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Brian Grant
Tuesday 9th January 2018
11:26 am U.K.

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Hi Everyone.

Sorry, both Umtaics mentioned in previous post, taken now. Sent to a good home.


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Brian Grant
Sunday 7th January 2018
1:05 pm U.K.

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Hi everyone.

I have two Sony Umatics I don't need anymore.

A Sony Umatic SP VO9800P Pal and Sony VO5630 Pal/NTSC/Secam. Both work.

Don't want any money for them, just want to see them go to an appreciative home.

I live in Surrey in the UK. Pleae email if interested.


Brian Grant

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Saturday 16th December 2017
10:04 pm U.K.

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Have you tried Ray Purnell?

0418 468 394, he is based in Artarmon.

Thursday 14th December 2017
5:24 am U.K.

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Hello everyone

I'm looking to purchase a Sony (U-matic) DMR 2000 drum assy.

I'm located in Sydney Australia.

Many thanks,


Tony Richardson
Tuesday 24th October 2017
1:16 pm U.K.

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Sorry all. I accidentally placed my ad on the wrong site. Betamax instead of umatic.

Anyway, here goes again.

I have a whole studio full of umatic low band video gear. 4 players, a recorder/ playback machine plus a pair of recorder/ players as an edit suite complete with control unit editor. Several high quality studio cameras plus outside cameras. Tripods and trolleys, machine stands on wheels, microphones and stands, cables etc. I just need the space so am open to any reasonable offers for any or all of the gear which is all in good condition. I also have about 70 reels of umatic tapes both 20 min and 60 min sizes.

I am based in COLCHESTER, East Anglia and can be contacted any time on :- 01206 760700 or by email as above.

Friday 8th September 2017
9:41 pm U.K.

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I've a SONY VO-9600 U-matic recorder (serial number higher than 21000)

The drum meter is about 200 hours.

It works perfectly except one thing : The tape rewind is very slow. FF works perfectly.

So what's wrong ? How to fix it ?

I've another question : Can you give me brand and reference of lubrication ol for VCRs like U-Matic.

Awaiting your answers,


Thursday 13th July 2017
12:25 pm U.K.

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Im looking for a U-Matic Tape Cleaner. Does anyone know where I can get something like this? I'm from Germany.


Saturday 27th May 2017
10:22 pm U.K.

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Are the tapes large or small? Low Band, Hi Band or SP?

I may have a portable machine but it would only play the small camera tapes.

I also have full-size machines but they are not leaving my house!

Sunday 14th May 2017
4:43 am U.K.

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I am looking to hire a Umatic player to transfer my tapes to PC.

I guess 1- 3 days max.

I am in Sydney.

Any suggestions please?



Sunday 26th March 2017
9:51 pm U.K.

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Don Sugden,

Ideally you should get a Sony AV-340CE powersupply, make sure you get one with a XLR rather than a DIN plug.

Or if you want to use the Ebay cable, you will need a 12V 2.6A DC supply.

Sunday 5th March 2017
2:36 am U.K.

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remove pinch roller,sandpaper the shine off,wash with methylated spirts and replace,see what happens,check tape for tightness also,rewind/fast forward couple of times.

Wednesday 1st March 2017
12:36 am U.K.

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Have three working models plus one for parts for disposal,at present converted to s-video but easily reverted to composite although s-video is better quality.

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Wednesday 8th February 2017
3:50 am U.K.

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U-Matic VO-2860 P On play mode it starts, a few seconds after the pinch roller makes contact it cuts off Please Help

Tuesday 31st January 2017
5:58 pm U.K.

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Does anyone have any EPK's from older movies? Back in the 80's, I believe they were all on U-Matic. Was looking to see if anyone had any leads on them.

Juha Jauhiainen
Saturday 5th November 2016
7:19 pm U.K.

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Here is perhaps the best Low Band player in the world (PAL). Also with a Y / C output of course. If and when the others do not get played back your tapes, we can. Comments are welcome.

Friday 4th November 2016
9:42 pm U.K.

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First step would be to thoroughly clean the threading path.

Most likely problem is a build-up of dirt that stops the threading ring from completing its' cycle.

If it doesn't activate the switch at the end, the machine goes in 'tape protection' mode and takes tension off the tape.

Have a try and let us know if you had any success.

Mr. Michael Heap
Friday 4th November 2016
7:56 pm U.K.

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The Sony VO-5850P has developed a tape transport fault so that when inserting a cassette into the recorder the tape is at first stretched out round the record head in the normal way. The tape then almost immediately goes slack. The recorder does not go into the standby mode. Play, record, search, fast forward, fast rewind do not work. The cassette cannot be ejected.

I am advised by a video repair engineer that this is due to the failure of a component on the circuit board that controls the tape transport and that as it is impossible to identify the component that has failed the best remedy is to replace the entire circuit board. However the Sony VO-5800 /5850 series are obsolete in the UK and circuit board spares are difficult to find. Advice welcome.

Karl Webb
Saturday 15th October 2016
3:31 pm U.K.

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Hi folks,

I have just powered up my Sony VP 5030 player after it not. Ring used for a while. The machine then made a tripping noise and loads of Smoke came out of it, its smells terrible. I have taken it outside and left it while I try and figure out what happened. I think it must of finally gave up the ghost

Monday 10th October 2016
10:54 pm U.K.

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I have recently purchased a VO-9800P and it seems the machine is stuck in SP/High Band mode. When I place a Low band tape into the machine it loads fine and plays but the SP/High light remains on and there is no video signal.

I have read that there is a pin that falls into a slot on SP tapes that identify the tape type. Could this pin switch be faulty? Is it an easy fix?

Or is there a manual override to switch the machine between High and Low band?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you


Richard Roberts
Sunday 21st August 2016
2:33 am U.K.

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This my first post so I hope I am on the proper chat page. I have a Panasonic U-matic system which includes the NV9240, A960 and NV9600 and am located in San Diego, CA. I also have several 3/4" tapes. The equipment has had very little use and have been stored in their original boxes for the last several years. I also have a complete set of manuals for the equipment. If anyone has any interest in this equipment it is for sale. Please email and comments or questions. Thanks, RT Roberts email [email protected]

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