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Rob COLLIS
Sunday 5th May 2019
12:32 pm U.K.

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Hi Dave,

Suggest you first look at Colin's video on this machine (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWjLNalBU2c&t=234s ). He is pretty much spot on with the issues on this.

As a general rule the Gold-coloured capacitors in the power supply board need replacing (with modern equivalents) and if you're lucky this will bring the thing back to life. If you don't hear a "click" from the power supply solenoids when you take the machine out of standby then the clear-plastic solenoids are likely corroded or gunky. A spray of servisol sometimes fixes this one.

As Colin's video shows - sometimes - it's a fault on the front (keys) panel that is the cause, but I have found this to be quite rare.

Hope this helps

Rob

Dave Ives
Monday 29th April 2019
12:46 am U.K.

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I have a Grundig 2 x 4 Super video 2000 with a faulty power board. Does anyone know where i can get hold of either a working power board, a service manual for this machine, or perhaps just a circuit diagram of the power board?

Thanks

Rich
Wednesday 10th October 2018
7:17 pm U.K.

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Hi,

Has anyone got a new or very good condition video head for a Philips VR2022 they'd like to sell please?

Thanks

Rich.

Rich
Sunday 30th September 2018
1:48 pm U.K.

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Problem solved on my vr2022. It was broken solder joints on the rectifier on the main power board.

Also, has anyone got an unused or a very good condition pinch roller for the vr2022 for sale please?

Thanks again

Rich.

Rich
Tuesday 25th September 2018
9:13 am U.K.

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Hi all.

I have a problem with my Philips vr2022 whereby the solenoid between the supply and take up reels keeps clicking very fast when I press the tape transport functions. Even when I press power it clicks. It doesn't click when I power on if the cassette lid is in the open position.

I've changed the battery and taken out that usual capacitor that goes up in smoke on the small power cable PCB (because it did actually blow).

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks again

Rich
Sunday 16th September 2018
4:01 pm U.K.

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Have you double checked that all of the plug in connectors are seated correctly?

steven tutty
Sunday 16th September 2018
4:37 am U.K.

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Hi!

I can't figure out what is up with my Grundig 2280! It keeps spinning take up reel. Sometimes starts clicking, loosing led display, etc. Weird. Anyone familiar with this issue on this model?

Steven Tutty
Monday 3rd September 2018
1:28 pm U.K.

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Hi! I have a Grundig 2280 that enters fast forward as soon as I insert a cassette. It will not stop when buttons pressed. Any ideas why anyone.

Steven Tutty
Sunday 26th August 2018
12:18 am U.K.

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Hi! I have a Grundig 2280 I picked up from a friend that wasn't accepting tapes. Turned out to be a foreign object in the machine and a C-clip came off one of the tape threading arms. I fixed these but there is no sign of power on the machine. Checked the fuse in the mains. It was still good. Is there another fuse for the mains? I hope to get this deck up and running.

Rich
Wednesday 15th August 2018
10:38 am U.K.

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Hi Rob

I've managed to get rid of most of the white lines after adjusting the DOC but now I've got some ghosting on the picture.

I guess I'll have to change the caps. D'oh!

Rich.

Rich
Saturday 11th August 2018
10:20 am U.K.

Rob,

Thank you. I shall proceed with caution and let you know.

Regards

Rich.

Rob COLLIS
Saturday 11th August 2018
7:12 am U.K.

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Rich,

The DOC pot could be the one you said, but you need to check the manual as my memory is good - but not that good. I recall you can just get to it while the tape deck is playing (if you position it right). There is another one in a similar place - different colour - which should NOT be touched . So make sure you have the right one.

Rob

Rich
Friday 10th August 2018
7:52 pm U.K.

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Hi Rob.

Thank you for that explanation.

I'll see if I can get hold of the service manual somehow online and look up those caps and the drop out compensator.

The dropout compensator pot....is it the yellow pot that is at the rear top, approx halfway along the rear pcb (showing through the metal head can)?

Thanks again, much appreciated.

Rich.

Rob COLLIS
Friday 10th August 2018
7:39 pm U.K.

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Hi Rich,

I'm away at the moment so this is from memory. I used the service manual for the vr2324 that can be found on the web - albeit in Dutch or German I recall.

I believe the board is called a160 but is the one where the video heads and loads of other things plug into underneath the tape deck. The sound board is mounted vertically on the back of the tape deck and underneath there are two boards separated. It's the one with the most plugs!

I was told to suspect the smaller electrolytic capacitors which can dry out over time. I think I just replaced all of them - about 20 or so.

Also, your heads may be newish but the tapes can deteriorate quite badly over time. I have had to change the dropout compensator setting - also on the a160 - to deal with 35 yo tapes. It's a pot near the top of the board - ie near the back of the tape deck when in situ. The service manual shows you which one. I think it's marked 'doc'. But if course be careful and mark it's current setting before changing anything.

And remember you have the extra long play version so the board will be different to the 2324

Good luck.

Rob

Rich
Friday 10th August 2018
7:19 pm U.K.

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Rob,

Many thanks for that suggestion. It's worse on some tapes than others. I thought it might be the DTF playing up but after I properly cleaned the contacts with ipa and put it all back together it was still there.

It's a very low hours machine which was last serviced in 2004 by a Philips specialist (the chap even stuck little stickers on the metal head shield detailing what's been done and the dates of service from 1990-2004).

So the pcb you're talking about is the one directly under the deck as you lift it out? Do you happen to have some sort of service manual that has the information on what caps are installed please? It'll save me loads of time if I know which ones to order etc.

By the way, have you done a follow up video on YouTube of your new Philips n1700?

Many thanks Rob.

Rich.

Rob COLLIS
Friday 10th August 2018
6:38 pm U.K.

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Rich,

I haven't worked on your model but have seen these dropout like symptoms on other mark 2 Philips such as the vr2324 and the earlier portable - the vr2220/21 I think it was.

It turned out to be bad caps on the video board. The one underneath the tape deck a160? I recapped most of the small caps and that fixed it. I didn't have an esr meter in those days so couldn't tell you which one was the culprit.

Rob

Rich
Thursday 9th August 2018
6:14 pm U.K.

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Hi all,

I've just acquired a boxed Philips vr2840 and everything seems to work fine apart from some picture interference. There are horizontal white lines on the screen which look like lots of tape drop-outs but the tapes I'm using are NOS. I've cleaned the tape path, heads and DTF section carefully and fitted a new pinch roller to no effect.

Does anyone have a clue as to what it could be please?

Thanks

Rich.

Steven Tutty
Monday 6th August 2018
9:18 pm U.K.

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Anyone know where the end of tape sensor connector plugs into in a Grundig 808 2x4 Stereo? I figured out all the others. Swapped in a reconditioned transport mechanism.

Steven Tutty
Saturday 4th August 2018
1:58 pm U.K.

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No, the Grundig 2280 is different model than the 1600. It features DTF and lacks tracking control nob. It is more similar to the 2200 model but features "long play" mode like the Phillips VR2840.

Steven Tutty
Saturday 4th August 2018
1:52 pm U.K.

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Rich
Wednesday 1st August 2018
8:06 pm U.K.

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Hi all,

Has anyone got that black plastic ring that goes on top of the video head for a Philips vr2340 for sale please?

I think it controls the DTF? It has a piece of raised plastic which spins through a slot on the white plastic DTF assembly that sits on top of the video head.

Thanks

Rich.

Rob COLLIS
Tuesday 31st July 2018
7:13 pm U.K.

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Hi.

Could be tape end sensor but if the model is the one I think m it is - the stereo versiono of the '1600' then i recall grundig added an idler to drive the appropriate reel spool. These idlers were very fragile and the cogs often split. That might be your issue?

Steven Tutty
Monday 30th July 2018
7:27 pm U.K.

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Hi

Got the Grundig 2280 to load tapes. Replaced belts and capstan belt. Deck is stuck in fast forward. Could a bad end of tape sensor cause this?

Steven Tutty
Sunday 29th July 2018
7:00 pm U.K.

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I got a Grundig 2280 from a fellow. It will not accept video cassettes however. I am curious if this is common issue with this model. Is there a loading belt on these models?

Steven Tutty
Friday 20th July 2018
11:16 pm U.K.

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Ok danke! I also picked up a mint Grundig 2280 in original box. It will not accept video cassettes however. I am curious if this is common issue with this model. They will not drop down into the chassis. I am suspecting faulty contact switches or something. The recorder does power on. I had a Sony BVW-75 with a cassette tray issue that I couldn't resolved, so I swapped in entire tray to cure the issue. Will look at the 2280 later this week.

Rob COLLIS
Tuesday 17th July 2018
4:48 pm U.K.

Hi Steven Tutty,

From experience, ensure you replace the mains suppression capacitors in the power board. There are two. They WILL smoke, then explode if you don't, causing panic and a bad smell!

Other than that, replace the capstan belt to avoid excessive wow-and-flutter and check all the daft plugs for splits which cause loose connections. You will no-doubt be super-gluing some on the motor board behind the main head drum.

Good luck!

Rob

steven tutty
Saturday 14th July 2018
4:08 pm U.K.

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I picked up a Grundig 2x4 stereo model 808 yesterday. It laces the tape up in "C" pattern verses my Philips VR2840 which uses the "M" pattern. Doing a complete inspection on it today and cleaning. Anyone familiar with any quirks this model is likely to have. It is heavy and built like a tank!

Rich
Wednesday 11th July 2018
9:38 am U.K.

Ah brilliant!

Enjoy it 😜

Steven Tutty
Tuesday 10th July 2018
10:38 pm U.K.

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I got it from a friend who returned from Germany to Canada. He lived there for some time in Lahr. It was hardly used.

Rich
Tuesday 10th July 2018
4:38 pm U.K.

Out of curiosity, where did you find your v2000 vcr as I've been after that model for ages. Lol

Rich.

Rich
Tuesday 10th July 2018
3:39 pm U.K.

Either really.

Cheers

Rich.

Steven Tutty
Tuesday 10th July 2018
2:08 pm U.K.

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Thanks for advice Rich. Should the tuner numbers read "00" or just "0" to select external A/V input?

Rich
Tuesday 10th July 2018
1:29 pm U.K.

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Hi Steven.

You have to connect the v2000 to a tv using the rf out and then connect an external source to the scart socket in order to record from an external source.

Also if you connect the v2000 directly to the tv using a fully wired scart lead you can record whatever channel you're watching. The only downside to this is that you can't change channels or turn the tv off whilst recording otherwise you'll just record a blank screen.

Regards

Richard.

Steven Tutty
Tuesday 10th July 2018
6:02 am U.K.

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I picked up a Philips V2840. I am impressed but confused about how to record from another VCR or DVD player. The format is new to me. I have always owned/serviced U-Matic/Beta/VHS decks in the past. How does one record audio/video from an external source? My manual is in Danish and I cannot follow the procedure to switch over from tuner to A/V in. Thanks

Jules
Tuesday 19th June 2018
9:12 pm U.K.

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Hi,

Can anyone find Martin Potter please?

He has VCR tapes of mine and cannot contact him.

Thanks,

Jules.

Neil H
Thursday 17th May 2018
8:52 pm U.K.

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Hello all

I have a few V200 machines and would like to have them checked out. Can anyone recommend a repair man around the Huddersfield area?

Thanks

Neil

Rich
Thursday 17th May 2018
11:55 am U.K.

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Hi all.

Just to add to the post below is that I've noticed that the sound is out of sync with the picture with the picture approx 1 second behind the sound.

Could it be that the video heads aren't spinning fast enough and if so is there an adjustment on the vcr that changes the speed of the drum.

Recordings made on it playback perfect on it but picture rolls and out of sync sound on any other v2000 get.

Thanks

Rich.

Rich
Wednesday 16th May 2018
7:36 pm U.K.

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Hi everyone.

I just acquired a Pye VR2022. After a thorough cleaning and oiling/greasing it actually works but I've got a constant rolling picture. I've cleaned the tape path and video heads (the correct way), cleaned the capstan shaft and cleaned and treated the pinch roller to rubber renue and it's still the same.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Thanks

Rich.

Rob COLLIS
Friday 13th April 2018
7:58 am U.K.

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David - have sent you an email.

David
Thursday 12th April 2018
6:58 pm U.K.

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Hello,

I have a number of V2000 cassettes to dispose of. There are 10 pre-recorded films, some seem to be ex hire.

There are 16 approx. home recorded cassettes of various lengths. According to the labels, some are pop music related.

The pre=recorded titles include:-

Southern Comfort

The Howling

Under Capricorn

Phantasm

Your ticket is no longer valid

Kansas City Bomber

Willie and Phil

Death on the Nile

Murder on the Orient Express

All That Jazz

No way of testing them, so as seen.

If anyone is interested, please let me know. I don't want much / anything for them but postage could be an issue with the weight. If anyone can collect from North Lancashire it would be preferable.

Seems a shame to dump them if they are of use to someone.

Rich
Tuesday 10th April 2018
12:16 am U.K.

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Hi.

Does anyone have a nos pinch roller for a Pye 20vr23 for sale please?

Thanks

Rich.

Jules
Tuesday 6th March 2018
4:25 pm U.K.

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Martin Potter.

Hi Martin, please contact me.

Regards,

Jules.

Rich
Wednesday 28th February 2018
5:55 pm U.K.

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Hi all.

Does anyone know where I can get a pinch roller for an Aristona (Philips VR2340)23VR40 from please?

Many thanks.

Rich.

Rob COLLIS
Sunday 4th February 2018
3:57 pm U.K.

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Hi Loes,

I can only answer for the Philips VCR VR2025. (1st generation Video 2000 - Grundig clone)

This was a Philips copy of the "Grundig 2x4 Super". I actually bought one for spares last week ( https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152875377595 ). Many consider this model unreliable.

There are a few of the Grundigs about and tend to SELL for 10-40. There are a few on ebay at the moment for more, but unless your one is fully working, I doubt you will get much more than the 30.

Of course, if it were boxed with original instructions etc, that may push it more toward 40-50 (untested/not working) or ~100 ( fully working).

Rob

Loes
Monday 29th January 2018
9:49 pm U.K.

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oh i forgot to tell that my grandfather was working for philips from his 18th till he stoped working, so maybe some items are prototypes?

Loes
Monday 29th January 2018
9:48 pm U.K.

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Hello,

When my grandfather (87 years, worked from his 18th at Philips!) moved to a nursing home 2 years ago, he asked me if i want to sell all of his Philips stuff for the most beautifull price so he can give a nice cheque to a little girl who only can live her life after some therapy in another country.

Maybe someone can help me with what i can ask for this stuff.

*Philips VCR VR2025

*Philips Videopac G7400

*Philips CDI

Im NOT looking for people who wants it for re-sell, but asking for a honestly answer from someone who know's what this is worth.

Thanks allot (also from grandfather & little girl)

Emil
Friday 22nd September 2017
12:21 am U.K.

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Hi!

I Just wan't to do a quick check with you all here on the site!

I've got some old VR, VCR & VHS- recorders of different brands,

2 Sony Betamax, one SL-C7e and one SL-8000e, 2 Philips, one VR -2025 Video 2000 and one N-1700 VCR Longplay

and 2 Grundig, one VCR 3500 and one V2000. One ITC Ikegami TVR-321, One ITT 240 Color VR-240 and one Universum 10300 BetaColor.

All of them is starting and have been looked over so now I was wondering if you gays can tell me more about them and what they could be worth, I would also appreciate tips about the best places to sell them.

I also got 3 BASF double play bands, DP26, 5 3/4in | 1800ft.

I hope you can help me out, Thank's in advance!

//Emil

Rob COLLIS
Monday 4th September 2017
12:46 pm U.K.

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Hi AVR2.

Only just seen your post. If you are still looking for help transferring V2000 tapes to DVD/MP4, please get in touch - [email protected]

Rob

AVR2
Sunday 6th August 2017
11:23 am U.K.

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Hi everybody,

I'm looking for a working V2000 that I could use to transfer a large box of tapes. Does anybody have one for sale? I'd prefer one with AV line output.

I'm in Colchester, Essex, but willing to travel to collect the right machine.

Thanks!

steve
Wednesday 19th July 2017
4:04 am U.K.

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Irecently purchased a Philips V2840 and new to this format. Always lived in Canada before moving to Germany. Very foreign to me for I have always owned/serviced U-Matic/Beta/VHS decks in the past. It seems impressive for its era. Does anyone know where one can source some good blank tapes, new or used.

Thanks

Rich
Wednesday 11th January 2017
1:23 pm U.K.

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Hi all. I still have the Pye v2000 vcr (I'm sure it's a 20vr23 with add on remote control sensor) and loads of tapes for offer. I've just given the tape path, heads and video head drum a proper clean (yes I did do it correctly before the video head police get on my case). All working fine and as it should.

It will all need to be collected from Rogiet in Monmouthshire as it's all too heavy to post.

Any questions just ask.

Rich.

terry
Sunday 27th November 2016
12:21 pm U.K.

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I have a quantity of previously recorded V2000 tapes which I want to go to a good home. They are a mixture of 2 x 120, 2 x 180 and 2 x 240, Grundig, Philips and BASF. They currently hold various films and programmes recorded during the 1980s. I have no working machine so cannot check what is what. Any sensible offer considered.

I also have a Grundig v2000 2x4 machine which is available for spares or repair, and a similar v2000 2x4 Super. Offers for either of these also considered.

andypeto
Monday 24th October 2016
7:42 pm U.K.

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hi there i am selling a philips v2000 machine in working order model no vr 2020 on ebay

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/172384977739?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

I also have 23 v2000 tapes for sale happy bidding

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/172384988558?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Rob COLLIS
Sunday 16th October 2016
2:49 pm U.K.

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Hi everyone,

New to Video restoration, but have acquired a massive collection of N1500/1700, Beta and V2000 tapes and want to transfer many of the contents to digital myself.

Managed to get a Philips VR 2324 very cheap and after a quick internal clean, loads, laces and plays/fwd/rwd cassettes without any issues. However, I am finding there is no video signal on either SCART or UHF modulator out.

Can anyone advise on what to check/common faults?

The video head seems to be somewhat difficult to access but from what I can see, doesn't look in bad shape.

Any ideas?

Rob

Richard
Friday 22nd July 2016
2:27 pm U.K.

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Hi all.

I have a Pye 20vr23 vcr and quite a number of cassettes I will be selling. The vcr was serviced a few years ago and some new components fitted. I tried it the other day and it still works but one tape I used shed some oxide onto the heads and transport. I can't be bothered to take the 4 big screws out from underneath and fart around finding all of my cleaning equipment. If anyone is interested in the whole lot send me a message with an offer and we'll go from there. Collection only as it's all too heavy to post.

Monmouthshire.

Richard.

Frandid
Monday 6th June 2016
12:26 pm U.K.

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I think the cheapest and easiest way is to purchase a HDD+DVD Panasonic recorder on Ebay, since PC video cards doing this job are not reliable. Regards.

brysam
Sunday 5th June 2016
2:16 pm U.K.

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Hello - my Dad has a VR2022 and a large number of tapes which he would like to convert to dvd or ideally to computer files for safekeeping (old family videos, etc) - the number of tapes he has means it would unfortunately be very costly to send the tapes to a company to do it. Therefore I am wondering if anyone knows of any companies which sell the kit required to convert the tapes.

Thanks

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