|LabGuy's World: Sony TAV-3610
Combination EIAJ Videocorder & TV Monitor
Newest Addition! 01.07.21
New Information! 02.07.22
Sony TAV-3610 Combination EIAJ Videocorder & TV Monitor
Sometimes, we have to take what we can get! This is a combination B/W VTR deck and (obviously missing) 9" B/W television receiver / monitor. The second photo shows what the unit would like like if it were complete. Normally, I wouldn't display an incomplete item in this museum. But, this one is just too cool to not be shared with all of you! The third photo is of the original Quick Reference Card showing common configuration schemes of the TAV-3610 unit. According to Ray, who sent me an email on this topic, the monitor is a model number CVM-51UWP. Thanks Ray!
Exactly the same as the CV-2110 in concept, this was a "grab it and go" combination video system. Note the two handles at the front of the unit. One person can move this thing, but two is better! On location, all the user had to do was plug in power, pop up the monitor and all was ready for the video experience. The deck could record from either the built in monitor or from a camera or other external source of video. The VTR is the venerable AV-3600 vanilla flavored, general purpose B/W VTR discussed earlier.
Update Information! 02.09.12
Sony TAV-3610 (#2) getting checked out in the lab.
LabGuy's World has obtained the TAV-3610 from Ray Meola bringing the total number of these units in the collection to two. The monitor has some problems (vertical scan failure, sound issues), but the VTR works fine. I even watched a few minutes of the Johnny Carson show, on a separate monitor, that some thoughtful person recorded way, way back on January 8, 1970! They even put the date on the reel! Johnny's guest was none other than Dr. Paul Erlich, the author of the book, The Population Bomb, which he wrote in 1968.
The slip rings in the head drum need a good cleaning, but that is the only issue I can mention about the VTR at this point in time. The VTR works just fine as far as I could tell from the ten minutes I spent checking it out. It looks like this system stands a good chance of becoming a 100% restored unit! The photo quality is a little bit low, because I did not use the flash. I wanted you all to be able to see that the reels are in motion.
As I was preparing to put the machine back into temporary storage, I discovered the original TV sun shield lying in the bottom of the case! REfer to the second photo. What an interesting discovery. It is a simple affair, made of soft plastic with an elastic strap to hold the shade securely on the monitor. Seems like Sony thought of everything back then! More to come very soon. Stay Tuned!
NEEDED: Service manual for the CVM-51UWP monitor. Also, any other literature about this product and another TV receiver / monitor for the other TAV-3610.
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