Thread: your 1st vhs/vcr?

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    • 11 years 6 months ago
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    mine was in 1983 when i was in germany. cost me 400$ the cheapest one the was at the time.

    dos anyone out there rember there frist vcr?
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    I don't remember how much it cost, but I remember our first VCR. Still have it, as a matter of fact. It was in 1985. It doesn't work anymore, and the corded remote has been lost (or thrown out) for years, but I do still have the vcr. Maybe someday I'll get around to seeing if it can be fixed. It would be a great nostalgic trip to get the old girl working again. I even still have our first VHS tape. We rented Ghostbusters and borrowed someone else's vcr and made a copy of the movie.
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    My folks bought a state of the art Beta max in the early 80's.Had that nice little top loader that would pop up on it.The other fun part was it had a remote but would work only if it was plugged into the VCR...only problem was the cord didn't reach the sofa so it was worthless.Plus add the fact no one hardly carried many beta max's tapes to watch was also a pain
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    About 1992 or 1993 I got the family's 1982 Quasar top-loader passed down to me.
    It was bliss.
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    My family had Beta up till around 1988 when it became harder and harder to find rental places that stocked Beta. The first VCR I bought myself was a Symphonic combination VHS and DVD player in 2001. I'm on to my second one now, a Toshiba model. For a brief while after I had the Symphonic and before I got the Toshiba one I was using a four head RCA model I got from a Salvation Army.
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    we had a top range front-loader VHS National, purchased in 1980 with a new tv set. It had four motors and made a lot of clunking noises when the tape finished rewinding. It lasted until 1995 when the tape-chewing got too much. The remote control was infa-red so so cords for me. However the tv set had no remote so I had to get off the couch anyway.
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    My sister worked at a JC Penney Catalog Center. It was basically a smallish storefront where you could have your JC Penney catalog order sent without having to pay extra for home delivery, and you could pay at the store when your order arrived so you didn't need a credit card. After a certain amount of time, if an order was not picked up they would either return it to the main warehouse or put it in the small front of the store for people to purchase at a small discount. One day my sister called from work because there was VCR for sale. I don't remember how much it cost but between the small original discount and my sister's employee discount, it was a good deal. I believe it was a JC Penney brand but it was the best thing to ever enter our house since the ATari 2600 and Starcase.
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    My mom's first VCR was a JCPenny portable VHS model from 1981 she got in '82, along with a video camera to tape our first home movies on.
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    • 11 years 5 months ago
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    My parents were the first to have a vcr in our family. I dont know when exactly they got it but they had it by the time I was born in 1981.

    The first one I remember my mother buying was in 1988 from Grace Bros. It was a Sharp.
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    I miss my first VCR, it was a Sony, and it was the most reliable VCR I've ever had. It was a black front loader. I believe it was bought in 86 or 87. Along with Top Gun which had just come out at the time. Another VCR that I miss was my cousins, it was a silver Sony top loader. it was about half as heavy as the TV. That thing was a beast. I would kill to have either of those VCRs. I wish I knew the model names so I could track them down.

    When I was either 2 or 3, I would mess around with any electronics we had in the house. I would constantly mess with my Dad's stereo, the VCR, and the Atari. So, instead of getting pissed at me, and trying to stop me from messing with it, he taught me how to use them. By the time I was 4, I could program the VCR, and do everything with it, I even figured out how to hook it up to the stereo. My Dad was shocked because he couldn't figure it out.
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    When my folks bought their first Vcr was back sometime in the mid eighties. My dad had hooked it up while we were playing outside and didn't let us know what they were doing. We came in to do something and my dad had already put in Flight of the navigator. we didn't know what was going on because at that age we didn't get the idea of a VCR because we had never seen one before. We lived in the backwoods of NC at the time.
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    Our first VCR was a NEC back in 1986. I remember it quite fondly, as it did it's job, but was rather basic. I remember I could take off the buttons like the play, rewind, & forward buttons.

    My friend had a VCR at least a year earlier, and it had these cool red lights that flashed like the KITT car... normal for play, and then flashed in sequence faster for forwarding & in the opposite direction for reverse.

    I bought my own I think in 1988 or late 1987 when I got my paper route. I also bought a NEC like my parents, but since mine was a couple of model years later, mine had better features.

    I finally bought a different one in the early 90's that I still have to this day. I thought it was the coolest because not only was the universal remote sweet, but it also had a frame-by-frame advancement, slow-mo & slow-rewind with this sweet wheel on the bottom of the remote. Too bad I have a tendency to drop remotes all-too-often!
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    I think we got ours in 83. It was and rca for over $1,000!
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    This may be a little off topic but does anyone remember a device called a "rewinder ?" A "rewinder' would rewind tapes for you supposedly faster than your VCR could. My uncle gave my father a "rewinder" for Christmas when I was six.
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    My husband and I bought our first VCR in '84 or '85 and it had a corded remote control. Bought it from JC Penney catalog because we both worked there and got a discount. I don't remember how much it was.
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    My family's first VCR was purchased in 1985. It was a $300 4 head JVC. Back then, manufacturers were really big on advertising the number of heads a VCR had, and how many days ahead of time and number of events a VCR could be programmed for.
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    This may be a little off topic but does anyone remember a device called a "rewinder ?" A "rewinder' would rewind tapes for you supposedly faster than your VCR could. My uncle gave my father a "rewinder" for Christmas when I was six.
    My family has had a few of these. My Mom's Sony from 2001 rewinds much faster than her rewinder, but she still uses the rewinder to avoid additional wear on her VCR. It's much better to wear out a cheap rewinder than the the motor in your expensive VCR.
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    Our first VCR was a top-of the line Sears VCR from sometime in the 1980s. I also remember we had a pretty fancy Realistic VCR which may or may not have predated the Sears. I remember the Stop button on the realistic would turn green for a second when you hit it. The Sears VCR together with our Curtis Mathes TV made for a pretty awesome watching experience. My parents also had a Samsung TV/VCR Combo in thier room from about the late 80s. It had those same kind of lights that flashed in sequence to show the tape was moving. The Sears unit had to rows of green lights to show the sound level for both the left and right channels and the pad on the Realistic that you changed channels on lit up Green. I remember the Sears would often have to be fixed and we swapped in the Realistic when it happened. Sadly, everything mentioned here has since broke and been thrown out.
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    I'm pretty sure my family's first one is long gone, but I have one in my room that my family bought in 1997. It still works like new.
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    I don't know exactly when my family got their first VCR but all I remember is that it was a Magnavox. The first two movies I remember watching on VHS were The Muppets Take Manhattan and The Chipmunk Adventure.
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    I believe it was a black JVC, not sure though.
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