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Olive Thomas
Wednesday 20th March 2002
5:02 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

From the Babelfish translation of the 'I love Beta' site

Beta-max advantage

* With small cassette tape maximum of 5 hour video recording possibilities (at the time of L-830 use) * Because direct line of the rotary head drum the 74.5mm and it is large, relative speed of the tape and the head 7m/ second is superior fast in signal record quality, is low with jitter high picture quality * With kind U loading in the tape colorful trick play and the quick response actualization

Why you call " beta "?

Because agitation mass record is adopted, interference between the video track/truck was little, there is no guard band which is necessary to that, could improve recording density rapidly. It called this " betta record " and became origin of a word " of beta " (it seems).

So there being a guard band in the beta Is, this assistance buying to high picture quality, don't you think? ? is sarcasm.

As for small cassette size?

Cassette of beta of publisher's series size. This was size of the SONY of that time employee log, (it seems).

As for standard beta I

Only one hour it could videotape the first beta which is sold in 1975 with the L-500 tape and was. Because two hours it could videotape the VHS which next year is sold with the T-120, it opposes to this with beta II of two time mode. This beta II becomes standard afterwards and beta I disappears.

When the VHS sets up long time war with three time mode, it opposes to this with beta III. With the L-500 3 hours, record of maximum of 5 hours becomes possible with the L-830, but with the T-120 of the VHS 6 hours, it does not reach to 8 hours far with the T-160, it influences also the fact that at that time the videotape is expensive, the market means to tilt in the VHS.

this little nugget was most interesting....

As for small cassette size?

Cassette of beta of publisher's series size. This was size of the SONY of that time employee log, (it seems).

peter steele
Wednesday 20th March 2002
1:23 pm U.K.

psteele@excite.com

hi i am looking for a manual or a copy of the manual for sony super beta hifi model sl hf 750 vcr if anybody knows where i can get 1 please contact me at my e-mail addressthank you and take care

STEVE UK
Wednesday 20th March 2002
1:18 pm U.K.

pardner@btinternet.com

I'm desperate to buy a betamax video recorder, doesn't have to be in mint condition, just so it plays tapes ok ! Could anybody point me in the right direction ????

Hans
Wednesday 20th March 2002
10:41 am U.K.

hw.braun@flaircity.com

I'm looking for a CCD-chip for a Betamovie BMC 500 camcorder.Thanks for help.

Hans

nnils
Wednesday 20th March 2002
8:37 am U.K.

nnils@telus.net.nospam

Regarding US cable channels above 36 not accessible on Sony Beta tuners, there once was a kind of back-of-set cable adapter for 70's tv sets with old style rotary VHF & UHF tuners. This little gizmo moved all channels up about 450 mHz higher, so all cable channels re-appeared on the UHF band. I recall the item was about the size of a cigarette pack, no buttons or knobs, no remote, just cable in and UHF out. If anyone finds a stash of these lying around it would make taping the Space Channel a lot easier...

nnils
Wednesday 20th March 2002
8:07 am U.K.

nnils@telus.net.nospam

Pepse, your link for the "German Guy" s-video mod doesn't work for me.Can you verify it? Thanks.

Bill
Tuesday 19th March 2002
12:14 pm U.K.

epwg1@yahoo.co.uk

Hello all,

Does anyone know the Pinouts for the audio connector on the back of a Sanyo VTC 9300? ?

I need 'em to make a scart lead for the old warhorse.

Thanks

Bill

Madness
Tuesday 19th March 2002
8:46 am U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Olive: I was just giving an example of the 1000C remote. I know 84 bucks is quite alot considering that I got mine off eBay for a total of about 28 bucks. It's also quite interesting to note that they once had an RMT-143, which, if I'm not mistaken, is the OEM for the HF750.

http://www.replacementremotes.com/sony/RMT-143.htm

Dave A.
Monday 18th March 2002
6:36 pm U.K.

avideo@earthlink.net

To Olive & BeefJerky:

Regarding the proposed SSSCA: It is my understanding that besidesthe RIAA, the Movie Industry (In particular the Disney) is also pushingthis crap. As I suspect many of you know - that old asshole himself -Jack Valenti of the MPAA (and the big loser in the famous "BetamaxCase") is pushing this stuff for the movie industry. I guess some peoplenever give up. Quite frankly, I think it is every U.S. reader on this board's dutyto contact both your local Congressman/woman and U.S. Senator and letthem know how you feel about this load of crap. Unless we speak up mostof these people in Congress are pretty much clueless about such things.

Olive Thomas
Monday 18th March 2002
12:53 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

By the way for only $48 (vs $84 for the RMT-X1000c)any of these remotes

http://www.replacementremotes.com/sony/RMT-V373A.htm

http://www.replacementremotes.com/sony/RMT-V676A.htm

http://www.replacementremotes.com/sony/RMT-V676B.htm

might do as well for your SL-HF -1000.They all include jog/shuttle and multiple VTR settings..

Olive Thomas
Monday 18th March 2002
12:36 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

E-beta find of the week...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1340144075

for the Sony Beta HiFi Demo tape they gave out when you bought a HiFi Beta in the mid-'80s...

Got one of those myself.

Madness
Sunday 17th March 2002
8:37 pm U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Correction to above: My remote is the RMT-X1000C. Here's it here: http://www.replacementremotes.com/sony/RMT-X1000C.htm Although they were *much* cheaper on eBay!

Madness
Sunday 17th March 2002
8:21 pm U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

To Phil: I don't own an HF1000 (YET!), but I do own a 750 w/o the OEM remote. I got ahold of (think, but don't have handy) an RMT-V1000TX. It controls a good portion of the 750's functions (prolly does most of the 1000's as well). I haven't seen any on eBay lately, but I did find an RMT-V102 that looks very similar. It has the VTR 1/2/3 command switch & the shuttle dial, so it might work well for the 1000. I'm not 100% sure, however, but it might be worth a try.

Remote: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1338935550

Dean
Sunday 17th March 2002
7:25 pm U.K.

dp149@hotmail.com

Sony Betamax HF-400 HI-FI Stereo. Stored for many years in dry closet. Includes :

(1) Sony Cleaning Betamax Tape(1) Rewinder(2) Sealed Blank Betamax TapesRoughly (30) factory recorded tapes.

$300.00. If interested, email dp149@hotmail.com

Edward The 4th
Sunday 17th March 2002
5:39 pm U.K.

fanarchy7@hotmail.com

I have to apologize for my ex-friend Scott's pratical joke. He was watching my house for the week, and I went to your site to see that he posted a message about ED-Betas or something like that. He was trying to piss you off. Sorry about that. I thuroughly hit him with a golfclub until he apologized. I wish I could have done something about it. He just wanted to make another huge argument about Beta vs. VHS again. Sorry for the inconvinence.Edward IV

Edward The 4th
Sunday 17th March 2002
5:34 pm U.K.

fanarchy7@hotmail.com

Dear Betaphiles,

Phil Schaefer
Sunday 17th March 2002
2:33 pm U.K.

H2oskiphil@aol.com

I realize that I'm probably dreaming, but I'll try anyway...

I just picked up an SL-HF 1000 (for $250!!!), but it does not have a remote. Sony no longer stocks the RMT-148, so I can't order one. Does anyone have a 148 that they are looking to sell? If not, can 1000philes give me an idea of which current (or at least SOMEWHAT available) remote to look for that is comparable to the 148?

Also, I have an SL-HFT7 in perfect working condition that is now available. If anyone is interested, e-mail me with an offer...USA only, unless you have a way of using an NTSC unit overseas...:-)

edward the 5th
Sunday 17th March 2002
7:09 am U.K.

king@of.craploads.com

I have done the unthinkable! OH NO!! its so unthinkable I contacted my friend! shock horror! I contacted my friend "John Doe" at Sony, and he tells me that a soon to be closed warehouse has CRAPLOADS, thatís heaps, of Different model BETAs for sale. By law he can't give me more information (although he didn't tell me why the law states he can't), but he's on to a loop-hole, why its a hole in a loop or there's a loop in the first place doesn't seem to have any relevance. About 10,000 betas, SL-HF950 's and SL-HF1000's for the uk and usa guys. 100 bucks a piece Sony will pay you to take them of their hands because they are taking up to much space. More info when I get it, I have to be careful I think the feds are onto me and my friend I unthinkably contacted. Headless Ed.

Now one has to be realistic, its not in Sony's best interests to keep a warehouse full of top units and not sell them for a fair price when there is clearly some market demand for them, let alone "give" them away for a low sum of $100.

Pull the other one

Olive Thomas
Sunday 17th March 2002
5:48 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

well after what happened to Napster, I wouldn't pput anything past the forces of evil within the RIAA...

As for you Edward The 4th....

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com is my E-mail if you really get in any of those $100 E-beta decks...

I'll take an EDC-55 ED Camera and an EDV-9500 deck. If all you can get are EDW-30fs that's fine, I'll take a couple of them so I can edit video...

Edward The 4th
Saturday 16th March 2002
11:46 pm U.K.

fanarchy7@hotmail.com

I've done the unthinkable. I've contacted my friend scott at sony, and he tells me that a soon to be closed warehouse has CRAPLOADS of Different model ED-BETAs for sale. By law he can't give me more information, but he's on to a loop-hole. About 10,000 ed betas. 100 bucks a piece. More info when I get it. Ed.

Brenda Ann Dyer
Saturday 16th March 2002
10:53 pm U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

OOPS!!!! My goof!! Please change the previous post to read the following:

Also, I have service manuals for the following Sony machines on microfiche.. and will make them available for only the cost of printing them as soon as I can find someone that can make the hard copies from the 'fiche. Once I have those, I can make fairly cheap photocopies here at home. :)

SL-HF1000 (US/Canada), SL-250/F100/S370/S470/S570 (US/CND/E), SL-340/S500/S505/390 (US/E)

I am also looking for a capstan motor assembly for a SL-HF860D (Pt. #BHF-1921A)

Take care, and stay well.

Brenda Ann

Brenda Ann Dyer
Saturday 16th March 2002
4:30 am U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

Also, I have service manuals for the following Sony machines on microfiche.. and will make them available for only the cost of printing them as soon as I can find someone that can make the hard copies from the 'fiche. Once I have those, I can make fairly cheap photocopies here at home. :)

SL-HF1000 (US/Canada), SL-250/F100/S370/S470/S570 (US/CND/E), SL-340/S500/S505/390 (US/E)

I am also looking for a capstan motor assembly for a SL-HF360D (Pt. #BHF-1921A)

Take care, and stay well.

Brenda Ann

Brenda Ann Dyer
Saturday 16th March 2002
1:08 am U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

I'm in search of the Holy Grail.... Does anyone have a poor, lonely, unloved RMT-148 laying about their home? I will give it a good home, and pay you for the privelege. If anyone has such a thing, please contact me by e-mail.Take care, and stay well. :)

Brenda Ann

Olive Thomas
Friday 15th March 2002
5:25 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

To Bill; In case you don't already have one http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1339551568 lists an SL-HF 900 service manual for bid on good old E-beta...

Good hunting...

Bill
Thursday 14th March 2002
3:04 am U.K.

lmtimage76@hotmail.com

Control S on the 900 and 750 uses a 1/8" mini jack. The 900 has both control S In and control S Out while the 750 just says Control S so I figure that to be a Input. The 900s Control S out jack is mounted to to T1-4 board where its traces run to CN104 pin 3 (other side of the board). From there the cable runs to the SS-53 board. The problem I'm happy to say is fixed. After some continuity checks looks like there was a poor connection in CN104. After disconnecting and reconnecting CN104 I started getting a pulse from the control S out jack when there was zero before. 2 pulses at about half a volt. One pulse for the playback start point and the other pulse for the playback end point. This function is actually really good to know if you're thinking of doing some editing. Cuts look a lot cleaner with minimal color streaks. Sometimes none at all.

Olive Thomas
Thursday 14th March 2002
2:19 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

I've have an SL-5400 and I've had an SL-5800 Sony changed the mechanicals between then. Ended up pulling usable parts from the 5800 to maintain the 5400 because the 5400 runs better. It does now anyway.

If it's getting stuck on the casptan it may be that the rubber on the pinch roller and/or the idler tire is decayed. Sanding the top surface a bit might keep it going long enough to get a replacement one from http://www.iglou.com/studiosound/index.htm#video which sell 'tune up kits' for all sorts of VCR Beta/8mm/VHS etc.

Edward The 4th
Thursday 14th March 2002
1:54 am U.K.

fanarchy7@hotmail.com

I am still questioning the integrity of my SL-5800. Just Needed to know if I was the only one who had one out there. The Tape Keeps getting stuck on the capistan. Still, I wonder if anyone out there has a SL-5800 For sale? I need another one. Can someone finally respond to my messages? Thanks. Later, ED.

Anonymous [JVC will hate me]
Wednesday 13th March 2002
11:29 pm U.K.

beta_is_better@msn.com

To madness:I think that you could negociate with someone, cos I think the message you say is by deffect and feel free to ask to the sellers. If you can't ask because it requires you an ID please tell me and I'll open you a new ID.

Reagrds to all in this chat,An.

alan Morton
Wednesday 13th March 2002
11:22 pm U.K.

adm22@epguides.com

I may be wrong here but I seem to recall that the control S is not exactly the same as a mini plug. I do know that the one can use the mini pulgs to contect a couple of 900s via the remote pause connectors, suscpect the same thing will happen between a 900 and a 750.

Bill
Wednesday 13th March 2002
12:01 pm U.K.

lmtimage76@hotmail.com

Good one Olive but I think I'll keep my 900 for the next few decades. I'm pretty sure I can keep these units running for long long time and so can everyone else. There's no limit to how far you can take this hobby. The HF750 manual shows the unit configured as the recorder and is hooked up to a 900 which is to be used as the playback unit. When I configure them as shown in the manual the 900 plays the the selected scenes but again the 750 does not engage. It just stays in rec/pause mode. I've taken a deeper look inside the 900 with the help of the service manual and I'm going to try a few measurements on the switching circuit between the mini jack and the system control IC. I guess I'll start with the output voltage(if any)of the Control S out.

Olive Thomas
Wednesday 13th March 2002
3:16 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

I've decided to try MSN communities so if anyone want to have a look it's at URL http://communities.msn.com/TheBetamaxVideographer/

Madness
Tuesday 12th March 2002
11:26 pm U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

To Olive: http://communities.msn.com/

To Anonymous (re: Yahoo! Japan): I just took alook @ that page converted to English w/ Babelfish. It doesn't look like any of the sellers for the beta decks currently listed will ship overseas. It says this (in Japanese) near the bottom:

* Overseas it does not dispatch. (Seller will not ship internationally.)

Kinda stinks, cuz I mighta been able to snag a few cheap decks. Those two SL-HF66's looked enticing, as did an SL-HF701D, SL-HF95D, & an SL-HF3000. :) That is, of course, if I didn't get killed on shipping & duty charges!

Olive Thomas
Tuesday 12th March 2002
9:26 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

To Bill: An SL-HF 900 and and SL-HF 750? And an SL-HF 860d?!? Lucky you...

I think that the SL-HF 750 was staying in pause because it's the one that's supposed to be in control of the editing process since it was being used as the record deck. Check your instruction manuals. I don't think there's anything wrong with your SL-HF 900 but to be on the safe side why not donate it to the Olive E. Thomas Home for Wayward Betamaxes.... ;-)

Bill
Tuesday 12th March 2002
8:32 pm U.K.

lmtimage76@hotmail.com

Have a problem with my 900 again. Does anyone have any insight on the workings of the "Control S out" function? I'm using two units. One Sl-HF750 as the recorder and the HF900 as the player. I've set up the play back scenes on the 900 using the "Edit play" function. Then placed the HF750 in Rec/pause mode. The mini jack cable is conected in the "contol S" of the HF750 and the other end is connected in the "contol S out" of the HF900. When everthing is ready I press "Edit Start" on the 900 and then it goes through the automatic steps of playing back the desired portions. Unfortunatley the HF750 just sits there in Rec/pause mode when recording should be active. I've replaced the 900 "player" with my HF860 and the HF750 begins recording using the 860s synchro Edit function. "Control S out" on the 900 is activated by a system contol IC on the SS-53 board. Between the mini jack and the IC there appears to be a transistor circuit stage I suppose for switching to get the correct signal to the mini jack. Anyway I'm more suspicious of this circuit being at fault than of the actual contol IC since everthing else on the 900 is working fine. And Yes I'm using the right 1/8" mini jack cable. If anyone out there has had a similar problem and has solved it please let me know.

Pepse
Tuesday 12th March 2002
7:25 pm U.K.

jmsekola@chibardun.net

NNILS, the URL for the German Guy for the S-Video mods is: http://home.t.online.de/home/340054418855-0001/betamax/ . I know it's long but that what the location bar shows when I go there. Later. Pepse.

Edward The 4th
Tuesday 12th March 2002
2:13 am U.K.

fanarchy7@hotmail.com

I'm trying to become a betaphile, but the join column is down, and I don't have a credit card to join. I'm also wondering if you have any SL-5800 model decks, because I hate front loaders. If you don't where can I find one? I'm to the point where my VHS decks have gone to crap, and I can't find Betamax anywhere. Help Me.

Matty Siegel
Tuesday 12th March 2002
1:20 am U.K.

siegelmj@bellatlantic.net

I have an HVT -3000 slide copier with a Sonoptor 55mm close-up screw-on lens that is identified with a marking of: f=115. This attached to the lens of my HVC-2400 (58mm lens) camera for use during the copying process. I want to use the slide copier with my Sony Mini-DV (37mm) and need to know if this means that the closup magnification value is 1x or 2x in case I have to (or should) purchase a new 37mm close-up lens if I can't get a 37mm to 55mm step up adapter. I would appreciate it if someone could advise me if the closeup with adapter would work or should I get a new closeup lens. Thanx, Mattysiegelmj@bellatlantic.net

Keith McHugh
Monday 11th March 2002
8:54 pm U.K.

jk.mchugh@ukonline.co.uk

Anyone interested in a fully working Sanyo VTC-5000 top loader Betamax. Offers ?

Anonymous [JVC will hate me]
Monday 11th March 2002
6:59 pm U.K.

beta_is_better@msn.com

Here you have a URL that goes to that auctions of betamax equipment.

http://auctions.yahoo.co.jp

If you find someone who ships internationally you can try to get an ED-beta at a good price.

1 dollar = 128,658 yen

PLEASE HAVE IN MIND SHIPPING PRICE!!!

If you need an ID to bid, access or something, I could obtain one, but I 'll only provide one only by e-mail because I must know who gets one. Have in mind that it's at your own risk. I'm thinking to get one of those ed-betas although I use PAL (with a tranformer from 100V-220V/240V...)

Ray
Monday 11th March 2002
6:52 pm U.K.

RAYBAR13@JUNO.COM

Correction: I'm looking for the repair kit for the Sony NP-11 battery pack.

Ray
Monday 11th March 2002
6:50 pm U.K.

RAYBAR13@JUNO.COM

Where can one purchase battery repair kits such as for the NP-1 Sony BETACAM?

Ray
Monday 11th March 2002
6:41 pm U.K.

RAYBAR13@JUNO.COM

I'm new to this site and am impressed about the knowledge I've already gained in ten minutes!I have a Sony BETA SL-2400 which has been diagnosed as having a bad reel motor stator board and was wondering if I could repair it, since it seems impossible to buy the part. Reading the archived chat messages I found just the information I 'm looking for- the parts are obtainable and the board is removable-thanks for the help- I'll be monitoring this website from now on! Ray e-mail: RAYBAR13@JUNO.COM

Olive Thomas
Monday 11th March 2002
10:36 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Found this on an '80s trivia quiz...

7. Which of these popular '80s items became obsolete by the '90s?   Betamax recorders  Commodore computers  Record players  All of the above

I had(have) all three of those! And in the '90s!

nnils
Monday 11th March 2002
10:26 am U.K.

nnils@telus.net.nospam

What is the URL for the "German Guy" who did the S-Video jack modification as discussed last week (my eyes hurt from scanning the archives in vain)? Ten lashes for those who called them S-VHS jacks, although I do have some on my JVC. By keeping the chroma signal separated they eliminate rainbow effects on the newscaster's tasteless neckties.

Olive Thomas
Monday 11th March 2002
8:06 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

To Madness what's their URL?

Madness
Monday 11th March 2002
7:00 am U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Olive: What about MSN Communities? Yahoo Clubs were OK, but I absolutely hate the Groups layout. But MSN's is much better than both.

Mike
Monday 11th March 2002
1:50 am U.K.

mkyang@canada.com

I have a SL-700 that needs the head replaced. I have seen some aftermarket heads advertised on the internet for about $32 each. (From company like RNJ Electronic, Fixer Corp., Truminco) It sounds like a good deal to me, however, I am wondering has anyone ever tried those aftermarket head? How are they compare to the OEM heads from Sony (in terms of quality and durablity)?

Olive Thomas
Sunday 10th March 2002
9:54 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

That should've said Armed Forces...

This pesky post is to bring attention of an address change to my little Beta clubsite it is now a Yahoo Groups site thanks to a wrong headed merger by the yahoos at Yahoo. The new club URL is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheBetamaxVideographer/

I really hate Yahoo Groups and didn't want to be folded into their crappy pop-up spam ridden system but it what can one do? Unless somebody can clue me into a less obnoxious host site I can move everything to I'm stuck. Screw you, Yahoo!

Olive Thomas
Sunday 10th March 2002
9:39 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

I'd found that site a while ago. Pehaps if anyone has a relative in the Armed Force currently stationed in Japan that would act as our buyer...

Anonymous [JVC will hate me]
Sunday 10th March 2002
9:34 pm U.K.

beta_is_better@msn.com

Use Altavista to translate the site:

http://world.altavista.com/tr

BETA WAS, IS AND WILL BE THE BETTER FORMAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous [JVC will hate me]
Sunday 10th March 2002
9:31 pm U.K.

beta_is_better@msn.com

URGENT URGENT URGENT!!!

Found URL on Sony web that shows a new EDV-9000

Finally I discovered those secret URL to a Sony page that shows their new ed-betas.

I also obtained a Yahoo JP id and I had a precious access to their betas auctions. You can get an EDbeta (EVD-9000) for $400.

Sony URL: http://www.sony.co.jp/sd/ProductsPark/Models/Current/EDV-9000_J_1/

Why don't we send thousands of e-mails to Sony for make them change their opinion about doing new betas on Europe and US and do a digital beta or PAL-SECAM EDbeta?

Please feel free to tell your comments in this chat and everywhere and don't be quiet.

Beta is still very active in Japan -because Sony wants- Then why didn't Sony left us a few new beta market!!!!!!!

Mike
Sunday 10th March 2002
5:45 pm U.K.

Betamax_5@yahoo.com

Looking for info -

I have a few Sanyo VCR-7250 Super Beta HiFi's, (North America-NTSC) and I find that the biggest difference in picture quality between them shows up in grainy tapes.

If I play the tapes on a Sony, the sharpness control cleans up the problem.

Because the 7250's differ in sharpness, I suspect there is an internal sharpness adjustment - can anyone point me to the adjustment?

Thanks in advance,

Mike

Casimir
Sunday 10th March 2002
11:40 am U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

Also to thank Olive for help.

Casimir
Sunday 10th March 2002
11:38 am U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

This terrible deffect isn't broadcast or anything like this. It also affects playback or non Hifi sound. Has anyone got this problem and know how to solve it because use to record a lot and I need to have the same record level.

Is it a strange prblem

Olive Thomas
Sunday 10th March 2002
1:23 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

To Casimir: Barring actual circuit damage, a quick fix would be to move the slider bar for the input Audio Level Control back and forth a few times to loosen up any crud or oxidation that might've accumulated. On my SL-HF 300 oxidation in the headphone level control means I have to find a 'sweet spot' to turn to if I want to use headphones and get a balanced sound out of them.

You might also want to make sure of a few things...

Is the audio signal coming into the unit relatively even? Sometimes stations don't broadcast an even sound sometimes in a stereo broadcast the sound level on one side may be higher or lower than the other - like if the detective just opened the door to a noisy room on the left side and that's the side that's louder...

Sometimes the tape may have been recorded in HiFi but for some reason only one channel got any audio. It happens.

Have you set the audio monitor properly - is it set to both left/right or did you put it on left or right only by mistake? I'd had my poor SL-HF 300 on blocks for an hour, thinking I'd lost the right channel when I noticed it was on left channel - D'oh!

The tracking can affect left/right balance somewhat. Try adjusting that.

Casimir
Saturday 9th March 2002
10:36 pm U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

I have a very strange problem with the 950. It's right right phones output sound is lower. Line output is correct. The VU meter shows me that the right channel output is lower. What should I do ? Any ideas?

Thanks in advance. Regards to all,

Casimir

Thomas
Saturday 9th March 2002
7:38 pm U.K.

dom.tom@verizon.net

If anyone is interested. I have hundreds of prercorded movies on beta. They are from a video store I used to have and have been in storage. Willing to get rid of the whole lot at a cheap price. If your interested, just email me back.

Olive Thomas
Saturday 9th March 2002
12:19 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

I Found this ultra rare SLT-20ME on E-beta http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1338148549

It says on the cover that it plays PAL and SECAM tapes only so I'm guessing that it's no good for the North American market.

Sorry for the double post but the post above screwed up the URL so that you wouldn't be able to bring up the page.

Olive Thomas
Saturday 9th March 2002
12:18 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Found this ultra rare SLT-20ME on E-beta http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1338148549

It says on the cover that it plays PAL and SECAM tapes so I'm guessing that it's no good for the North American market.

Jan H.Pedersen
Saturday 9th March 2002
7:06 am U.K.

bcc16571@vip.cybercity.dk

You are right Olive! the SLT-20ME have no NTSC decoder its a unit almost the same as SL-C30PS "PAL-SECAM" a basic standard vcrs Regards Jan H.Pedersen

Casimir
Thursday 7th March 2002
5:40 pm U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

I think that syncronising the voltages would be very easy if we could find NICAM decoders(or tuners) from first Sony VHS vcrs such as SLV-715/-777/-815 (Only for the video models which contain the letters -NC or -UB. The normal or the -VP version of them didn't incorporate NICAM decoder). This videos seem to be very near in time. I've got a 777 and I can ask if there's still the tuner for it available. But, as I don't have it now and I will be some time without seeing it I could try with a SLV-T2000 (the one which I connect to audio in to decode NICAM)...

Has anyone near any of these models and can tell me Sony part number for the tuner? (I'll also try to ask Sony Spain)

Steve Whelan
Thursday 7th March 2002
10:15 am U.K.

stevewhelan_mcr@hotmail.com

To Casimir, RE NICAM:

I believe there was a post - and it wasn't the german guy, though he did give a fantastic explination of the S-video mod and then translated it to english! - anyway, there was a post that some guy in the UK was offering complete tuning PCBs mod-ed for NICAM. You simply removed that PCB with the tuner and RF module that is in the 950, and replaced it with the one you bought from him. This is not a wind up, honest. I do remember reading it, and speaking to someone about it. HOWEVER - I would imagine it wouldn't be cheap.

The reason you cant jsut put a nicam decoder into the machine is that NICAM needs a different SAW [surface acoustic wave] filter in the front end tuner module. The IF from a normal mono FM tuner filters out the digital signal, so you need a completely diferent tuner. I regularly pick up nicam VHS vids for a fiver or less, that usually just have power supply problems but are other wise fine [all 4 head video too - won't buy anything else now] but anyway, if space isn't a consideration [and I've decided to stick with this too] you could just get a NICAM VHS and make sure it and the BETA are in sync with the TV channels.

There's a 5pin MINICON connector on the tuner board of the HF100 that has two screened cables on it - this is the left and right audio out from the standard TV tuner to the audio circuits. [left and right are just connected together on the tuning PCB] if you feed into this connector you'll still get the picture from the beta tuner, but digital stereo from the off board decoder.

There must be some way of syncronising the tuning voltages too, but I've not looked into that - haven't got the time.

And to the USA guys: NICAM is pretty good actually for something developed by the BBC in the 80's. It's 10bit serial PCM and for all the anoracks, stands for "Near Instantanious Compounded Audio Multiplex"! where did they get that from??

good luck casimir! but I think building a new tuning PCB is a bit too much - if someone can come up with a way of syncing the tuners - you just need somwthing like a DB9 way connector on the back plate of the HF950 [of HF100 in my case] with AF L+R 'in' and tuning control voltage out- oh, and +12V, and +5v too, possibly some indicator signals too, to drive the 'Stereo' incication on the FL display.

Mark Alexander
Thursday 7th March 2002
9:42 am U.K.

uklondon@lycos.com

Re HF950 nicam. Is it worth it in view of the fact analogue transmissions have only a limited life span. Why not consider a £99 digital pace receiver available at the end of march. Future proof, digital audio and more channels. If you subscribe to ppv you will even have the advantage of being able to record from the best possible source (in theory) with no macrovision problems to your HF950. In any event you will have the advantage of all the FTA channels from BBC and ITV.

Casimir
Wednesday 6th March 2002
8:14 pm U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

NICAM is a type of digital stereo used in the UK and other European countries. It isn't used in any other part of the world. It uses tho digital audio chanels. The SL-HF 950 hasn't got the appropiate decoder for this as this stereo was released in the begining of the 90's. You can use another video/TV/tuner/others to decode this sound and then connect it through audio input, but some people has installed the decoder in the 950. That is what I would like to do. A question: Does it appear STEREO/BILINGUAL indicator on the fron panel of the 950 when you have the decoder installed and there is NICAM stereo (or bilingual)?

Thanks

Madness
Wednesday 6th March 2002
7:40 pm U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

What exactly is a NICAM? I've seen it referenced before, but have no idea what it is or does.

Casimir
Wednesday 6th March 2002
4:57 pm U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

I'll try to get a NICAM decoder from Sony. Has anyone got ome clues about install it?

Casimir
Tuesday 5th March 2002
5:52 pm U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

Can anyone tell me how can I install a NICAM decoder on a 950? Has someone installed one and can tell me how can install it?The page from the German person tells how to get S-VHS in o the 750 -950 - no nicam

Thank you very much.

Fulkyno
Tuesday 5th March 2002
3:32 pm U.K.

Fulkyno@Hotmail.com

PARIS : JE RECHERCHE UN OU DEUX MAGNETOSCOPE(S) DE TYPE BETAMAX A PRIX MODERES.

Pepse
Tuesday 5th March 2002
8:25 am U.K.

jmsekola@chibardun.net

Olive, your reference to the German chap has to due with putting an S-Video connector in a Beta. I bookmarked his site so that someday when I get an extra SuperBeta HI-FI I can put an S-Video connector in my SLHF750; and of course learn to read German. Howard, as has been said, glad to hear you can find these Betas and tapes at second hand shops. My area of Wisc. ain't big enough to get lucky enough to find HI-FI Betas. Previously blank tapes and movies occasionally but Betas, rarely. And I don't go to the twin cities in Minnesota any more. Of course the last 3 times I did I had no luck with Beta anything. But I keep on looking. Of course this Spring/Summer I will have to hit the flea markets more than I have in the past. Later. Pepse.

Madness
Monday 4th March 2002
9:21 pm U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Howard, good show w/ the flea market! Sometimes ya get lucky. Like I did @ Goodwill a week or so back. Thanks to that little score, I think I've got like 98% of Knightrider someone recorded in beta hifi & commercials cut! I've gotten lucky a couple of times @ the MIT ham radio fest, too!

But how do you suppose your beta combo got covered w/ puke? Did someone have a few too many one night and then barf all over their deck??? But at least it didn't hurt the operation.

Olive Thomas
Monday 4th March 2002
8:18 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

To Casimir I think I remember a German fellow that did a 'NICAM' conversion posted a page on how he did it with explanitory photographs. If you do a search of this pages archives (unless the German fellow writes in) the URL is somewhere in last years messages. I forget if that was a NICAM or S-VHS plug conversion though.

Casimir
Monday 4th March 2002
7:21 pm U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

I think all the strange expansions I said I'll leave them for summer... But a very important thing is the NICAM Stereo. Has anyone pixes of how to install it or tell me how can I install it?

Thank you in advance.

Howard
Monday 4th March 2002
3:38 pm U.K.

hfeng40@hotmail.com

Hi all! Had a very successful beta weekend I have to share with everyone; on Saturday, I visited a flea market store I have heard about on the other side of the city. Among a pile of junky GE, Goldstar, and Fisher mono VHS VCRs I came across a Sony Beta SL-HFR30 hi-fi ready VCR and its companion HFP -200 hi-fi processor. Both the VCR and the processor were covered in gunk, sticky stuff, and what looks like dried vomit, but a quick test with a beta cassette I always carry with me confirms the HFR HFP combo unit works like new! Some quick wheelin' and dealin' with the proprietor, and I was out the door with the SL-HFR30 VCR, the HFP -200 processor, and a working Samsung 19 inch color TV, all for seventy dollars! After getting home, I thoroughly cleaned the SL-HFR30 and HFP -200 with windex and cleaning solutions, and both now look as mint as the day they were purchased! I hooked up the SL-HFR30/HFP -200 to the Samsung TV that came with the deal, and ran everything for about eight hours straight, and everything is working fine! The bottom line to beta fans out there is: DON'T GIVE UP! If you make the effort and check out those flea markets and second-hand stores and yard sales as I do, you may find that Beta you're looking for, without having to purchase them blind on ebay and on the net! Good luck! Howard

Olive Thomas
Monday 4th March 2002
9:02 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

To Madness: Saw this goodie on E-bay http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1337116885

An SL-5200 Service Manual set in three volumes. This should have all the info you need to repair that one hinkey SL-5200.

Olive Thomas
Monday 4th March 2002
8:43 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

To Madness: I'm still getting a laugh at the 'cheek' of that fellow. It's as funny as when you do a search on AOL for some arcane subject and when the results come up you also see a little window beckoning "Search Amazon for a book about..."

Anyways I ratted him out to E-bay. Don't mess with a Betamax fan.

Madness
Monday 4th March 2002
5:42 am U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Olive: Regarding your post about the eBay scam, I can't be anything more than that. The most common one's I see are "sellers" looking to reel in suckers willing to bid $5 or more for info on getting "free or cheap Microsoft software." You may've seen em: "Get MSOffice, Windows XP, Windows Me FREE! FREE! FREE!" That might be more believeable than "thousands of dollars in beta hifi VCR's", but I still only see two letters hovering over these auctions: BS! I say notify eBay about that sorta stuff and save the suckers trouble!

Jim Young
Monday 4th March 2002
3:15 am U.K.

jmyoung222@aol.com

To Olive: Thanks; that is exactly how I dubbed VHS to Beta with the SL-100 back during the SuperBeta's first life. What I'm going to do now is the reverse; I'm going to dub my Home movies (that were taken with a now defunct Sony 8mm videocam) from Beta to VHS. Not that I particularly care for VHS (I don't) but because it is much easier to find/purchase a VHS machine to play them on. That and the more recent homemovies are on VHSC format.

I had mothballed the Beta equipment long ago, I suppose partly that I was disappointed that Sony all but abandoned the format that they created, even though it was superior to the VHS format. Since then, I haven't paid much attention to what has been going on in the VCR hobby; again because of my disappointment with Sony and what they did with Beta. I feel that they left me high and dry.

Then, last week, I bought that SL-HF300. Perhaps I will be able to get it running and that might lead me back from my self imposed exile. In any case, Thanks for your responses andtime. Jim

Mad Beta Collector
Sunday 3rd March 2002
11:54 pm U.K.

Prshuttleworth@hotmail.com

Hey everyone am using a mac here system 7.5.5 and netscape 3 can't get stuffit expander 5 for system 7.5 but am dead pleased with what I have already. I am using a laptop 190cs a very good laptop never let me down..Gotta go My mac email address is Paulroger@shuttleworth152.fsnet.co.uk Windows users can send me email as well...I still use hotmail as my default email and still use my windows 98se computer.

Marcus
Sunday 3rd March 2002
11:51 pm U.K.

EnterTheHollow@aol.com

Hello all! I have a somewhat large dillema. The FU-38 circuit board in my SL-HF400 has a crack that runs the length of it, and the whole VCR is unoperational. If anybody has a spare FU-38 board they wouldnt mind letting go of PLEASE EMAIL ME!!! Thanks, Marcus

Olive Thomas
Sunday 3rd March 2002
9:54 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

I checked his seller list and wouldn't you know he also has a 'secret source' list for DVD players, VHS HiFi VCRs, and projection TVs all for only $20.

If anyone is dumb - or brave - enough to drop $21.95 one of these 'guide books' and actually receives something in the bargain - do share with the rest of the class.

Olive Thomas
Sunday 3rd March 2002
9:41 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Man, if you could ever smell a scam this sure is

http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1336787504

"BETA HI FI FRONT LOAD VCR'S, ALL BRANDS AND ALL MODELS JUST $10 TO $25!!!"

Until NOW, these discount product source outlets were practically "UNKNOWN" to the buying public!! Most of these Beta Hi Fi Front Load VCRs are sold "completely outfitted" with accessories and extras, as well as including remote controls and owner's manuals!!

These Beta Hi Fi Front Load VCRs are all offered at deep, deeply discounted "UNMATCHED!! UNBEATABLE!!" liquidation prices of "JUST $10 TO $25 EACH OR LESS!!" ALL BRANDS AND MODELS!! All at a "tiny fraction" of their suggested retail, market or original purchase prices!!

It sounds like some computer selected a product catagory and generated a scam ad based on it. Especially when you see the following...

Have you ever thought of having that special Beta Hi Fi Front Load Infrared Remote Controlled VCR With All The "Bells And Whistles"? No Problem!! Just turn to my "Insider-Dealer's "2002" Beta Hi Fi Front Load VCR's USA Discount Product Source Outlet's Guide!!" And you can get it for far, far less than what the "Bulk" of the buying public are paying at retail or market prices. Even well below the overall costs of what you could ever find being sold on the web and Internet auction sites...GUARANTEED!!

Here's my special offer to you!! You can put to use my "Exclusive-Copyrighted", newly released "Insider-Dealer's "2002" Beta Hi Fi Front Load VCR's USA Discount Product Source Outlet's Guide!!" Buy all of the Beta Hi Fi Front Load VCRs as you desire. As Often As You Desire!!

and...

Just imagine! Within a few short days from now "You" will be on "Your" way to obtaining, easily "Hundreds," even "Thousands" of dollars worth of Beta Hi Fi Front Load VCRs for "JUST $10 TO $25 EACH OR LESS!!" BUY ONE...BUY MANY!!!

It's like the computer scam generator doesn't get it that they've stopped making Betas a couple years ago and it's rather doubtful that there's going to be a lot of "Beta Hi Fi Front Load VCRs" floating aroung just waiting for somebody with ten or twenty dollars.

Casimir
Sunday 3rd March 2002
4:32 pm U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

Hello:I Wanted to add a NICAM decoder to my 950. The problem is that I don't know how to do it and where to obtain a NICAM decoder. If anyone has got accaess to a 715/777/815 NC and tell me the NICAM decoder Sony part number. I wanted also to add that I opened my SLV-T2000 and saw strange things such as a port (with nothing connected) in the Hi8 video deck that said "PCM pb", "PCM pb RF" and other thing suspucting that there could be an "adding" that could expand video possibilities. Or could it come from an older Video Hi8 deck? Sony has kept this this things very well. And there could be a way to maka PinP the 950 with parts from a 777/815. I would conect it by a Computer parallel port / RS 232 with an exterior expand box with this components. Am I dreaming or it could be possible?

Dave A.
Sunday 3rd March 2002
12:31 pm U.K.

avideo@earthlink.net

To Madness:

The PCM sound I was referring to with Video 8, is available on anumber of upper end models of equipment. PCM audio on Video 8 & Hi-8tapes is recorded in a manner similar to Beta Hi-Fi. That is to say,it is recorded with the video information, not as a linear audio track.No outboard processor is needed; the camcorder or VCR simply has the processing circuits built into the equipment. As mentioned, PCM audiowas typically available only on upper end Sony equipment. If your Video8 gear has PCM capabilities, it will probably be mentioned in your opsmanual or on the equipment.

Stewart Wolpin
Saturday 2nd March 2002
11:48 pm U.K.

MrBaby@aol.com

I have an HL-SF750 and about 30 pre-recorded films (and some films I taped myself that can be used as blank tape) that I may be interested in selling in pieces or as a package if the price is right. If interested, please email me privately. I can supply a list of the pre-recorded films I have if that's all you're interested in.

Barry
Saturday 2nd March 2002
11:42 pm U.K.

barry@bknapper.freeserve.co.uk

To Olive (re the Beta tape-VHS adaptor).

Now why would anyone want to ask such a silly question as that? ;-)

Best wishes.

Barry.

Olive Thomas
Saturday 2nd March 2002
9:25 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

To Danny;

Beta tape dimensions - 6" X 3.75" X 1"

VHS tape dimensions - 7.45" X 4" X 1"

And there is no adapter to play Beta tapes on a VHS in case you were thinking of asking...

danny
Saturday 2nd March 2002
8:30 pm U.K.

catmandan666@yahoo.com

can someone tell me how big a betamax cassette is compared with a vhs video cassette? thanks!

Madness
Saturday 2nd March 2002
7:27 am U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Dave: Yeah, thanx for the information. The thought of getting a Video8 deck crossed my mind for duping Video8 material over to beta while reducing wear on my Handycam. The tapes I've used seem to be OK despite being used previously for data backup. And you say PCM sound? Do you mean using a Video8 deck for w/ a processor (PCM-17/ F1 ) for digital audio? I figured w/ the exception of Digital8, regular Video8 would be analog hifi or not?

Olive: I got that same email you posted above. I have no desire to waste my time sending spam to 200, 000 Brits (nor would my ISP like it!). So to the trawler: No more of that junk, thank you. ∂¶¨Ģ

Mark Boddy
Saturday 2nd March 2002
1:23 am U.K.

mboddy@spitfire.com.au

Can someone please advise me where I can obtain an idler motor for my SL-HF950ES. My repair guy here in Australia is having trouble finding one.Thanks, Mark.

video8 guy
Friday 1st March 2002
11:45 pm U.K.

jk@coral.com.es

my use of video8 (EVO-500 CCD-V90 CCD-V200) is fairly limited as I have found the picture to be substandard to Betamax ( HF150 HF950) and often VHS (SVO9600 SLV777), but the PCM sound is absolutely magnificent. As for metal particle tapes I have only used them on my Hi8 equipment (EVO-9850/EVO-9800 combo CCD-V900) and gained a beautiful picture as well as the magnificent PCM sound. However all my equipment is PAL and things maybe different for NTSC users. I have also found as I do alot of work on Hi8 that you can't make too many passes on a tape or dropout's start popping up all over the place, its not the most robust format.

Olive Thomas
Friday 1st March 2002
11:44 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

To Alan; I'd covered myself by stating "there were TV/VTR combo units as far back as the mid-sixties" deliberately using TV/VTR in that sentence...

To Mike Hart; Good old E-bay lists about 8 or 9 Betamovies of various types a month. Betamovies seem to be the better buys in E-bay land. I've gotten the ones in my collection for around $35-$40 each so don't get suckered into paying $100 for a 'rare' find...

Mike Hart
Friday 1st March 2002
10:14 pm U.K.

gaspode2@yahoo.com

Hi, I'm looking for a Betamovie camera, does anyone know where I might find one, for sale or being thrown out?

Dave A.
Friday 1st March 2002
9:45 pm U.K.

avideo@earthlink.net

To Madness: RE: Your inquiry about Video 8. I have had Video 8 playback andrecording equipment in my studio since 1989; and have always consideredit a pretty decent format. A bit better than VHS in terms of colorreproduction and certainly at least as good in terms of quality. For mytwo cents worth, it is of similar quality to standard Betamax; but wellbelow the quality of SuperBeta. One of the nice things about the format is that it uses a metalparticle tape that tends to be relatively problem-free. The machine heads, however, do need to cleaned somewhat regularly due to their small size. Also, if you can find a machine with PCM stereo capabilities,you will find the sound quite an improvement over the standard monosound tracks.

Alan
Friday 1st March 2002
6:50 pm U.K.

adm22@epguides.com

BTW the Sony 1901 was the first TV ?VCR combo the earlier units were not cassetes but reel to reel tapes VTR. Just a slight technicality.

About a year ago I did see and advert in an old ~1974 Radio Times for a home video recorder that had never heard of before. It featured a guy in a plne being happy that he could take a cheaper flight and still be able to watch a football match that was on as he was flying when he got home. The details at this point get a bit foggy.

Alan
Friday 1st March 2002
6:46 pm U.K.

adm22@epguides.com

I got the evil CD message also but did not take the time to read it.

If I recall the Sl-100 was being marketed as a cheap deck for people who had a much older aka top loading beta deck and lots of tapes that they wished to continue to play, but had switched to VHS to use as a main VCR. I guess they thought people who could not afford the infamous Beta to VHS adaptor would buy it.

Olive Thomas
Friday 1st March 2002
6:35 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

OK just one more thing - I got this E-mail from someone trawling this site...

1 Million world wide email addresses including 200, 000 UK for just £5 incP&P!

The list comes on a CD in 2 files, one containing 200, 000 UK emailaddresses and another containing 1 million world-wide emails (inc UK) ,both in .csv (comma separated value) format.

The emails have been physically validated in the last 3 weeks, removingaprox 25% bad emails from the previous amount, so there should be a verylow failure rate.

To purchase the CD please send a £5 cheque/PO payable to "Teletech" (nocash please) to:

TeletechOffice 434405 Kings RdLondon SW10 0BB

The CD will be sent by first class post as soon as your money has beenreceived.You will also be given details of a FREE download for FULL version sendingsoftware.

That address for anyone in London who'd like to prove that even without the access to high powered firearms like us Americans, Britons can still deliver a savage and well-deserved beating to some damned E-spammer...

TeletechOffice 434405 Kings RdLondon SW10 0BB

Edward
Friday 1st March 2002
3:51 am U.K.

hefriesen99@aol,com

How can I play my large stash of Betamovie beta tapes? the Sanyo tapedeck does not turn although it powers up. Can this older portable Sanyo player-receiver (two components) be repaired?

Jim Young
Friday 1st March 2002
3:47 am U.K.

jmyoung222@aol.com

To Olive: Thanks for your response. I bought the SL-HF300 at the Berlin, N.J. Farmers Market. The motor seems to run just fine with no tape on the spindle; there must be some type of over amperage device protecting the motor when it is under load in the play speeds either in Bll or Blll. The burn mark cannot be seen unless the tape carrier chassis is removed. I will do what you suggest; perhaps I can save the Betamax. It is a vey solidly constructed VCR, very different from the modern VHS machines.

I bought the SL-HF300 because I thought my stored SL-100 Betamax was also inoperative. I pulled the old Beta out of storage and gave it a test run. It runs perfectly; I'm watching home movies that I recorded in 1987 as I'm writing this. The only thng bad about it is that the SL-100 is a mono unit and was built after the lawsuit. It only has "out" connections making dubbing more tedious. Take Care...JIm

Olive Thomas
Friday 1st March 2002
3:01 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

to continue...

Unplug the machine, turn it over and open from the bottom, unscrew and pull down the PC board covering the underside of the drive mechanism (it's hinged on the side closest to the middle so you'll want to put the machine on it's side). The capstan is the round thing covered by a plastic shroud which is held by a metal tab. Remove the tab and shroud and try rotating the capstan wheel. It should turn freely - don't try to pull the capstan wheel out. If it's not turning freely, then that was the problem - turn it around a few times till it loosens up. Dabbing the works with some trusty alcohol helps. If it was turning freely, then most likely the 'Halle effect' coils of the capstan moter have burned out. They sometimes do. If you can find a spare capstan assembly that's plugs compatible you might be able to change it out.

was talkin
Friday 1st March 2002
2:34 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

To Jim; by any chance are you from San Antonio? I was talking to somebody in San Antonio who saw a fire scorched SL-HF 300 at a swap meet...

Anyways, most likely the capstan is either dead or just stuck. That's the part that pulls the tape through the system. The reel just takes up the slack.

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