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Friday 17th May 2002
2:38 pm U.K.


I owned a VR2021 for a few short months in 1994. Unfortunately after cleaning the heads, I inserted a cassette before the fluid was dry (damned impatience) and the tape got stuck to the drum. Result - broken head - dead machine.

I would like to obtain a V2000 machine of any description from anybody with one to flog in the London area. A later one would be preferred (with picture search/still, etc.)

Also, I would like to obtain any spare cassettes which anybody wants to get rid off - blank or recorded. If the tapes contain old recordings of television - especially junctions and continuity (such as start-ups, testcards, symbols, engineering information, clocks, announcements), please keep them.


Daniel Russell
Thursday 16th May 2002
3:29 pm U.K.


To all you V2000 Lovers (who wish to part with their machines)

I wish to purchase a preferably PHILIPS branded V2020 /2021/2023/2024/2324/2334 and some more tapes to replace a V2020 that was given to me and has since died of old age, leaving me with tapes and nothing to play them on.

Tuesday 14th May 2002
4:36 pm U.K.



Richard Bonfield
Tuesday 7th May 2002
12:52 pm U.K.


Just realised I mis-typed my email address in the message above. It is richard@peakwhite.freeserve.co.uk

Richard Bonfield
Tuesday 7th May 2002
12:51 pm U.K.


I have a Philips VR2020 for use as spares, free to a good home. It was damaged en route to me and some PCBs are cracked. You will have to collect it (SW London area). Also, a tape transport assembly from a Grundig 2x4.

Sunday 5th May 2002
11:59 am U.K.


just saying hello all.didnt know a site like this existedbeen in the trade for years and i adored these machineswatch out though, although it never happened to me personally i know it does occur.the piezo's on the head carry 250+ and 250- for the dynamic track following.most of you will know but there is always one.additionally in our stores we still have the odd spares for these.BUT NO HEADS sorry.again, a lovely sitebye alltony

Monday 29th April 2002
8:26 pm U.K.



FA: Video 2000 hardware diagnostics system.

Friday 26th April 2002
11:24 pm U.K.


Steve,Thanks for the interest.I read the message but when I opened the machine to check a piece of toothed plastic fell out!I do want to know about the engineer,as I am sure would others.I think these machines are worth time and money so I am prepared to travel to get it fixed,Dave

Nick Cooper
Thursday 25th April 2002
3:27 pm U.K.


Grundig 2X4-Plus

Picked up one of these in Leeds market in the early-90s, along with a working Pye 20VR22 and a dead Philips VR2020 (later acquired a Grundig V1600 at a car boot sale). The 2X4 deck was very cranky and so I've only kept it as a "curiosity piece, " but I'm pretty certain I got it to receive an off-air signal, so it must have been designed to accept the UK PAL-I broadcasts as well as German PAL-BG ones. Of more interest, though, is that the tape is threaded around the heads by a Beta-type loading ring, rather than the M-wrap Philips used. Surprised to see no mention of this anywhere on the site!

Thursday 25th April 2002
3:32 am U.K.



Ref Grundig 2x4 Super tape loading failure. Read my message 18th April to Keith. May solve your problem. As for servicing, it depends where you live. I may know someone in South Yorkshire area. Let me know if interested and I'll check it out.

Please note my correct e-mail address above - my previous entry had mistake (not co.uk).

Wednesday 24th April 2002
11:33 am U.K.


Wednesday,24/4/02Hello,Does anyone know how to service the Grundig 2x4 Super.I have had this machine since the early '80s and it stopped loading tapes about three years ago.I have over 40 eight hour tapes so would love to be able to see them again.These are great machines and I can't believe how Grundig abandoned the format.I tried getting some help direct from Grundig but,as you will know,they have no interest in one of their best products.If there are any engineers out there I can bring the machine to you,or if there are manuals for the loading mechanism etc.I would be glad to buy them.Looking forward to any help,Dave

Will Loggie
Tuesday 23rd April 2002
9:55 pm U.K.


We have a broken Philips Video 2000 machine from the early 80s, with a few dozen tapes (recorded from TV in the 80s). Don't know what's wrong with the machine, but it seems to be chewing up tapes now.

If anyone would like it, get in touch. We're in central Scotland (near M8).

Alex Taylor
Tuesday 23rd April 2002
8:56 pm U.K.



I have a Philips N1700 that is broken, and an N1702 that seems to work fine (it did the last time I tried it). I have a pile of about 10 tapes recorded in LP format. I need to get rid of these since they're taking up space in my dad's house. Would anybody like to make me a sensible offer for the lot? I could deliver over a reasonable distance (I'm in Notts), or they should probably be collected (they're very heavy!).


Alex Taylor.

Sunday 21st April 2002
6:11 pm U.K.


Folks, I am down to the last machines of my collection. I now have a VR20xx spares machine available with extra front panel display. Willing to remove individual parts as appropriate. Has all the boards etc. If you are looking to maintain your VR2000 series machine, then a supply of parts is essential. Let me know, just looking for postage and some "beer money" :-) Whatever's left by 28/4 will be skipped.

Saturday 20th April 2002
3:49 pm U.K.


Keith. The problem you are experiencing with the intermittent loading is usually caused by dirt accumulating on the mode switch contacts. The mode switch is part of the Master Cam, located on the underneath of the machine. Cleaning usually solves the problem. You will need to remove the chassis (and the metal cage) to get to it, and it's held in place by a brass circlip which tends to break very easily, so have a spare handy!! I've found that after cleaning you need to run the machine through it's various modes quite vigourously as is sort of needs to "run in" again. The heads sound like there's not sufficient tip penetration - so will need to be changed. Rich..

Keith McHugh
Saturday 20th April 2002
12:14 am U.K.


Does anyone know the answer to this one.... I've got a Philips VR2324 that keeps shutting down to standby in the middle of lacing up the tape. Press play and the 2 guides start to move then the whole machine suddenly shuts down with the tape stuck partially laced up. Press play again it may move a bit further or it may decide to unlace, if it manages to unlace then it will happily sit in stop mode if it stays partially laced again it just shuts down back to standby again. Persistance with the play button will eventually get the machine to play a tape but what it causing it to stick and shut down in the first place.

I think it's got head problems too - the picture keeps breaking up - some white highlights are especially bad - but oddly most of it seems to be just above the centre of the picture. I've cleaned the heads (and they were very dirty) but it doesn't appear to have made much improvement to the pictures.

It's a pity that I can still buy heads for the older VR2022 but not the more modern!! VR2324 which seems to produce pictures much better than I've ever seen on any 2020/21/22 etc they are a lot less noisy by a long way and the scart socket certainly helps with dubbing stuff across.

Thanks again, Keith.

Keith McHugh
Friday 19th April 2002
8:38 pm U.K.


For belts for Grundig TK Reel to Reels try Willowvale Electronics - a few years ago I managed to get a drive belt for a TK120 from them. Also try Grundig direct they were quite helpful and gave me all the part numbers.

Friday 19th April 2002
8:44 am U.K.


HELP !!!!! im trying o make an old man very happy by finding drive belts for an old grundig tk 830 reel to reel recorder !!! Someone out there mus know where i can find these.... all help very much appreciated !!!

Keith McHugh
Thursday 18th April 2002
9:49 pm U.K.


Thanks for the advice - I'll check out the 2x4 Super this weekend. As for the N1702 - I know it's not the belts on mine as I've replaced them all (as originally one of them had streched and fallen off) - but I've not checked the "audio head" on the capstan that feeds back pulses to the servo. Drum and capstan motors run fine.


Mike Bennett
Thursday 18th April 2002
4:24 pm U.K.


In answer to Troy and Keith's messages for a couple of days ago, the usual lace-immediate-unlace problem with the N1700 and similar machines (N1700, N1702, N1502, N1512) is simply the belts. They either stretch or melt to a horrible mess. If the belts are knackered, when the machine starts to lace up, it detects the absence of drum or capstan rotation and shuts down. Another common cause for this symptom is due to the wire which connects to the "audio" head which is mounted under the capstan flywheel; this often snaps where it joins the head. For no drum rotation, check also to make sure the drum motor isn't open circuit - these tend to lead a tough life especially where old tapes have lost their lubrication, and where years of neglect of the tape deck has stiffened the drum spindle rotation. Power supply problems are not unheard of too, but this is less likely, and would obviously have to be investigated.

I hope this may be of some use to someone. :-)



Thursday 18th April 2002
12:04 pm U.K.


Keith. Check also the switches that locate into the tape shell (there are three each side). Depending on which holes are punched out tells the machine what length of tape has been loaded for an accurate tape counter, whether the cassette can be recorded on, and whether there is actually a cassette in the compartment. These can be a little more tricky to check. Rich..

Paul Kevin
Thursday 18th April 2002
9:43 am U.K.


Having a sort out, I have decided to sell the following Video 2000 items.......

Philips Video 2000 model No VR2334 (Gray/silver colour.)

Perfect working order with IR remote control.

Paper work includes:Full A4 operating instruction manual with foriegn notes for quick guide.Full A4 flip out, easy to follow colour picture by picture operating booklet.A4 video 2000 list of 500 films and a A5 video 2000 list of 548 films.

This machine also comes with it's original service card dated 2nd Dec 1983 and purchased on 18 10 84

Also there is the original Payment card showing the monthly payments of £45.00 (for 9 months) with the initail balance of £449.00 to pay.

As you can hopfully see, the paper work reflects the condition of the machine in how it was looked after, serviced and kept in great condition.

2nd Video 2000 machine is a VR 2324 and is a dark gray colour. Needs slight attention to the pinch roller and sound, other wise it is fully working. Suitable for repair or if needed, spares.

Both machines come with 13 original video 2000 films, some rare and collectable in this format (and 13 blank tapes, all contaning films and TVshows. Unlisted.)

Original video 2000 films are in mint condition and all with original covers, boxes: unless stated.

Death Ship Cert X Ghost/zombie horror.

Ticket to Heaven. Cet AA Religious/Cult. Basd on the book, "Moonwebs."

When a stranger calls Cert AA Classic thriller.

He knows your alone Cert 18 Thriller

The following have no Certificates

Coma staring Michael Douglas

Logans run staring Michael York, Jeny Agutter, Farrah, Fawcett-Majors

Cat People, staring Nastassia Kinski

The Border USA staring Telly Savalas

The Janitor staring William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, James Woods.

The Domino killings staring Gene Hackma (Crack in plastic cover)

The Island of Dr Moreau staring Burt lancaster, Michael York

The Formula staring Marlon Brando, George C Scott.

The Hearse

The price for all the above is £100

I live in the North East of England and buyer collects prefered, but would be willing to arrange a meeting if sale is confirmed. Sale is first come, first served. Thanks.

Please e-mail Paulkevin@ic24.net or ring 0191 4550330

Thursday 18th April 2002
4:00 am U.K.



My Grundig 2x4 Super had a similar problem a while ago caused by slipping or worn drive belt. Look under machine near the side where cassette goes - it drives cassette loading mechanism. Small belt about a quarter inch wide. Easy to replace. Archive message section says belt kits might be available at Videotec in Oxford, http://www.videotec.co.uk, or Grandata in Wembley, website http://www.grandata.co.uk, tel 020 8900 2329, part number BK 94.

Good luck.

Keith McHugh
Wednesday 17th April 2002
10:30 pm U.K.


Also does anyone know of a source of new video heads for the 2nd generation Philips machines (mainly VR2324, VR2840 (XP long play machine) and the VR2220 portable.

Thanks, Keith.

Keith McHugh
Wednesday 17th April 2002
9:58 pm U.K.


Anyone on here an expert at repairing Grundig 2x4 Super's ? I now have 2 machines that seem to suffer from the same fault. When I switch on the front power switch the clock changes to "CASS" the machine will happily take in the tape and when it does the clock display still says "CASS" a red light comes on above the button marked "Tape".

But after a few seconds that red light above "Tape" starts flashing... non of the tape transport buttons appear to do anything. Apart from "Cassette" which ejects the tape. As I've never seen one of these machines in working condition I was curious to know if the display should change from "CASS" to something else once the tape is inside - and if so does the fact it's not changing give a clue to what's wrong. As I said I've got 2 machines that do this so I assume it some sort of common problem.

Any help greatly appreciated.


Wednesday 17th April 2002
4:31 pm U.K.


Melonman. Check the power supply panel for dry joints, plus make sure the mains lead fits tightly into the socket. I've had faulty "figure 8" mains leads that have caused problems before.

Keith McHugh
Monday 15th April 2002
6:30 pm U.K.


"a crackling sound coming from the top left hand corner" - doesn't sound very heathly to me - that's where all the mains transformer and power supply boards are. Possibly broken print track on one of the circuit boards but I'd get a qualified person to look at it as you're dealing with the high voltage main supply.

Sunday 14th April 2002
3:39 pm U.K.


Hi,I hope someone can help.I recently bought a philips vr2022 player.It worked well for a few days but have since developed a problem.The LED's light up but the video does not function.Also when the lead is plugged there is a crackling sound coming from the top left hand corner of the player.Any Ideas ?Adam.

Keith McHugh
Saturday 13th April 2002
7:52 pm U.K.


This follows on from one of my earlier posts about Pinch Rollers for the 2nd Generation of Philips machines. Whenever I've ordered ones for VR2324, VR2334, and VR2220(portable) the invoice always states them as VR6462. So I guess the VR6462 (VHS?) uses the same pinch rollers as the older 2nd generation V2000's (but NOT the older VR2020 /21/22/23 series)

Hope this helps. Keith.

Sunday 7th April 2002
5:04 pm U.K.


VR2022 breaking for spares.

I have a VR2022 that I am breaking for spares, including circuit boards (all were working). Just need to get rid of them asap, so get in touch and let me know what you need and we can work something out.

Sunday 7th April 2002
12:51 pm U.K.


Has anyone else got/used the uP diagnosis system for the VR series of machines? I managed to get hold of what looks like a complete system with manual with all the flowcharts for diagnosing any electronic trouble with these machines. Seems like you can control the entire system in individual steps (including the mechanism) by different buttons on the front panel (you've got to love Philips technology havent you!!). Very interesting stuff, just wondering whether anyone else had used this or got it?


Keith McHugh
Saturday 6th April 2002
1:42 pm U.K.


If anyone is looking for good quality V2000 tapes - I've got a few that are still brand new and still in their shrinkwrapping. Some Philips VCC360s and Philips + Scotch VCC480s.


Keith McHugh
Saturday 6th April 2002
1:40 pm U.K.


My N1702 has the same problems - so I'd appreciate any tips on repairing it too. I've swapped all the servo cans over from another machine but it still won't stay laced up.

Thanks, Keith.

Saturday 6th April 2002
3:30 am U.K.


I've recently found 2 Philips VCRs N1500 and N1700 at a junk yard in Bulli. Now they both power up but the N1500 head doesn't freely rotate, and the N1700 powers up and the head drum moves to position but then I hear a click and the head drum moves back to its original position and the power shuts off automatically.

Is there any Philips VCR experts in this forum? If so could you possibly help me out on fixing these problems?

Thursday 4th April 2002
3:44 pm U.K.



Thursday 28th March 2002
11:40 am U.K.


I am looking for a video2000 in perfect working order together with some good quality tapes. Can anyone out there help or advise me? Thanks.

Baz McBride
Tuesday 26th March 2002
3:57 pm U.K.


Looking for a Philips v2000 player to copy over some lovely footage of my kids from 1984ish. I used to hire a portable camera unit and have lots of old tapes to copy.Can anyone help? I am in the Shrewsbury area and will collect up to 100 miles.

Keith McHugh
Monday 25th March 2002
7:46 pm U.K.



I'm in Bristol - which is close to Taunton/Yeovil etc.


Saturday 23rd March 2002
6:27 pm U.K.


Hi Everyone

Ive been lucky enough to find a HUGE box of old Video 2000 tapes!!....I have a bit of a dilemma as im a keen collector of old ads and programming IDs from the 1970s and 80s and I dont have a player for this format (The annoying thing is that a lot of these tapes appear to be from the first generation of cassettes circa 1978!!)

I was wondering if there are any enthusiasts in the South West of England (Ideally within a sensible distance of Chard/Taunton/Yeovil) with a V2000 machine who would be interested in going through these tapes with me and transferring any interesting material to VHS

If I have no luck I suppose I will have to put them on Ebay!!.....I hate to do this as im sure these tapes are full of old fascinating ads and IDs!!

Any comments or help would be much appreciated


Keith McHugh
Friday 22nd March 2002
4:44 pm U.K.


To make more sense they should have called it HVS not VHS as Home Video System sounds better than video home system.

Nick Williams
Thursday 21st March 2002
8:08 pm U.K.


You're right, Keith, that we really shouldn't be bothering with such trivialities of some inferior system. However, for the record, VHS was initially christened by JVC as "Vertical Helical Scanning" but then changed to Video Home System before launch because it was obviously much more friendly.

My prize for this extraordinary knowledge? A beauiful working 2nd generation Philips V2000 please!

Thursday 21st March 2002
4:52 pm U.K.


Live in the northeast of England and am looking for a working v2000 machine. Can anyone help?

Thursday 21st March 2002
2:54 pm U.K.


Hi. I have a VR2220 portable, and it died one year ago. Heads problems. I´m interested in someone who can sell me news heads for VR220 or VR2023. It doen´t matter if I have to buy a complete video. Tnaks a lot.

Keith McHugh
Wednesday 20th March 2002
8:02 pm U.K.


The meaning of VHS - well I'd heard that "Video Home System" was the false one actually. And Video Helican Scan was the true one !! Who knows !! Why are we taking about it anyway this page is for the better format Philips Video2000.

Tuesday 19th March 2002
5:46 pm U.K.



I Have ten vcr's wich I want to sell.They are all video2000 (2020,2022,2023,2024) and one B&O.I also have a Remote unit and a scart unit!! (very rare)I live in Holland and i want € 100 fot the whole lot.If anyone is interested please email me


Paul Ainger
Monday 18th March 2002
1:59 pm U.K.


Hi Trevor, VHS stands for nothing more sophisticated than Video Home System. Some thought it stood for Video Helical Scan because of the position of the video head in relation to the tape, but this isn't true.

Ken Henshaw
Sunday 17th March 2002
12:26 pm U.K.


Have Grundig 2x4 Super [bought new in 80s] and now have problems!! (1)some number buttonsstick in, I believe this was a known fault, and (2) sound seems high pitched as if thetape is running too fast. If anyone has a solution to these faults or has a service manualor knows of a V2000 repairer within reasonable travelling distance of Portsmouth pleasecontact me at the above E-mail address. I have only just discovered this site and was amazedto find so many loyal supporters!! I was beginning to think that I was the last person inBritain to still have a V2000 machine, I have been uplifted!!!

Saturday 16th March 2002
8:31 pm U.K.


Just a question does anybody know what the meaning of VHS is thanks

Stuart Warren-Hill
Saturday 16th March 2002
10:14 am U.K.


HI , I'm looking for anyone who can repair a Philips 1700 VCR. I have a one machine nearly working and a spare.

Also does anyone have any 1700 tapes they wish to sell?

Bernard Benoot
Wednesday 13th March 2002
7:40 pm U.K.


Hi, I'm looking for bying a V2000 videorecorder Pal from Philips, ITT or others. Thanks

Wednesday 13th March 2002
10:10 am U.K.


Hello there VCC people,Who can help me on a NEW VIDEO HEAD for my Aristona 23VR33 ?. I recently brought it to a mechanic but he noticed / wrecked the video head. Has anyone an idea ?.

Keith McHugh
Tuesday 12th March 2002
9:56 pm U.K.


Pinch Rollers for the VR2324, VR2334, VR2220(Portable) are still availible. I think they are the same as used in later VR6xxx VHS machines. I've ordered several recently when they arrive the invoice gives a VR6xxx model but they work perfectly. I'll try and find out what the model is and post the info.


Roberto as brp57
Friday 8th March 2002
6:53 pm U.K.


Hello! I own a Philips VR 2120.I do not know if working or not...Have you a manual and/or a data sheet of it?Can you send me it?Thank you in advance.---Posseggo un apparecchio Pilips VR2120, ma non so se funziona...Non avresti mica un manuale o delle info tecniche da spedirmi?Grazie sin d'ora.---

Steve Whelan
Thursday 7th March 2002
11:12 am U.K.


To robert [above]

It might just be that the Pinch Roller is worn and causing the tape to snag on the guides. The machines you have are two of the best V2000 machines made - in my opinion [and the VR2324 is the same as the VR2334 - they just put a different front panel on it! The slow/ still/ reverse/ x3/ frame by frame and time elapsed/ remaining buttons are all there on the PCB, just no buttons on the panel - and the remote sensor is just not fitted.

You might be lucky and find video 2000 pinch rollers still available somewhere!

Robert Gielen
Tuesday 5th March 2002
9:37 pm U.K.


Hi V2000 fans. I have two Philips machines a VR2324 and a VR2334 and a lot of tapes which I want to transfer to VHS (or even better to SVHS). Unfortunately when I play the tapes they are being destroid due to a faulty capstand transport. The tapes (VCC480 type) are wringled and thus the other side cannot be played any more. Does any one know of this problen and has a solution? Or is there some one who wants to sell a working machine (In The Netherlands)?

Saturday 2nd March 2002
10:22 pm U.K.




Tuesday 26th February 2002
7:58 pm U.K.



I am getting a 2X4 from Germany and I'd like to use it to receive broadcasts in the UK.Is there a way to switch, or modify, the tuner to receive the sound signal on the 6MHz carrier, as it is broadcast here in the UK?



Stuart Reid
Saturday 23rd February 2002
11:15 am U.K.


Hello fellow V2000 enthusiasts. I'm clearing a bit of space in my flat and have two machines and a ton of tapes. The machines are: Philips VR2020 and Pye VR2023 - both in full working order and cosmetically very good. The Pye has the I/R sensor and a non-working remote control. I also have over 30 tapes for these machines. AND - the full SERVICE manual for the 2023. I'm looking in the region of £100 for the lot. Buyer to collect from east London. Thanks for your time guys.

Arjen Meek
Friday 22nd February 2002
12:13 pm U.K.


I have a Philips VR 2414. I use it to demodulate the TV-cable signal to video signal so that my computer's video card understands it (it has video-in). The problem is that the VR 2414 automatically shuts down after some time when it's not playing or recording. And when I just use it as a tuner, it never plays back or records so that I have to switch it back on every now and then, which is quite irritating.Now I know that one solution is to just record everything I want to watch for more than a few minutes, but that doesn't really make things any easier.So it would be nice if anyone could tell me a way to remove the auto-off feature. There must be some component inside that shuts it down, but I've no idea which it is. Ofcourse I could just analyse all the circuit boards to find out but that would take ages :-(

So anyone who knows a few things about the VR 2414 and might have an idea how to solve this, please respond.


Iain Dyche
Thursday 21st February 2002
12:29 pm U.K.


I have five V2000 machines - two Philips and three Grundig, some working and some not, three even have user manuals. I am sure that at least four of them have good heads. One of the Philips also has the remote control unit. These are now taking up valuable space that is needed for another project. I am situated in the lower Midlands (Hereford).If anyone wants to make me an offer for the lot (£75 ?? worth it for heads and power supplies alone) then let me know. If you want further details email me and I'll forward them.

Wednesday 20th February 2002
12:32 pm U.K.


I noticed that many 1970's TV shows were deleted and re-used because of rising costs in videos or they are turfed out because they take up too much space.

In Australia we had a fantastic pop music show called "Countdown" which started in October 1974 and finished around April 1987. But most of the episodes from 1974 to 1978 were deleted and re-used so hardly any episodes from then still exist. However I reckon there are people in Australia that would have either owned a Philips VCR or a VTR and taped Countdown back in the mid 70's when those shows originally aired. Now if there's ANYONE out there in Australia or even overseas who has old Countdown episodes on reel-to-reel or Philips cassette PLEASE email me because I would love to buy or trade for them or copies of them.

Also I bet there are people in UK who taped Top Of The Pops on those Philips VCRs or VTR in the 60's and 70's. If anyone reading this board has Taped early Top Of The Pops episodes on Philips cassette or VTR reel-to-reel please email me. A lot of Top Of The Pops episodes prior to 1977 were deleted. There are ABSOLUTELY NO episodes prior to 1967 however some footage still exists and I have a some of the clips on VHS tape from that "Sounds Of The 60's" program. From 1967 to 1973 not too many episodes exist. From 1974 to 1976 I guess half of them still exist. From 1972 only 2 episodes exist which is a shame. How I know this is I looked through the Popstastica Encyclopedia on the Top Of The Pops website and I looked through each episode guide. The only hope of recovering the missing episodes is on old home video tape whatever format it may be.

Also there was a really sad story with the early Dr Who episodes, a lot of the 60's episodes were burnt to a crisp to make more space in BBC archives. However more and more episodes have been recovered over the years as many copies were made for airplay in various countries around the world. Still I bet there are people out there who have some long lost episodes on reel-to-reel tape. Also although all of the 70's episodes still exist some of them only exist in B&W due to the fact the colour ones were canned. But there's always a chance of recovering the colour ones on early home video.

Anyhow as I mentioned I'm on a big hunt for Pre-1978 Countdown episodes taped when they were originally aired so if anyone has them on home video please email me. Also ABC might like to digitally copy them to Digital Beta and air them in next January's Countdown season on Rage. 1975 was a fantastic year of Countdown because there was a lot of fantastic glam rock such as:SkyhooksSherbetHushAC/DC (They were once a glam metal group)Ray Burgessetc...

And I heard Alice Cooper also performed live on Countdown in March of 1975 however I'm not so sure if that footage was kept. And the fashion was real wild that year. Also the Temptations might have done Countdown around September of 1975 as well.

I've just GOTTA get those early episodes.

Wednesday 20th February 2002
11:53 am U.K.


Did these Philips N series N1500, N1502, N1700 etc... sell in USA in NTSC format or were they sold in UK, Europe and Australia only in PAL format?

Sunday 3rd February 2002
8:56 pm U.K.


Hello ! I have got a number of good video 2000 tapes that i am willing to sell, some have films on them, some are blanks. I live in the Birmingham region. Please e-mail me if you are interested. Thanks


Saturday 2nd February 2002
8:07 pm U.K.


has any one got a philips /pye portable for spares? mine suddenly died many moons ago and ive now got the urge to fix it !!

Also I have extensive knowlege on the Grundig V2000 and VHS machines should anyone need advice on repairing them.. The VS 680 super vhs beast is my baby.. I trained in germany on that one !! what a beast.

James Armstrong
Wednesday 30th January 2002
4:21 pm U.K.


Does anyone have a working Philips V2000 or similar with tapes which they would care to sell? Must be cheap and, if possible, in the North of England (can collect!)

Samuel Hunt
Monday 28th January 2002
10:13 pm U.K.


Two things:-

1:- I'm looking to get hold of a Tube camera (Trinicon, Saticon, etc, all fine), for the effects. I don't know why, but there's something in me which keeps shouting "these are better quality". I guess it's just my excuse for my love of cameras with lag (if only it's the tiniest bit!)

2:- I'm looking for a service manual for a Trinicon HVC-2000PE. My friend gave me this one, and it's been totally uncalibrated. I've taken off both sides, and got an image (which actually isn't that bad, and is better than I reckon it was originally. I've got it to be low lag and high contrast. Good colour balance too), but I'm not certian it's the best it could be. Only a service manual will help me. Any ideas?

Could you please reply by e-mail?? (I know it's a lot to ask, but this chat page isn't easy to navigate. It should be made into a YahooGroup)

Mad Beta Collector
Sunday 27th January 2002
4:50 pm U.K.


Anyone got a pic of a remote control model no. TPV 355 for the Grundig 2x4 super Vcr??If so post the pic or link to me at my email address shown above

Thanks :-)

Tamas Ribarszky
Thursday 24th January 2002
12:23 pm U.K.


Wanted Grundig Video 2000 XP and casette. I am interested in any solution, any price. Please somebody ......

Christian König
Tuesday 22nd January 2002
11:28 pm U.K.


Hello,I am a great Video 2000/Betamax/VCR-normal/LP/SVR fan.Here in Germany, Video 2000er are still very common.Sometimes it is possible to get old spare parts.I have the LOEWE OC 6020, its a great videomachine.One rumor of the demise of the V2000 was, that there were so fewporn movies for this system.But there were very few rental tapes in general. They tried to offer high price tapes for the endconsumer. And they crashed with this strategy.

Steve Rowley
Thursday 10th January 2002
3:43 pm U.K.


Wanted: Philips 2840 dead or alive. Thanks.

Keith McHugh
Wednesday 9th January 2002
9:13 pm U.K.


I know this is not Video2000 question but one about one of Philips earlier machines.... Does anyone know much about repairing N1702 machines ? I've got one in reasonable condition but it won't do any tape functions, it just laces and then unlaces again. I've got a second N1702 for spares. Anyone have any suggestions ? I've already replaced the belt for the head drum and the original had stretched and fallen off.

Thanks, Keith.

Sunday 6th January 2002
12:43 pm U.K.


Wanted Recordings made on V2000 from the early 1980's prefer with adverts .

Thanks for looking

John Hall
Saturday 5th January 2002
5:12 pm U.K.


I have an N1700 nearly working, good for spares plus a number of fair-quality tapes. Anyone interested in buying? If so, make me an offer!Will deliver free 100-ish mile radius of Cambridge.

brian wyles
Thursday 3rd January 2002
7:24 pm U.K.


Hi Mike Thank you very much for you offer, I would have jumped at the chance but for the fact that I have Just arranged to buy a Phillips portable system which I located on the 'Maarketplas' link. I recommend this link to anyone who is looking for v2000 equipment. If you are still going to part with your portable perhaps someone else will contact you. If not I will shortly have a spare video camera suitable for use with the philips portable if you are interested.Thanks again for your reply.RegardsBrian

Tuesday 1st January 2002
10:43 am U.K.



who can help me? I've got a Philips VR2020 and working, but whenI play videotape you'll see red and blue stripes in pair acrossthe screen. What is causing this?


PSThe best whishes to you all for 2002

Monday 31st December 2001
6:26 pm U.K.


Hi Brian, (Tried Your ntlworld adrress but email returned)     Read your notice and wondered if you would be interested in purchasing my Pye portable.     A bit of history:     Years ago i saw it advertised in Dixons at the (then) bargain price of £299.For some reason I felt compelled to buy it and bizarrely it was only available in a Philips/Pye combination, so the tuner is silver in colour and badged "Philips" and the recording section dark grey/light charcoal badged "Pye". Excellent pictures and sound.     A year later I purchased the top (or near top) of the range Philips VR2840 , a stereo machine with remote control and extended play.I had to place a special order for it and it cost me over £600 !.......My enthusiasm was short lived because the picture quality was disappointing (oddly, extended play was better) and I couldn't return it to the dealer as it was a special order and poor picture quality to someone, may be alright to someone else.     The VR2840 failed last year, I didn't even try and repair it.Put it out for the binmen.     Back to the portable unit,the Philips tuner is under the bed and the Pye section in the lounge so both parts have been stored well. I also check at least twice a year that the main functions are OK--recording,playback,timer etc and that the picture is still very good. External appearance is also good, the Pye being in near mint or you may even class it as being in mint condition !     I would reluctantly sell them, and only together for £110 including postage costs within the UK.     The price may seem steep but i would make sure it was working fine before posting and I have every reason to believe you would be happy with it.     I also have an official Philips V2000 "Cleaning Maintenance Cassette" (for the heads) which I can include in the above price. i didn't use it much as i originally purchased it for the VR2840 and I don't as a rule like to use these cassettes preferring to use a swab and alcohol to clean heads (VHS)..The heads on V2000 are hard to access hence the cleaning cassette.     Sending you this email has bought back some memories to me.In case you want the item numbers, the Pye recording section is 22VR20 and the Philips tuner  VR2120.     Mike.    

Keith McHugh
Sunday 30th December 2001
10:25 am U.K.


I'm trying to have a clear out so I'm wondering if anyone is interested in either a mostly complete Grundig 2x4Super (power supply board is missing).Also a Philips VR2022 (not working but complete) also it's got the top lid of a Pye version so is dark grey.

Let me know if anyone's interested in either the whole machines or any parts. Both machines are located in the Cumbria/Northumberland border (not far from Haltwhistle).

Cheers, Keith.

Thursday 27th December 2001
8:56 am U.K.


Hi I found this website on christmas eve and think its great and found the 'out of retirement' very good.In the past I have owned the Grundig 2x4 plus and 2x4 stereo currently I have a Pye portable and aPhillips 2022.All functions appear to work on both but although the sound is fine on both on the Pye I do not get a picture at all and on the Phillips. The picture on some tapes is black and white with lots of interference and sometimes dissapears altogether. Other tapes do not give a picture at all. I would very much like to get a machine working as we have lots of video of the childreen when small which we would like to transfer.I would also be interested if anyone had a working machine for sale. {so that I could prove to my sons what a superior system this is} I have magazines dating from the early eighties with the reviews of various Video 2000 machines which I will list in a future posting in case anyone could use the information.If anyone could help please e mail me or post a message. Many thanks

Sunday 16th December 2001
9:51 pm U.K.



Mike Bennett
Sunday 9th December 2001
3:40 pm U.K.


Oh yes - I nearly forgot - there's a VR2022 on ebay at:



Mike Bennett
Sunday 9th December 2001
3:29 pm U.K.


Many apologies for the slightly not-v2000 related post, but I'm desperately looking for a Dynatron CTV1 / CTV2 or similar colour TV from 1968 / 1969. It's a huge dual-standard monster which works on 405 or 625 lines. See http://www.oldtechnology.net/colour.html for a Pye version of the set. It doesn't look the same, but it does have the same chassis and controls. Top money paid for the right set.

Many thanks.


mobile:07796 930429.http://www.tvmuseum.co.ukhttp://www.oldtechnology.netmailto:mikey@oldtechnology.net

Gerrit van der Heide
Tuesday 4th December 2001
11:57 am U.K.


Hi, I'm looking for schematics and service manuals from a V2334 and V2340. Both machines are working well, but want to know a little bit more about them. Does anyone know how to clean the heads ?

Cor Kooter
Sunday 2nd December 2001
7:13 pm U.K.


I've got an old Philips VR2334 recorder and some tapes recorded years ago, that I want to transfer onto VHS or -even better- onto my computer. I've been trying to transfer the recordings connecting the out-port of the V2000 to the in-port on a VHS recorder, playing the V2000 and recording on the VHS, but this only results in snow on the VHS tape. As I'm a newbie in these areas, could anyone let me know how to do the transfer, or what I need to get it done?

Thursday 22nd November 2001
12:28 pm U.K.


Bang and Olufsen Beocord 880-V on ebay at the moment - not mine but someone might be interested ??Don't tell the seller what he's got though :-)http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1299797788

Cameron Beattie
Tuesday 20th November 2001
2:01 pm U.K.


I have a VR2023 which is not working properly. It has problems with the eject mechanism and tracking but I'm sure is repairable. Anyone who would like to collect it(London area) may have it free. I do however have about 20 recorded tapes some of which I would like to transcribe to VHS. Can anyone do this and at what cost? Anyone who could do this would be welcome to keep the tapes. I also have the Manual for the VR2021 / VR2022. ( Pity the other systems didn't copy the utter simplicity of Video 2000 operation).

Saturday 10th November 2001
7:35 pm U.K.


Hi, Just found this site. IS anyone interested in a Philips VR2022 VCR. I do not have any tapes so cannot test it. It lights up, switches on and off and eject works. When looking inside the machine from the tape lid I can see what looks like a piece of silver string off one of the plastic wheels...The VCR is in good cosmetic condition. Offers, I will post out but Very Heavy. Buyer would have to pay postage cost. UI will Ebay this item in one week from this date if no one is interested. Thanks.

Keith McHugh
Friday 9th November 2001
2:39 pm U.K.


To Bjoern,

The Grundig 2x4 1600 only has an AV output - I think this is because it was a budget machine and AV input was not provided.


Bjoern Schneider
Thursday 1st November 2001
5:46 pm U.K.


I lost the manual of my V2000 Grundig 1600, can anyone send it to me in pdf-format? I´m trying to figure out if there is a video input, because my satellite receiver has no RF output signal.

Tuesday 30th October 2001
7:55 am U.K.


Full information on fixing a C9 DC to DC converter can be found on PALsite. Both MkI and MkII converters are now covered.


Steve Rowley
Sunday 28th October 2001
9:02 pm U.K.


For use with the Grundig 2x4 Super machines I have four sets of the VIF-K1 infra red remote kits comprising receiver unit (form fits onto side of machine) and the handset. Three at £20 each, £25 for one that is boxed 'as new' in original packaging. Can post at your cost and risk.

Sjef Bosman
Saturday 27th October 2001
4:23 pm U.K.


Power supply for VR2840: could anyone tell me where to get a new or 2nd hand power supply for this VCR?

Or can it be repaired? Can't see what's wrong with it, the fuse blows, even without the rest of the equipment attached to it.

12NC: 8203 170 1055.3

Help is appreciated!

David Wiseman
Wednesday 17th October 2001
4:51 pm U.K.


Hi, i'm trying to find somewhere in the UK, (prefferably near Manchester, but location not important) that will transfer Phillips N1700 tape to either VHS, or even better, to a digital format, preferably of Broadcast quality. We need to do this before Friday 26th October 2001 - ie. ASAP!! If anyone knows of anywhere that can do this, you can contact me : david.wiseman@bbc.co.uk or on 0161 244 3248. Any advice would be most appreciated.David Wiseman:

Sunday 14th October 2001
1:02 pm U.K.


Or if you do feel like it, just post a message for the above dilemma.

Thanks again, vanessa

Sunday 14th October 2001
12:59 pm U.K.


Hi,I have been trying to get my V2000 to work to look at the loads of tapes I have of recordings off television years ago. The V2000 hasn't been on for about 5 years and now that I switch it on, put a tape in and press play it shows me a black screen for about 2 seconds and shuts down. It stopped recording the last time I had it working, but now it really doesn't want any of it!! It's a Philips VR2023. Does any know if and how I can fix it? Or if there is anyone near me that would be able to help?If anyone can help could you please e mail me! I would love to see those vids again. thanks

Area: Central Scotland

Jon Spence
Saturday 13th October 2001
2:55 am U.K.


I have a Sony Betamax recorder SLO-323, and it has a few problem: during play, f-forward, re-wind, or rec., it will work for a few seconds, then shut of, as though you have pressed stop. this is getting better, but still happens. when it does work and it records, the playback has horizontal blue lines accross the screen. any advice?-Jon-

Glenn Dennis
Friday 12th October 2001
3:17 pm U.K.


Does any one have a VR2334 family machine which they do not want. Please e-mail me. Thanks

Heidrun Grützmacher
Wednesday 10th October 2001
12:02 pm U.K.


HI, I just have a question to all fans of V2000: who can mail or fax an instruction for an ITT V2000? See my adress above. I found a recorder on the garbage and couldn't easy walk away. I think it should work, but I don't know what I have to do. so I would be very pleased, if anyone could help me!Thanks a lot! Heidrun from germany

Sunday 7th October 2001
9:51 pm U.K.



After a lot of years sterling service my Sony C,9 gave up the "Ghost" in a big way. The PSU, including the DC/DC Converter was u/s. "Sony don't make that part any longer ".I was told by my Sony Parts Center. Eventually I gave up looking for that elusive part. "Was I the only Beta user around here?". I thought. It seemed like it The trusty old C.9 was put on the bottom shelf, where it gathered dust, for many a year. That is until recently I ,quite by chance came across the "Beta Palsite" in a magazine Reading through the emails I came across the "Advert " for Lucreziagalaxy With high hopes of seeing my C.9 back in action again I contacted this." Help Line". telling my tale of woe. Having been convinced by a quick reply to my request, that a repair was definitely on the cards, I sent my C.9 away, insured against damage as advised, for a report on its condition. Within a couple of days of its arrival, I received a detailed report of the faults found, the parts required, and the estimate for the lot. It did not appear cheap at first. ,but considering the availability of the parts for a C.9, the equipment and expertise required to fit and test them, it seemed to me pretty reasonable. So I went ahead with the repairs. I was kept informed all the way through the "restoration", until ,the day arrived, when I was informed that after a long Test program my C.9 was ready for home. My first impressions of the restoration? Its works like a dream. The picture on Pause and X 2 are marvelous. Why buy a DVD for picture quality, when with Beta Sony C.9 and a" Diggie". Box you can get a Better deal. It is a machine in its own class, I have insured it separately under my House Contents Insurance, after receiving a report of its market value. Thank you Lucreziagalaxy for a 1st Class Job.& Many Thanks for all Your Help and Sound Advice . The cost was worth every penny. If any one out there has problems with their C.9,do what I d ,consult the" Experts." They are only an email away. John. REMEMBER MY WEBPAGES AT http://members.aol.com/lucreziagalaxy/index.html

Bernard Benoot
Sunday 7th October 2001
12:24 pm U.K.


Hi,I'm looking for a recorder to transfert my V2000 cassettes to miniDV.Who can help me?I have 5 new videocassettes in original package: Videocassette VCC480 XHG (Extra High Grade) from PHILIPS. Who is interested?Regards, Bernard

Neil McAdam
Saturday 6th October 2001
4:06 pm U.K.


For anyone looking for format conversions, Jessops (camera shot) summer catalogue (p.61) refers to film-to-video transfer and includes V2000 on its list - presumably they could also transfer from one tape format to another.... (they do stipulate non-copyright material only).

Hope this is of some use.

Cheers. Neil

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