I look back on the tools w


I look back on the tools we had to keep the old rotary head machines going – micrometers to tell us when the heads were really worn, the constant cleaning, the scopes with the handy card giving test point values to save digging out the manuals when aligning them.

Realistically connection should be fairly simple – video out to video in on a monitor – most of the other connectors are for external syncs and TBC connection. If you have any old tapes, just lace one up and see if they play.

They’re the sort of thing that technology has largely replaced, but enthusiasts would buy them, IF you can make them work. On ebay – a picture of the machine working with solid picture on a monitor will generally make a sale – although shipping costs are criminal. It can be heartbreaking to scrap kit like this, but if you don’t need it, and can’t sell it – then you’d probably get more for the cabling on ebay than the recorder!

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