We often have equipment for sale. It is very easy to be caught out with items on E-bay and the like, and this is especially so with complex kit such as VTRs which are a challenge to maintain, now they are getting older. It is remarkable that they work so well and are as reliable as they are. Anything you buy from us will be in decent working condition. It will have been serviced and checked.
Machines we sell are in perfect working order. We really like to show you them in action before you take the machine away. That way you too can be confident it is indeed working. Component failure does occur and cannot be predicted. Any machine we sell comes with a one month guarantee on a return to us basis. We will repair, replace or refund which ever you prefer.
An increasing problem is the quality of the tape you put in the machine. We cannot cover damage caused by poor quality tape, often with mould, sticky tape syndrome, creased tape or even joined together with Sellotape. A chewed up tape can wreck the tape heads. The DVW 500 range of digibeta machines are the most robust and the tape path reasonably accessible. The J series are not so good for tapes in unknown condition.
Within seconds a poor quality tape can cause head clogging. This can be cleaned away using head-cleaner solvent or something stronger such as disc brake cleaner. Spray the heads and carefully wipe horizontally – not vertically – the opposite of cleaning your teeth. You are going to have to learn how to do this.
Video tape recorders.
Digibeta 500P £550.00.
Digibeta A500P £650.00.
Digibeta A510 £425.00 (Player).
We usually have several and they will have been serviced, probably with new pinch rollers and similar items. In fact most of the price represents the servicing costs. Guaranteed one month, though not for damage caused by head clogging. The operating and head hours are likely to be high – and indeed the figures are likely to be unreliable anyway. So condition is everything. If you buy one from us it will work as it should. That is a good offer!
We will be happy to send you screen shots but it is best to see the actual machine yourself.
The A500 model plays back Betacam SP in addition to digibeta so is a useful machine for playback and archiving SD recordings on digibeta tape. The machines are quite a handy way of getting an SDI feed from all sorts of analogue tapes.
There are a number of permutations – low band, high band, SP, and different TV standards – PAL, NTSC and SECAM.
VO 5850 £500. This is a low-band edit recorder.
VO 5040 £550. This is a multi-standard low band player. This machine has been extensively rebuilt.
VO 7040 £450. Multi-standard low band player.
UVW 1800. £500.00
Edit player and recorder of Betacam SP tapes.
Betacam SX .
A25. £600.00 Plays Betacam SP and Plays and records Betcam SX. Built-in screen. Small tapes only.
Great edit feed machine.
If we don’t have the machine you are looking for, at the least, we do offer a transfer service for VHS, S-VHS, U-matic, beta tapes.
Heurtier. Standard 8, superb picture and audio fidelity. – £250.00.
Often have others, please ask.
Collection is truly best, but delivery is possible at cost.
Nothing at the moment.
BP90 style batteries, charger, SQN with lots of kit. Red head lights. Some microphones.