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Ever seen a side-loading VCR?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by William R. Walsh, Jun 11, 2005.

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  1. Hello all...

    In my latest round of shopping at Curbside Discount I happened across a very
    interesting Zenith VCR. It's a Model VR-1380 and the way it takes a tape is
    rather unique. The tape is loaded "sideways". So far it looks to work apart
    from some moderately tired rubber.

    http://greyghost.dyndns.org/zenithvcr/ has pictures, 640x480, 47~49Kb

    Anyone ever seen another VCR that does this?

    William
     
  2. Thats Cool!
     
  3. Stephen Sank

    Stephen Sank Guest

    The original design was the JVC HR-D470, rebadged for Zenith as the VR3300, and was quite a
    decent hifi machine. That sideways loader is still the most reliable loader mech I've ever
    seen in vhs.

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  4. b

    b Guest

    Amstrad double decker dd9904 has two of these side loading mechs. It's
    a real b*tch to get to the mode switch however, so that kind of put me
    off 'em!
    Ben
     
  5. NSM

    NSM Guest

  6. nobody

    nobody Guest

    Saw one at a flea market for $8 a few months ago. Just about bought it due
    to novelty, but passed.
     
  7. There was an odd format 3/4" that top loaded sideways, the tape came
    out like an EL cassete or 8 track tape, early JVC I think.
    Jeff
     
  8. none

    none Guest

    JVC also made a VHS machine that took the tape sideways.
     
  9. Looks like the same one that we have at our church. Still seems to work
    fine after all these years.

    WT
     
  10. b

    b Guest

    Now THAT's a miracle!!
    seriously though, you might want to check the rubber parts before it
    chews up a prized recording...
    -B
     
  11. none

    none Guest

    It was actually made by JVC, zenith slapped their logo on many a JVC
    product back in the 80's.
    I saw the JVC equivalant at my local Goddwill a month or so ago and it
    ran fine as well, was a S-VHS as well.
     
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