Thank you all for your recent advice re the Panasonic EH69. I expect to purchase the EH69 around the end of April. I was pleased, by the way, to note in the specificatiuons that the overall size seems to match my EH55 so that will be useful for replacement purposes.
Now I have a secondary issue, but not of particularly high priority. I've had a Panny EH75V for about three years. I principally use it as the tuner output from my secondary ComCast STB into, believe it or don't, a very old (perhaps 30 years) Commodore (Hitachi-made) monitor as a backup television for a small bedroom/computer room. Mostly, I tune the FM radio channels on the STB and use the monitor as my FM radio for background entertainment while I'm using my computer.
In any event, when I set up the EH75V with the assistance of Panny tech support, I asked for help in setting the deck for timer recording (I was never interested in dealing with the then NTSC tuning capabilities/TVGOS) system. It was, and is, easy enough just to tune the STB to the channel to be recorded, set the timer and let the deck take care of the rest.
The problem is that the clock is greyed out and apparently cannot be reset, so I have to do a bit of math when I set up the deck for future recording of a program (usually a film). Currently the clock is set at Pacific Standard Time minus about 20 minutes. Panny tech support said I could not have it both ways, i.e., I could not enjoy timer recording and at the same time expect the clock to be settable.
Is it possible to reset the clock under set up and still retain the timer recording operation?
(Oddly, my EH55 works fine that way but I can't remember how I originally set it up and, as most of you know, the manual is not always useful.)