Okay, in winter 1984 we got our FIRST vcr
a Mitsubishi front loader in black with a wired remote in MONO, NON Hi-Fi.
It lasted until 1991, when it finally broke down. This vcr was
badly beaten up, so there was no use in replacing it.
In 1987, my dad won an Emerson silver front loader with a wireless
remote Also NON Hi-Fi with the goofy 13 channel manual tuner on the front.
I think I still have a DAK catalog from 1988 that shows this model.
I got the DAK catalog out of Stereo Review. They used to advertise
in there alot back in the day. That vcr lasted until mid. 1992.
In summer 1992, I got MY FIRST vcr,
it was a JVC S6700U SVHS model. It lasted to about 2001.
It was AWESOME! It had ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES ON IT.
INCLUDING RECORDING LEVEL METERS AND CONTROLS,
and the SOUND MENU which was the
Stereo and Theater Wide and Narrow selections, as well as the
BEST ONE, THE SIMULATED STEREO BUTTON.
I paid about $700 for this SVHS vcr, the same price as
Crutchfield was advertising it for.
However, AFTER the 3 year warrenty was over that model would break
down on me every 14-18 after getting it fixed. It got used ALOT.
In 2001, it needed Major repairs to it.
A lower drum Assembly, which was $250, at the time, so I trashed it!
Anyway, in 1997, I was taking the S6700U in for repairs, and that's when
I found my NEXT SVHS vcr.
A Panasonic S4880. It came with the
Original Box, Manual, 2 remotes, and box.
I paid $400 for that unit, and it lasted a long time, UNTIL IT
SUFFERED FROM color smear in 2004.
It was great at recording and dubbing.
It also had the
RECORDING LEVEL METERS AND CONTROLS,
IT RECORDED AT ALL 3 SPEEDS, Although the remote lacked the
Eject button, it was very good for what it did.
This is 1 of at least 3 INSTALLMENTS ON MY HISTORY OF VCR'S!
TUNE BACK NEXT TIME FOR MORE.
Here's a tease of the JVC S6700U and Panasonic S4880 SVHS vcr's
in their glory hay days.