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Thursday 12th April 2018
4:17 pm U.K.

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Hello Fernando.

Umatic (3/4") was not open-reel. It had a cartridge ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U-matic ). There were open-reel videos, most commonly EIAJ format ( http://www.obsoletemedia.org/%C2%BD-inch-eiaj-open-reel-video-tape/ )

I can transfer U-matic (PAL) tapes if you were interested. I am in the UK.


fernando mecklenburg
Thursday 12th April 2018
3:52 pm U.K.

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Hello everybody, i work with a rock band in chile, they live and play in europe 77 until 84. In Holland play with shynphonic and they tall me about the shoot this concert...but...in 3/4 (umatic) pal OPEN REEL...is possible this format? year of shoot 1980.

i need transfer this tape (only i know this information... i dont have the tape)...really exist this class of tape?


Fernando Mecklenburg

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Monday 5th March 2018
6:24 am U.K.

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I put in Betacam chat a message that can are interesting

Alan Gatt
Monday 19th February 2018
10:57 am U.K.

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Dear all,

I am looking to purchase quantity 8 BVU-950 U-Matic VTR with TBC preferably.

Must be:

1)in fully working condition

2) Accept both High and Low Band tapes

3) PAL

I am also looking for useful spare parts for the above.

Please email me on [email protected] with info and offers.



Chris Gregory
Friday 26th January 2018
12:26 pm U.K.

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Hi All,

I am currently looking for a U-Matic tape cleaning machine.

Does anyone have one available for sale or know where I could get one.

Many thanks


Chris Gregory
Wednesday 24th January 2018
10:31 am U.K.

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Hi All,

I have a Sony VO 9800 Machine available for sale. The machine has been refurbished and is ideal for archive work.Please let me know if you are interested in this machine.

Kindest Regards


Brian Grant
Tuesday 9th January 2018
11:26 am U.K.

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Hi Everyone.

Sorry, both Umtaics mentioned in previous post, taken now. Sent to a good home.


Brian Grant

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Sunday 7th January 2018
1:05 pm U.K.

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Hi everyone.

I have two Sony Umatics I don't need anymore.

A Sony Umatic SP VO9800P Pal and Sony VO5630 Pal/NTSC/Secam. Both work.

Don't want any money for them, just want to see them go to an appreciative home.

I live in Surrey in the UK. Pleae email if interested.


Brian Grant

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Saturday 16th December 2017
10:04 pm U.K.

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Have you tried Ray Purnell?

0418 468 394, he is based in Artarmon.

Thursday 14th December 2017
5:24 am U.K.

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Hello everyone

I'm looking to purchase a Sony (U-matic) DMR 2000 drum assy.

I'm located in Sydney Australia.

Many thanks,


Tony Richardson
Tuesday 24th October 2017
1:16 pm U.K.

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Sorry all. I accidentally placed my ad on the wrong site. Betamax instead of umatic.

Anyway, here goes again.

I have a whole studio full of umatic low band video gear. 4 players, a recorder/ playback machine plus a pair of recorder/ players as an edit suite complete with control unit editor. Several high quality studio cameras plus outside cameras. Tripods and trolleys, machine stands on wheels, microphones and stands, cables etc. I just need the space so am open to any reasonable offers for any or all of the gear which is all in good condition. I also have about 70 reels of umatic tapes both 20 min and 60 min sizes.

I am based in COLCHESTER, East Anglia and can be contacted any time on :- 01206 760700 or by email as above.

Friday 8th September 2017
9:41 pm U.K.

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I've a SONY VO-9600 U-matic recorder (serial number higher than 21000)

The drum meter is about 200 hours.

It works perfectly except one thing : The tape rewind is very slow. FF works perfectly.

So what's wrong ? How to fix it ?

I've another question : Can you give me brand and reference of lubrication oďl for VCRs like U-Matic.

Awaiting your answers,


Thursday 13th July 2017
12:25 pm U.K.

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I´m looking for a U-Matic Tape Cleaner. Does anyone know where I can get something like this? I'm from Germany.


Saturday 27th May 2017
10:22 pm U.K.

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Are the tapes large or small? Low Band, Hi Band or SP?

I may have a portable machine but it would only play the small camera tapes.

I also have full-size machines but they are not leaving my house!

Sunday 14th May 2017
4:43 am U.K.

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I am looking to hire a Umatic player to transfer my tapes to PC.

I guess 1- 3 days max.

I am in Sydney.

Any suggestions please?



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.

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