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CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 21  •  5/24/2003


20 Years Ago In CED History:

May 25, 1983:
* Navy Lt. Cmdr. Albert Schaufelberger, deputy commander of the U.S. 
Military Group in El Salvador, is assassinated by leftist rebels. He 
is the first American military adviser to be killed in that country.
* In a controversial move, President Reagan dismisses three of the 
six members of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, all three Democrats 
who oppose his civil-rights policies; Reagan's nominations subject to 
Senate confirmation, are all Republicans.
* During the first meeting of the China-United States Joint 
Commission on Commerce and Trade in Beijing (Peking), U.S. Commerce 
Secretary Malcolm Baldrige remarks that the U.S. would soon 
facilitate the sale of high-technology items to China.
* The movie "Return of the Jedi" grosses a record $6,219,629 on its 
opening day.

RCA and Hitachi To Launch 'CED' Video Disc System in the United 
Kingdom in Fourth Quarter Of 1983

LONDON, May 25 -- RCA Corporation and Hitachi, Ltd. announced jointly 
today that they plan to introduce the Capacitance Electronic Disc 
("CED") system in the United Kingdom this autumn in time for the 
Christmas selling season.

The announcement was made at the consumer electronic industry's 
Spring Trade Show.

RCA will make the video disc albums and Hitachi will supply the 
players for the U.K. launch.

Seiji Sudo, Executive Vice President and a Director of Hitachi, Ltd., 
said, "Hitachi will support the 'CED' launch in the U.K. with two 
stereo player models, one with infrared remote control and the other 
with an optional wired remote control." He said the players will 
carry suggested retail prices of under £300 (under $500 at current 
exchange rates).

Roy H. Pollack, Executive Vice President of RCA, said, "The 
production facilities for making video discs compatible with European 
television standards already are in place in Indianapolis. We will 
master and press European system video discs at the same plant where 
we make discs for the North American market. Both players and video 
disc albums will be sold together initially in some 1,500 retail 
outlets throughout the United Kingdom.

Herbert S. Schlosser, Executive Vice President of RCA, said RCA 
expects to have approximately 100 popular titles in the opening 
catalog, including some from the great libraries of RCA/Columbia 
Pictures International Video and MGM/UA Home Entertainment Group, 
Inc. New titles will be added to the catalog monthly. The video disc 
albums will be distributed by RCA Records' subsidiary, RCA Limited 
(U.K.), he added.

RCA VideoDiscs plans to set up a launch group in London to coordinate 
the merchandising, advertising and promotion of the video disc 

The video disc albums will be optionally priced from £12.95 to £21.95 
($20 to $34), with many of the titles priced under £20 (under $30).

The PAL video disc player will be capable of playing up to 75 minutes 
of programming per side, for a total of two and a half hours of 
playing time.

Mr. Schlosser said, "By optionally pricing discs under £20, we 
believe they will be very affordable for those who want to buy and 
build home video libraries."

Mr. Sudo said the PAL players will be sold in the U.K. under the 
labels of Hitachi and others.

May 26, 1983:
* Steingrimur Hermannsson becomes prime minister of Iceland, heading 
a center-right coalition. He succeeds Gunnar Thoroddsen, who had held 
the position since 1980.
* An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale strikes Honshu, 
Japan's largest island, killing 106 people.

May 27, 1983:
* In India, sixty people are believed dead after a bus careens into a 
gorge in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.
* In Bonn, Germany, Konrad Kujan admits writing the Hitler diaries, 
proved to be false earlier in the month.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Return of the Jedi.

May 28, 1983:
* The leaders of seven Western powers and the European Communities 
meet at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia for 
their annual review of the world's economies. At the conclusion of
the economic summit two days later they issue the "Williamsburg
Declaration on Economic Recovery" calling for an end to protectionism,
a greater emphasis on new technologies, more stringent efforts to
control budget deficits, and a review of the world's monetary system.
The leaders include Pierre Trudeau (Canada), Gaston  Thorn (the
European Communities), Helmut Kohl (West Germany), Francois Mitterrand
(France), Ronald Reagan (the U.S.), Yasuhiro Nakasone (Japan), Margaret
Thatcher (Great Britain), and Amintore Fanfani (Italy).
* "Flashdance... What A Feeling" (CED) by Irene Cara becomes the No. 
1 U.S. single.

May 29, 1983:
* Tom Sneva wins the 67th Indianapolis 500 automobile race.

May 30, 1983:
* Peru's President Fernando Belaunde Terry declares a state of 
emergency and suspends civil rights after bombings by leftist rebels.

May 31, 1983:
* The Philadelphia 76ers win the National Basketball Association 
(NBA) championship by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 115-108, in 
the fourth game of their best-of-seven play-off series.
* Jack Dempsey, the American boxer, dies at the age of 87. Dempsey 
was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1919 to 1926. Four of 
his bouts are featured on the CED title "The Big Fights, Volume 2."

From: "vince c" <vincecorrado>
Subject: ELMO VEC-200 Belt/Pully Upgrade
Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 07:36:40 -0400

I am trying to refurbish an ELMO VEC-200 (Toshiba VP100) by using the 
pulley and belt replacement.  The parts seem to be out of stock at 
the supplier recommended at CED.  Any other suppliers available for 
these parts.


From: Byrd141
Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 19:46:08 EDT
Subject: CED Collection - around 100 of them

Does anyone live in or near the Kansas City area?  I am looking to 
get rid of my CED collection and would rather not ship that many of 
them.  I would take $2 a piece. If you are interested please email me 
and let me know if you would be able to pick them up.

Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 17:00:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: Aj Pawlowski <cbandwny>
Subject: Circuit Board on the Pickup Arm

I picked up one of these cool machines for $0 at a fleamarket, with a 
disc of "Empire Strikes Back" in it, but in horrible condition. I 
tried to play it, but the screen remained black, the display was 
"--", so i figured the disc was toast... I picked up a copy of Risky 
Business @ Goodwill for $1.25, and got it in, but again, black 
screen. I checked the stylus, and it, although it looked odd, similar 
but different than that of a LP deck or something, seemed OK.  I 
noticed then that where the back end of the chamber door flap thing 
goes, there were some traces on the circuit board. They were 
discolored looking in a line directly under this stupid door 
thing..., and upon touching them, they disintegrated. No wonder 
nothing appeared on the screen (no static nothing), the stupid stylus 
is not connected to anything. (I say stupid alot, sorry, but I don't 
know why). I will attempt a repair via solder or something (not worth 
the "defroster kit"0), unless someone has a better idea. I have one 
of these and  a VH-8000 DiscoVision from the FleaZONE, and these 
would make excellent cool "ghetto" appliances for my TV.

Any help would be appreciated,


Adam -

Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 03:12:18 -0700
Subject: RE: ELMO VEC-200 Belt/Pully Upgrade
From: Tom Howe <>

>I am trying to refurbish an ELMO VEC-200 (Toshiba VP100) by using the
>and belt replacement.  The parts seem to be out of stock at the supplier
>recommended at CED.  Any other suppliers available for these parts.

I checked the SDP/SI web site and the three parts are listed at these prices:

S1086Y-PC-05    $14.27
A 7A30-250312   $5.34
A 6R11-04084    $6.39

These can now be ordered on-line from the SDP/SI eStore at this URL:

It's not clear from your message whether you called SDP/SI and the 
rep couldn't locate the numbers, or if you placed an order for the 
parts and were later told they were out of stock. But the SDP/SI 
eStore does allow you to add these items to a shopping cart and 
proceed to checkout, so you could try that method of ordering if you 
have not already done so.


From: SonyFan13
Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 18:36:16 EDT
Subject: SGT-250 color problem...

I have an RCA SGT-250 videodisc player that exhibits a problem with 
the picture.  Sound is good.  The picture appears black and white 
with very dim luma and only smidgens of color.  The player was junked 
as it was believed that the stylus was bad.  However, the pickup is 
still able to track the disc without skipping, which rules out the 

Rotation was checked using the CED strobe sheet and it is properly 
rotating consistently without any variation at any time; the pegs do 
not appear to be moving during rotation when under a fluorescent 
light source connected to the same power circuit as the player.

I would like suggestions as to what and where I should look.  Thank 
you.  - Reinhart

From: SonyFan13
Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 12:12:48 EDT
Subject: Remote search for SGT-250

I have successfully repaired the picture problem of the SGT-250.  I 
had two SGT-250s that were inoperable and instead of trying to fix 
the video modulation problem with one player, I just took out the 
good DAXI CPU in that one and replaced the bad DAXI CPU in the other 
one that had good video.  I have just ordered replacement belts to 
complete the other aspect of the player's repair.  So now I'll have a 
new primary player, while my SJT-200 will become a spare.

I now need to search for a replacement remote control for this 
player.  I want only the specific remote that is designed for this 

Would anyone here be willing to sell a spare remote or know of any 
sources which may have the correct replacement?  Thank you.  - 


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