LabGuy's World: Extinct Asaca Video
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This is a one inch, transverse scan, quadruplex VTR! Developed at Asaca
in 1974. This is probably the tiniest, full function, quadruplex VTR ever!
Let me know if I am wrong.
The following text was included with this photo: Shibaden
(full name was Shiba Denki Co. Ltd.) was a leading manufacturer of two
inch quadruplex VTRs in Japan before the Japanese government agreed to
allow Ampex to import their quad machines. After Ampex started to sell
VTRs in Japan under the Toamco brand name in approximately 1968, Shibaden
lost their market share very rapidly. They started to diversify their business
into consumer products, such as transistorized TVs and home use VTRs (longitudinal
VTR and half inch helicals), but they failed and finally went bankrupt.
Hitachi Denshi bought a major part of the Shibaden company but Mr. Shigezaki,
president of Shibaden kept a part of the business and established
a separate new company called Asaca. Mr. Shigezaki was so very enthusiastic
about Quadruplex VTRs and they (Asaca) continued development to build a
one inch quadruplex machine for portable use. As far as I remember they
sold some units but it could not be a major player. Photo and Info: Marcel
Last updated: January 09, 2005