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Old 07-03-2001, 04:59 AM - Thread Starter
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I was at my local BG&E store yesterday looking into a new refrigerator. On a whim, I asked the sales guy about some Panasonic Part numbers.
They are selling a PV-HD1000 for $399. I was ready to buy it on the spot.

However, I remebered some posts about demo vs consumer units and thanks to the efforts of gridleak and cnixon, I was able to verify from the sticker and the serial number that this is a DEMO version.

It has no remote but I do have the remote with my own consumer verion of the HD1000.

Is this unit worth buying?
It was never clear to me in the posts - can this thing record?
Will tapes recorded on my consumer verion play back okay on this Demo version.

Sure would appreciate some feedback since if this is a good deal, I would hate to miss out on this 4th of July sale.

I could have bought it and returned it of course if it did not work out but why bother if this is not worth anything.

BTW, they also had a DST51 for $850 and a DST50 for $799.

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Old 07-03-2001, 03:11 PM
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Go ahead and buy it. I'll give you $450 plus shipping if you can't use it.


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Old 07-03-2001, 09:53 PM - Thread Starter
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Originally posted by Joe Q:

It was never clear to me in the posts - can this thing record?
Will tapes recorded on my consumer verion play back okay on this Demo version?

Gridleak,
As I already have a consumer version of the HD1000, I was asking the question's above to see if if was worth my buying this thing.

The parts apparently are not swappable so why would I want 2 HD1000's?

I would appreciate an answer to my above question's.

I am not trying to make a sale in this forum but since you made the offer,I may as well respond.
It would not be worth my while to buy it and then sell it to you.
It has no box or remote or 1394 cable and with MD sales tax it comes to $419. Lot of hassle to make a few extra bucks.

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Old 07-04-2001, 01:02 AM
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Joe,
I definitely wasn't trying to be a smart ass. I was just assuring you that I'd take it off your hands, for your cost, if it didn't work out. For me it's a bargain, because I know I can make it work for no more than a couple hundred bucks; and I can always use another recorder.

Despite what's been reported around here, the demo is nearly identical to the consumer machines. There are some insignificant diffences in the firmwire, stuff no one would never notice. The demo lacks an "Automatic Head Cleaner" but most experts don't think they work anyway. The heads are designed for extended playback life, and they do record; but not as strongly. If you intend to use a second recorder for making dubs, then use the demo as the playback machine and use the consumer for recording. If you want your demo to record equally to the consumer then you will need to replace the upper cylinder. There is post here about how to do that.

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Old 07-04-2001, 08:31 AM - Thread Starter
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Gridleak,
I realize that you were not trying to be a smart**.

I think I may go ahead and buy the HD1000 and see how it works out. I can either just return it or sell it to you as a favor since you do know how to make them a consumer version.
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I will let you know.


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You can also use it simply as a playback deck since that is what it is designed for, and use your other deck for recording. This way they both should last longer.

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