Extinct Video Tape Recorder Related Links
Video Equipment Repair Resources:
DRS Ahead Technologies: - Supplying Magnetic Head Solutions Around the Globe. AheadTek is committed to strengthening its reputation as the preferred supplier of specialty magnetic heads fulfilling the needs of thousands of customers worldwide in the television broadcast, video production, computer and data storage industries. (This company is able to offer rebuild services for many types of video tape heads and head assemblies. Note that three is no guarantee they can help you with parts that are TOO old. But, they do rebuild quadruplex head assemblies, Type C and miniDV heads for certain. It can never hurt to ask.)
Terry's Rubber Rollers & Wheels: - Do you have a Reel to Reel tape recorder sitting in the back of a closet, or stashed away, because the pinch roller or idler wheel is dried out, hard, cracked or ruined from improper chemical cleaning? This IS the solution!
Vintage Video Equipment and Program Collections and Services:
Melbourne Video Productions - "Web video that works!" We love video and can't wait to share our passion with you and your business. This link takes you to their sub page of Video Terms and Definitions. Melbourne Video Productions Home Page
Rewind Museum - A museum of vintage consumer electronics and milestone achievements. A site primarily about consumer electronics and in particular first achievements and so it has a somewhat wider topical range than video and TV.
Quadruplex Park - "Where the Broadcast Dinosaurs Live!" Tim Stoffel documents the Quadruplex VTR's that were manufactured by Ampex and RCA. He also has the most information available about obsolete video tape formats.
Chuck Pharis Video - Absolutely the best collection of vintage television production equipment on the web! A massive site. Be prepared to spend some time browsing!
Mikey's Home Page - Michael Bennet's page of European consumer VCR's and 405 line TV stuff. A nicely designed and highly whimsical home page to boot!
Total Rewind Virtual Museum - of Home Video! Documents the arrival of the home VCR in Britain.
Passions Incongrues - This is the latest site to join the growing legions of collectors of things that make video! Authored by my good friend, Bruno Merlier! Check out his latest acquisition, a super rare Sony CV-5100P PAL VTR! Fully operational too!!!
Vintage Sound & Vision - A new video equipment collector's site by Frank T. A very nice collection of European gear.
History of Television - Another French contributor to the fine art of defining the origins of our favorite entertainment medium! This site is edited by André Lange, former Professor of "History of Television" at the Free University of Brussels (ULB)
BBC VT - A Record - A visual history of video tape operations at the BBC. A wonderful site operated by Chris Booth.
Cartrivision: A unique way of looking at things - A web page by my friend, Luke Perry.
High Tech Hobbies and Collectible Electronics - Another video collector, Bruce Rogers, struts his stuff for your amazement! This is a work in progress, so be sure to check back frequently. Let Bruce know that you found his page through LabGuy's World Links and that we can't wait for his next update!
History of Camcorders - By Mark Shapriro. A sub page of Internet Video Magazine. Very good page!!! A "must read".
BeeJay's Vintage Video Page - A sub page of BeeJay's very Sad Things site. He has several nice collectibles that he is proud of. Check them out!
Kee's Computer Home: Studio 2: - Kee has many nice old tape recorders. An Elcassette deck, an 8track recorder and many VTRs and VCRs!
Phantom Productions - By Chris and Martin Theopholis. This site has a great vintage recorder section including the Roberts 1000.
De Historie Van De Video! - (in Dutch) Great web site with a couple of things that even LabGuy didn't know about! Great job, Martijn!
Hier leben die mumien! - Videoformate längst vergangener Jahre haben bei uns eine Heimat gefunden. In German. (Obviously!) Klaus G. Carsten's tribute page to extinct VTR's, which translates to, "The mummies live here!". Good coverage of the topic plus a few good pictures.
Electronics Repair Links - Just the resource for those of you who are attempting to repair your collectable artifacts!
THE (Unofficial) AMPEX/NAGRA VPR-5 WEB SITE - Welcome to a discussion of a remarkable example of late 20th century technology by Gino Mancini.
The Video History Project - The Experimental Television Center’s Video History Project is an on-going research initiative which documents video art and community television, as it evolved in rural and urban New York State, and across the US. Begun in 1994, the Project has several initiatives including research, conferences and the web site.
Privates Loewe-Opta Radiomuseum - A German site devoted to the products of Loewe-Opta (Lion Optical), a large manufacture of radios and televisions which I also feature in my video catalog. Tell Hans, "LabGuy sent me"!
Radiolaguy - This site is dedicated to providing a service to those interested in the preservation and collecting of vintage Radios, Television and related items. He also has a very nice vintage radio museum.
The Restelli Collection; - The Early History of Television Through Visual Images! The Personal Photographs of Television Pioneer, Dr. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin and More!
The Original Electronic Imaging System - Forty years of British Independent television celebrated in Amsterdam. By John Henshall
The History of Color Television - Ed Reitan's, "The History of Color TV" (USA) Excellent study resource!
The PAL Site - The home of the PAL video system by Alan Barnett and Martin Evans. Covering the history of Betamax, V2000 and Umatic formats.
Dave's Vintage Televisions - Dave Bertinot's excellent collection of vintage television receivers.
Java Script Web Cams - Here is an experimental page, hosted by a friend of mine who works for Cisco Systems, here in San Jose, California. Check it out, these cams work great! (They work best in the day, U.S. Pacific Standard Time.)
Joseph Roizen: - Here is a memorial to a man I never met, only knew by rumor, but whom I have come to respect for his contributions to video state of the art at both Ampex and IVC.
Vacuum Tube Links:
Almost All Digital Electronics - Ingenious products for sale and the "TUBEPEDIA", a collection of vacuum tubes which includes early television tubes. You have to check out Neil's collection of image dissector tubes!!!
Vacuum Tube Collectors Association: - The center of the universe as far as this hobby is concerned. If you collect "vacuum tubes", "glow bottles", or other "nothing state devices", then this is the organization for you!
Sphere Research: - Welcome To The Sphere Research Canadian Test Equipment Site! Vacuum tubes, vacuum tube links and useful information.
Yahoo Groups: Old VTR's - This group was created (12/2000) and moderated by Matt Patoray as a result of Labguy's World site, which was only a few megabytes in size at the time! Join us and let's all talk about those old rotary head boat anchors that we all love (hate?) so much. We can share all the information, documentation and web sites that we know about too.
Television, Radio & Recording History Web Sites:
Reel To Reel Vintage Texas - Home Page of Open Reel Decks Vintage Texas. Hundreds of audio reel to reel tape recorders are documented and their backgrounds discussed.
Terramedia U.K. - An excellent site covering the historical time line of audio/visual media history by David Fisher.
Museum of Broadcast Communications - The mission of the MBC is to collect, preserve, and present historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educate, inform, and entertain the public through archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications, and ond on line access to its resources.
Broadcast Archive - RCA Equipment Section - An incredible archive of RCA video cameras and recorders. A must visit for the serious researcher!
Philo T. Farnsworth Archives - Quintessential American Ingenuity, Modern Television & Amazing Things!
King of the Road! - Kris Trexler is an auto enthusiast with an intense passion for the road. His interests range from chrome laden 50's cruisers to the latest high technology transportation of the 21st Century. Cruise on down the highway to learn more about these wonderful machines as well as learn about early color TV broadcasting in the 1950's and 60's! (Kris is the editor of my favorite TV show! ~L.G.)
RCA Color Television Cameras - A new page added to the previously mentioned site. Check this out, it is FANTASTIC!!!
Canada Science and Technology Museum - The simplest distribution method is over-the-air from the station’s transmitter and antenna to a smaller home receiver antenna. And so begins the entry on this EXCELLENT page.
The Radio History Society - The Radio History Society (RHS) is dedicated to the preservation of radio and television history.
The Museum of Radio & Technology - Interested in Antique Radios? Visit the Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington, West Virginia.
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting - houses one of the world's finest collections of antique radio, television, and broadcast equipment. The Pavek has gained international recognition for its continuing efforts in preserving and documenting the history of an industry that has made monumental changes in the fabric of modern life.
Video Disk History Sites:
The Dawn of TV - The oldest video recordings recovered! Learn about the amazing restoration of several old, recently discovered Baird Phonovision Records, that had been lost for 80 years!
CED Magic - The story of the RCA Capacitive Video Disk. AKA: The RCA SelectaVision Video Disc System. This system worked with a mechanical stylus that was actually in physical contact with a recording disk, just like the audio phonograph!
Television Production Course! - By Ron Whittaker, Ph.D. "A Comprehensive Cybertext" Covering Studio and field production.
Television and Recording Related Orginizations:
AES - The Audio Engineering Society, now in its fifth decade, is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.
ANSI - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has served in its capacity as administrator and coordinator of the United States private sector voluntary standardization system for more than 80 years.
ATSC - The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) is an international organization of 200 members that is establishing voluntary technical standards for advanced television systems.
Guild of Television Camera Men - The Guild of Television Cameramen (GTC) is a professional body whose object is to ensure and preserve the professional status of the Television Cameraman and to establish, uphold and advance the standards of qualification and competence of the Television Cameraman.
IBC - The International Broadcasting Convention is the world's premier broadcast technology event. The show covers all the key areas of the electronic media business including audio, cable, film, grip, internet, lighting, multimedia, production, post production, radio, satellite and transmission.
IEC - The International Electromechanical Commission is the international standards and conformity assessment body for all fields of electrotechnology.
IEEE - Technical objectives center on advancing the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, and computer engineering and science.
ISO - International Standards Organization - Standards are documented agreements containing technical specifications or other precise criteria to be used consistently as rules, guidelines, or definitions of characteristics, to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.
ITS - The Association of Imaging Technology and Sound.
ITU - International Telecommunications Union is the United Nations specialized agency dealing with telecommunications .
NAB - The National Association of Broadcasters. They have the BEST convention in Las Vegas each year (usually) in April.
NABA - North American Broadcasters Association.
SBE - Society of Broadcast Engineers.
SMPTE - The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. LabGuy is a member. Why aren't you?
"Strictly Commercial" Video Sites:
Laptop Computer LCD Screen Repair - Service.Ztronics.com offers best laptop screen repair. We are specialized in computer laptop LCD screen, keyboard, motherboard & power jack repair.
Battery Mart - A source of replacement batteries for all things electric. Especially old portapacks!
Ampex Home Page - Ampex is a leading supplier of high-capacity, high performance digital storage systems capable of functioning in demanding environments on land, at sea or in the air. In addition to offering a line of state-of-the-art products, Ampex works closely with its customers to provide solutions to complex data capture requirements that may involve major modifications to an existing product or development of an entirely new product or technology.
Prime Image, Inc. - The industry leader in video time management. Prime Image originally manufactured TBCs and Frame Synchronizers.
Harry Poster Vintage TVs and Antique Radios - We Buy, Sell and Prop 20th Century Industrial and Machine Age Electronics. For the Collector, Museum, Prop and Set Designer. Plus Stereoscopic 3D Cameras and Accessories.
Media Consultants - Award Winning video production and distribution Raleigh, North Carolina.
Anifur.com - Dedicated to restoring old Tektronix Computers and Displays.
All kinds of Technology Information sites:
The Blue Screen / Chroma Key Page - There had to be one. Here it is!
NTSC Video Signal Basics - You gotta know your tools before you really know what you're doing.
How A VCR Works - The inner workings of the VCR, as presented by Marshall Brain, who has one of the most interesting sites on the Web. This page really gets into taking a VHS VCR to pieces and examining exactly how it works.
How Stuff Works - is a great place to come to learn about how things work in the world around you. The source page of the previous link.
Amateur Radio, SSTV, ATV & Hobby Links:
K6BEN ATV repeater, San Jose, CA. - ATV for the San Jose, south San Francisco bay area. Located atop Mt. Loma Prieta at 3800+ feet, it covers the entire region from San Francisco in the north to Montery and Santa Cruz.
Created 1998 Last updated: February 15, 2014