This Sanyo VTC-5000 Betamax recorder is the 10th VCR addition to my collection. I now have all the formats I’m interested in, Philips N1500 VCR, Philips N1700 VCR, Philips V2000, VHS and now finally Betamax.
The Sanyo VTC 5000 apparently sold very well in its day. This player was listed local to me and was too good an opportunity to pass up. This example is in very good condition and quite stylish looking for a top loader. Features include a 7 day, 1 event timer, picture search and pause (albeit in monochrome).
The 5000 used a redesigned mechanism from earlier Sanyo models such as the VTC-5300. Compared to my Ferguson 3V16 its remarkably light weighing in at only 8 kgs. Sanyo also reduced the number of mechanical solenoids in this model to none. Instead the loading motor carries out all the mechanical operations needed.
Another unique feature of this VCR was that it unthreaded the tape and returned it into the cassette shell before performing winding. This is something which was the same as its rival VHS system.
I’ve ordered a belt kit just in case and also purchased a batch of Betamax tapes with 1980’s recordings on them so hopefully it will prove to be an interesting little project. I’ve also bought a suite of Sanyo Betamax VCR service manuals which includes the VTC-5000, these shall be scanned in due course.
Photos of my VTC-5000
Despite ordering new belts and a new idler from the U.S.A, when my Betamax tapes arrived I put one in to test and the VTC-5000 is working perfectly. All control functions works and the picture quality is superb on my TX9. The photo below does not do justice to the actual quality.
Oh well that was a bit too easy, out of all the VCR’s I’ve collected this is the first to work out of the box. The condition of the VCR suggests it was looked after very well and perhaps not used a great deal.
Lots of fun to be had looking through about 20 Betamax tapes now, all sorts from the 1980’s tapes from the UK analogue TV channels.