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Andy Princz
Monday 13th August 2007
6:50 am U.K.


Hi there,Looks like the gears shifted (moved, jumped) during shipping and must restore them to their original position.Meantime I did find a manual for the U-Matic, so I hope my tech guy can fix it.


Sunday 12th August 2007
10:50 pm U.K.



What do you mean by 'timing for VO-5800 '?

Andy Princz
Wednesday 8th August 2007
10:45 am U.K.


Hi, URGENT!!!!!!!!Does anybody knows where one can instructions for timing the VO-5800 PS??


Maciek Szymanski
Saturday 4th August 2007
9:48 pm U.K.


My VO-5850 recorder has problems with sound recording. As I don't have the service manual nor schematic I've to do some reverese-engineering ;-) and I'm not sure about head functions of this machine. There are two linear heads and I suppose taht one is combined record/playback head for audio and CTL tracks and the other one is the erase head. Or I'm worng?

Maciek Szymanski
Saturday 4th August 2007
9:44 pm U.K.


Natale, I'm afraid I can't help to much - I don't know VO-6800 mechanism. The question is if there is no tension signal due to the swith failure or the mechanism failure. Have you looked at the open machine when the failure occurs? Is the switch activated or not? And when the failure occurs - just after the tape load or during the play operation?


Andy Princz
Friday 3rd August 2007
1:31 am U.K.


Hi there,Just purchased a Sony VO-5800 PS recorder, it all looked good and very promising till we put the cass in. It starts up and loads ok but the minute it wraps itself around the drum it reverses everything and pulls the tape back like I was shutting it off. (The recorder does not shot itself off).Any help will be appreciated. Got my technician trying to figure it out but this is the first time he's seen a 3/4" machine.ThanksAndy

Thursday 2nd August 2007
7:00 pm U.K.


Anyone know of a high-band mod for the VP5040? In particular I want to be able to play high band NTSC tapes (I already have a high/sp machine for PAL). Thanks for any help.



Thursday 2nd August 2007
5:54 pm U.K.


Hi, does someone knows the new-prices of the U-Matic-machines an the year of production (starting production) ?

Wednesday 1st August 2007
3:16 pm U.K.


To Maciek Szymanski

Hi Maciek. First of all, I thank You for Your answer.

However, I have tried to clean the Tension Regulator switch, but nothing is changed.

In my opinion the problem can concern the playback tension, therefore, the tension regulator solenoid or the tension regulator arm.

I attend Your opinion.

Thank You in advance for any suggestions.


Monday 30th July 2007
6:51 am U.K.


Hi, looking for a Sony CCY cable to connect U-matic decks to the BVT-2000 time base corrector - pref in working order but will consider one if it needs a little TLC. Cheers all, Bryan - Auckland NZ

Martin Kiszko
Sunday 29th July 2007
8:46 pm U.K.


Hi and help,

I have a Low band V5800 PS. The video OP suddenly stopped sending me pictures. I get sound only. In terms of image, all I get is black with the odd white line and occasionally can see a bit of text that was on the tape.Does anyone know nwhether this is a head cleaning issue? if so where can I get a tape to clean it? If not, has anyone got a ceap replacement out there?

Best Martin

Maciek Szymanski
Sunday 29th July 2007
8:14 pm U.K.


Natale, I don't know this particular machine but in first shot I'd suspect the TEN REG switch. I supose it's a lever which detects the tape tension and trigers an optical gate. These gates are very reliable but tend to get dirty after some time. As you have the service manual - locate the switch and clean it troughtly with a brush or compressed air.

Sunday 29th July 2007
4:22 pm U.K.


Hello. I acquired a Sony VO-6800PS u-matic portable recorder a couple of years ago, and it worked fine until recently. Yesterday the "tape slack" warning lamp has began to flash.

Today, with the help of the self-diagnostics function and of the service manual, I have uncovered the displayed conditions correspond to the signal "1001 1L" (The REEL STOP signal is not produced after 2 second passed; the TEN REG switch is not turned on in the tension release mode).

What can I do?

Thank You in advance for any suggestions (I prefer to begin any discussions in this chat-page).


Sarah, Way of the Goose
Tuesday 24th July 2007
11:54 am U.K.


Hello, I'm from Way of the Goose, we're a charity in Coventry, UK (website - www wayofthegoose dot com)We have a stack of U-matic equipment in our store cupboard that we'd like to sell.* Sony players, VCRs & a portable VCR ( VO5800, VO5630, VP5030)* JVC portable VCR (PR-4800E)* Some lo-band & U-matic-S cassettesThere are also a few Hitachi cameras and some Sony Helical Scan video reels...Please get in touch for further info, photos etc.Thanks! Sorry for the long post! :)

Maciek Szymanski
Saturday 21st July 2007
5:58 pm U.K.


I've wired the KY-150 board and replaced cracked capactior on it - and the VP900 works!

Nigel Rea
Thursday 12th July 2007
2:09 pm U.K.


Thanks Roderick, I lifted up the circuit board covering the drum and checked the tape path. I touched the switch with the red light soon after the tape comes out of the cassette. This set the machine into life and managed to eject the tape.

Now playing a not very precious tape to check it again and it works.

Ian Culver
Monday 9th July 2007
1:00 pm U.K.


Hello,I'm after any Gary Numan videos on any format especially U-matic and Betamax. Please can anyone help. I'll pay good money. Please can you help. I know there must be some out there somewhere. If you can help please email me at spaceward@hotmail.com. Thanks

Maciek Szymanski
Sunday 8th July 2007
7:29 pm U.K.


Hello!I've the VP-9000P player which was damaged during transport. The search knob was pushed inside the case and caused the front PCB (KY-105E or 1-622-391-65, but I suppose the first one is the board number) break. Maybe somebody out there has a dead VP-9000 or other machine with the same board and want to (cheaply) get rid of it before I'll start wiring my broken one? I can also trade it for a RM-500 remote. I'm from Poland, so I'll prefer european offers due to shipping costs and customs issues. If you are replying directly to my e-mail please remove ".NO_SPAM" from the address.

Monday 2nd July 2007
1:28 pm U.K.


Nigel / Craig,

It has been a few years since I played with a 5630 but the most likely cause of the problem is that the lacing of the tape wasn't completed or one of the switches along the path wasn't activated properly. Best advice I can give is to see if you can manually, by carefully turning the worm wheel on the side of the cassette tray, complete the lacing. Another trick is to check all the little switches along the way to see if they are closed. Best of luck!

Craig Felsmann
Sunday 1st July 2007
9:16 am U.K.


Nigel: l have an identical problem with my VO 5630. l posted a message a month before you, and as yet, have not heard from anyone who might be able to give me an idea as to the fault. Craig.

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