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Posted: 30 Aug 2017, 17:14 

it pretty much is. it's beneficial to give the player a good fresh relube. pop the top, expel the disc tray, and you'll have direct access to the laser sled transverse assy.

you can use WHITE LITHIUM GREASE and a light general purpose oil, though if you have affordable access to it, a Silicon-based grease is considered best.

the brass worm-drive shaft, and the guide shafts are the primary things to lubricate. GREASE for the WORM, OIL for the GUIDES;

this alone should correct most, if not all playback faults. it would be best to remove the disc tray entirely, to grease the gearwork underneath,
but that is not essential, and the timing gear for the tray drive shaft must be aligned properly with the tray's teeth track to be properly reassembled...

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Posted: 17 Sep 2017, 15:12 

Variable Geo is pretty smooth and well-drawn, especially in the fight sequences. Just that most people are uncomfortable watching it because of all the fan service :lol: :oops:

heaven knows, enjoying one's fanservice in peace has got to be one of the very few outstanding reasons to be an Antisocial Nerd...

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Posted: 08 Dec 2017, 17:40 

i have the U.S. ADV DVD complete collection of Kurumi, one of my all-time favorites.

i never knew there were LD editions of this series. from these small photos i could find, it appears they were CAV. at least the first vol. anyway;

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Posted: 26 Jan 2018, 18:34 

the dub's only value is that of unintentional comedy. every time SENGOKU's on screen,
you'd best expect a PMS-fest that will put your drunken, cantankerous uncle to shame.

seriously, the only copy of this series i currently own is the dub i taped off of satellite long ago,
and i mean to address that just as soon as i can. this show is spectacular in most every way,
DESPITE the terrible dub i'm currently stuck with. i can begin to imagine what it must be like subbed.

at least the original soundtrack is present. i've heard about the disaster that is the U.K. edition of this series,
including the butchered soundtrack. i can imagine what sort of atmosphere-killer that must be...

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Posted: 29 Jan 2018, 18:35 

i always thought MOLDIVER looked reasonably passable via the PIONEER CLD-3030 direct to a 46" LCD HDTV;

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 Post subject: Re: The Future
Posted: 29 Mar 2018, 16:18 

i do like my 2008 PIONEER BDP-05FD BD player, and it plays every BRD i throw at it flawlessly,
but i'd LOVE to replace it with a BDP-LX88/88FD. probably the last old-fashioned, overbuilt, no-holds-barred A/V source component anyone will ever field;

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Posted: 18 Jul 2018, 16:00 

little bit of a PATLABOR fan myself;

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Posted: 24 Nov 2018, 18:55 

a 2011ish 46in. BEST BUY "INSIGNIA" SANYO OEM with Killer (IMO) analog video processing circuitry;




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Posted: 30 Nov 2018, 17:45 

(( i suppose i did forget to present an actual example of LD playback now, didn't i?))

1988 PIONEER CLD-3030, straight feed into the BEST BUY INSIGNIA 46" mentioned above;

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Posted: 29 Jan 2019, 17:41 

Wow, glad I don't care for GITS. Appleseed is all I need! And the '80s comics and OVA only!

no one would shut up for half a second about GitS back in my early OTAKU days of the mid/late-90's.
it was ALL about MACROSS/ROBOTECH for me back then, with some freshly-discovered GUNDAM thrown in for kicks.

then, suddenly, thanks to stumbling upon series like Galaxy Fraulein Yuna and TENCHI MUYO! my hormones finally began to kick into gear.

it took me until coming across a copy of the MANGA VIDEO LD edition of the GitS movie -in a large-ish Anime LD lot i got for cheap-
before i ever got to see it for the first time, and, to this moment, i'm still wondering what the big furry deal with it actually was, back in the day.

just not my kind of jam, i suppose...

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Posted: 02 Feb 2019, 16:34 

i have a collection of all three of the accessory programmable units PIONEER marketed in the U.S. from 1987 to around 1995;

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Posted: 07 Mar 2019, 18:46 

signofzeta wrote:
I guess the same is true of Dream Hunter Rem but that’s a pretty shallow pond compared to A-ko...

got to admit though, the main heroine is indeed cute as a button, and certainly my kind of Anime Girl...


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Posted: 08 Jun 2019, 14:52 

1- The motion picture (I love how grand and epic it is) ( same here )
2- The wrath of Khan (all round excellent film, even if a bit banal at it's core. also Scotty bringing dead crewman to the BRIDGE is UTTERLY STUPID)
3- Search for Spock (my favorite ST starship, the EXCELSIOR, debuts in this film, so it holds importance for that, at least)
4- Voyage home (good movie in it's way, though a bit too much of a sop to the average, non-trekkie audience at times)
5- Final frontier (bad, bad movie, but holds a sentimental place for me, so it is at least passively watchable)
6- Undiscovered country (plenty of USS EXCELSIOR on display, otherwise, not bad, but not quite great, either)
7- Generations (pretty crummy overall, and my second-favorite ST starship, the ENTERPRISE D, get's annihilated here, so there's that strike against it as well)
8- First contact (hot, sexy BORG action for the stupid ten-year-old in us all, i suppose)
9- Insurrection (SUCKS)
8- Nemesis (SUCKS HARD, and DATA passes on)

2.1- Star Trek (good original cast character likenesses, but BEER BREWERY "Engineering" SUCKS HARD)
2.2- Beyond (SUCKS REAL GOOD)
2.3- Into Darkness (SUCKS EVEN GOODER)

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Posted: 10 Aug 2019, 21:14 

...although "From Star Wars to Jedi" is still not included, probably because of a statement from Lucas that might seem a little bit controversial now :mrgreen:

i have that one on VHS, my mom taped it off of HBO in the late-80's, when then they aired it and RotJ back to back;

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 Post subject: Re: Headphones
Posted: 05 Sep 2019, 14:37 

i've had these for over a decade now, 1972 PIONEER SE-305;



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Posted: 03 Nov 2019, 14:18 

hey guys.

it just so happened that i got to see some pretty swell things as a young boy in the late-80's/early-90's,
thanks to the relative dorkiness of my parents.

thought i'd go ahead and share some of it;

me and my mom, at a George Takei autograph signing, 01/28/1990 ;

me and Patrick Stewart, 01/06/1991 ; (excuse my weird face, i do believe i was ill at the time)

William Shatner, 07/22/1991 ; (Alas, i couldn't be there, as mom only just had admission fee for herself at the time)

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Posted: 08 Nov 2019, 14:47 


(((( PIONEER "CHERRY BLOSSOM SALE" 1989 AT Misawa, Japan PX ))))

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Posted: 11 Nov 2019, 15:03 

well, TBH, the MITSUBISHI HS-U80 is a beautifully-crafted drop-dead looker, -if you're into those sorts of late-80's CE cosmetics, that is-
but it's raw video performance actually does lag behind that of the JVC HR-S8000U ,
which, while also being a cosmetically handsome, well-built unit, (though not quite as all-out lovingly-crafted as the HS-U80, at least externally)
also has some of the cleanest, crispest raw video performance to be seen out of a VHS/S-VHS VCR.

in sum, if you can only own one, the HR-S8000U is THE vintage S-VHS VCR to own...

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Posted: 17 Nov 2019, 14:37 

that's Akari Kamigishi, of To Heart fame;

i actually used to have this rather weirdly-proportioned TSUKUDA HOBBY large-scale doll of her;

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 Post subject: Re: Hot Sale On Rightstuf
Posted: 07 Dec 2019, 18:13 

forper wrote:
"Bread of happiness" :roll:

i mean, i'm quite fond of Bread myself, but don't you think this is beginning to get a little Ridiculous?!?


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Posted: 13 Dec 2019, 15:04 

Okay I'll bite, I'm really curious now. What are some of your favorite series tasuke? I'd say 10-15 would do if you don't mind.

* Ai Yori Aoshi
* Chobits
* Steel Angel Kurumi
* MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM MOVIE 1 (Hilariously hammy English dub)
* Bubblegum Crisis (1987/1990 OVA)
* Card Captor Sakura
* Galaxy Fraulien Yuna
* Video Girl Ai
* Ah! My Goddess (OVA/T.V./MOVIE)
* Hand Maid May
* My Neighbor TOTORO
* LAPUTA; Castle in the Sky
* A Little Snow Fairy Sugar
* Mahoromatic
* To Heart (ploddingly-boring series, but the Animation, Character Design, and a single character in particular, makes the series for me; HMX-12 "Multi")
* The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (T.V./MOVIE) (Again, TERRIBLE series, (but decent MOVIE) with lovely Animation/Chara Design, and a pair of Charas "Mikuru Asahina" and "Yuki Nagato" that sell the series to me)
* Comic Party REVOLUTION
* Shuffle
* Rumbling Hearts
* Princess Tutu
* TENCHI MUYO! (OVA/T.V./MOVIE 1~2/Magical Project S)
* Jewel Bem Hunter Lime
* The Vision of ESCAFLOWNE
* Please! Teacher
* Devil Hunter Yohko (1/2/3/4/5/6)
* Tsukuyomi MOON PHASE
* Magical Shopping Arcade ABENOBASHI
* Strawberry Marshmallow

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 Post subject: Re: To Shrink Or Not..
Posted: 18 Dec 2019, 15:08 

forper wrote:
I leave the original shrink on only if there's a sticker involved.

i just cleanly cut any stickers/price tags i wish to retain off the shrink,
and either glue/tape them on the jacket, in a complementary place, or, more commonly, onto the inner disc sleeve...

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Posted: 30 Dec 2019, 15:30 

Well, that's it for Nadia. alas, while hardly Shakespeare, the series maintained high quality
up until the infamous "Island Episodes" began, and simply never recovered.

i suppose the best of the series essentially ended on a high point,
with a genuinely sweet scene between Captain Nemo and little Marie, one of the briefest, yet best in all of Anime, IMO.

i theorize that NHK Broadcasting, being the BBC of Japan as they are, finally woke up and noticed the series,
and, conservative, Right-Minded souls that they clearly were, took umbrage with the tone the series was taking,
insisting dumbing it way down and essentially Committee-ing the remainder of the series quite to death.

oh well, at least the series left me some very memorable music;

Also, Capt. Nemo was a cool guy
(right up until the Island Episodes onward, that is, when he had somehow suddenly degraded into "typical Japanese guy in charge")
Marie was positively Adorable in her precociousness,
Grandis was easily the most likable "Ne'er-Do-Well-Villain-with-a-Heart-of-Gold" in all of Anime,
and the NAUTILUS I was actually quite a singularly awesome Submarine.
in fact, i even kind of want a model of the thing now. well, we will see about that...

at any rate, on to PATLABOR T.V.

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Posted: 05 Jan 2020, 16:47 

PATLABOR T.V. is FANTASTIC, easily among the very best, IMHO.

the characters are written like REAL PEOPLE, lending a singular veracity that is exceptionally uncommon in Anime,
indeed, rather uncommon in any storytelling medium, really...

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Posted: 07 Jan 2020, 15:53 

the near-bottom of this model range, the CLD-1080, was my very first LD player.

paid $50 for it back around 2005, and it lasted me like a month, before it slipped out of my grip,
heading down the terribly steep staircase at my grandma's place.

it smashed face first into the brass hand-railing, and that was all she wrote...
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