Sony AV-3650 Reel-to-Reel videocorder

Sony AV-3650 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 repaired or replaced, tracking meter repaired, replaced servo belt. Finally, the unit was tested for correct EIAJ alignment using several of our test and alignment tapes recorded in the 1970s. 10 day return policy (please read details below)

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.

Important: This unit plays EIAJ format video tapes, typically !/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 lid to the wood case has scuffs and the side with the hinges is weak, the wood underneath the hinges appears to have become weakened with age.

Note:  there is no RF adapter with this VTR. This was an optional item when the AV-3650 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 back of the VTR.

Included in this sale: reprint of original instruction manual; 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.

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

Shipping weight on this unit is about 50 lbs.

Price: $1,495.00

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All product returns require a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. You may obtain an RMA number by contacting TGrantPhoto Customer Service through any of the methods provided at

Any return for a refund may be subject to a 15% restocking fee. 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 .

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