I wanted a better quality (robustly built) mono VHS deck. I already have hifi units, but needed a mono deck for making tapes before the days of Hifi, to keep consistent with tapes made in the mid 80s. I have a collection of mid 80s blanks to help keep it all consistent to the time period.
I first found a Panasonic PV 1340 deck, which was a 1985 model with 2 heads. It ended up not working in fast forward, rewind, or play. And the belts were fine. So I decided instead of repair (if they can even fix the darn thing), to find another deck.
My second buy was a PV 1535 which is a 4 head unit. Same year- 1985. Model up from the previous deck. It worked partly. The deck would not show picture, but only sound, in SP mode. SLP was fine- which was okay with me, since the tapes I wanted to make were in SLP/ EP mode. The suddenly the deck started to crease the bottom of the tape at the beginning of the tape, and it wouldn't track as a result. Tried quite a few tapes, but same result. So I already had my eye on a third deck.
I purchased a PV 1275, which is even more robust in build, to the 1985 decks. It is a top loader, and is a heavy big unit- similar to pro decks of the day. I'll see if this one works as it is advertised to be. If not- this time I'll get it serviced.
Any comments on any of these three decks, in terms of build quality, parts, performance, etc? I know the 1985 decks have a common issue with the power supply going bad, but my decks didn't seem to show that yet.