I remember a time... [said in a voice like the old narrator at the beginning of MAD MAX]... when you could actually buy... wait... what's going on here! Major deja-vu, haha. But actually the situation is the same, the only difference is this post is about Pioneer DVD-recorders, not video players. When I bought my first DVD-recorder about 5 years ago I bought a Panasonic and stupid me forgot to check if it could copy from NTSC video tapes. And it turned out it couldn't. My friend Henrik Larsen had a Pioneer which copied NTSC tapes without any problems so for the past years I've wanted a Pioneer DVD-recorder. Obviously. Not long ago the old Panasonic began to die a slow death and I decided to buy a Pioneer. Only to discover the dick-heads at Pioneer stopped making the bloody things several years ago!!! >_<
I found out Panasonic are still making them and their new ones can probably copy from NTSC but for five years I've had my mind set for a Pioneer and by jove I want a Pioneer!!! So for a wee bit I've been checking German eBay for a good player and a couple of days ago I found two; a really good model, and an even better model. And being the reckless and wild rockabilly teen that I am I placed bids for both of them!! Tonight I won the better one of the two. Whoo-hoo!!! (and fortunately someone else outbid me on the other one, LOL). The model I'll be getting is a Pioneer DVR-LX61D 250GB HDD/DVD Recorder.
Now, where can I get a mint Betamax player? LMAO (I want the one that was only produced for retail in the Middle East!! As the only model in the world it plays ALL Betamax formats; PAL, NTSC, SECAM, and apparently the variations of those!).