[vcf-midatlantic] OT: Anyone have an old laserdisc player?

Jason Perkins perkins.jason at gmail.com
Thu Jul 28 11:32:45 EDT 2016

Yes, some of the discs have a touch laser rot... at least a visible
colored wave. None are extreme though, not as bad as this:
 They're early discs, branded as MCA Disco Vision.

Here's what one of the discs did in my player. When the machine
reached a bad spot in the disc it would give up after a moment. If I
used the jog control sometimes I could skip over the bad part:


This was one of the older discs, but despite having some rot it still
played acceptably:



On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 11:08 AM, Ethan <telmnstr at 757.org> wrote:
>> I've got some late 70s / early 80s General Motors laserdiscs that I
>> want to capture, but my 90s Sony player won't read them. I'd like to
>> try the discs in a 70s player to see if there's any hope of getting
>> them to play, but don't want to drop $$$ on a player when I'll only
>> use it 4 or 5 times.
>> Does anyone on this list have a working player from 1984 or older with
>> a gas tube laser? The GM dealers had Pioneer PR-7820's, I'd think that
>> has the best chance of reading the discs.
>> Thanks,
> Did you inspect the discs for laser rot?
>                         - Ethan

Jason Perkins
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