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Friday 28th April 2017

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Sunday 26th March 2017
9:51 pm U.K.

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Don Sugden,

Ideally you should get a Sony AV-340CE powersupply, make sure you get one with a XLR rather than a DIN plug.

Or if you want to use the Ebay cable, you will need a 12V 2.6A DC supply.

Sunday 5th March 2017
2:36 am U.K.

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remove pinch roller,sandpaper the shine off,wash with methylated spirts and replace,see what happens,check tape for tightness also,rewind/fast forward couple of times.

Wednesday 1st March 2017
12:36 am U.K.

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Have three working models plus one for parts for disposal,at present converted to s-video but easily reverted to composite although s-video is better quality.

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Wednesday 8th February 2017
3:50 am U.K.

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U-Matic VO-2860 P On play mode it starts, a few seconds after the pinch roller makes contact it cuts off Please Help

Tuesday 31st January 2017
5:58 pm U.K.

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Does anyone have any EPK's from older movies? Back in the 80's, I believe they were all on U-Matic. Was looking to see if anyone had any leads on them.

Juha Jauhiainen
Saturday 5th November 2016
7:19 pm U.K.

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Here is perhaps the best Low Band player in the world (PAL). Also with a Y / C output of course. If and when the others do not get played back your tapes, we can. Comments are welcome.

Friday 4th November 2016
9:42 pm U.K.

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First step would be to thoroughly clean the threading path.

Most likely problem is a build-up of dirt that stops the threading ring from completing its' cycle.

If it doesn't activate the switch at the end, the machine goes in 'tape protection' mode and takes tension off the tape.

Have a try and let us know if you had any success.

Mr. Michael Heap
Friday 4th November 2016
7:56 pm U.K.

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The Sony VO-5850P has developed a tape transport fault so that when inserting a cassette into the recorder the tape is at first stretched out round the record head in the normal way. The tape then almost immediately goes slack. The recorder does not go into the standby mode. Play, record, search, fast forward, fast rewind do not work. The cassette cannot be ejected.

I am advised by a video repair engineer that this is due to the failure of a component on the circuit board that controls the tape transport and that as it is impossible to identify the component that has failed the best remedy is to replace the entire circuit board. However the Sony VO-5800 /5850 series are obsolete in the UK and circuit board spares are difficult to find. Advice welcome.

Karl Webb
Saturday 15th October 2016
3:31 pm U.K.

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Hi folks,

I have just powered up my Sony VP 5030 player after it not. Ring used for a while. The machine then made a tripping noise and loads of Smoke came out of it, its smells terrible. I have taken it outside and left it while I try and figure out what happened. I think it must of finally gave up the ghost

Monday 10th October 2016
10:54 pm U.K.

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I have recently purchased a VO-9800P and it seems the machine is stuck in SP/High Band mode. When I place a Low band tape into the machine it loads fine and plays but the SP/High light remains on and there is no video signal.

I have read that there is a pin that falls into a slot on SP tapes that identify the tape type. Could this pin switch be faulty? Is it an easy fix?

Or is there a manual override to switch the machine between High and Low band?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you


Richard Roberts
Sunday 21st August 2016
2:33 am U.K.

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This my first post so I hope I am on the proper chat page. I have a Panasonic U-matic system which includes the NV9240, A960 and NV9600 and am located in San Diego, CA. I also have several 3/4" tapes. The equipment has had very little use and have been stored in their original boxes for the last several years. I also have a complete set of manuals for the equipment. If anyone has any interest in this equipment it is for sale. Please email and comments or questions. Thanks, RT Roberts email [email protected]

Richard Roberts
Sunday 21st August 2016
2:27 am U.K.

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This my first post so I hope I am on the proper chat page. I have a Panasonic U-matic system which includes the NV9240, A960 and NV9600 and am located in San Diego, CA. I also have several 3/4" tapes. The equipment has had very little use and have been stored in their original boxes for the last several years. I also have a complete set of manuals for the equipment. If anyone has any interest in this equipment it is for sale. Please email and comments or questions. Thanks

Peter Engberg
Monday 8th August 2016
9:22 pm U.K.

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I just sold my Sony VO-5850P with a specially built switch for playing and recording high band and low band tapes. It also had a TBC. The selling price was Û 425, and it was in perfect working and cosmetic condition. Does anyone in this forum know the average market price of such a machine today?

I also want to sell my VO-9800SP recorder, which is in good condition. Bids are hereby invited!

Juha Jauhiainen
Wednesday 27th July 2016
11:21 am U.K.

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Here is link to our site: http://www.digiommel.fi/u-matic.html

There you will find everything you need to know how U-matic tapes are digitized. Y/C-output, Sticky-Shed Syndrome etc.

Sorry, some of the pages are still in Finnish.

You will find more technical documents: http://www.digiommel.fi/index.html



Tuesday 12th July 2016
10:51 pm U.K.

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Eddie Moran,

Your best bet is to have the tapes transferred to DVD or something.

Tapes from the 80's are rapidly reaching their 'end of life' point so even if you bought a machine you would only get some joy out of it. And that is if the tapes are still playable which all depends on how they were stored.

It doesn't say where you are based but if in Australia, I can have a look at that. Otherwise search for video digitising services in your area.

eddie Moran
Monday 11th July 2016
8:54 pm U.K.

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HI. I have a bunch of HUD tapes from my time flying the F/A-18 in the mid to late 80's. They are 3/4" U-Matic tapes.

I want to watch them again but can't find a working DVR for this format. Well, I can but a grand?

Any ideas? All I need to do is play them, not record anything.


Tuesday 5th July 2016
3:04 pm U.K.

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Hi Again,

As I have been archiving my tapes using a VP-9000, I have noticed that at times the dolby noise reduction turns on and off. I have tried cleaning the audio and video heads, but some tapes still play this way. Sometimes the audio flickers in and out of dolby, while other times the tape will play a few minutes of either dolby or non dolby. Is there anything else that could cause this or is it just the quality of the tape? Is there a way to permanently turn off the dolby so that it constantly does not flick back and forth between noise reduction and non-noise reduction? Would cleaning the tape help with this problem? If so, any procedures for cleaning umatic tapes?

My experience with umatic and beta was mostly as VT operator and some basic editing, so I do not have much experience in machine maintenance.



Friday 1st July 2016
11:28 pm U.K.

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I think it is high time you started thinking about digitising the collection.

Temperature is only part of the problem, humidity is a real killer for magnetic tape.

And these tapes are now well past their 'use by' date.

Find a reliable professional company to do the transfers for you, the tapes are likely to need some preparation to minimise the risk of severe damage due to 'sticky tape' syndrome.

Thursday 30th June 2016
4:14 pm U.K.

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Hi all,

I'm conserving about 60 U-matic videotapes of different brands (Sony mostly, Memorex and Ampex) from late 70 into some plastic storage boxes at home. As it's getting hotter and hotter these days (30-32°C), and unfortunately I don't have an air conditioner, do you think that it could be particularly dangerous exposing them at these temperatures? Thanks in advance

Wednesday 22nd June 2016
9:28 pm U.K.

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Thanks very much for the reply, however I found someone that has loaned me their very clear and working VO-9000 deck to digitize my tapes. As I could not find anyone locally that would service it and my mechanical / electronic skills are very limited, I decided to dispose of the unit. I have kept most of the boards, power supply and rack ears which I may put on up ebay later. Right now I just wanted to get rid of the 100+ tapes I have been storing for a few years now. They are from an old cable access channel that I worked for a few years ago, and they went to throw them out. I tried to save as much as I could while I was there, but I'm afraid that the last tapes that are still there will fall victim to the garbage eventually without being preserved in some way.

Thanks Again,


Tuesday 21st June 2016
10:44 pm U.K.

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What the machine needs is cleaning and lubrication.

It is not a hard job, albeit time consuming, but will require some basic technical skills.

If unsure then take it to a professional repair shop.

From the description it looks like the machine doesn't fully complete the threading cycle and as a result doesn't activate the switch at the end to tell the machine controls all is well.

You'll have to check the whole threading ring, clean it and remove any hardened or sticky grease.

Make sure you check the contact switch and that it is activated by the threading ring, that last 0.5mm is critical!

Best of luck.

Thursday 16th June 2016
3:42 pm U.K.

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Sorry. I accidentally posted this in the Betamax Chat.

Hi Everone,

I have a non-functioning BVU-870 U-MaticSP deck. It powers up, however when I put a tape in, it sticks in the door and has to be given a bit of a push to go in. When it goes in, it threads half way. If I manually engage one of the latches it will complete the threading. That is as much as I have been able to get it to do.

When I press any buttons on the panel, the buttons light up but nothing happens inside the machine, other than the eject button which will eject the tape.

Does anyone know what could be the issue here? It looks to be a complete machine. I have all the boards, however I do not know if they are working and I am not very technical in a electronics way. I was given the deck to do some 3/4" tape dubs, however it looks like I will be throwing the machine out and looking for a working one, unless it is a cheap or easy fix.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Thursday 28th April 2016
7:33 pm U.K.

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Waer can hi fin paerts for U-MATICS VCR SONY VO-5800 ent VO-5850 BELTS CAPSTAN ROLLER (PHINS ROLLER) ENZ...?° PLEAS CONTACT MI .MAIL [email protected]


Monday 14th March 2016
10:45 am U.K.

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I have a sony lunatic but v0 5850p for sale, also a sony bvt 500p digital time base corrector,for sale offers welcome

Also a dvnr1060 colour corrector/ noise reducer digital vision

Verschelden Herman
Sunday 6th March 2016
2:34 pm U.K.

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Can jou help mi wear a find belts , pinch rollers parts vor Sony U-Matics for VO-8500 and VO-8550 recoders?.

Thank jou ..

Herman Verschelden

Sunday 7th February 2016
1:43 am U.K.

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for sale two fully working vo 5800, converted to s-video but easily converted,£50 each,plus two for spares,collect from oxford.

Andreas Widerĝe
Thursday 21st January 2016
10:46 pm U.K.

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Looking for a working + good condition Sony VO-9800P or similare Pal machine that can play back lo-band, hi-band and sp. Please contact me at andreas at filmtek dot no. Thanks!

Andreas Widerĝe
Thursday 21st January 2016
10:44 pm U.K.

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I have lots of new unused Umatic tapes if anyone is interested. Please drop me a line andreas at filmtek dot no.

Sunday 10th January 2016
4:39 pm U.K.

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