Old VHS cassettes, so many individual components and yet worked well...

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  1. Chadford

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    ...of it's time and a thing of beauty and a feat of engineering.

    My last tape....

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    So many components???...

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    ...and destroyed.
    The one VHS that really shouldn't end up on YouTube (or the like).

    :rolleyes:

    Now on MKV. :D
     
  2. Iccz

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    Was it 'home made' or one from a studio?
     
  4. Chadford

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    Violated?... no liberated...

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    :)
     
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    they did screw up occasionally but usually you could just wind the spools to fix it.

    i could always fast forward the crap at the start, they didnt have annoying menu music that loops when you fall asleep either and VHS players didnt take ages to boot up like my BDP does
     
  6. IL Cattivo

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    But by god was the picture quality NAFF....

    I remember my Dad had a Betamax Player too... We had a copy of Star Wars: A New Hope on it.

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    not always kack. i have some that are better quality than some of the older DVDs i have around. i also had a decent VHS player that was bloody good.
     
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    There's something nostalgic about the fuzzy picture and bleeding colours of old VHSs, they made old horror films look even more sinister (or hid the bad special effects).

    Didn't care for the tape mould though, and if you ran a bad video through your player you would have to run a scotch heading cleaning tape through it a dozen times afterwards.

    I'm going to have that skeleton song in my head now all day, "re-record not fade away..."
     
  9. Kieron

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    Had a Beta Sony C20 back in '85. On a colour portable it was indistinguishable from a broadcast. Granted the portable was 14"

    Beta was much better than VHS for quality. Thinking about it that's probably where my AV fascination took off!
     
  10. IL Cattivo

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    Ha ha, That's exactly the same one my old man used to have. God we loved it.

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    Now that is so much cooler than your average DVD player. I mean.....check out all the buttons and digital display.
     
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    brings back memories of adjusting the tracking or at 8(?) years old having to set the timer as my dad couldnt do it.

    i remember my dad coming home one day with a ferguson VHS player, similar to the one below but no longplay on it.

    he also had those terrible book style cases and implemented a list system of what was on each tape.

    back then anyone could rent any movie as the ratings didnt seem to be adhered to by the local newsagent who stocked movies. i went and got a couple of 18 rated martial arts films with naked ladies and everything. mum wasnt too happy lol.
     

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    VHS tape was hopeless, poor PQ (although sound was fine), slow to FWD/RWD (like any tape), chewed up tapes if it was not happy, wear over time, noisy...

    The only advantge was their amazing ability to do resume play :) something that even BluRay players struggle with, and it could even resume play in a different device - AMAZING and well ahead of its time ;)
     
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    This was the same as my C20...

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    Reason for wanting a Beta? Rest of the house had VHS and I didn't want my Sister to be able to borrow my tapes :(
     

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    :laugh: good point :)
     
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    I had a Phillips Nicam VCR :laugh:
    Nothing today could give me the leap that did. It turned my tv stereo and connected to the hifi sounded exponentially better. The tuner had fasttext and I could set recording details directly from it :eek:
    Plus I got Bamboozle:rotfl:

    Beat that BluRay!
     
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    Nothing better than grabbing a 20 year old recording of something of ITV and watching all the old adverts...
     
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    Nothing more terrifying than hitting eject, hearing the whirring, but no cassette appearing. Or the old turtle head trick of it disappearing back inside the player before you could grab it.
     
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    No thanks, I prefer optical media - superior in every way imaginable. :thumbsup:
     
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    I used to fix VHS tapes for my local video shop,god they were hard to work on :D
     
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    except in the length of time it actually takes to get to the Movie !
     
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    That horrible moment when the auto track just can't sort it all out and you have to go manual and pray it works or it was Cilla Black for the next hour........
     
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    Me too. I used to collect Betamax VCRS around 10 years ago. I always wanted the Sony C9 that my Uncle had when I was a kid but was obviously too young at the time to buy one. My first Betamax was also a C20 and it beat the pants off my top end Panasonic VHS that was 15 years newer. I've owned more or less all the Sony models including the HF950 SuperBetamax model. VHS was cool but Betamax was cooler.
     
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    Many of the DVDs I've had over the years I've collected them (since 2000) don't even have trailers, and frankly, dealing with the studio logo animations, copyright notices, etc takes about the same time it would take to FF through that same crap PLUS the trailers on a VHS.

    Only with Blu-ray and the more recent DVD releases, since about 2008, have I noticed trailers going into overload.
     
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    C9 here. Great player. Very low distortion and bleed for a tape player. Side by side with an expensive Panny VHS it blew it clean away. The Panny was a good 10 years younger too.

    God VHS was cack..........
     
  26. Lancia34

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    Wow - made me remember our first Ferguson top loading VHS player :D
    It has a remote that had a cable plugged into the front of the player - first time I'd ever had anything with a remote (must have been 1980 or around then)!

    I think VHS was one of the most important technological creations ever - loved my video cassettes so much and to be able to record off the TV and rent/buy videos - how cool was that?! :thumbsup:


    Ah, the days of going into the local video store at 10yrs old and renting A Nightmare on Elm Street or Fright Night, hoping the guy behind the counter didn't care about our age... :laugh:
     
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    Not sure if Ferguson but looks pretty much like our first VHS player...
     

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    Ferguson 3V29 was our fam's first, along with millions of others :)

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    i remember buying a sanyo video recorder from the naffi in 82! it had piano key controls on it it didnt last too long so i got my money back! :eek: all my next decks were panasonics including the ones were u set the timer using a barcode scanner! happy days!
     
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    Ah that might have been the one we had as well :thumbsup:
     

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