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    One of my VFD's blew in front of my eyes.
    Actually it was on a desk I was trying to get going again and the display was already faulty.
    I watched the wires literally glow red like a toaster and fry the wires.
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    One of my VFD's blew in front of my eyes.
    Actually it was on a desk I was trying to get going again and the display was already faulty.
    I watched the wires literally glow red like a toaster and dissolve the wires.
    Now it's a party.

    j.harv I do have a bad feeling it is something unfortunate with the display itself. Doesn't mean it's not worth trying to figure out still. I had forgotten the control track relay wasn't working now. When I have a chance I'll see if I can garner any clues from that.
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    I'd still be interested to know if the dead LEDs are actually functioning at the component level, since that would help figure out if a power surge has burned them out, or whether the logic to enable them has failed. If the LEDs are actually cooked, chances are parts of the VFD have gone too.

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    Great post, thanks so much for sharing.
    I have "repaired" (cleaned and fixed a few things) two Mg614 and love to see how the big brothers improves on every step.

    And just for fun, but i am sure you may already know much more than me about this...
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    I was aware.
    Also Billy Idols 'Rebel Yell' was done on one of these as well. Amazing punchy track. Still enjoy listening to it.

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    Just curiosity, do you have enough tapes for it? Or is there some way to fill the old ones with any other VHS kind of tape?

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    I personally have quite a few new tapes and you can actually record over old tapes as well. You may have done this on your Mg614 have you?

    I haven't gone down the road of actually testing what tape replacement would work.

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    Hi Sweetbeats

    I saw this comment and pic of yours...

    "Yeah. See pic below. I think mine have been modified with chase-lock sync capability...maybe. Both of mine have the 15-pin DSUB connector on the front...clearly not factory. Not sure yet what they're for."

    Attachment 98764



    This looks like an attempt to wire up the recorder controls for SMPTE control. My Akai mg1214 has this on the front as standard.

    From the Akai Brochure...

    " A synchronizer jack allows for quick and easy connection of the MG1214 to almost every popular SMPTE synchronizer for synchronous recording with other audio or video machines."


    You can synchronize two of these (Akai mg1214) via a separate synchronizer. You can't just plug one into each other and expect them to lock together. It won't work.

    If this modification of yours on the Akai1212 has been done right you may be able to lock it together with another Akai mg1214 or even lock it with a Protools rig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreverb View Post
    Just curiosity, do you have enough tapes for it? Or is there some way to fill the old ones with any other VHS kind of tape?
    I have some tapes. New and used. They're getting harder to come by. I'm always keeping an eye out for them. As for reloading the tape shell. I heard Maxell XLII EE tape is what can be used. I'm keeping an eye out for that stuff too. Would be a fun experiment to try and reload a cassette.
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