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  1. I have a Panasonic AG-1970. I use it to convert VHS to DVD both to my Pioneer DVR and my computer.

    I have noticed recently that the playback has been pretty bad. The picture looks fuzzy, almost like it was underwater. I thought it was the age and condition of the tapes (15+ years recorded in SLP) until I played the tapes in a nondescript Sony VCR that I have. The Sony played the tapes much better.

    My questions are these: Is the Panasonic worth servicing? If so, where? (Note: I contacted a service center in Texas. I live in Northern NJ). Should I explore just buying another machine? I have seen the Panasonic AG-1980 and JVC H-S7900U available.

    Appreciate any replies. Thanks.
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    Did it ever look good for SLP? My two don't. (Okay, one of them is defective, but they both output a similarly grungy picture from SLP / EP.)
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  3. Originally Posted by vaporeon800 View Post
    Did it ever look good for SLP? My two don't. (Okay, one of them is defective, but they both output a similarly grungy picture from SLP / EP.)
    Good question. I thought it did but it had been a while since I used it and I started to use it again. I don't remember it looking this bad.
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    I have a 1960 and I have to clean the heads and tape path on a regular basis. Old tapes start to lose their coating with age. SLP also usually looks pretty bad when trying to convert to digital.
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  5. Thanks for the replies, everyone. After doing research, I decided to buy a Panasonic AG-1980 and use my AG-1970 as a lovely rewinder.
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