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

rtroberts@cox.net

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.

peter@lifenet.dk

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.

info@digiommel.fi

Hi

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

Kindly

Juha

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

nospam@palsite.com

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.

eddiemoranii@yahoo.com

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.

Eddie

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

markrc@gmail.com

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.

Thanks

Mark

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

nospam@chatpage.co.uk

Max,

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.

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

m.celindano@gmail.com

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

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

markrc@gmail.com

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,

Mark

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

nospam@palsite.com

Mark,

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.

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

markrc@gmail.com

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.

Thanks.

markrc@gmail.com

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

viditv@live.be

Hello

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 /VIDITV@LIVE.BE

THANK JOU

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

emanuelfleming2@gmail.com

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.

viditv@live

Hello,

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

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

nicholas719@outlook.com

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.

andreas@filmtek.no

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.

andreas@filmtek.no

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

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

martin@palsite.com

The U-Matic chatpage is back, unfortunately recent posts have been lost.

J. Rosemann
Saturday 18th February 2012
2:45 pm U.K.

mexigerman@live.de

Dear Forum users I have a question concerning the U-Matic VO-5630. I have a few Tapes in NTSC Format, can the VO-5630 read the NTSC-Tapes and give in Output Signal in the PAL Format, or would I need a special Decoder for that?Thank you very muchJ.Rosemann

James
Thursday 19th January 2012
12:47 pm U.K.

cultvideoassociation@hotmail.com

Hi there has anyone any CVC video cassettes or know where I can get some, I recently purchased everything from an old duplication distributors from back in the 80's and the machinery and lots of other gear was in with this lot, also the CVC video but only a handfull of tapes. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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