The Panasonic AG1980 is well known as the best video deck for forensic video analysis. Though Panasonic ended production of this deck, you can still have them serviced and repaired.
While assisting a customer locate a Panasonic service center, I was introduced to Greg Capelo. He was friendly and professional. He also is very familiar with Ocean Systems and why law enforcement still uses the AG1980. Greg has even wrote a book on VCR repair, that is available through Amazon.
I hope this information helps you keep your Panasonic AG-1980 running smoothly.
1181 PIONEER WAY
EL CAJON, CA 92020
Additional Information About Greg:
Co-Author of "VCR Troubleshooting & Repair, Third Edition
by Robert Brenner and Gregory Capelo (sold on Amazon.com)
Panasonic's Technical Training Instructor Understands how the AG1980 is being used by law enforcement for forensic video analysis. Experience with law enforcement doing video tape authentication.