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Old 07-10-2018, 09:49 PM
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big shelf of VCRs

Much like my big shelf of radios, I also started a big shelf of VCRs. I've only been collecting VCRs for 1-2 years, so it hasn't really reached the same level of symmetry as my big shelf of radios. Also, it's kind of heavy on the VHS front loaders, and I don't have as many examples of the more obscure formats as I would like. I only have on the shelf: 2 Beta VCRs, 2 CED players, 1 LD player. I'm not entirely sure of some of the years I give, many could probably be +/- 1 or 2 years.

row 1:

1981 Sears CED player, works with a new belt, has a direct drive turntable

1981 RCA SFT100 CED player, (RCA's first) works with new belts and some adjustment of the positioning of the turntable motor

row 2:

2001 and 1997 RCA DVD players - I'll probably eventually replace one of these with something more interesting. I have the original remote for the 2001 model.

row 3:

1991 Proscan PSLD41 Laserdisc player - worked as found, has the original remote

1992 Proscan PSRV61 VCR, worked as found, has the correct , but not the original remote

row 4 - high-end late 80s Zeniths all missing the remote:

1987 Zenith VR2300 VHS sideways loader - worked after new belt and a lot of messing around with the tape loading mechanism

1989 Zenith VRE550HF SVHS - needs belts which are currently on their way here

1986 Zenith VR3300 VHS sideways loader - worked as found. I think this is the top of the line for its year.

row 5:

1986 RCA VMT597 - works with all new rubber: 6 belts and idler tire, I think I even needed to replace the pinch roller on this one. Has the original remote.

1986 RCA VMT395 - needs new rubber, missing remote

row 6:

1985 Zenith VR4000 - worked as found, with original remote, I think also the top of the line at the time

1985 Zenith VR3000 - works with new belts and idler tire, I have a VR2000 remote to go with it

row 7:

1983 Sears Betamax top loader - works with new belts and idler tire, some lubrication, and lots of gunk cleaned off the head

1985 RCA VKT300 - works with new belts, missing remote

row 8:

1977 RCA VBT200 - RCA's first VCR, works with new belts, but the head makes an awful whirring sound when it turns.

1988 Zenith VRD530HF VHS sideways loader- won't power on, not the obvious loose power cord or burnt out fuses

1981 Magnavox - VHS top loader with knob tuner, replaced belts, still won't play, at the very least needs idler tires, haven't located them yet

row 9:

1979 RCA VDT650 - new belts has it playing tapes, but the clock won't light up

1978 Zenith JR9000 Betamax - Zenith's first VCR, new belts, plays tapes, problem with color

units not on the shelf:

1984 Sanyo 4020 Betamax VCR (front loader) - new belts and idler tires, and some lubrication and head cleaning has it mostly working, but it has a bad tracking control and banged up cabinet. If I get this one fixed up nicely I might swap something else off the shelf for it.

1983 Zenith VR8510 Betamax VCR (front loader)- has a bad reel motor, I'll probably just wind up parting it out even though it's in nice condition with the original remote and owners manual.

1983 RCA SJT400 CED player - Has lots of problems beginning with the controls being completely unresponsive...

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Old 07-10-2018, 10:22 PM
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:57 AM
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VCR's at the WARCI swapmeet.

You should've been at the WARCI swapmeet.
There was all kinds of VCR's put up for auction and no one bid on them so they went into the dumpster. Some were a little older and maybe you could've picked them up for parts. There was a Zenith Beta, but that one was bought.
Madison isn't that far from Milwaukee!
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:09 AM
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I was there I sold a Zenith Beta and a Sansui model 7. At the auction I bought an RCA VMT395 VHS, and a Zenith A-636W cassette deck. It's the oldest one I've ever seen, from 1970, I actually thought it was an 8-track when I first saw it.
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I was there I sold a Zenith Beta and a Sansui model 7. At the auction I bought an RCA VMT395 VHS, and a Zenith A-636W cassette deck. It's the oldest one I've ever seen, from 1970, I actually thought it was an 8-track when I first saw it.
I think the heat got the better of me that day! There was a lot going on.
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