Need VCR Tech help, links, or forums. Want to replace video heads

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Michael, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. Michael

    Michael Guest

    I want to transfer all the VHS stuff to DVD but I can see after 7 years the
    video heads are kinda worn. Is replacing the head cylinder a difficult task?
    I am pretty good with soldering and tools. The VCR is a
    Panasonic PV-S7670. Can I get some links to some VCR tech forums or can
    somebody in here help me out?

    TIA!
     
    Michael, Jan 11, 2005
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  2. Michael

    Jimmy Guest

    alt.video.vcr is where the vhs diehards hang. Start there I would say. Years
    ago there used to be a publication known as Sam's Photo Facts that was
    helpful but I am not sure if they even exist these days.

    J.
     
    Jimmy, Jan 12, 2005
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  3. Michael

    Jimmy Guest

    Ha...Sorry....
     
    Jimmy, Jan 12, 2005
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  4. By the time you get an osciloscope, a calibrated
    alignment tape, and the service manual, you could
    likely buy two new VCRs. Few people here (r.v.d)
    are as much of a hardware hacker as I am, but replacing
    the heads on a VCR is just not DIY territory, IMHO.

    You could probably pick up a nice Panny AG-1980
    on eBay for the cost of a replacement upper drum.
     
    Richard Crowley, Jan 12, 2005
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  5. Michael

    Michael Guest

    I have 2 VCR's of this same model. The first one died so I bought another
    one off ebay. I tooked the head cylinder off the dead one and put it on the
    working
    one. It was easy, it was just 2 little screws. I see a better picture
    quality but its just 80% of the picture I saw when it was brand new (the old
    heads were like 60%). I went to Panasonic website and a new upper cylinder
    is $135! I only paid $40 for the VCR on Ebay. Are there any vendors where I
    can get this upper cylinder cheaper?

    Panasonic PV-S7670
     
    Michael, Jan 12, 2005
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  6. Michael

    RS Guest

    Just go to WalMart and get a $40 VCR for crying out loud!!!
     
    RS, Jan 12, 2005
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  7. www.fixer.com



     
    David & Daphne Schertzer, Jan 13, 2005
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  8. Michael

    Michael Guest

    the picture quality of those VCR's are pure shit
     
    Michael, Jan 13, 2005
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  9. Michael

    RS Guest

    the point is, VCR's are cheap these days. Unless you are a grognard, or, are
    involved in professional analog - digital conversion, just to out and get a
    new VCR. Check a couple reviews and go get one that is said to have good
    picture. Its got to cost at least as much or more to repair the old one.
     
    RS, Jan 13, 2005
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