Daily Giz Wiz 770: Sony CV2000 Reel-To-Reel Video Recorder

Episode 770 of the podcast

Sony CV2000 Reel-To-Reel Video Recorder
Subject: Review of Sony CV2000 Reel-To-Reel Video Recorder
Released:Friday 20 February 2009
Length:about 17 minutes
Download file:DGW-770.mp3 (7.7 MB)
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Short info

From the Gadget Warehouse: Sony CV2000 Reel-To-Reel Video recorder. Today's our third anniversary!

Detailed information

The time was 1965, and Sony released the world's first "domestic" reel to reel ½ inch-tape video recorder.  It recorded black and white video on to ½ inch-tapes.  Each tape could take about half an hour of video.  It was the most compact and "portable" video tape recorder ever designed, housed in a "handy carrying case, and weighed all of 46 pounds.

You could also get the optional video camera CVC-2000, photos of which can be found both at the Rewind Museum and the Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation (smecc), links above.  Both websites contain a lot of info on the product and accessories, and you can see the brochures as well from SMECC, like this one:

Check out Lab Guy's World as well for more info.

3rd Anniversary

The time was 20 February 2006, and Dick and Leo released the world's first podcast by a man with a big moustache talking to another man on the other coast not yet seated on a blue ball: Episode 1 of the Daily Giz Wiz, Docupen.

Three years on, the big moustache is bushier, the other man is seated on a blue ball, the show is fully jinglified, the contents are searchable, and the podcast is marching towards Episode 1000, when Leo will have to devise a new naming system for the podcast's download files.  Currently it's only got 3 digits for the episode number.

OEM Betamax

Dick and Leo talked about the Sony Betamax SL-7200 (and the BetaStack) in Episode 30.  The Betamax may seem antique, but the CV-2000 is ancient.  Dick also saw a Zenith Betamax which looked rather similar to the Sony, and discovered to his amazement that it was indeed made by Sony.

Autographed Mad: A Christmas Surprise

Marie Kovar received from her husband a copy of Mad Magazine autographed by Dick, a photo of the Giz Wiz, and some GizWizBiz gadgets, for Christmas 2008.  Marie thanks Dick for contributing to her great Christmas surprise and wishes Dick and Leo and their families happiness and good health in 2009.

Valentine Gifts

Picture this.  It's Valentine's Day and Leo had against his better judgement polished off all the chocolate-coated, sea-salt-dusted caramels before they reached Jennifer.  Leo said to Jennifer, "Honey, our love is like this GizWizBiz ice-cube.  It can't melt, because it's durable like our relationship."  A kick in the groin later, Leo tried again, "Honey, our love is like this GeoBulb.  It will shine forever, or 10 years, whichever comes first."  Another kick in the groin later, Leo said, "Honey, I'm seeing stars."

Listening to the Stars

The time was 22 February 1892, and it was the premiere of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan.  Lord Darlington, a charcter in the play, spoke his line, "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

The time was 9 February 2009, and Dick and Leo were recording the show.  Dick asked Leo to say something clever to end the show.  Leo obliged.  "I may be lying in the gutter, but at least I'm looking at the stars."

The time is 20 February 2009, and it's the 3rd Anniversary of the Daily Giz Wiz.  We may be in the gutter, but at least we're listening to the stars.

Post-770 Chat
Dick and Leo have a chat after the recording session, and they are joined by Dane Golden.  They talk about the anniversary, the film Gaslight, Match Game, Gene Rayburn's mic, the Match Game theme Swingin' Safari (see also Episode 584), and much more.  Watch the video.

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