Betamax SL-8000

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The SL-8000 was the first Betamax machine in the UK and is one of the so called 'piano key' early models. It was a very advanced VCR in its day.

The 8000 was a very basic VCR. It had no cue/review but did have pause, albeit with muted video. It did have a mechanical tape counter as well as a one event timer. Toshiba produced a clone of this model called the V-5250.

Looking back now it appears to be a massive, heavy old fashioned machine and is really only of interest to collectors.

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