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Lordy, I've got a few. One underneath the main telly, a JVC HR-S770, a Panasonic NV-730 under my bedroom CVC5.

All-sorts in my workshop/man cave and recently discovered in a bedroom wardrobe....


...these three Pop-up-pirates

Posted : 19/04/2020 8:37 pm
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I have a Hitachi S-VHS, a Sony SuperBeta, a Philips Video 2000 and a JVC D-VHS! Working and in occasional use for watching movies.

Additionally, I have a Luxor rebadged Philips N1700 waiting for restoration!

Still on the lookout for a Video8 VCR...

Posted : 19/04/2020 8:54 pm
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I've got some Panasonic VHS machines from the late 80s early 90s one being a S-VHS. but I cant remember the model numbers as they are behind some heavy items that are not easy to shift!!!.



Posted : 19/04/2020 10:18 pm
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I've still got a Sony & a Philips, both late 1990s models.

I had to replace the power module in the Sony last year, it probably needed a capacitor or 2 replacing but the enclosure looked like it needed a major desoldering job to get it open.

This was caused by keeping it powered up but unused, so remember to only power yours when you need to.

Posted : 19/04/2020 10:34 pm
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I have still got a Ferguson 3V29. Not in everyday use but does get the odd outing. Apart belts it is all original.


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Posted : 19/05/2020 9:20 pm
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A strange thing happened last week. I found an abandoned Bush VCR915VPSIL VHS machine on the street. It had been left outside for a week and even the dustmen hadn't taken it, so I felt sorry for it and took it home. It actually worked perfectly! Remarkable, since it's one of those cheap very lightweight ones, probably one of the last VHS machines made by Orion.

I was just thinking to use it as a modulator, since it has SCART in and RF out (channel 36). Then I wondered how to change the RF channel. I didn't find the original remote control with the machine, but I tried a One-For-All using the Orion VCR code 0348. I was able to get into the menu, but saw no option to change RF output. Of course I don't have the instruction manual either. Is there some secret combination of buttons that you have to press on Orion VCRs, like on the Daewoo VHS machines?

Posted : 21/05/2020 12:01 am
Till Eulenspiegel
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Fixed a Ferguson FV81LV yesterday.


It didn't need much work to get it going.  Replaced a 220uF 10V capacitor in the power supply unit to rectify what was a well known fault causing a dim front panel display. The mode switch needed cleaning. Doing this solved another common fault which is not fully ejecting the cassette tape.

FV81LV.Mech 1
FV81LV 2

Plays back PAL

FV81LV 5

and NTSC tapes.


 Till Eulenspiegel.

Posted : 21/05/2020 12:41 am
Katie Bush
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That pile of 'pop ups' looks very interesting! - Hmm..........

Posted : 21/05/2020 8:48 pm
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Posted by: @acj1980

I know the vx7000, it´s a well made machine, actually its a Hitachi with a B&O cover, you can only use the remote to control the vcr if the B&O Beovision TV set is connected using the Scart cable !

I know the v8000 can´t

Hi Alex,

I found out that you can control the v8000 from the B&O remote (without being connected to a Beovision ) , as you know there is no Record button to manually press on the v8000 machine, but you can take the top off the V8000 and there is a small short range IR receiver on the top left of the chassis that will accept commands directly from the B&O remote.

It is normally used for IRSS (IR Service Software) control, but am pretty sure it would allow you to select normal functions such as play and record, albeit from very short range.

The actual IR sensor is a little tricky to find, it's on the top right hand side of a vertically orientated module to the left of the tape mechanism !

Posted : 31/01/2021 4:05 pm
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I have a few I keep working and serviced, mainly for uncompressed capture 480i/576i 42 YUV to a hard drive, now that computer storage is so cheap, and I have sold all my VHS tapes (except for some very rare titles)

Sharp VC S2000
Panasonic NV-HS1000
JVC HR-S9600
B&O Beocord V8000 (really a Philips Turbodrive under the hood)

Posted : 31/01/2021 4:27 pm
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Hi , I still have my Nokia VCR that I purchased new in 1995, apart from cleaning the heads it's never missed a beat . It has a sharp deck fitted.

Regards Gary

Posted : 31/01/2021 8:24 pm
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I have a few VHS VCRs ( some in disrepair ), 1 S-VHS ( Grundig VS680, currently not working ), 4 Video 2000 Machines, 1 Philips N1501 ( currently not working ), 1 Philips N1700 ( currently not working ), 1 Grundig SVR 4004 ( currently not working ), and a few transportable VHS VCRs ( half of them are not working due to Capacitor leakage ( "Panasonic Goodness" )( I would have to repair every 2nd trace on the PCBs, so they are currently in storage ))

Posted : 31/01/2021 9:49 pm
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I have a pile of Ferguson 3292/3V00/3V16/3V22 video recorders.

Posted : 03/02/2021 1:53 pm
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I have some . Maybe to many 🙂  Here is some pictures . Not all off them but some off them 🙂

IMG 2351
IMG 2365
IMG 2364
IMG 2363
IMG 2362
IMG 2361
IMG 2360
IMG 2365

Posted : 22/02/2021 9:37 am
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