Ages ago I bought the Mishibishi HS-M55 to be used for taping music only, a t half speed. I was extremely pleased with the high quality machine. The performance was impeccable and the sound characteristics (wow & flutter, fo r instance) better than in my B 77.
The weak point, of course, are the rubber belts that dry unfunctionable. T hey were changed at least once but now there's no spares to be found anywhe re - let alone finding a repairman who would work with these oldie goodies . . .
My big question is, is there a machine with similar or better performance t han the HS-M55 but designed with rods instead of rubber belts ? I do reali ze that the whole VHS concept is way out-of-date, only that I have 40-odd t apes filled with good music, 300+ hours.
If I find, with the help of you, that there is/was a high quality Hi-Fi Nic am Stereo VHS player with half-speed and rods, then I can start chasing it from e-bay or similar places. They sometimes offer the weirdest unused mac hines in unopened factory packages . . . Well, one can always hope !
Appreciating all your help in beforehand.
Kare Ojaniemi Helsinki, Finland