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Dave Meehan
Sunday 10th June 2007
4:03 pm U.K.


Thanks guys for the info.I have purchased a Sony VO 9800P which plays LO HI & SP.I am converting a large music archive for a record label in the U.K to DVD.We have a Sonic Scenarist Pro DVD setup that we use for commercial DVD Production.If anyone requires conversion & pro DVD authoring to DLT or DVD-R etc give me a shout as we can do this even with the samllest of budgets.Thanks again

Dave Meehan.Nyquest DVDProductionswww.nyquest.co.uk

Sunday 3rd June 2007
8:37 am U.K.


Dave & David,I can confirm the the VO-9800 and VO-9850 will play Low, Hi and SP tapes, but only in one format (mine are PAL but I assume that there is a NTSC version). The VO-7040 will play both PAL and NTSC but only Low-band.

Friday 1st June 2007
11:42 pm U.K.


VP 5030 rewind.

I now realise the drive to the idler is via a belt accessed from underneath.Hence I guess screeching noise is that slipping. I don't want to mess too much in case it beaks.

I have removed and measured the belt.Looking in CPC catalogue closest size is either 68.5 or 70.5mm diameter 2.2mm square.Can anyone confirm the original specification?

I see there is also a belt for the mechanism that loads/unloads tape around the head but not so easy to remove.Hence again details the size required would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Friday 1st June 2007
10:38 pm U.K.


Here is link to Sony VP-7040 brochure


Nothing says it is high band and no SP logo on the panels.

I will be corrected but for a SP / Hi / Lo band machine I believe you need to look for VP 9*** series or some of the BVU series.

JVC PR-8800E is high band only.

Dave Meehan
Friday 1st June 2007
3:52 pm U.K.


Hi I am looking for a Umatic playback only machine that will play SP, Hi & Lo band.Anyone got one for sale?Have seen a few 7040's for sale but confusing reports on the net saying lo band player only, then someone else claims plays SP 7 Hi band also.Anyone got a list of players only that play all flavours?Also PAL 7 NTSC playback would be good but not essential.

Thanks In Advance.

Dave Meehan.

Thursday 31st May 2007
9:51 pm U.K.


Sony VP 5030 advice.

I posted a while ago about black & white playback on a JVC-8800E.Thanks for the advice that model is high band only and tapes I have likely to be low band.

I have just bought a Sony VP5030 for Ł5 !!I have thoroughly cleaned tape path and heads. Playback basically working with video in colour.However with tracking control in the centre no picture. With control fully anticlockwise best picture and towards clockwise similar picture but with horizontal jitter and audio sounds slow.Also in pause mode noise bar always in the same place if this is significant. Alignment errors just as likely to be on recording VCR as this one.Is there a further internal tracking adjustment?If so can anyone identify for me?

Second issue is rewind very slow with screeching noise on some tapes. Rewind in search mode actually considerably faster and no screeching but of course not good for tape or machine to rewind 60 minutes this way. Again any advice appreciated.The belts are very slack but I assume they only drive the counter and no functional issue should the counter stop working.

Thanks in advance.

Paulo Figueiredo
Wednesday 23rd May 2007
3:37 pm U.K.


Hello, does anibody know the exact date of production of the Sony U-Matic H BVU 800 P and Sony U-Matic HS BVU 110 ?Best regards Paulo

Craig Felsmann
Wednesday 23rd May 2007
9:35 am U.K.


Hello to all, and good to see everybody back again; lets hope the site doesn't disappear for a couple of months again! l have a mint Sony VO 5630 that's developed a problem: it keeps going into 'standby' mode, then not allowing the tape to be ejected; l have to switch her off for a while, then hit 'eject' to retreive the tape. Any U-maniacs out there with any ideas as to the problem?? Cheers, Craig.

Maciej Szymanski
Wednesday 23rd May 2007
9:22 am U.K.



I've found many different opinons on umatic tapes. Some say that SP tapes are metal, while some say that all U-Matic tapes are oxide. My question is - Can I use SP tape in low-band machine? I mean blank tape, not SP recording. I just can buy cheaply some unused SP tapes, but I'm not sure If I can make LB recordings on them. And BTW how about SP recorded tape? Can LB machine erase SP recording and overwrite with LB signal or there will be some high frequency artefacts ?

Thursday 17th May 2007
6:59 am U.K.


Tomasz, the VO1810 was one of the first U-matic machines released by Sony in the early 1970's. I don't know if you are going to find parts for it but have you tried Google? A quick search on Sony VO1810 brought up a few sites with manuals and some parts. It is quite possible that the machine you have is a player only. If it doesn't have a 'REC' button or 'Video IN' at the back then it is a player only and won't record.The repeat button puts the machine in repeat mode which basically means that when it reaches the end of the tape it rewinds and plays the tape again. This was used in displays where a tape would play the whole day without the need for someone to reset the machine everytime.

Hope this helped.

Tomasz Szcześniak
Saturday 12th May 2007
10:32 am U.K.


I recently got Sony VO1810 machine, in good condition. It plays well PAL SECAM and NTSC cassettes, but can't record video (or I don't know how to do it).

Does anyone know anything more abouth this model? I need to clean it, because is very dirty inside, and I don't want to do it without service manual. And how the 'Reperat' button work? I can't see any difference wher it is pressed or not. Where can I buy counter unit? It has some mechanical damages.

Monday 5th March 2007
10:22 am U.K.


Thank you Pat but trading the housing or bending the plastic things inside have made no effect... I've built a tool to do a manual "fwd-rewind" and it works....

regards Francois

Pat H
Sunday 4th March 2007
9:44 pm U.K.


If you strip them down you should fine slip washers made of thin platic that were intended to help the spools spin. These do foul up so removing them may help the spools rotate for a while longer.

Sunday 4th March 2007
8:55 pm U.K.


It seems usual with the black Ampex . I have 6 of them and 5 are hard to roll.I'll try changing the house... regards francois

Pat H
Sunday 4th March 2007
8:01 pm U.K.


Almost certainly a jammed up tape.The umatic tapes have no brakes so it can't be that.You can try manulally winding them but it's not an easy task as each reel only has one side to the spool.

Sunday 4th March 2007
3:55 pm U.K.


hello ! I have a problem with Ampex BCS-20 U-matic tapes... When I do fast forward or rewind , the Sony VO 9800P motor slows and stops (the tape is in the housing) . When I try a play , the picture is bad with some noises , the motor is slowed down. There is no problem with Sony or Fuji KCS-20 tapes.

I've tried to unscrew the Amex housing : no result... I want to try:- the videocassette in the fridge ?- putting off the reels and replace them in a Sony or Fuji housing ?- doing a complete forward then rewind by hands ?.... :-(

Listening to all solutions , thank you Francois

Pat H
Friday 2nd March 2007
4:47 pm U.K.


I presume the remote lead is plugegd in the rear connector?I'd so remove it. You don't need it for it to work.The standby light comes on when the mechanisum is loading or unloading.If the light just stays on then I'd guess the loading mechanium is stuck or jammed.You need to look inside and see what state the mechanium is in.

Andrew Dale
Friday 2nd March 2007
3:49 pm U.K.


we have just inherited a Sony U-matic VP 5030. When you turn it on the standby light comes on and nothing happens! What do we do? There is a remote lead but no handset - does it matter as we discounnected the lead?

Pat H
Thursday 1st March 2007
9:24 pm U.K.


Brian is do you get an error message when it goes off?If you take the lid off ands watch the tape as it loads. How far does it get?Is the video head drum spinning?When you do get it to eject does it leave a loop of tape sticking out?

Brian F.
Thursday 1st March 2007
4:04 pm U.K.


My problem is somewhat similar to Richard M's -- I purchased a VP-7000 (ebay) and got it all hooked up all right but: When I insert the tape, it goes into place but then powers off almost immediately. If I turn it on several times, I can get the tape to eject.Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. I purchased it for an organization that has numerous old 3/4" historical tapes they'd like to work with.Thanks.Brian

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