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Monday 23rd October 2006
9:18 pm U.K.


Just picked up a Umatic 7830 off eBay, second hand. Supposed to be in "good working order" and has a 7-day guarantee. Put a tape in, loading mechanism doesn't work, so now tape is stuck. It's in place, but won't play/forward/rewind. The buttons light, but no response from the tape. Obviously won't eject either.

Is there a way I can get tape out? I'll have to wait for time being as can't remove cover due to warrenty. Also, what about repair/service? How much are we talking for something like this (in the UK)?



Monday 23rd October 2006
12:24 am U.K.


My Sony VO-9850 deck is displaying error 90. None of the functions operate, nor will it load a tape.Does anyone know what that error code signifies?Thanks.

Craig Felsmann
Sunday 22nd October 2006
1:55 am U.K.


Did anyone score Ray Martin's FREE U-mies? l would've if l lived anywhere near South London; would be a shame if the threat to dump them was carried out...Anyone out there got any interesting pre-recorded U-matic programmes? A bloke on e-bay is selling what he claims is an original, pre-recorded Santana music video which would probably justify the incredibly exhorbitant sum of money he's asking if it were in fact original, and not just taped from a DVD with a nicely typed label stuck to the tape and box. lt seems to have no cover art or any pictures whatsoever, which, along with the lack of any good close-up photos, seems to suggest that it's maybe not so 'original.'

Tuesday 17th October 2006
6:13 pm U.K.


Does anyone know how to fix that my VO-9600P can't switch to low band mode when i try to playback low band tapes, the SP/Hi-band indicator still light up, picture was B/W, but hi band was ok.

thanks for help.

Ray or martin
Tuesday 3rd October 2006
2:22 pm U.K.


FREE FREE Umat machines (South London):

JVC CR8500LE EDIT SUITE COMPRISING 2X 8500 LOW BAND UMATS AND RM86E edit controllerand multiway edit cable connectors. worked ok when last used a few years ago. This must go complete please do not ask for just the cables!

SONY VP5030 LOWBAND UMAT PLAYER (PAL SECAM NTSC) Ex college looks complete but not run up

SONY VP2030 UMAT PLAYER (PAL NTSC) worked ok when last used a few years ago.

They are free to a good home otherwise they are going to the dump.THESE MACHINES ARE HEAVY PLEASE BE PREPARED TO CART THEM OFF YOURSELF.


Tuesday 3rd October 2006
7:44 am U.K.


Denis, have a look here: http://www.bnoack.com/index.html?http&&&www.bnoack.com/data/cables/pinouts.htmlI am pretty sure the pinout is the same for 4-pin DIN plugs

ella brown
Sunday 1st October 2006
9:39 am U.K.


For Sale,VO7630 Recorder gwo nice condition,reasonable offers considered,Ella.

Denis Doyle
Thursday 28th September 2006
3:21 pm U.K.



Can anyone help with a wiring query.

My Sony 4800P has died. Now I want to use the AC 340CE adaptor with a Sony 6800PS (it came with no AC adaptor. )The 4 pin connectors on each machine are are opposites (male / female) so I need to wire on a different connector to the cable.

The cable from the adaptor has 4 wires - yellow/white (+V?) - white (-V?) - white with braiding (?) - orange/white with metal braiding (?)

Can anyone tell how I need to wire these up to the new connector.


Denis Doyle

Wednesday 20th September 2006
10:35 pm U.K.



Since you are set-up to do conversions from VHS already, I'd say your best bet is to hire a U-matic machine. This will give you much more control over how the tapes are transferred.I suggest you hire a VO-9800 or 9850 because they will playback all three flavours of U-matic (low band, high band and SP) unless you know exactly what you have.

Wednesday 20th September 2006
9:14 am U.K.


Hi everybody,

I recently found U-matic videotapes in my company's archive and I think it would be good to convert them into dvds.We already have a computer with everything needed to encode vhs tapes, but we do not have the adequate device to read U-matics.Given that it would only take 5dvds (approx 500min), what do you think would be the better way to do this conversion ?Shall I rent a device or send my tape to someone (MVS Video for example) ?In work in the UK.

Many thanks for your answer,



Craig Felsmann
Friday 15th September 2006
12:44 am U.K.


Toppy 707070, Youre obviously someone with good taste! l have some good news; and some bad news. The good news is that l have a complete 6 tape set of the best Dr.Who of all time, starring in arguably one of the best Dr.Who series of all time- Jon Pertwee in The Green Death, on U-matic....The bad news is, that l would never part with it- not even for an incredibly generous offer! lts the only Dr.Who l have on U-matic, and ld be interested to know if you have any old Who series; or indeed, any other interesting old, preferably British shows, on U-matic or Beta for sale. lm in Brisbane, Australia, Regards, Craig.

Sunday 10th September 2006
1:26 am U.K.


I am looking for old Umatic recordings of the british Sci Fi series "Doctor Who" especially oColor ones from the 1970's starring Jon Pertwee

Monday 4th September 2006
10:14 pm U.K.


I'm looking for a copy of the service manual for a sony BKU-903 plugin time base corrector, this can be in PDF form. please email if you can help.

Mike Dimeo
Tuesday 29th August 2006
7:08 pm U.K.


Slightly off topic. FREE TO A GOOD HOME. Chyron VP2+M Composite CG (NTSC). Used as character generator in U-Matic edit system. Yeah, it goes back to 1990, but it was a good machine then. Downstream or Mid-Stream w/ Key Out. Includes Six (6) PROMs + Service Manuals. All I ask is shipping to your location or you can pick it up. Westhester, NY area. (USA)

Tuesday 29th August 2006
12:24 pm U.K.


Help me please. We have a SONY VP-7020. It worked fine after being parked for a spell. I inserted a tape to start a new project (small Umatic type) and now it does not want to do anything but standby. The tape will not eject or play. Can anyone direct me to a website or help with my dilemma? Robert @ 1 800 252 5604 X238

Sunday 27th August 2006
10:15 pm U.K.



I would suggest a 9800 or 9850 would probably be best for you. They will play low-band, high-band and SP tapes, a 5850 only plays low-band. If you are looking at system conversions too, have a look for a 7630, they play NTSC/PAL/SECAM but low-band only.

Sunday 27th August 2006
2:06 pm U.K.


If you are looking at getting in to u-matic.Good starter is the 5850,I have 2,one works great the other mainly for parts.Good place is ebay.co.uk or if you are in the us.com,9850 is ok,Mine cost £103,sells for £150 to £350.If you can afford it,go for a BVU950, I have 3,2 work,one for parts,they come up every so often and sometimes broke,2 of them are,but one of them works,You tend to not get them if they work as people do not sells these,one that was broke,lucky i took the TBC out and put it in one that works.The TBC costs secondhand £500 to £750.i bought a machine for just the courier fee of £60,You have to know Where to look and you have the internet.Keep searching the waves.

Saturday 26th August 2006
11:00 am U.K.



What do people recommend in the way of a ggod quality U-Matic deck to look out for?

I'm currently buying in decks and computer equipment to start off a freelancing digital restoration service. What would be ideal to go after for my purposes?



Saturday 26th August 2006
5:16 am U.K.


looking for VO 9850P,hi-band U-matic SP edit recorder or VO 9800P hi-band player for transfer of archive material to DV. Immmediate need. tel: +234 803 322 2787

Tuesday 1st August 2006
12:45 pm U.K.


Kindly inform any service engineer or agency, taking Annual maintenance contract for Panasonic Photocopier cum Fax cum printer model DP 1810 F, in Ludhiana (India).

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