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Old November 16th, 2003, 08:54 AM   #1
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Here's the facts, go figure...

I received this info on a PD150:

Operation: 180
Drum run: 100
Tape run: 90
Threading: 420

What does each stand for?

What does that tell me about the machine?

What further questions would you ask to determine this PD150's condition?

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Old November 17th, 2003, 08:33 AM   #2
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I'm taking a stab here but:

Operation: total switched on hours
Drum run: hours the drum has been running, this includes pause time.
Tape run: hours tape has been running through the mechanism, ie record time.
Threading: the number of times the tape has been loaded into the mechanism. This could include tape insertion/removal, unthread/rethread for auto power down etc.

Overall this seems like a well used camera but like I said it's a stab. If someone knows for certain please feel free to correct me.
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Old November 17th, 2003, 11:14 AM   #3
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Each of those numbers were generated by the camera by dividing the 'real' number by 10. So this is a very well used camera and one that is statistically about ready for a bit of rehab.

If you can get it cheaply enough to make the purchase price plus the overhaul price a bargain, then get the camera. Otherwise, I'd pass and find one that hasn't been used quite so much.
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Old November 17th, 2003, 01:06 PM   #4
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Thanks gents, muchissimo!

Mike,

If you have a sec, what does rehab constitute? Replacing tape assembly, and what else? Do they grease duh joints or what?

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Old November 17th, 2003, 02:58 PM   #5
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That's a discussion better directed to Sony. They have fixed-rate service prices. Usually 2 prices, one with and one without a head replacement. Theoretically they fix/clean/replace/align anything that needs attention.

I've found that it really helps to tell them what you want done. Just a feeling I have about their service based on my first experience. I've had great luck with them when I tell them what I want fixed.
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Old November 18th, 2003, 10:11 AM   #6
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My guess is that my VX2000 has the info in there somewhere and that Sony engineers can access it but I can't. Unless anyone out there knows differently.

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Old November 18th, 2003, 01:35 PM   #7
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You can get to it if you have the wired RM-95 remote. Otherwise, not.
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Old November 18th, 2003, 05:16 PM   #8
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I recall John Beale's site having something about this.
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My guess is that my VX2000 has the info in there somewhere and that Sony engineers can access it but I can't. Unless anyone out there knows differently.
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