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Re: DAT studio recorder Panasonic sv-3900

Subject: Re: DAT studio recorder Panasonic sv-3900
From: "Adam Liberman" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 21:29:29 -0000

The SV-3900 is a good machine, although it lacks the shuttle wheel 
that the 3700 and later 3800 have (because it is made to be used 
with an external control unit).

Yours has problems with the transport that will require service to 
prevent the problem you are describing (tape not retracting fully 
into the DAT on eject). This will cost (at our shop) about what you 
already have paid for the unit in the first place. If the store you 
bought it from claimed it was in working order and provided a 
warrantee, you should return it to them and ask for your money back.

You don't need to take apart the DAT cartridge to get the tape back 
inside. On the underside, there are two tabs that need to be pushed 
in together to release the lock. While holding them down, slide the 
bottom cover until the window in front opens and the reels are 
visible. This will also release the brake, so that you can wind the 
tape back inside.

Note that if the tape that is hanging out is creased or bent, you 
run the risk of distroying the heads on the DAT machine. Since the 
heads are spinning at high speed, the damaged tape can catch on them 
and break them off. I have never had that happen, but it is 
possible. Therefore, any DAT that has damaged tape should be copied 
to another DAT or onto a CD.

Your portable DAT is probably putting the date and time in the user 
bits area. I don't remember how to display this on the 3900, but it 
may be possible to see this information by changing the display to 
view the user bits portion of the A-time.

Adam Liberman
Liberman Sound

--- In  Mark Oberle <> 
> I wanted  a backup DAT player for times when my field unit might 
be out of
> service.  A second machine also makes computer importing a little 
> since I just turn the DAT studio recorder on instead of fiddling 
> hooking my field unit to the computer. Finally,  I wanted to be 
sure that I
> could play my DAT tapes when the technology is phased out.
>   I checked around at my local audio equipment store and found a 
> studio DAT player for about $250 that has filled the bill: 
> sv-3900.  THis has worked well and has faster search and rewind 
> than my field unit and a more readable display.  
> Two problems: 
> ---The display only shows the absolute tape location of a cut, not 
the date
> and time of the recording.
> ---Several times, I have not waited a fraction of a second after 
the tape
> door opens and have pulled the tape out of the cassette as I 
removed the
> cassette from the tray too quickly.  I then have to unscrew and 
open the
> cassette to reinsert the DAT tape into the cassette. 
> Mark Oberle
> 2006 23 Ave. East
> Seattle, WA 98112-2936
> Tel: 206-324-3844


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