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Saturday 26th February 2011
2:16 pm U.K.




Thursday 10th February 2011
4:38 pm U.K.


Your site is great, thank you, I have learned a lot of knowledge. I found you on the http://findata.gov

Thursday 3rd February 2011
6:08 am U.K.


Hi All, I'm in the market for 2 U-Matic Vtr players, must be PAL output, High Band with a TBC(time base correcor). Please does anybody have any ideas Where I can get purchase any in good condition. Please need is URGENT!!!


Thursday 27th January 2011
9:57 pm U.K.


Hi Leon, Let me try to explain.

RF off tape is used for DOC (Drop Out Compensation) in a TBC (Time Base Corrector). A RF out is an output you can connect to the aerial input on your television. It would also show a channel number because you will have to tune your television to a specific channel. You would rarely find that connector on a professional machine for obvious reasons.Finally the 'TV' connector, usually a greenish 8-pin connector, was a left over from early video recorder connections. The connector provides both inputs and outputs and allowed a videorecorder to be connected to a specially adapted TV so that you could record 'off air' television. Early model videorecorders didn't have build-in tuners. The connectors stuck around for a while because they were a convenient way to connect a VCR to a monitor, connecting both video and audio signals with one cable.


Wednesday 26th January 2011
11:31 pm U.K.


hey guys! i have a question concerning some u-matic devices. why do some (like the sony vo-9600 and the sony vp-9000 ) have both an rf (off tape) and an rf out connector? what is the difference between those connectors? i have read that the rf (off tape) connector is used for connecting an external tbc and the rf out connector is used for connecting a monitor or tv. but why is there an extra connector labelled tv then? i would be very happy if anyone could help me and explain what these connectors are used for (and what kind of signals are transported through them)

Andy Humphreys
Saturday 8th January 2011
3:06 pm U.K.


Hello, I have a VP-7040 u matic player that looks like the head needs a clean. Can anybody suggest how?

Saturday 1st January 2011
3:34 pm U.K.


Hello,I am looking for service manuals of umatics BVU-200P and VO-2950. I offer complet service manuals of BVU-850, BVP-360, BVH-2000PS or BVT-2000P for change. My manuals are in JPG format, shooted with very good digital camera. Please write to me at zdenek.houska@post.cz

Sunday 21st November 2010
10:22 am U.K.


I have for disposal an Ampex CVR 75 Betacam SP machine S/N 52315.I've also advertised this machine on the Betacam chat page. This machine is fully functional, free, and up for grabs, without dents, digs. scrapes, or gouges This is a golden opportunity to delve/venture or whatever, into the weird and wonderful world of Betacam SP. This machine will interface with Sony Umatic machines. It comes with a Maintenance Manual, User Manual etc. It is available for collection ONLY anytime from West Yorkshire. More details from majoreiswater@ntlworld.com or call 01274 864826

Wednesday 17th November 2010
8:54 pm U.K.


Confusingly, if the 'Standby' light is on it is not ready. What is indicates is that the threading cycle hasn't completed.Try if you can, carefully, to turn the threading ring a little further clockwise. With a bit of luck that should engage the switch and put the machine back in action.

Wednesday 17th November 2010
12:30 am U.K.


Hi All, I 'm trying to back up some old videos and have been loaned a Sony VO9600. It was working fine until today, with a tape loaded inside which was running fine whilst running a test recording/copy onto a DV deck, after stopping the machine and then wanting to start again all the front panel transport control buttons won't work, the tape won't eject, although the standby light is lit. Can anyone give any advice on what to do and where to go from here. Is it possible to manually eject the tape? I have opened it up and had a look inside, but can't see anything obvious... many thanks for any information.

Monday 8th November 2010
12:40 am U.K.


Hi Jodi,I agree it's not a good idea to use the 2610 for tape transfer. But if you need a user manual or service manual you can download a PDF version for free:http://tomislavmikulic.com/sony-u-matic- vo-2630. html

The 2630 model documentation includes everything you need for 2610 plus some extras related to European TV systems PAL and SECAM. Cheers, Tom

Jodi Hoover
Friday 5th November 2010
12:39 pm U.K.


Thanks Roderick! I realized right after I posted that I should have asked about machine quality right away!

Thursday 4th November 2010
8:32 pm U.K.


Hi Jodi, I have a service manual for a VO-2630 but only in paper.

But really, if you are planning to transfer some of your tapes you probably should be looking at a better machine. The VO-2610 is almost 40 years old and very basic. For startes it is only 'low-band' and some of your tapes may be 'hi-band' or 'SP', which won't play well on your 2610. BTW, all the tapes look the same, it is just a different way of recording the footage onto the tape.You would be much better off trying to find a decent VO-98** which will play all formats. They regularly show up on Ebay for a $ 200 - $300. Anything more is a rip-off!Best of luck

Jodi Hoover
Thursday 4th November 2010
7:23 pm U.K.


Hello all- I hope you will forgive some very basic questions from a newbie. I work in a University archives and we have a number of 3/4 inch tapes. While the eventual plan is to transfer material of interest- first we need to figure WHAT is of interest. I just unearthed a Sony VO-2610 and decided to see if it would power up. It does!

I have two main questions:

1. Does any one have access to a PDF of the manual?2. I got the eject button to work once and only once. Now it lights up but nothing happens. Does anyone have any troubleshooting tips?

Thank you so much!

Tuesday 2nd November 2010
6:19 pm U.K.


have vo5800 does anybody know a source of replacement headsor drums.

Richard Johnson
Saturday 30th October 2010
8:38 am U.K.



A very helpful person in MA USA has explained the fuse-like glass tube to me:

Believe it or not, that little fuse style device ain't a fuse or any type of protection device.... IT IS A 'ELAPSED TIME' READOUT.

A column of mercury is placed in a thin cylindrical tube with a gap (bubble) in the fluid, the "fuse" tube in placed in parallel with a voltage (current draw), usually placed in line after the main power switch or in your case of a VCR, maybe placed on a motor voltage input. As the voltage is applied to the Elasped Time Readout, the voltage potential SLOWLY, SLOWLY, causes the the bubble in the column of mercury to move. Each line on the glass tube represents either 100 (or maybe 1000) hours.

When the bubble reaches the end of the tube, you simply swap the "fuse" around so that the bubble goes backward (it is polarity sensitive). Usually they would mount the readout in a standard old fashion open fuseholder so that the device could be reused.

These devices have been around for decades, proabably since the 1950's. They were usually used in lab or industrial equipment, but for a vcr, they were a fool-proof, simple way of indicating the amount of time that a piece of equipment had been used. (no curcuitry need, permanent static memory, no real moving parts, practically indestructable if not broken, etc.)

My V0-5800PS VCR is still not threading properly.

Richard Johnson
Friday 29th October 2010
4:45 pm U.K.


P.S. I suspect that something is timing out. I have discovered that if I switch the mains switch on the VCR on and off rapidly when the small tape loop has formed, the threading ring motor comes on for brief instants to inch the threading ring round step by step until I can get the tape loop big enough for the fast forward and reverse to work. However, the ring motor will not come on to drive te ring round to the play position. I think there must be a timing-out problem.

Also, I have found a curious fuse-like component (glass with metal caps at each end and 6mm diam by 30 mm long) fitted like a fuse between a couple of clips on a small circuit board near the threading-ring drive motor. The glass is thick and contains a thin (about 1mm diam) column of mercury. Along side the mercury column is a scale marked in divisions 1 to 10. The column of mercury in it is not continuous; it has an empty gap in it about 1 mm long near the 1 division on the scale. Can anyone please tell me what this component does and whether the murcury column should have a break in it?

Richard Johnson
Wednesday 27th October 2010
2:06 pm U.K.


I have a Sony UMatic V0-5800 PS video recorder which I bought new around 1983. It has not had a great amount of use over the years. The last time I used it, about a year ago, it was working fine. I switched it on today and, although the tape cassette (I've tried several) is taken into the machine, it does not load properly: I have removed the top bottom and left hand side covers. Some symptoms are: The tape is drawn out of the cassette into a small loop round one guide pin, but then nothing further happens. The ring that draws the tape into a loop round the rotating drum does not itself rotate now and thus a big loop is not formed. I've tried winding the ring round by hand, lubricating it with PTFE on the way; the motor runs to reset the ring to its original position when I put in a cassette, but again, no proper big loop forms round the rotating drum. The standby light remains on. On 'Search' it makes the usual rattling/tinkling sound briefly when the knob is turned to either side, but then the sound stops. However When the fast forward or rewind buttons are pressed, the mechanism clicks and the head drum revolves, but the forward or re-winding do not run. The cassette ejects OK when the eject button is pressed. I should be very grateful for any suggestions.

Friday 22nd October 2010
9:57 pm U.K.


Hi Wilber, It sounds like the tapes are suffering from 'sticky tape syndrome'. This is not uncommon for tapes from that era. The good news is that it can easily be fixed, if you know what you are doing. Have a search for 'sticky tape' and 'bake a tape' for some suggestions how to fix this. I actually run a small business (www.lightmotif.com.au) doing exactly that but distance may be a problem.

Thursday 21st October 2010
11:00 pm U.K.


Hi everybodyI just have a curios questions that it needs to be asnwer by an very good expert (or may be not I'm just ignorant) Back on 1979 when this u-matic machines were top of the line I participated on a different colleges' basketballs games that the Government (Educational TV) of El Salvador recorded in this types of machines. I'm trying to recover these old memories recorded on this tapes(to show them to my kids), but they (government authorities) have told me that the tape(films) got stucks and they do not know what to do make these tapes come back to life without damaging them.Does anybody know what to do to unstuck them? Is there any way to make them go back to life and rerecorded them in a different format?Please advice.

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