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Glenn McCreedy
Sunday 12th September 2021
8:58 am U.K.

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I have a Sony VP-5000 U-MATIC VCR. I picked it up in a local Tucson auction and was delighted that it worked and played my 3/4" tapes. It's put on maybe two hours since then and today I ran into an issue with it.

I press POWER and it begins to engage for about one second and stops. During that second, the video drum turns about 1/4" and stops. I turn off POWER and the video drum spins about two inches and stops. The first time this happened, I took off the top and inspected it. I turned on POWER and it operated normally. After about five minutes of operation, the issue returned.

I've taken off the top and bottom covers. Lifted out the tape loading carriage and inspected the belts and motion mechanicals. Belts look in good shape and everything that needs to spin, spins fine. Nothing I can see stands out as the problem. I'm wondering if there a bad sensor.

Has anyone run into this issue or something similar? Any insights or tips are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Stefan Carlberg
Saturday 14th August 2021
5:59 pm U.K.

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Hello guys .

I m looking for a U Matic player that works.

I have a JVC CP-5060ET and it come with about 25 Umatic tapes from the 70:s

And i want to transfer them so i m looking for a working machine that can take this BIG Umatic tapes.

If someone in sweden have one i can rent / borrow a week for the transfers that shuld be very nice . Or sell a working one that are simular to the JVC i posted so i get one that works with this tapes ?

Please contact me at [email protected] if you have one .

Many thanx / Stefan / Sweden .

Tuesday 3rd August 2021
6:47 pm U.K.

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I've found in my parts stock 2 Sony cards with a BVU form factor, but i can't find in which BVU (or maybe DMR Digital audio?) model they fit.

MD-19 (1-608-861-13)

CD-24 (1-608-862-13)

Does anybody know which VTR these cards could come from?


Raymond Walker
Thursday 29th July 2021
8:30 pm U.K.

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In the late 1970s we made a 16mm school film which the BBC kindly did a transfer to U-matic and VHS for us.

Former pupils would like to see the film again yet the VHS transfer is poor and as their teacher (now retired) I would like to find someone with a U-matic recorder who could make a transfer to an electronic file for a modest charge.

Our universities in Manchester do not have this equipment now, nor does the BBC of course. The cassette is FUJI and is likely to be a hi-band transfer.

Does anyone in Britain know of someone with a functioning recorder that can playback this material (16mins), please?

Thanks, Raymond Walker, Wilmslow, Cheshire

Monday 26th July 2021
12:42 pm U.K.


Hi , thank you. I use to run a VHS Pal duplicating operation many years ago. Since retired, I still have approximately, 70 to 100 brand new, blank unused, packed low band Umatic tapes which I would like to sell for a nominal amount, rather than throw them away and to create some space. Please contact me for a good exchange of a reasonable price, please offer, thank you.

David Henderson
Saturday 3rd April 2021
11:14 am U.K.

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Hi guys. I've just bought a sony sl 6ub mk2 which needs a set of belts and the caps replacing on the servo board. Where can I buy the replacement parts from especially the belts. Many thanks David

Joseph DeSantis
Friday 2nd April 2021
3:07 pm U.K.

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Hellow Phil,

Sony VO-7000, this is a 2 Hour U-Matic (normal and extended play/Rec. )

Hans Crispin
Wednesday 31st March 2021
10:55 am U.K.

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Hello dear U-Matic friends!

My name is Hans Crispin and i live and work in Stockholm Sweden. I am looking to buy a Sony VP 9000 U-Matic or a Sony VP 9600 U-Matic Both in PAL. It must be compatible with both lowband , highband and SP in good working condition. Please give me a call or drop me a E-mail if you have any of the above for sale!

Best regards to you all

Hans Crispin

Cell +46 70 590 77 88

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Thursday 25th June 2020
12:29 pm U.K.

Hi Phil,

maybe it's just standard format related. Are you trying to play a NTSC tape on a PAL VCR or viceversa?

Phil Reed
Thursday 25th June 2020
10:20 am U.K.

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Half speed u-matic?

A guy on another forum has me tapes that appear to be recorded at half speed. Does anybody remember such a machine?

I vaguely remember one, but can't find any info.

Cheers, Phil.

Sunday 21st June 2020
2:35 pm U.K.

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Dear Christoph G.

as far as I know all BVU models have built-in TBC.

Christoph G.
Tuesday 14th April 2020
10:07 am U.K.


how can I check which Umatic VTR model has a TBC?

Is the BVU 950P the only machine which has a TBC?



Steve Hartwell
Saturday 11th April 2020
8:03 pm U.K.

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Roderick, everything I've read do NOT mention Sony KCS-20 tapes as having sticky shed syndrome problem. Do you know if those tapes can have the problem too ?

Steve Hartwell
Saturday 11th April 2020
4:32 am U.K.

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How to Bake a Video Tape


Steve Hartwell
Saturday 11th April 2020
12:28 am U.K.

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Thank you Roderick. So, how do I go about safely baking the KCS tapes ?

Friday 10th April 2020
11:05 pm U.K.

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Steve, KCS tapes are known for their 'sticky tape syndrome', start baking them probably for a few days as they appear to be really bad.

Steve Hartwell
Friday 10th April 2020
9:48 pm U.K.

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My Sony U-matic V0 9800 SP is NTSC, sorry, but, still hoping for help.

I have a box of quite a few KCS-20 Umatic S video tapes. I have played a couple of others in my machine a year ago or so, but having troubles with this 'new' bunch. 1st one I tried my machine tried to load, pulled the tape out of the cassette about an inch, or 2.54 cm, then it stops, and after a few seconds the machine goes into Error 20 mode. Then it won't eject the tape. I finally opened the machine, lifted the tape off the pullout spindle, pulled the tape carriage up and got the tape out that way.

So, I put in my testing tape, a 60BRS full size tape, and it loaded, played, and ejected no problems.

I have not tried any of the other KCS-20 tapes yet.

I've been told the KCS-20 tapes have been sitting in their big cardboard box since about 1980. They look ok to me, just looking at them.

Any thoughts ?

Could I try baking the video tapes ?

George Smith
Thursday 31st October 2019
9:41 pm U.K.

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Hi can someone please tell me if the VO-5630 is hi band or lo band. Thanks in advance

Chris Margrave-Gregory
Wednesday 16th October 2019
2:19 pm U.K.

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For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale.........

Hi I currently have 4 x VO 9800P U-matic machines for sale - brand New and in there original box.

Each machine is still within its original Sony Wrap. We have also just had them fully serviced by a Sony engineer to make sure the greece etc has not dried out as this can happen when stored for a long period of time.

The hours are 0 on the machines so they are literally brand new.

Please let me know if you are interested in these machines - ideal for archive

you can contact me at [email protected] or call 0044 (0)1932 240305.

Kindest Regards


Wednesday 4th September 2019
3:07 am U.K.

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Hello Dogapult, In USA the system is NTSC and in others countries PAL this page is for PAL but welcome

I have a U-matic Sony VO-2630 (PAL low band) and I want tapes but exist 3 types in small and big:

low band, hi band and SP

Of what type are your tapes?

The vcrs play the more old formats but not the more new and I am not sure if a tape hi band and SP tapes damage the low band vcrs and if the SP tapes damage the hi band vcrs

Do you know or somebody knows?

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