Recently my VHS device abruptly lost the ability to make a recording. The message displayed said "please clean heads." So I went to my convenient Best Buy store and got an affordable cleaning kit, came back home and followed the directions. There was no change. I did five treatments, but could not get the tape to record. Aha, I thought. The tape is bad. So I took out another tape, set up and recorded a short one-minute test. When I switched to play back, I got the same request to clean the heads. Same story for three different tapes, all of which worked the previous week. My recorder is a mid-level Panasonic that mostly just sits except for the holidays, when there are specials we want to record, or during the NCAA basketball tournament. Very disappointing result, but I didn't return it because I had used it and it was not expensive. I'll just chalk this one up to failure.