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Saturday 18th November 2006
12:35 am U.K.


Hi Mark, There are a number of things that could be wrong with the machine:1 - The head drum motor has ceased to be a motor2 - In older models it could be a broken or deteriated rubber belt, flip the machine over and remove the bottom cover. Then manually rotate the head drum as see if there are any clues3 - The sensors that monitor the progress of the tape threading are faulty

It will be a long and tedious process to narrow down where the problem is but if you are not afraid to poke around inside the machine, have a go!

Mark Wiseman
Friday 17th November 2006
4:25 pm U.K.


Hi Roderick. Thanks for the advice, and sorry for the delay in responce. I thought that I would get an email to let me know I had a responce. I have been brave and removed the top cover to see what happens when I pree play. The tape is pulled around the tape reading wheel auntil it reaches its limit. It then returns the tape back again into the cassette. At no time does the wheel spin. Does this give you any clues?

Many thanks


Wednesday 8th November 2006
3:04 am U.K.


Hi Mark, welcome to the site! I am not familiar with that model but it sounds very old (30 years+) and many things could be wrong. I suggest that the noise you hear when you hit 'play' is the tape threading around the head drum. The silence after that probably means that it either doesn't complete the cycle or that the head drum doesn't start spinning. Have you had a look inside the machine? I doubt that repairs will be feasible unless you find an old fanatic. If you just want to transfer the tapes to DVD, how many tapes are there? If it is just a few, you may want to have them transferred but if there are a lot then have a look on eBay for another machine. Where are you located so that we can have a look and see if we can suggest something.

Mark Wiseman
Monday 6th November 2006
6:51 pm U.K.


I can't believe I've found a website that is dedicated to the U matic format. I do hope that someone can help me. I have just found my late fathers old video recording gear The recorder is a Sony VO-3800P U matic S, and there is a secound box which is a power converter and from what I can tell allows you to view the video tapes in colour. (AC-3000P) The problem I have is that the recorder will not play any of the tapes that we have. ou can fast foward fine, and reverse is good. When you press play you get alot of noise coming from the recorder but then silence. Does anyone have an idea what to do? Is it still possible to get this recorder repaired. I would like to get the tape contents onto DVD and then I was going to junk the recorder. From what I can tell someone may want to buy it! I hope someone can help.

Mark Wiseman

Wednesday 1st November 2006
12:44 pm U.K.



I got given a VO5800PS and a VO5630 from a neighbour who was going to throw them out. They on ebay (my id is paddy47) and I don't expect to make much money from them I just don't want to end up chucking them.


Ray or Martin
Wednesday 1st November 2006
11:52 am U.K.


Re my posting 3 October with an offer of free Umats. Yes the went to the dump.VERY SAD.I am now getting rid of the next batch of Umats. Thet are.Sony VO 5800 PS recorder converted to Hi and Lo band with service manual.Sony VO 5650 P edit recorder converted to Hi band with service manual.Sony RM 440 controller with connecting leads for above.Jvc RM 86U controller with connecting leads, controls older Umat and VHS JVC machines.These machines have been run up and they work. there are minor faults but good heads etc.I will want money for these (not a lot) and will split so please Email me and chat.THEY MUST BE COLLECTED FROM S LONDON IT IS NOT WORTH THE HASSLE OF POSTING.I also have a quantity (up to 60)of SP Umat tapes secondhand but ok. again please Email me.

Monday 23rd October 2006
10:59 pm U.K.


Sorry, it's the 7630. Also, whilst I'm on... does anyone know how much one of these weigh. It feels like a tonne, but just want to cheque as the hi-fi stand I intend to place it on can only take 95kg per shelf and 100kg total.


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.

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