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PostSubject: New member here....   Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:52 pm

Hi My name is Ian and I have had various Laserdisc players since about 1993,

I currently own :
DVL 909 (UK version) DVD R2 + PAL/NTSC LD
DVL 919 (Hong Kong version) DVD R3 + NTSC LD (Slightly dead at the moment but im woring on it)
CLD-S315 PAL/NTSC LD
CLD-S515 PAL/NTSC LD

and a dead 925 for parts.

I have i think just about 500+ films now and am currently building a web based database for my collection.

I also have 2 AC3-RF decoders where one of them is THX before they split it into Select/Ultra

There are still quite alot of films that I am after but I only own about 20 DVDs.



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PostSubject: Re: New member here....   Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:19 am

Welcome, Ian. It's interesting to see people listing their hardware rather than their LD collections, but that's understandable when you think about it. Most technologies wither when the equipment becomes obsolete rather than through a dearth of software. This is what happened to me with Betamax video - still had plenty of tapes but no working player to play them on. So with laserdisc, once bitten, etc. When I saw the writing on the laserdisc wall (around 1999) I invested in as much hardware as I could afford so that I wouldn't find myself in the same trap again.

I currently have 5 LD players, all Pioneer models - three 925s, a 950 and a 515. The last two have, as far as I'm aware, have never been used, so I should be all right for LD access at least for my lifetime.

These machines are so robust and dependable. I did have an earlier Pioneer player (forgot the model number but it was single-side play only) that died on me, but this current batch seems to go on forever. And they get plenty of hammer. I use one specifically to record from it on to DVD-Rs - the freeze frame facility gives absolute control when editing together the side breaks.
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PostSubject: Re: New member here....   Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:23 am

I am also lucky enough to have 2 Betamax decks,

One is the wonderful Sony C9 that is in such good condition it still has the sticky labels from when it was new but I havnt used it for a few years.

I am looking for an oscilloscope at the moment to repair the other deck as there is a fault in the DC-DC converter in the PSU. :-(
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PostSubject: Re: New member here....   Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:51 am

Hey, SnR, you've still got your Betamax decks! How amazing is that?

It was, for me, the commercial death of Betamax that got me into laserdiscs in the first place. With a bit of foresight, I would have kept my tapes. I had hundreds, all filled with movies taped off the telly, but properly labelled (remember Letraset?), catalogued and indexed. When I could no longer get my VCRs to play properly, I ended up dumping the lot in the council skips. If I'd realised, I could at least have sold the tapes through eBay.

I didn't, though, want to lose access to all those old movies I'd taped - and that's when I decided to take this great leap forward into laserdiscs. This was about 8 years before DVD arrived. I'd seen some early analogue discs in video rental shops in the early 80s so I was vaguely aware of the format's existence but had never given them much serious thought. But on a trip to the US in 1991 I saw what I took at first to be soundtrack LPs in a record store. When I looked more closely and saw that these discs had pictures on and were not just vinyl discs, I realised I'd found what I was looking for.

If I'd had access to PAL titles only I don't think I would have bothered - there were only about 500 discs available back then, many of them specialist things like operas and ballet, but the NTSC catalogue was a different story: about 1100 titles and lots of them vintage movies of the sort I was after. And, as Pioneer had just launched their first multi-format players at that time, the decision was obvious. The rest is history.

Mind you, if I'd known then what this little hobby of mine was going to get me into - that I'd still be collecting 19 years later and talking to guys like you in a forum, I might have hesitated! (No, I wouldn't have, really.)
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