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NOS video equipment? How good is it really

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by prmodel3, Jul 15, 2007.

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  1. prmodel3

    prmodel3 Guest

    I just aquired a NOS Laserdisc player from 1983. The player was brand
    new in the box with all its original packing.
    Suprise.. suprise, it didn't work. So much for the coveted "NOS"
    The slider jumped a tooth so re-setting that wasn't too much trouble.
    When I got the unit to play, It did not track nearly as well as a used
    unit of the same model I have with 8,000+ hours on it.
    For some reason people got into there heads that NOS means the unit
    will be absolutly perfect....This is not true.

    Asuming the slave labor working in the sweatshops over-seas assembled
    it correctly, what could be wrong?
    Ignorant collectors will spend big $$$ on a new old stock unit but
    will pay considerably less for a comparable used unit that really is
    in good working condition,. Go figure.
  2. Jumped a tooth could be due to shipping without the locking screw

    NOS just means it wasn't used, not that stuff hasn't rotted over time!

    At the very least, connections go bad, pots become dirty, grease gums
    up. I bet it can be restored relatively easily though if indeed it
    has seen little or no use.

    What model?

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  3. prmodel3

    prmodel3 Guest

    Its the Hitachi VIP9500. I believe this is the first Optical disc
    player to use a laserdiode as there is no HeNe tube in it. It was used
    in Astron Belt arcade games as well as Galaxy Ranger and in some rare
    instances, Cobra Command conversions.
    I can't locate a service manual anywhere.
  4. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Yes, it's had 24 years for the greases and flexible bits to harden in one

  5. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    I doubt it was made overseas.

  6. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Lubrication dries up on old stuff that has been sitting, NOS will likely be
    tighter and even more prone to that. The optical assembly should be in great
    shape though, and the cosmetic condition is likely better than a used unit.
  7. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Most of these were built in Japan in the 80s.
  8. Andy Cuffe

    Andy Cuffe Guest

    The other suggestions are good. Other parts to check would be
    capacitors. They don't like sitting unused for a long time and some
    may need to be replaced. Performance may improve with use as
    mechanical parts loosen up and caps re-form.

    Have you cleaned the lens? New plastics outgas and can coat optics
    with a foggy film (like the windows in a new car). This would be much
    worse on a player that's sealed in the box than one in normal use.
    Andy Cuffe

  9. I like to buy stuff from Japan, but Chinese crap is crap most of the time.
    Especially back then but you are correct in saying it is made overseas.
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