Just curious if anyone had any info regarding the lifespan and number of drum hours I'd expect to get out of a new Betacam SP deck, specifically the UVW series? Knowing the other series, DVW, J decks, etc, would be helpful too.
Basically, how many hours can they accrue before they start to need work?
Sorry, I disagree with the last statement.
We are still running VVW, PVW, BVW and DNW series decks here. Some have many thousands of hours on them. I've replaced the heads, capstans, pinch rollers, etc. many time over but the decks are still pretty solid after years of use. We are a production house and we don't abuse the decks like a TV station might, but they have still been very reliable.
30 hours? Not chance unless you got a lemon deck.