCR Model VR8900W, a clone of Sony's
was the year this machine was introduced and sold for $850. Tapes loads on
right as all Sony SL-5000 series do.1-event, 1-day timer. Offered BI BII and BIII Playback and offered BII BIII
recording. These units have defects. To get these going again you will need to replace the blue Sanyo electrolytic capacitors on the service board, if they
haven't been replaced already. Capacitors can be purchased at
Also most likely the belts will need to be replaced. Belt kits are
Bad Sanyo Blue
Electrolytic Capacitors Results: Off speed playback and record. Unstable
audio (Fluttery) Lines in picture, or no picture with fuzz.
Results: Ejects tape seconds after inserted. Weak rewind/fast forward.