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Panasonic AG-1980 VCR - refurbished - 90 day warranty! [TGP561] + FREE SHIPPING!!

Panasonic AG-1980 VCR

with built-in TBC time base corrector

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90 day warranty* includes part & labor (see terms below*)
discounted repair charge after warranty expires

Used - professional VCR in tip-top working condition!
Completely refurbished, aligned and tested, 90 day warranty!

 New SMD capacitors in Y-C video board,
New capacitors in the front display!

Over 50 capacitors are replaced, plus and other mediocre capacitors replaced as necessary.

PLUS - Our proprietary design K-GRIP™ "non-slip" thread motor installed!

Tape path is aligned and tested!
How we test and align these VCRs

The AG-1980 is our choice as the

Customer testimonials about our VCRs

TGrant Photo supplies Panasonic AG1980s to national libraries, museums and video transfer companies

This Panasonic AG1980 has special professional features that give a sharper, more stable picture than other VCR's. In fact, this machine is labeled "For Commercial Use Only". It's built-in Time Base Corrector makes it ideal for stabilizing and  transferring VHS tapes to a digital format.

How this VCR was repaired and aligned:

Our resident technician Tom Grant, has over thirty years in the audio-visual profession. Tom has completely refurbished, cleaned and adjusted this VCR.

The Electronics - Several circuit boards, including the motherboard are tested for bad or weak capacitors. Any poor capacitors are replaced.  Under all circumstances we always replace all of the SMD capacitors in the Y-C Color video board. The front display board is also rebuilt with all new capacitors. (NOTE: we always use quality, brand name replacement capacitors. This ensures that the AG1980 will give the best playback results ) 

The Mechanism - The VCR's mechanism is removed and disassembled to allow inspection and lubrication of the gears and mechanical parts. During this part of the rebuild, the synchronization of the mechanism is checked, and the mechanism is manually advanced through all of it's stages before it's re-inserted into the main chassis. An upgraded thread motor featuring our proprietary design improvements is installed (this solves many of the threading problems inherent in the original AG1980 design). The capstan and flywheel assembly is disassembled, cleaned, and the bearings are lubricated (if the bearings are worn, we replace them with near-to-new capstan bearings), The video head drum is disassembled, cleaned, and the bearings lubricated (the supplied video heads are carefully selected to give near-to-new playback quality). During our inspection of the mechanism, any other weak or worn parts are replaced.

Alignment - While viewing the video head envelope on our waveform monitor, the tape path is electronically aligned. The waveform analyzer also allows us to see the playback performance of the video heads. Using several test tapes, we can determine the condition of the video heads (video heads that don't meet our criteria are replaced with good condition heads). The linear audio track is also tweaked for best alignment. Video output level and Y/C levels are set to Panasonic's specifications.

Final Testing - We spend 3 hours of intensive testing. Tom uses twelve different tapes that were recorded on several different VCRs. These tapes were recorded between 1979 to 1997.  This final compatibilty test ensures that you'll have great playback quality over a wide range of tapes.

We finalize our testing by simultaneously viewing the AG-1980's video output on a waveform monitor, pulse-cross monitor and color video monitor.  With this equipment we can confirm correct operation of the time base corrector, color output and overall picture quality.  We also compare the AG1980's video waveform to industry standards for resolution and stability of the image.

The completely aligned AG1980 is in top shape, ready to transfer all your tapes to digital !  90 day warranty and 10 day return policy*  (see terms below)  WARNING Cancer and Reproductive Harm

Special features of the AG-1980

Jog & shuttle dial - allows you to speed ahead or reverse the tapes for easy video editing purposes. Controllable from frame-by-frame to variable speed playback

auto digital tracking - switch automatically sets the optimal tracking for each tape

a slide "sharpener" control,  allows you to sharpen or soften the VHS image.

S-video connections for sharpest video output, plus BNC connectors for composite video output.

Digital TBC time base corrector - Full Field (multi-line) and Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) provide superb picture quality for editing and playback. Jitter and distortion are removed for superior results, even after successive generations. See how it helps here

Condition:  This VCR is used and has been cleaned, refurbished, and thoroughly tested by our technician. It's in top  working condition!  Cosmetically there are a few minor scuffs or imperfections. The metal top cover has been nicely repainted.   *10 day Return Policy (see terms below) 

Includes:  instruction manual reprint; replacement remote control*  power cord;  BNC to RCA connector;  S-Video cable; multi RCA to RCA cable, plus Demo Super VHS (S-VHS) tape.  *Note: The original model remote control is not available. We include a similar Panasonic VCR remote that will operate most of the basic features of the VCR (but not all) All the AG1980 functions are available on the front VCR flip-down control panel.

Shipping charges: The AG-1980 is a well built, heavy duty unit, weighing about 20lbs. Shipping charges are based on weight combined with the measured dimensions of the box. Your estimated shipping charges can be seen when you add the AG-1980 to your shopping cart, before you start your checkout.

- After your AG1980 arrives, feel free to call our tech phone support us if you have any set-up or operational questions!

*10 day Return Policy (see terms below) 

*90 day Warranty, parts & labor included. Does not include replacing damaged video heads, return shipping not included.

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To further enhance quality when you transfer tapes, you can use one of our video processors

90 day warranty* includes part & labor

Regular Price: $1,995.95
Sale Price: $1,795.95

Panasonic AG-1980 VCR 90 Day Limited Warranty:

Panasonic AG-1980 VCR Limited Warranty Terms & Conditions

TGrantPhoto provides the following limited warranty. This limited warranty extends only to the original purchaser. A VCR shipped to another address after original delivery does not qualify for return, refund or warranty service.
Please note that any warranty services or questions must be accompanied by the order number from the transaction through which the warranted product was purchased. The order number serves as your warranty number and must be retained. TGrantPhoto will offer no warranty service without this number.
TGrantPhoto  warrants this product and its parts against defects in materials or workmanship for 90 days labor and 90 days parts from the original ship date. During this period, TGrantPhoto  will repair or replace defective parts with new or reconditioned parts at TGrantPhoto's option, without charge to you.

WARNING Cancer and Reproductive Harm

All shipping fees both to and from TGrantPhoto during this 90-day period must be paid by the customer. All returns during the 90-day period, must be affected via the Procedures for Obtaining Warranty Service described below.
All original parts (parts installed by TGrantPhoto at the original VCR refurbish) replaced by TGrantPhoto  or its authorized service center, become the property of TGrantPhoto. Any after-market additions or modifications will not be warranted. The VCR owner is responsible for the payment, at current rates, for any service or repair outside the scope of this limited warranty.
TGrantPhoto makes no other warranty, either express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or conformity to any representation or description, with respect to this VCR other than as set forth below. TGrantPhoto  makes no warranty or representation, either express or implied, with respect to any other manufacturer’s product or documentation, its quality, performance, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or conformity to any representation or description.
Except as provided below, TGrantPhoto  is not liable for any loss, cost, expense, inconvenience or damage that may result from use or inability to use the VCR. Under no circumstances shall TGrantPhoto be liable for any loss, cost, expense, inconvenience or damage exceeding the purchase price of the Panasonic AG-1980.
The warranty and remedies set forth below are exclusive and in lieu of all others, oral or written, expressed or implied. No reseller, agent or employee is authorized to make any modification, extension or addition to this warranty.

Warranty Conditions
The above Limited Warranty is subject to the following conditions:
    This warranty extends only to Panasonic AG-1980 VCRs distributed and/or sold by TGrantPhoto . It is effective only if the Panasonic AG-1980 was purchased and operated in the USA. (Within the USA including US 48 States, Alaska and Hawaii.)
    This warranty covers only normal use of the Panasonic AG-1980. TGrantPhoto  shall not be liable under this warranty if any damage or defect results from (i) misuse, abuse, neglect, improper shipping or installation; (ii) disasters such as fire, flood, lightning or improper electric current; or (iii) service or alteration by anyone other than an authorized TGrantPhoto  representative; (iv) damages incurred through irresponsible use, including those resulting from playing damaged videotapes, improper cleaning of video heads, or other non-recommended practices. Damaged or worn video heads are not covered under this warranty.
    You must retain your bill of sale or other proof of purchase to receive warranty service.
    No warranty extension will be granted for any replacement part(s) furnished to the purchaser in fulfillment of this warranty.
    TGrantPhoto accepts no responsibility for any videotapes or any parts of any products returned for repair to TGrantPhoto .


Procedures for Obtaining Warranty Service
RMA (Returning Merchandise Authorization) Policy:
If repairs are required, the customer must obtain a RMA number and provide proof of purchase. RMA and services are rendered by TGrantPhoto only. Any shipping costs on any item returned for repair is the customers’ responsibility. All returned VCRs must have a RMA number written clearly on the outside of the package along with a letter detailing the problems and a copy of the original proof of purchase. No COD packages will be accepted. No package will be accepted without a RMA number written on the outside of the package. RMA numbers are only valid for 30 days from the date of issue.
Should you have any problems with your Panasonic AG-1980, please follow these procedures to obtain the service:
1. If the VCR must be repaired, a RMA number (Return Merchandise Authorization Number) will be issued for shipment to our repair department. Contact a TGrant Photo customer Service agent using our website contact page. Please follow the instructions given by TGrantPhoto technical support staff to ship us your VCR. TGrantPhoto will not accept any shipments without a RMA number.
2. After you receive the RMA email from TGrant Photo, pack the VCR in its original box or a well-protected box, as outlined in the Return Shipping Instructions. TGrantPhoto  will not be responsible for shipping damage/loss of any product outside the original 90-day TGrantPhoto warranty period. It is very important that you write the RMA number clearly on the outside of the package. Ship the VCR with a copy of your bill of sale or other proof of purchase, your name, address, phone number, description of the problem(s), and the RMA number you have obtained to the address specified in the RMA email that you received.

3. Upon receiving the VCR, TGrantPhoto will repair or replace your Panasonic AG-1980 (at TGrantPhoto's discretion) and will ship it back to you within 4 weeks (dependent on parts availability) via UPS

4. All shipping fees both for under warranty and post warranty repairs are the sole responsibility of the customer. The customer also assumes full liability for losses or damages resulting from shipping as well as all responsibility to pursue remuneration for such issues with their selected carrier.

After 90 Day Warranty – Post Warranty Repair
For post warranty repair, the procedure is the same as outlined above for RMA and shipping. However, you are responsible for shipping charges both ways, current labor charges ($75 per hour if not under warranty), and the current price of part(s) used in repair.

Technical Support:

Customer Service:  phone 330-391-0880

TGrantPhoto  does not offer technical support for any computer capture related issues. Technical support should be pursued through channels offered by the computer's individual tech support. TGrantPhoto accepts no liability for problems caused by after-market hardware modifications or additions. TGrantPhoto  is not responsible for giving any technical support concerning the installation of computer capture hardware/software or video-to-HDMI converters. TGrantPhoto is not responsible for loss of video information or time, even with hardware failure. TGrantPhoto  is not responsible for any loss of work (“down time”) caused by a product requiring service. This warranty is null and void if the defect or malfunction was due to damage resulting from operation not within manufacturer specifications. It will also be null and void if there are indications of misuse and/or abuse. TGrantPhoto has the option of voiding the warranty if any one other than a TGrantPhoto  technician attempts to service the product. TGrantPhoto  will not warrant any problems arising from an act of God (lighting, flooding, tornado, etc.), electrical spikes or surges, or problems arising out of additional devices added to complement any VCR bought at TGrantPhoto . Under no circumstances will TGrantPhoto be responsible for any refund or remuneration exceeding the original purchase price of the product less any shipping fees. TGrantPhoto  will not be held responsible for typographical errors on sales receipts, repair tickets, or on our website. TGrantPhoto  makes every effort to make sure all information on our website is correct.

By checking "I agree" you agree to and accept the terms of this agreement.

Electronic Equipment Standard Return Policy:

TGrant Photo Return Policies

General Policy

These are’s ("TGrantPhoto”, “we” or “our”) Standard Return Policies applicable only to products purchased by you directly from the & website.

All product returns require a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. You may obtain an RMA number by contacting TGrantPhoto Customer Service at

Any return for a refund may be subject to a 15% - 25% restocking fee and original shipping charges. Customer pays return shipping charges.

Products that are not eligible for return and will be sent back to you at your cost and expense if received by us:

Any product not purchased from or it's subsidiary

Any product without a valid, readable serial number, including but not limited to products with missing, damaged, altered, or otherwise unreadable serial number.

Any product that is returned without all original packaging and accessories, including the manuals, cables, and all other items originally included with the product.

Any product that exhibits physical damage. Any product with a damaged or torn warranty seal.

Any product which has been opened, used, or tampered with in any way which jeopardized TGrantPhoto's ability to remarket or resell the product. TGrantPhoto  maintains full discretion in decisions regarding a products fitness for return.


Electronic Equipment Standard Return Policy

Return for refund within: 10 days

Restocking Fee: Yes

This is our Standard 10-Day Return Policy. All electronic equipment sold on TGrantPhoto are covered by this policy (unless stated otherwise) and must be returned to TGrantPhoto within 10 days of the invoice date for this policy to apply. “Return” constitutes receipt of the product by TGrantPhoto, and not the mere issuance of an RMA. TGrantPhoto will be not be responsible for the cost of return shipping; please contact TGrantPhoto's customer service department to obtain an RMA number and instructions regarding how to ship the product back to TGrantPhoto .

This policy includes (but is not limited to); DVD players, VCRs, LaserDisc Players, video processors.

NOTE: For all electronic equipment over $250, An adult (age 18 or older) is required to sign the shipping courier's release form to complete delivery. It is highly recommended that you inspect the product upon delivery for visible damage. Large item shipments require that shipping damage is reported within 48 HOURS of the product’s delivery. Any damage reported more than 48 HOURS after the product delivery will not be accepted by TGrantPhoto . After delivery, please read all included documentation regarding installation and proper use of the equipment. If you need to return a product that was shipped via Large Item Delivery, please contact TGrantPhoto's customer service department to obtain instructions on how to return the product.

IMPORTANT: All our VCRs and Video Processors are designed and tested for correct playback on TVs with video inputs. We do not guarantee that VCRs or Video Processors will work with computer capture cards. VHS tapes that have copyguard protection may not play back properly on some VCRs.

Any electronic equipment that is returned under this policy must be in the condition as described in the original TGrantPhoto sales description, in its original packaging with all original accessories and manuals. If the electronic equipment is missing the serial number or UPC bar code, the return will NOT be accepted by TGrant Photo. Any electronic equipment returned under this policy that is found to be damaged due to the customer’s neglect, abuse or misuse will NOT be accepted.

Items shipped to another address after original delivery do not qualify for return or refund. An item that has been re-shipped voids any and all warranties.

Canceling an Order: If you need to cancel an order prior to shipping, you must contact us immediately. If your order has not shipped, we usually can approve the cancellation. You will receive a refund, less your original payment processing fees. Refunds may take 5-7 days to process.

By checking "I agree" you agree to and accept the terms of this return policy.



$200 OFF refurbished Panasonic AG1980

discount limited to stock on hand!
Sale Price: $1,795.95 / ea You Save: $200.00 (10.02%)!