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Old May 7th, 2007, 03:47 PM   #1
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Tape Drive mechanism XH-A1 vs. GL-1

If anyone has used a Canon GL-1 and also a XH-A1, can you comment on the Tape drive mechanisms. I am very interested in getting the XH-A1, but I am wondering if the tape drive mechanism has been improved over the GL-1. I found that the GL-1 is not very rugged when compared to a Sony PDX10 or PD150. I've read comments which indicated that the XH-A1 was more solidly built than the GL-1 or 2.

Also, my Canon GL-1 heads are much more susceptable to clogging than the Sony heads. (Note, that I always use the exact same tape). Does anyone have feedback on the XH-A1 heads? Thanks.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 05:22 PM   #2
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The tape transport in the XH A1 is about three generations newer than the one from the GL1.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 06:12 PM   #3
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I think the GL2 solved all those early head issues. At least I never heard of any problems with that model, and there were all sorts of problems with the GL1.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 06:12 PM   #4
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I just moved from the GL-1 to the XH A1. No comparison at all. Much better.

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Old May 14th, 2007, 04:53 PM   #5
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Thanks for the Info on Tape Drive Mechanism.

Thanks to everyone who replied to my concerns about the Tape Drive Mechanism on the new Canon camcorders!
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Old May 14th, 2007, 06:51 PM   #6
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the GL1 was a much better built camera then the GL2
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Old May 14th, 2007, 09:10 PM   #7
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the A1 is smooth, silent, and stronger.
i was so used to the canon gear grind and kick back..i thought my A1 was f'd up at first.
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