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Sony AV-3600 Reel-to-Reel videocorder VTR, Refurbished + Warranty

NOTE: This item requires 7 days processing prior to shipment

Sony AV-3600 reel-to-reel videotape recorder, used, but fully restored and refurbished .

This is a 1/2" EIAJ format, black & white video tape recorder (VTR), typical of the format  used in schools and industry in the early 1970's.

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Used, this VTR has been completely disassembled, cleaned and restored to top operating condition. All the mechanism parts have been re-lubricated and repaired or replaced as necessary. Several new belts, several tension pads, brake pads, have been repaired or replaced. The VU meter was replaced; new replaced servo belt; new capstan belt. Finally, the unit was tested for correct EIAJ alignment using several of our test and alignment reel-to-reel tapes recorded in the 1970s. 10 day return policy & 30 day warranty (please read details below)

WARNING Cancer and Reproductive Harm

Tip: Sony reel-to-reel VTR's manufactured between 1965 and 1971 were designed to play back on companion Sony TV monitors. These monitors had a short time constant which effectively disguised many of the playback errors at the top of the TV screen, typically appearing as flagging, or bending, at the top of the picture. To properly transfer a reel-to-reel videotape to digital you need run the video output of the VTR through a time base corrector, This stabilizes and purifies the video image so that it's suitable for digital capture.

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Important: This unit plays EIAJ format video tapes, typically 1/2" open-reel tapes from 1970 to 1975. This will not play Sony CV "skip field"  format 1/2" videotapes from 1965 to 1969. If you're unsure about which format tape you have please contact us for advice before purchasing.

Condition: Used, but refurbished and now in excellent working condition! Some wear to the fabric covered wood case. The mechanism has been restored, cleaned, lubricated and tested for correct alignment and playback using over 9 EIAJ tapes recorded in 1975-1980. Mechanism and electronics are in top condition. Fabric covered wood case is in good condition, but with a few small tears and scuffs. The small "Sony" logo is missing from the front right edge. (please see the photos)

Note there is no RF adapter with this VTR. This was an optional item when the AV-3600 was sold as new and is not necessary for playback. To make digital video transfers you will be using the standard "video out" connector on the rear panel of the VTR (an adapter is included to convert it to a standard RCA video output),

Included in this sale:  A.C. power cable; PL259 to RCA adapter (for video output); mini-plug to RCA adapter (for audio output); triple RCA cable; 7" dia. takeup reel, pre-recorded demo tape. The original instructions are not available, however we're including a reprint of the very similar Sony AV-3650 instruction booklet.

Includes after-the-sale technical advice, 10 day satisfaction guarantee & 30 day warranty (see details below)

Shipping weight on this unit is about 50 lbs. It will be carefully padded and packed for safe shipment.

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Price: $2,295.00

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.

Reel-to-Reel Videocorder 30 Day Limited Warranty:

Reel-to-Reel video tape recorder (VTR) 30 Day Limited Warranty Terms & Conditions

TGrantPhoto provides the following limited warranty. This limited warranty extends only to the original purchaser. A VTR 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 30 days labor and 30 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.
All shipping fees both to and from TGrantPhoto during this 30-day period must be paid by the customer. All returns during the 30-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 computer 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 VTR. Under no circumstances shall TGrantPhoto be liable for any loss, cost, expense, inconvenience or damage exceeding the purchase price of the video tape recorder.
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 video tape recorders distributed and/or sold by TGrantPhoto . It is effective only if the VTR 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 VTR. 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 VTRs 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 video tape recorder, please follow these procedures to obtain the service:
1. If the VTR must be repaired, a RMA number (Return Merchandise Authorization Number) will be issued for shipment to our repair department. Please follow the instructions given by TGrantPhoto technical support staff to ship your VTR. TGrantPhoto  will not accept any shipments without a RMA number.
2. Pack the VTR 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 30-day TGrantPhoto warranty period. It is very important that you write the RMA number clearly on the outside of the package. Ship the VTR 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:

TGrantPhoto Service Center,


Box 444, Lodi, OH 44254

3. Upon receiving the VTR, TGrantPhoto will repair or replace your VTR (at TGrantPhoto's discretion) and will ship it back to you within 4 weeks (dependent on parts availability) via USPS.
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 30 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. 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 VTR 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.