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Old 09-12-2017, 10:49 AM
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VCRs from your childhood?

came across a good photo of the first VCR i remember my parents owning, and figured i'd share it, hoping that fellow members might share their first VCRs as well.

anyway, my mom got this PANASONIC/QUASAR Mono model, VH5154YQ, new in 1986 for just under $500.00. deck and remote itself are long gone,
but i managed to save the manual/paperwork. i recall my mom had chose this model because it had the smoothest slow motion functions she had seen at the time,
and had desired it for slow speed analysis of movement of the camcorder footage she shot of certain dogs at dog shows;

in 1987, my folks got their first STEREO model, a linear stereo HITACHI VT-1570A, complete with STEREO LEVEL METERs for it's non adjustable inputs, and !!!-DIGITAL-!!! Picture-in-Picture;

finally, in 1990, our first Hi-Fi model, which also happened to be our first and only S-VHS model, -that is, until my cherished JVC HR-S8000U and MITSUBISHI HS-U80 acquired over 20 years later-
a 1987 RCA "DIMENSIA" VPT-640HF that my folks picked up at the same shop they got the HITACHI from;

that deck, along with the 27" RCA DIMENSIA CRT it was intended to be mated with, was our living room A/V complement for years. i played my first video games through it,
watched many a favorite film on it, and it served us well until about 1996, when the VCR ended up taking a dive off the top of the T.V., throwing the works out of alignment.

mom always intended to get the deck serviced, but the opportunity never came, and she finally let it go around 2009 or so. the T.V. soldered stoically on until she donated it off around 2011 or so, when she finally moved to an HDTV...
Old 09-12-2017, 08:04 PM
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The one we had was an Electrohome from the late '80s. I can't find a single photo of anything that comes close to resembling it, and 99.999% of the results are for VCRs that are not Electrohome, so no picture.

It was a lower budget model; 2 head, mono audio. It ran almost constantly for almost 20 years; basically when it wasn't playing, it was recording. After so many years and after an increasing amount of problems (it stopped rewinding and fast forwarding while playing, the picture was degrading to an awful orange hue, the buttons on the unit itself worked intermittently, etc...) my mom retired it. I'm sure it would have been repairable for someone who knew what they were doing, but this VCR had an absolutely insane amount of hours on it and it wasn't a particularly rare or high end unit.
Old 09-12-2017, 08:31 PM
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the first one I remember we had was this one; http://vintageelectronics.betamaxcol...lhr-7100u.html
Old 09-12-2017, 09:19 PM
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Ours was a mono 2 head Electrohome from 1985. Just before hifi came on the scene and HQ picture.
Old 09-13-2017, 02:31 AM
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A Telefunken 3-head, which had awesome 1x/2x/3x slow-motion forwards and backwards, as well as extensive reverse play capabilities. I abused THE HELL out of its 1x speed reverse playback function.

I didn't realize at the time how unusual it was for it to have all those functions. It also had a very effective and precise automatic tape length and position recognition mechanism, that I also didn't see implemented anywhere else.
Old 09-13-2017, 03:29 AM
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Tasuke, you were lucky indeed to have access to such nice VCR's!

For me it was 1987 when my Father bought the Ferguson FV10b, a rebadged JVC that gave very good image quality - and the sound was good too through the TV. It was used and enjoyed for many years.

In the UK hardly anyone was interested in stereo or HiFi VCR's until NICAM stereo transmissions in 1991 - and even then they were speciality items. I would say that the year that stereo VCR's really took off was 1995. SVHS was not stocked in most places.
Old 09-13-2017, 06:29 AM
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The first video recorder I can remember was I think a Redifusion from the mid 1970's... It has an analogue clock, and a separate tuner!!

The first decent one I remember having at my parents house was the Ferguson Videostar, Which I think was rebadged as JVC and some other brands? I know one of my friends family had a JVC version of our Ferguson.

My favourite Video recorder was the Sony C-7.... Betamax, great picture quality and load of features, and a wireless remote control!
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:53 AM
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There were no home VCR's when I was a kid but after high school the Sony SL7200 came out and I eventually bought one. It was almost $1200 and the K-60 tape at discount were $17 each.
I remember seeing a Columbo episode with William Shatner where he used a 3/4" Umatic deck but they were not all that common for home ownership just for rich guys.
All the front loaders are new comers to the video business. All of them were top loaders at first. Sony, Panasonic and a few more JVC.
I ended up working on them.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:31 AM
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so far as i've seen to date, ELECTROHOME was a Canadian-exclusive label, and all their VCR models were MITSUBISHI OEMs, including their own variant of the HS-U80;

Old 09-13-2017, 09:53 AM
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Never had a VCR when I was a child, had a couple of JVC and Toshiba in the past, still have a Samsung SV-5000W.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:39 AM
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We got the first VCR in 1983 I think. This was quite early and I became king among my friends. We put together money to rent StarWars and watched it at our place (I was 6-7 at the time)

It was a Saba 6010.

My grandmother inherited this many years later. It was so simple to use and she could set it on timer to record a lot of stuff. She loved it until it died of over-use some time past year 2000. She bought a new VCR but could not figure out how to work the remote control etc. She missed the Saba...
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:06 PM
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As a kid we had a Toshiba M-7850. I'm not sure how long my parents had this one prior to my birth in 1990, but I think we had it until around 1995 or 1996 when it started chewing up tapes. I'm not sure why my parents never got it fixed since we had repair shops around here at that time.

Afterwards we had some old crummy GE VCR until my parents bought both me and my little sister our own VCR and TV for our rooms. Those were a cheap Sylvania model, but they worked like champs and lasted my entire childhood and teen years. I think I still have mine somewhere.
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:08 PM
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My dad got a JVC while on deployment in either 82 or 84. It's just like the one you see in the opening credits of The Goldbergs. We recycled it a few years ago but I did take pictures of it before we hauled it off. I'll post it later.
Old 09-13-2017, 02:48 PM
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My parents never had a VCR, I use to go to my sister's house where I hang out a lot with my nephew which he is my age, They had a JVC model from mid 80's, We rented a lot of porn tapes back then every time my sister and her husband are away. I guess my parents had a good reason not buy one..LOL
Old 09-13-2017, 03:04 PM
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Our first VCR was a AKAI VS-116 from 1986. It was replaced by a Panasonic NV-L28 with Digital functions (picture in picture) but I didn't had the correct remote control to operate all Digital functions. Now I have the correct remote but the Panasonic no longer works.

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Old 09-13-2017, 03:34 PM
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A quick search online narrows down easily to this model: Panasonic PV-1225-K.

I think Dad got it 1985 on sale, maybe $499. We felt like kings!!!

Old 09-13-2017, 03:36 PM
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Funai 21A-200. Year 2001.
Yes, i don't have a happy childhood.

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Old 09-13-2017, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Libra View Post
Funai 21A-200. Year 2001.
Yes, i don't have a happy childhood.

Don't feel bad about, you are not alone. We had stuff to do back then, We were more busy outside than inside, not like nowadays kids they spend more time looking at the smart device's screen than looking to the real world around them, This is becoming an epidemic.
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Panasonic J38, I think it still here somewere, need to take a look

that's not my pic

Old 09-14-2017, 01:18 AM
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The first one we had I think in the 80s was a panasonic..... With a corded remote .. Top loading if I remember right.......

I remember I didnt reallyknow how to use them then..... BOY DO I LOVE THEM NOW!!!
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