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Chis Margrave-Gregory
Monday 26th November 2018
12:32 pm U.K.

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Hi - I currently have a couple of refurbished U-Matic VTR's available for sale.

All are in full operational condition and very good physical condition.

Please let me know if you are currently looking for any.

My email is [email protected]

Many thanks

Chris

Alex Z
Wednesday 5th December 2018
3:18 pm U.K.

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Hi fellow U-matic users.

I am after around a dozen 7 pin Y/C Dub Cables that were used by most of the Broadcast U-matic machines back in the day.

If anyone knows where I can obtain these then please let me know

Alex Z

Pep Vives
Saturday 29th December 2018
1:38 am U.K.

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Dear friends, I'm from Spain, sorry for my English. I have a problem with my SONY VO-8800P portable u-matic so player, because I play a tape and apears in black&white and without sound.

I don't know if there are a incompatibility problem between player/tape.

I hope your answer.

Best regards

Carl Baker
Saturday 27th April 2019
10:55 pm U.K.

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Greetings!

I will buy your VO-9850, VO-9800, VO-9600, VP-9000, BVU-950, BVU-920, BVU-900, and BVU-850. Email Carl at [email protected]

Moe
Wednesday 19th June 2019
7:09 am U.K.

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Hello everyone!

Wondering if anyone has a Sony Umatic DMR-4000 service manual for sale?

I'm also interested in Umatic 3/4" test/ alignment tape.

Looking forward!

Moe

DavidD
Monday 1st July 2019
5:44 pm U.K.

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(this is posted on 01 June 2019)

Hello U-Matic Friends,

I have 22 NOS of Sony U-Matic KCA-60's, of which 12 are in an unopened case from Sony (still has staples in it, never been opened) as well as another case with 10 unopened/unused KCA-60's in it. These are the ones which have the colorful case graphic sleeve (red, green, yellow, blue stripes) and black case. Each case has the original contents inside and never been opened.

If you are interested (USA Only) please email me at my address below and i can send you pictures and discuss cost.

Thank you very much,

David

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OHIO USA

Hans
Thursday 8th August 2019
10:15 pm U.K.

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Did anyone find a PDF manual for the VP1210 UK?

If so, could you let me know where to obtain it or could you email it to me? Cheers, H

Dogapult
Monday 2nd September 2019
6:40 am U.K.

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I apologize, I accidentally put my first post of this on the Betamax chat page.

Hey Everyone. Fancy finding this sort of thing. I recently got ahold of a small pile of U-matic tapes and a player in a warehouse clearance. I'd love to find out what's on the tapes. However, The player I acquired is the BVU-150, and all the tapes are the "large size" format, (such as the 3M UCA-10) that the BVU-150 can't deal with. I haven't tested said device, as I have nothing to test it with, although I do have the carrying bag and strap for it. I will admit, I don't know if the BVU-150 works. But it does open and close. There is no battery in it.

I am in Detroit, USA.

If someone would be interested in perhaps trading that BVU-150 for a player that can handle those tapes (and is of similar performance, preferably) , I'd be interested.

Thank you!

PS: In the same set I ended up with a pile of Betacam SP tapes and bought a UVW-1600 off Ebay to play them, and it worked a treat. Really interesting stuff. I'll probably rip them and put them on Youtube at some point.

DAVID BRUNNER
Wednesday 4th September 2019
3:07 am U.K.

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Hello Dogapult, In USA the system is NTSC and in others countries PAL this page is for PAL but welcome

I have a U-matic Sony VO-2630 (PAL low band) and I want tapes but exist 3 types in small and big:

low band, hi band and SP

Of what type are your tapes?

The vcrs play the more old formats but not the more new and I am not sure if a tape hi band and SP tapes damage the low band vcrs and if the SP tapes damage the hi band vcrs

Do you know or somebody knows?

Chris Margrave-Gregory
Wednesday 16th October 2019
2:19 pm U.K.

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For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale.........

Hi I currently have 4 x VO 9800P U-matic machines for sale - brand New and in there original box.

Each machine is still within its original Sony Wrap. We have also just had them fully serviced by a Sony engineer to make sure the greece etc has not dried out as this can happen when stored for a long period of time.

The hours are 0 on the machines so they are literally brand new.

Please let me know if you are interested in these machines - ideal for archive

you can contact me at [email protected] or call 0044 (0)1932 240305.

Kindest Regards

Chris

George Smith
Thursday 31st October 2019
9:41 pm U.K.

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Hi can someone please tell me if the VO-5630 is hi band or lo band. Thanks in advance

Steve Hartwell
Friday 10th April 2020
9:48 pm U.K.

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My Sony U-matic V0 9800 SP is NTSC, sorry, but, still hoping for help.

I have a box of quite a few KCS-20 Umatic S video tapes. I have played a couple of others in my machine a year ago or so, but having troubles with this 'new' bunch. 1st one I tried my machine tried to load, pulled the tape out of the cassette about an inch, or 2.54 cm, then it stops, and after a few seconds the machine goes into Error 20 mode. Then it won't eject the tape. I finally opened the machine, lifted the tape off the pullout spindle, pulled the tape carriage up and got the tape out that way.

So, I put in my testing tape, a 60BRS full size tape, and it loaded, played, and ejected no problems.

I have not tried any of the other KCS-20 tapes yet.

I've been told the KCS-20 tapes have been sitting in their big cardboard box since about 1980. They look ok to me, just looking at them.

Any thoughts ?

Could I try baking the video tapes ?

RoderickvG
Friday 10th April 2020
11:05 pm U.K.

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Steve, KCS tapes are known for their 'sticky tape syndrome', start baking them probably for a few days as they appear to be really bad.

Steve Hartwell
Saturday 11th April 2020
12:28 am U.K.

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Thank you Roderick. So, how do I go about safely baking the KCS tapes ?

Steve Hartwell
Saturday 11th April 2020
4:32 am U.K.

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How to Bake a Video Tape

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qJ9s9iTCFY

Steve Hartwell
Saturday 11th April 2020
8:03 pm U.K.

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Roderick, everything I've read do NOT mention Sony KCS-20 tapes as having sticky shed syndrome problem. Do you know if those tapes can have the problem too ?

Christoph G.
Tuesday 14th April 2020
10:07 am U.K.

Hello,

how can I check which Umatic VTR model has a TBC?

Is the BVU 950P the only machine which has a TBC?

br

Christoph

U-Max
Sunday 21st June 2020
2:35 pm U.K.

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Dear Christoph G.

as far as I know all BVU models have built-in TBC.

Phil Reed
Thursday 25th June 2020
10:20 am U.K.

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Half speed u-matic?

A guy on another forum has me tapes that appear to be recorded at half speed. Does anybody remember such a machine?

I vaguely remember one, but can't find any info.

Cheers, Phil.

U-Max
Thursday 25th June 2020
12:29 pm U.K.

Hi Phil,

maybe it's just standard format related. Are you trying to play a NTSC tape on a PAL VCR or viceversa?

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