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Sunday 21st January 2007
5:43 am U.K.


It would be really handy if people who want to purchase equipment would state which country they are in. People on this forum hail from all sides of the globe, I am in Sydney Australia for example. Apart from standards problems (PAL/NTSC/SECAM) shipping would be prohibitive in many cases, there are NO lightweight U-matic machines!

Saturday 20th January 2007
10:01 am U.K.


I want to buy 2 Umatic VTRs. can someone get in touch with me on how much am looking to pay. Thanks

Friday 19th January 2007
9:48 am U.K.


The Sony VO-5800 uses a stock standard BNC video connector, no special cable required!If you are using consumer cables with the usual yellow-red-white RCA connectors, your local electronics shop will have simple BNC-RCA adaptors for a couple of dollars/pounds/yen

Bryant Watkins
Tuesday 16th January 2007
2:05 pm U.K.


I am looking for the video cable for the Sony VO-5800, can someone tell me where I can get one from?

Saturday 6th January 2007
6:05 pm U.K.


I am interested in purchasing a VO 9850 (PAL) and/or a VO 9800 (PAL) The items must be in good working condition. Sincerely,Yitzhak Rosenbloom

Thursday 4th January 2007
3:41 pm U.K.


I have a vo-9800 and a tape got stuck in the machine and the tome code display went. The operating buttons (play, stop, rewind etc.) stopped working as well, any advice as to what went wrong and how to rectify this problem would really be appreciated.

Tuesday 2nd January 2007
12:01 am U.K.


happy new year to you all. i have a sony bvu-870p thats going for FREE to anyone who wants to come & collect it otherwise its going to the tip.this machine has been sitting in the back of a studio gathering dust.this machine is totally dead no signs of life at all when plugged in.as i have no use for it & its in the way its got to go.item is situated in sevenoaks in kent..this has to go before january 14th so please dont email me after that because its gone.condition wise it looks undamaged & pretty clean apart from a few scratches on the casing..

Saturday 23rd December 2006
8:58 am U.K.


Brian, looks like you'll have to do a bit of eliminating. Have you tried to connect the BNC output directly to a Video in of a monitor? Also be aware that the 7020 is a low-band machine, any hi-band or SP tapes will not playback properly.

Brian Lagerman
Friday 22nd December 2006
6:45 pm U.K.


Here’s my dilemma.I have a Sony VP-7020 umatic deck that I purchased used off of ebay.I was told it was in working condition. The unit has 3 video outputs:1 Eight pin video output 1 coaxial cable output 1 BNC output (For this I purchased a BNC to RCA adapter) Here’s my set up: Umatic BNC video output (BNC to RCA adapter. Also tried the Coaxial cable output) to Sony DCR-720 mini-DV camera toPC via Firewire. Audio plays back fine. Video appears only occasionally.I have done a manual cleaning of the video heads with a clean chamois and alcoholwith still no change. The issue is the same with Umatic and Umatic SP tapes. Any help or guidance you could provide me would be very much appreciated! Thanks in advance,

Friday 22nd December 2006
1:34 pm U.K.


Hi,Sorry about the rudeness of the last post i left. Did seem a little "in your face" kind of thing. But yeh im looks for the service manual for the BVU-850, Any ideas? Also whe i have seen other service manuals, which is the best one, as they say" service manual, version 2" whats actully different about version 1, 2 etc?ThanksJames

Thursday 21st December 2006
6:57 pm U.K.


Hi, Does anyone know where i can get a sony service manual from? I have the BVU-850 Umatic machine. Please i need to know ASAP!!Email me if you find anything - chelleisthebest@hotmail.co.uk

Roy Davies
Tuesday 19th December 2006
10:38 pm U.K.


Use BNC leads for Video,Everyone has them on Video equipment,You could try and get a lead for it to go to the Sony tv(old pro models that often on e-bay.co.uk that fit on the blue bit)I have one them,mines secondhand,but there are around.well it is the Festive time and could i wish ALL U-matic fans a Happy christmas and greetings for 07.

Tuesday 12th December 2006
2:24 pm U.K.


halloi have a sony vo-5800psdoes anybody know what the conector TV on the back is used forand where i can get the pinning ?I hope to connect an RGB signal to this connector .Is it Possible to connect RGB to the DUB connector ?How does it workthangs

Monday 11th December 2006
12:54 pm U.K.


Ed, the VO-7040 should playback low band NTSC tapes fine but you must have a monitor that accepts NTSC signal. If the tapes are high band or SP they won't playback in colour, but they are NTSC so that may be a blessing ;-)

Thursday 7th December 2006
3:55 pm U.K.


I was offered at VP-7040 to playback US standard NTSC tapes. Will I have any problems? Great website, thanks.


Tuesday 5th December 2006
11:17 am U.K.


Osama, Pop into your local electronics hobby store and get a plug- in transformer for 20- odd quid, and save yourself the time and trouble altering the machine, and keeping it original in the process. l got one myself here in Australia for an old 8 track deck l bought on ebay from the U.S.

Monday 4th December 2006
10:11 pm U.K.


Ossama, I don't have a VO-5800 handy but most Sony equipment from that era could be switched between 110/120V and 220/240V. You may have to open the machine and trace the power feed. Worst case you may have to change the transformer, which shouldn't be too much of a problem for you. The bigger problem you may have is the video system. As you bought it from the USA, it is most likely to be a NTSC machine. Where are you located? Looking at the voltage you are looking for, I'd guess you are in Europe or North Africa in which case the video system will be PAL or SECAM. The VO-5800 is a single system VCR and don't even think about changing the machine, it is not worth it. Let us know how you go.

ossama solima
Monday 4th December 2006
5:41 pm U.K.

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i have Umatic video cassette recorder VO 5800 I bought it from USA it was written in its internet specifications power requirements 110 -240v and also written in its back plate power 120v AC , please can i use it with 220v/50 hz or not. and if not please help me to change it to be addapted to 220v note : I am an electronic engineer able to do such modifiction thanks ossama

Sunday 3rd December 2006
8:30 am U.K.


Hi im based in reading berks need a high band player in good working order can anyone help.Also been looking on ebay will a high band recorder play tapes thanks 07723027403.

Saturday 2nd December 2006
12:39 pm U.K.


Alex, It would help if you told us where in the world you are. If you need new heads, it may be cheaper and easier to get another low- hours unit from ebay, Regards, Craig.

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