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Wednesday 8th September 2010
10:19 pm U.K.


When you say "wiped down the drum", what did you actually do?From the description of the result, it looks like you may have made the situation worse if you weren't extremely careful with the heads.Video heads are very sensitive to 'up & down' movement, you may have dislodged the heads' alignment.

It is also good to give the ACE head a good clean to ensure it tracks properly.

Wednesday 8th September 2010
7:06 pm U.K.


hello, all! I've encountered a problem with my (US model) VO-9600 player that I believe I've had before and may have posted about.

I was dubbing a VHS tape and there was alot of picture noise and flutter that the tracking on the VCR I use to record wasn't helping. I opened up the Umatic and wiped down the drum, then reinserted the tape. Now, I have loads of snow and picture noise that totally obscures the image.

I've tested the inputs and outputs and tried other 3/4" tapes with the same result. I thought condensation might be affecting it so I left it on all night but with no change. Anything I could try, anyone else had this problem?

Friday 3rd September 2010
6:27 pm U.K.


Hi, I have VO2630. It lights up, the head drum is spinning, but won't thread the tape and play/rew/fwd/eject buttons are dead. Motors spin when I manually switch them.I would be happy to try solving it by myself and would appreciate any help or suggestion.

Sunday 22nd August 2010
11:57 am U.K.


Hello everybody,

I,ve got a VO-5630 for sale. You can find it on Marktplaats.nl.


Wednesday 18th August 2010
9:43 am U.K.


Hi Roderick. Thanks for your reply. Haven't been able to find much info on back tension etc on the internet that is specific to u-matic. As I understand it the skew is supposed to help with this but appears to do nothing (although it is working by pressing against the reel on the inside). Perhaps the supply reel is too tense? One oddity though is that having left the VTR powered up for four hours yesterday, the picture is remarkably improved, so whether warmth helps things or not I don't know. Any suggestions welcome! Jon.

Monday 16th August 2010
9:38 pm U.K.


Hi Jon,

I am a tad too far away to have a go myself (Sydney, Australia) but it sounds like a tape tension problem. If you have a service manual, see if you can find adjustment procedures and see if that helps.

Monday 16th August 2010
9:52 am U.K.


Hi guys. I was wondering if anyone here with a bit of engineering expertise would care to take a look and Frankenstein me a working machine out of three ailing decks... I have a VP9000, VO9640 and a VP7040 (all PAL). The 7040 seems to be fine however it's lowband which isn't very useful fo my high and SP stuff as it plays monochrome. The 9640 picture is totally distorted but i did try swapping the upper drum from the 7040 and putting it in the 9640 and gave the same results. The 9000 is probably the best starting point as I can get a disorted but recognisable picture if i turn the tracking 9/10ths in one direction. In still mode the vision seems normal (i.e. shuttle noise bars in the correct place but otherwise fine). Capstan seems to be running OK but thats as far as my knowledge goes. If anyone is in the South East of UK and fancies a go then let me know... after I have dubbed my dozen or so tapes you can keep all three VTRs. Jon.

Richard Chester
Monday 2nd August 2010
10:37 am U.K.


What ever happened to the U-matic Chat Page? only Spammers here ? Where are the good times gone? Sorry for that....

Friday 30th July 2010
1:39 pm U.K.


Hi, I've got 2 U-matics going on ebay tonight. A VP-9000P and a VO-5630. They're starting at 99p. Thought I'd just let you know incase anyone's interested.CheersDB

Brian Grant
Thursday 29th July 2010
5:39 pm U.K.


I have two Uimatics I don't need anymore. A VO9600 and a VP7040. Both in working orderalthough the VO 9060 probably needs a new head.

I don't want any money for them. Just like to see them go to a good home

If interested contact Brian Grant

bgflicks@gmail.com or 07932 052424

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Saturday 24th July 2010
10:25 pm U.K.


Hi Brian,

Could you be a little more specific about the machines? Details like brand & model would help. Replacing heads is not an impossible job but you will need some basic understanding on how things work in general terms.

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Tuesday 20th July 2010
10:08 am U.K.



I have been given a car full of Panasonic VHS editing equipment - players, recorders and editing controllers. I only need one set for myself and don't know what to do with the rest. I have searched about online and can't find anyone looking for equipment. Can anyone here help?

I'm in west Wales, which is hardly central I know.

Brian Grant
Tuesday 20th July 2010
7:55 am U.K.


Does anyone know how to replace the video heads on a Umatic. I have two machines. One machine has good heads but a weak motor, the other machine is in good condition apart from the heads. I'd really appreciate any pictures of the procedure


Brian Grant

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