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CED Digest Vol. 3 No. 41  •  10/10/1998


From: Richard & Sally Taylor
To: "'Tom Howe'" <>
Subject: RE: CED Digest Vol. 3 No. 40
Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 12:57:01 -0700

Just got to say......this site is better than no site! We enjoy the 
Digest.....even the complaining and are happy that it exists/we found 
it.The suggestion that "someone" might offer repair service is a good 
one....just need to have "someone" step up to the table..... and figure out 
a way to insure that they are reputable.
Thanks for the site Tom !

Date: Sun, 04 Oct 1998 16:30:43 -0700
From: "Marlin Bates, IV"
To: Tom Howe <>
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 3 No. 40

Tom Howe wrote:
Hmm, I have been reading the messages and thought I would comment.  The CED
Magic site is an amazing collection of facts and titles.  I thank Tom for
maintaining such a comprehensive site.  In fact, it was his site over 3 years
ago which helped me fix my first player since childhood (it needed a new load
belt) and Tom told me what was a very good replacement.

Additionally, his list of titles has enabled me to know where I am in my
status to get all of the titles. (I have 1222 titles!!)  On that note - Tom,
the "Memories of Videodisk" lists some 300-odd foreign titles released
(although not by title, only that they released X number of foreign titles) do
you have any idea what they titles were and how they differed.

Now, if someone needs a machine fixed, I have found that a simple read of
Tom's site will fix most of the run of the mill problems AND you can always
e-mail him for the other problems.  He is really quick and very helpful. 
INstead of running the site down, perhaps we could gather up a bit of common
fixes, write it up in HTML and offer it to Tom to add to the site.

Half the fun in hobbies like this is trying to find out how to fix them and
then patting yourself on the back when you do.  Failing that - I will gladly
take the broken players off of your hands.


From: "Michael Russell" 
To: "Tom Howe" <>
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 3 No. 40
Date: Mon, 5 Oct 1998 23:23:53 -0700

Hello Tom;

Well, I finally bought a CED player, for too much money, at ebay.  SJT 100.
It arrived broken, of course.

I have been playing with it--the mechanism is remarkably straightforward...
the belt in the left rear that ejects the outer case and positions the disc
is worn out, but when I cycle it by hand it puts the disc in place and it
will try to play.  BUT, the direct drive turntable is unbalanced and makes
load thunking sounds as it tries to spin.  Question:  Does the large bolt in
the bottom center, the one with the tapped screw center, by any chance come
with a pin bearing of some sort that the turntable spins on?  If so, I am
missing that interior screw.

SO, I need a bearing and a belt--both obtainable, I guess.  But before I
throw good money after bad, is there any way to figure out if the stylus is
good via visual inspection?  If the stylus is shot, the whole thing is a
waste, but if it is good, then it is worth fixing.

Thanks for your help!

--Michael Russell

Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 18:07:24 -0700
From: "Mike Miller" 
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 3 No. 40

Donald Baraf & chemfish,

You guys are looking a gift horse in the mouth. I've been to a couple dozen 8-track
and Beta video websites, and none of them give the level of support for those "dead"
mediums that CEDmagic provides for videodiscs. When my 8-track needed a belt I had to
measure the old one, hunt around and finally pay $5 for it. But with the videodisc player
a dollar bill in the mail got me the belt a short while later.

Date: Sat, 10 Oct 1998 18:08:50 EDT
Subject: Disc Player and Disc's

RCA Selectavision/Video/DiscPlayer model SFT 100 W


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