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Madness
Saturday 3rd August 2002
9:05 am U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Correction: "Sony" should be "NEC." Oopsie!

Madness
Saturday 3rd August 2002
9:05 am U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Yeah, but I notice that both the SL-5200 and Sony auctions have the "unit turns on, but have no tapes to test it" routine again! Why don't they just run down to RadioShack and pick one up?

Olive Thomas
Saturday 3rd August 2002
6:23 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Here's a nice find just for the photography...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1370973028

SL-5200 'Beefmaster' HiFi Stereo VCR - $9.99 start. No reserve.

Brenda Ann Dyer
Saturday 3rd August 2002
3:07 am U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

For Sale to good home:

NOTE:

For a time, I am willing to entertain taking two equal payments on this stuff from any of the regulars here. :)

Sony SL-HF1000 B1-S VCR, original owner, just serviced by Andy Sanchez with new transport mechanism, upper and lower head drum assemblies and alignment. Heads as new, due to long period in storage. I have the original RMT-148 remote unit, however, due to damage from leaky batteries, several buttons no longer work (the editing, speed, record, etc. buttons, and the jog/shuttle dials do work, it's mainly peripheral stuff that doesn't).

Along with this VCR (I will only sell this as a lot, as I will have no use for one without the other) I also have a LARGE number of both new, factory wrapped L-750 tapes (Sony and Maxell) and pre-recorded tapes (including factory releases and home recorded). There are 86 of the new blank tapes, all L-750's

The factory releases are as follows: City Heat; Hook; Death Wish 3; Meatballs Pt.2; Little Lulu (classic cartoon); The Untouchables; The Delta Force; Beany & Cecil Vol. 1 (classic cartoon); Beany & Cecil Vol.6; Bachelor Party; Total Recall; The Land Before Time; The Sounds of Motown; Reggae Sunsplash; Duran Duran; Neil Sedaka in Concert; Ready, Steady, Go Vol.2; Seals and Crofts Live; John Davidson Live; Jimi (Hendrix) Plays Berkeley; The Ultimate Ozzy (Osborn); Black Wax; Dionne Warwick in Concert; Sammy Davis Jr. in Acapulco; Elton John Live in Central Park; Grace Jones; 16 Candles; The River; The Natural; Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; We Are the World, the Video Event; Bob Marley and the Wailers; Lena Horne, The Lady and Her Music; Sun City (Artists United Against Apartheid); Bring on the Night; Death Wish 4; Beany & Cecil Vol.10; The Onion Field; Spring Fever; The Seven-Ups; Pump Up the Volume; Missing in Action; Spring Break; Cinderella (Faerie Tale Theater); Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; The Prisoner- Episode 1, Arrival; The Adventures of Droopy (classic cartoon); The Tender Warrior; Star Trek V; Spaceballs; The Entity; National Geographic- Yukon Passage; Felix the Cat (classic cartoon); Kindergarten Cop; Lord of the Flies (1990); Star Trek VI; Ghostbusters II; The Jetsons- The Movie This is 62 factory tapes, mostly movies (two copies of Beany & Cecil Vol. 6 are included).

The home recorded tapes contain many movies, classic TV series, etc. far too many to list here. These are all NTSC 3.58 System M (N.America, Korea, Japan, etc.) tapes. The SL-HF1000 is a US System M NTSC 3.58 machine with American/Korean channelization. It operates on 120VAC 60 Hz.

As you can see, the tapes alone (blanks and factory, never mind my home records, which should be considered blanks) are worth at least $US370 (figuring a modest $2.50 per tape).

I am asking $900 for the lot, plus shipping. For a limited time I will ship the 1000 via USPS Priority mail, and the tapes via USPS Media mail anywhere in the US for a total of $ 950. I will ship anywhere, but be advised that shipping costs can be quite substantial, as I have ONLY the United States Postal Service to ship through.

Please e-mail me if interested. Please, I am not interested in selling the machine separately, as I have no use for all these tapes without it.

Take care, and stay well.

Brenda Ann

Sean Meskill
Saturday 3rd August 2002
2:42 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Olive, I am on and off thinking about that vidimagic. I will see how much money I have when it ends. I have the 900, soon to be BIs capable, a 750 wouldn't be such a step up for me, whereas your best machine seems to be a SL-HF-360... So good luck finding a 750!

Sean

Olive Thomas
Saturday 3rd August 2002
2:38 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Here's an FP-60 Vidimagic with a broken cassette door for only $49 so far...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1369911495

I'd bid for it but I really want to save for an SL-HF 750

And this time I really mean it....

nnils
Saturday 3rd August 2002
1:11 am U.K.

nnils@telus.net.nospam

$10. SL-HF400 in paper turned out to be SL-HF500 instead. Bought it anyway to get the little top tuning cover. I'll check the unit out next week.

Olive Thomas
Saturday 3rd August 2002
12:38 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Madness if you're showing an interest in NEC Betas here's one that just came up for bid...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1370890461

Most dealers tends to ignore the non-Sony Betas so this ought to be gastropod free...

Madness
Friday 2nd August 2002
10:55 pm U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

I had to take the cover of the 1800 anyhow to check the power supply fuses. It must've definately taken a power surge which luckily only blew the fuses and diesn't look like it damaged anything else. Looking around a little inside, I found the "carrier" switch. But it'd be interesting to find out how Sony supposedly made it record in superbeta- or near-superbeta-quality using normal beta carriers. ;)

Olive Thomas
Friday 2nd August 2002
9:48 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

http://www.aboutfx.com/~altered/beta.html is Kevin Federiko's Beta the Better Format page.

It's really just a lot of text but contains fairly comprehensive reviews of the various Betas.

Olive Thomas
Friday 2nd August 2002
9:46 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

On that SLO-1800 'secret' superbeta switch;

SLO-1800 This unit is an industrial duplication machine. All controls are manual and you can buy a tape changer unit that attaches and moves from tape to tape with about a 15 second delay between tapes. (JY)

part 2 a huge VCR thats built like a tank. If you picked up one of these without a manual, you may not realize that the default recording mode is standard Beta, not SuperBeta. These machines, although SuperBeta machines, were designed as duplicators for the rental industry. Being so, they recorded in a modified form of standard Beta in order to be compatible with all Beta machines (the modified signal is suppose to give SuperBeta quality at standard Beta carrier frequencies). The SuperBeta switch (called Carrier Shift) is inside the unit on the back of the front panel PCB. The factory setting for this switch is OFF, so if you want SuperBeta recordings, take the top off. (GN)

This is a his listing of B e t a M o v i es . . .

BMC-110 / BMC-100P (PAL colour system) (new $1075)

BMC-220

BMC-330???

BMC-440???

BMC-550

BMC-600 BMC-660 (SuperBetamovie) - circa 1986

BMC-1000 BMC-1000-K - circa 1986-87 - Betamovie-PRO Camcorder that recorded in B1s and B1s-SHB and is an excellent camcorder

BMC -3000 (Japanese BMC -3000 was the US's BMC-1000)

Did he just figure there had to be a 330 and 440 so why bother checking and didn't check before listing them?

Sean Meskill
Friday 2nd August 2002
8:37 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Madness: RDG's site links to another site, Kevin Fedriko or some such is the guys' name, and if you scroll WAY down to the section on industrials you will see the section on the 1800 and it will tell you where it is...

Madness
Friday 2nd August 2002
8:24 pm U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

One other thing: I was reminded of my NEC when I dug out the SLO-1800 last weekend. I did acutally find the latter than a fuse blew in the power supply. So now it works again. But can anyone tell me where exactly inside it the superbeta switch is? It was mentioned that the switch is inside the unit but I can't seem to find it!

Madness
Friday 2nd August 2002
8:16 pm U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Howard: I had a total of two NEC models in my life. The first one was the VC-20EU, a low-end mono deck w/ an odometer-style counter. I actually bought it at a Goodwill awhile back. Funny thing is, it had a tape loaded into it when I found it. Not stuck, however, as it would load & eject. I took it home and found that the machine played well and the tape had a bunch of Tonight Show episodes from the 80's. Worked for awhile then developed a loading problem. Gave it to a friend with a similar unit for parts. M

y other deck is also a VC-65EU, which, I still have but now has a tape stuck in it and I haven't gotten around to trying to fix. That's the one that can record in BIs!

The coolest thing about the NEC is when you load a tape, the compartment lights up. The door is totally transparent so you can see a little swing mirror that lets you see exactly how much tape is left on the supply reel. That did beat Sony's top window which was rather useless when you stack other equipment on top of their decks.

Casimir Alonso TaulÚ
Friday 2nd August 2002
7:58 pm U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

Well, I prefer this one

http://www.marktplaats.nl/foto.php3?g=video&u=betamaxrecorders&ID=357&av=&fv=&fo=&rv=15&pv=&zoek=&tk=&trefwoord=&oudei=&n=&t=&wp=

Casimir Alonso TaulÚ
Friday 2nd August 2002
7:57 pm U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

Nice!

http://www.marktplaats.nl/foto.php3?g=video&u=betamaxrecorders&ID=175&av=&fv=&fo=&rv=15&pv=&zoek=&tk=&trefwoord=&oudei=15&n=&t=&wp=

Casimir Alonso TaulÚ
Friday 2nd August 2002
7:30 pm U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

Does anyone know about BMC-630 / BMC -800? ?????????????????

PAL or NTSC (found on germany and non existing domain, through a link)?

Olive Thomas
Friday 2nd August 2002
7:00 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

The Sears/Toshiba portable do have a lot of similarities to the SLO-340/ SL-3000 VCRs and Toshiba's first VCRs, like the RM-534, was clearly a Sony OEM (of the SL-8200), but I imagine any similarity is more of like-minded design standards than by an OEM. The SL-3000 and SLO-340 put the camera port in front while the Toshiba hides it. Also the SL-3000 is a BII reocrd only machine with BI playback capability while the Toshiba unit is a BII/III recorder and if I'm not mistaken was like most other non-Sony Betas in that it did not support the BI speed -play or record - at all.

The design of the mini tuner timer module with twisty-dials and intended side-by-side placement as opposed to the SL-3000 's stackable TT -3000 with a 14 presets tuner also indicate that Toshiba designed their porta-betas on their own.

Howard
Friday 2nd August 2002
6:44 pm U.K.

hfeng40@hotmail.com

Good Beta day yesterday. After recently acquiring the NEC VC-N70EU Beta hi-fi VCR from somebody in town for my collection and using it a little bit, I became interested in the other NEC beta hi-fi models, and in the past few weeks purchased a working VC-N65EU super beta hi-fi and a vintage VC-N739EU beta hi-fi off of ebay. By coincidence, BOTH units arrived yesterday! I spent the whole evening unpacking both VCRs, setting them up, and testing them out. The VC-N65EU is working well right out of the box, while the VC-N739EU has a bit of a snowy picture, which I hope to clean up with a cleaning tape tonight. The VC-N739EU, by the way, was NEC's first beta hi-fi unit, with four heads, lots of variable-speed scanning features, and is a monster of a VCR, very bulky and huge, top of the line from 1983. Will test out both VCRs over the weeknd, and let everyone know how it goes on Monday. Howard

Sean Meskill
Friday 2nd August 2002
6:07 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Steve: What model number???Thanks, Sean

steve healy
Friday 2nd August 2002
4:57 pm U.K.

cahokiafinance@norcom2000.com

We have about 800 beta videotapes for sale. Many are pre-recorded, ranging from disneyto adult programs. I also have a working Sony Beta machine. If interested, you may call 618-332-6353 or e-mail me ar cahokiafinance@norcom2000.com. We are compiling a list of all available titles. I would be happy to send you the list. Thanks for your time.

Steve and Pam Healy

Sean Meskill
Friday 2nd August 2002
4:09 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

http://www.tapetape.com/product.cfm?catID=1&subcatID=4Check out the prices on blank betas. Sure beats Radio Shack.

Sean Meskill
Friday 2nd August 2002
3:38 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Does anyone note similarites between that and the SL(O)-340/ 3000? ?? It seems to be quite similar... THe key placement, the battery compartment, etc.

Sean

Olive Thomas
Friday 2nd August 2002
10:36 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Here's a nice wee beastie! Sears/Toshiba OEM 'portable' Betavision up for grabs....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1370796567

nnils
Friday 2nd August 2002
9:16 am U.K.

nnils@telus.net.nospam

The legit address bounced? No wonder I only get 15 spammers a day. Possibly your @ key is worn out (like Franny's) or you left an extra . after the domain name.

nnils
Friday 2nd August 2002
9:07 am U.K.

nnils@telus.net.nospam

Perhaps we should fill the SL-5800's worn heads with salt and put it on eBay.Buy it now price $50.00 (reserve is $49.99) and "borrow" Ray G's description of it.

Brenda Ann: You could just sell your own SL-HF400 and keep the SL-HF1000.

Brenda Ann Dyer
Friday 2nd August 2002
7:22 am U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

BTW, Nnils.. my e-mail to you bouced, even without the NOSPAM on the end. :(

Brenda Ann Dyer
Friday 2nd August 2002
7:03 am U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

Great, that would make shipping much more reasonable (not to mention more sure to arrive). :)

nnils
Friday 2nd August 2002
6:48 am U.K.

nnils@telus.net.nospam

I'll visit the SL-HF400 when it's light out. VCR is here in Beautiful British Columbia (only about 10 miles from the Blaine, WA USPS office).

Ian
Friday 2nd August 2002
6:24 am U.K.

rpsmee1@netscape.net

Any idea on where i can find a manual for a Sony BMC-110.. or does anyone know about the battery charging process.. cause I want to charge the batteries... but it says see manual, and I dont want to screw anything up.

thanks,

Ian

Brenda Ann Dyer
Friday 2nd August 2002
5:32 am U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

If the 400 is still available, I would like to get it for parts to repair my 400..

nnils
Friday 2nd August 2002
5:30 am U.K.

nnils@telus.net.nospam

All I have left of the HR-S5500U is the box. Stolen, and they left 2 betas behind. Insurance bought me a new HR-S7300U which comes close but only weighs a third as much. Y'know what that means.

Sean Meskill
Friday 2nd August 2002
4:23 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

I don;t know. I don't want it now, unless Andy (yes, are you reading this, Andy...) could give an estimate on replacing them. If the estimate is unreasonable tell him I will give him $5 for the remote alone. It probably won't fit in the HR-S5500U box as I have one of those (Nice, aren't they?) and it's a tad small. You can try, though...THanks!Sean

nnils
Friday 2nd August 2002
4:17 am U.K.

nnils@telus.net.nospam

Sean: SL-5800 worn heads and he still has the wired remote. SL-HF400 multiple problems, especially after bad professional repair attempt. Would the SL-5800 fit in my HR-S5500U box for transportation?

Sean Meskill
Friday 2nd August 2002
3:59 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1370634521Franny you might have an interrest in this, and it is hardwired for 230V or some such, not a big deal over there but here such service is hard to come by... I THINK you can switch the cycles between 50 and 60 for wahtever you need.

Sean

Sean Meskill
Friday 2nd August 2002
3:52 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

We could all place bids to probe the reserve... and then if we win everyone who bid would split the cost... and then what would we do with it... (GIVE IT TO ME!! (Just kidding :) But really, I wonder what the resrve is... $150, $ 200? I've seen reserves ludicisly close to the BIN...

Olive Thomas
Friday 2nd August 2002
3:34 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

From the Snaileko...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1370755343

SL-HF 500 'only' a $235 BIN price...

_@_╝╝$$$$$$$ ╝╝_@_[ == ╝╝╝╝O]

Sean Meskill
Friday 2nd August 2002
3:19 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Franny, I think it's broken... hence "not wkg"... I think that's an abbreviation for "working"... and, nnils, may as well find out what's wrong with the SL-HF-400 as well!

Sean

Franny Wentzel
Friday 2nd August 2002
3:12 am U.K.

franny_wentzel@yahoo.co.uk

Sleeech!_________@_╝╝ - "$10 SL-HF 400?"

Sean Meskill
Friday 2nd August 2002
2:20 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

nnils:What does he mean by broken???? this can mean a lot of things... I fyou can get specifics I might have an interest in the 5800. Thanks!

nnils
Friday 2nd August 2002
1:56 am U.K.

nnils@telus.net.nospam

SL-5800 (not wkg) in local classifieds $10. Same guy has SL-HF400 (not wkg) same price. Also Betamovie 110 in soft case, battery, charger, etc unknown cond.$50. Interested? Reply here or to my inbox (leave off the .nospam part - it has worked for me). I love happy endings.

Sean Meskill
Thursday 1st August 2002
11:51 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Yeah, but it IS PAL, isn't it...

Sean

Brenda Ann Dyer
Thursday 1st August 2002
11:42 pm U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

What I'm saying is, this camera that is linked to above is being posted from Western Australia.. :|

Sean Meskill
Thursday 1st August 2002
11:40 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

I am. This is the PAL site and I figure it's nice to post nice PAL stuff if I can find it. Sorry to confuse you!

Sean

Brenda Ann Dyer
Thursday 1st August 2002
11:38 pm U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

I'm confused... I thought you were stateside, Sean.. this camera is posted from Oz..

Franny Wentzel
Thursday 1st August 2002
11:12 pm U.K.

franny_wentzel@yahoo.co.uk

That's OK. I already have a camera.

Sean Meskill
Thursday 1st August 2002
10:26 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Stupid, Stupid me. Sorry Franny! (and all other people lusting after that PAL camera I posted...) The lenses are easy enough to get, and I have an adapter to make it work wiht K-conncetor equipment. Farnny, If you REALLY want it, I will give you a K-adapter and also a C-mount lens that will work with it. The Lens isn't anything great, however.

Sean.

Franny Wentzel
Thursday 1st August 2002
10:15 pm U.K.

franny_wentzel@yahoo.co.uk

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1370174609

The lens is being auctioned separately. I hate when that happens! I don't think it has a K-connector anyway. And it's eyepiece looks not to be thare.

Franny Wentzel
Thursday 1st August 2002
9:53 pm U.K.

franny_wentzel@yahoo.co.uk

looked at mono-stereo's bidding list and it seems this snail likes Beatles memorabillia to go with his Betas...

One thing though I can't understand why anyone would bid for an autograph http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=896371580 especially of a living person. Nine times out of ten it's a phoney (someone tried to sell a base-ball autographed by Mother Theresa!) and even if it was real, I'd rather have it from the personality themselves singing it for me. One of favourite items is a CD autographed by Deborah Harry but I wouldn't want to just buy one on the net.

Franny Wentzel
Thursday 1st August 2002
9:40 pm U.K.

franny_wentzel@yahoo.co.uk

[╝╝╝╝] SL-2000

[ _@╝╝ ] __@XX

[ -|- ]

[╝╝╝╝] TT-2000

[ | ] ----------- squishy snail...

snail in Cuisinart

you have to hit enter twice for every line of a snail-o-gram and no matter how many times you hit the SPACE bar you only get one space so you have the do an underline____ or other space filler...

Sean Meskill
Thursday 1st August 2002
9:37 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1552085899&rd=1Would the real mono-stereo please step forward...He seems to be a part-time snail. This is still a great deal and I wonder if you could make him an offer on it...

Dave A.
Thursday 1st August 2002
9:30 pm U.K.

avideo@earthlink.net

Hi To Everyone! - I once again have an over-run of brand new Beta tapesfrom a duplication job here at my studio. Those of you who are using the old Betacam oxide tapes will be interested in this lot. I have havethree brand new - i.e never used - Fuji 30 minute Betacam oxideo tapes.Will sell all three tapes for $12.00 - and include the postage in thedeal as well! Sorry - but this deal is limited to offers from the lower48 states only.

Scott Veazie
Thursday 1st August 2002
8:58 pm U.K.

betainformer@earthlink.net

I sort of wished I would have gone for it, but I already have a 1000, and the deck I am really seeking is a SL-HF2100, if I ever find one. Mono-Stereo (the winner) seems to be the snailer type in my past experiences.

~Scott

Brenda Ann Dyer
Thursday 1st August 2002
8:55 pm U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

Scott:

If that's you, congrats on getting such a great price on an SL-HF1000.. to be honest, I was really tempted to bid on it myself, especially when it was so cheap in the last few minutes.. but I couldn't steal it away from a fellow Betaphile.. (besides, I need to get rid of what I already have.. can't let that auction fever take over.)

Andy Sanchez
Thursday 1st August 2002
8:55 pm U.K.

andysbeta@thevision.net

Well that 1000 just ended about 2 mins ago. It went for a paltry $242.50 . To that mono-stereo snailer of course. So Scott, guess I was waaayyyyy off in regards to the ending price of that. -Andy

Scott Veazie
Thursday 1st August 2002
8:53 pm U.K.

betainformer@earthlink.net

Well, I lost at $242.50. Pretty cheap for a 1000, but I have one already anyway and there's no telling what kind of life this deck has led. I am still looking for my 2100 though.

~Scott

Sean Meskill
Thursday 1st August 2002
7:12 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

This IS the PAL site after all, this would make a nice ad-on accessory to the SL-F1. ..http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1370174609

Sean Meskill
Thursday 1st August 2002
7:07 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

I have the same problems with "snail-o-grams" too...Here is a tasty treat for anyone willing to shell out $50...http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1370588568This is the autofocus one so it is worth something...

Jesse Alonzo
Thursday 1st August 2002
7:02 pm U.K.

latinopikachu@yahoo.com

darn! I thought it would keep the alignment.. Olive please explain how I can get it like your snailograms.. it just messed everything up!

Jesse Alonzo
Thursday 1st August 2002
7:01 pm U.K.

latinopikachu@yahoo.com

Yes, it was I who created the snails on the poor 750. GEeek! I didn't use Adobe.. LOL i used my complimentary copy of Macromedia Fireworks MX. Like I was telling Olive, it would be funny if we can put that lady's voice who sung the Wards commercials into that talking Beta.. I wonder what kind of things she'd say. :)

[╝╝╝╝] SL-2000 [ _@╝╝ ] __@XX [ -|- ] [╝╝╝╝] TT-2000 [ | ] -----------squishy snail... snail in Cuisinart (Olive's idea)

Howard
Thursday 1st August 2002
6:50 pm U.K.

hfeng40@hotmail.com

Scott, ole friend! I've already bought two SL-HF750s this year, am currently in the middle of finishing deals on two more SL-HF450s, and am currently bidding on a busted SL-HF650 on ebay, so I'm afraid I won't be able to bid on that SL-HF1000, much as I want to. It would have been a fine bidding competition, but I'm just tapped out right now, you lucky dog! Good luck and hope you win; am looking forward to the next issue of the Beta Informer. Howard

Scott Veazie
Thursday 1st August 2002
6:12 pm U.K.

betainformer@earthlink.net

Well, I've rolled the dice, now it's lady luck's turn...~Scott

Sean Meskill
Thursday 1st August 2002
6:08 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

I was hoping for it to stay low. It just got a leeetle to high...Sigh...Sean

Andy Sanchez
Thursday 1st August 2002
6:07 pm U.K.

andysbeta@thevision.net

Scott, I doubt it- dont be surprised when it shoots up to well over $500..

Scott Veazie
Thursday 1st August 2002
6:05 pm U.K.

betainformer@earthlink.net

Hopefully the sellers' poor description and obscure listing will keep snail traffic down to a minimum. I happened upon it by accident in my daily beta searches.

~Scott

Sean Meskill
Thursday 1st August 2002
5:55 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

I hope so too!Go for it!I missed out and there is no-one I would rather it go to than someone from this page.DEATH TO ALL SNAILS!Sean

Scott Veazie
Thursday 1st August 2002
5:53 pm U.K.

betainformer@earthlink.net

I just bid on that SL-HF1000....I sure hope I can hold on to this one!

~Scott

Olive Thomas
Thursday 1st August 2002
5:11 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

_@_╝╝ - "Here's some more snail bait..."

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1552085899

SL-HF 1000 - 3 1/2 hours left and only at $103 bux...

"mine!"-_@_╝╝[ ==╝╝╝╝O]╝╝_@_-"mine!"

_@_╝╝[ ==╝}____ 'R-I-I-I-P!'____}╝╝╝O]╝╝_@_ - "now look what you done did!"

Olive Thomas
Thursday 1st August 2002
4:52 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

To Scottt: I have the SL-5400 and found that I can get it back to running shape with a little sandpaper to not only the idler tires but to rubber on the central winding post that drives the tire assuming neither is so badly decayed or cracked.

I'm not sure however if tuneup kits are specifically available for the SL-5xxx series though one might get the Zenith equivelent.

http://www.iglou.com/studiosound/index.htm has belt/tire kits for most VCRs

Howard
Thursday 1st August 2002
3:05 pm U.K.

hfeng40@hotmail.com

Wowie Zowie folks! This is a rarity! Somebody's got an AG-120 betastack changer on ebay auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1370563041. This is the GRANDADDY of all Sony betastack changers, the one and original model that started the whole betastack family. Anyone who's got a SL-7200 or SL-8200 MUST pick this up for their beta classic collection! Howard

Howard
Thursday 1st August 2002
2:24 pm U.K.

hfeng40@hotmail.com

To Michael: The Zenith 8510 is actually a clone of the Sony SL-2400. Because it is a clone of the 2400, it will accept Sony or Zenith IR wireless remote commands (the SL-2300 requires a wired remote). I think the main reason Zenith went for a "BIII record only" for the 8510 is to save money on OEM-contract costs. I own both a Zenith 8510 and a Sony SL-2400, and the BIII record/playback on both models look pretty much the same.

The SL-2500: It is a very sweet machine; it was one of the first models I bought when I was introduced to beta bidding on ebay two years ago. As an ebay neophyte, though, I paid WAY too much for the deck. Unfortunately, My 2500 currently has a jammed loading mechanism (its achilles heel, like the SL-2700); hope to get the unit fixed up in the next few months. I also have the SLO-420 and Zenith 9775 (SL-2500 clone) in my collection; unfortunately the 420 has a tracking problem, but other than that the unit works well. I do have the AG-400 changer for it, but the mounting plate for it is missing, so I have not been able to get the unit set up on the 420 yet. Does anyone here have an AG-400 mounting plate they are willing to part with?

Scott Veazie
Thursday 1st August 2002
1:59 pm U.K.

betainformer@earthlink.net

So the battle continues for the EDV-5000...so much time left too. I am in need of a tuneup kit for my SL-5800, as it's playback is all garbled and it winds slow. It also holds onto a bit of tape upon eject. On playback the image is all distorted, no color, I can hear the sound, but it's not good either. I really haven't had time to mess with it too much, will try a head cleaner and see if that helps. I'm hoping I just didn't get a boatanchor for a unit, as it's in good condition otherwise.

~Scott

uhf
Thursday 1st August 2002
11:22 am U.K.

beta@england.co.uk

Thanks Stephan, I was trying to figure out why it costs £147 from Sony here in the UK

Franny Wentzel
Thursday 1st August 2002
9:00 am U.K.

franny_wentzel@yahoo.co.uk

However I did find this excellent EDC-50 page

http://www8.ocn.ne.jp/~bcc100/bp05/bp05.html

David Willis
Thursday 1st August 2002
8:52 am U.K.

dwillis100@hotmail.com

I have a Sony BMC-100 Betamovie camcorder for sale. It is in perfect condition, complete with tape and five good NP-11 batteries. Unfortunately I do not have a charger. I guess I am just looking for reasonable offers. I live in Wiltshire, England but would be prepared to ship on receipt of payment.

Franny Wentzel
Thursday 1st August 2002
8:41 am U.K.

franny_wentzel@yahoo.co.uk

It seems that BetamaxTO will only let you at pages when you go through the 'front door' of http://www.betamax.to

Also they've been changing the URLs of all their pages adding a /top/ subdirectory not that you can directly access subpages anymore...

good thing I managed to download all their pix before they made it that much harder to do so...

Derek
Thursday 1st August 2002
8:22 am U.K.

derek.cheeseman@ntlworld.com

Anyone want a C5 needing repair, and dozens of useable tapes? Free to good home.Stockport, UK

Michael
Thursday 1st August 2002
7:29 am U.K.

michael@blackdahlia.zzn.com

Anyone have any information on the Zenith VR-8510? It looks like a Slimline unit, with the little flipdown panel like the SL-2300. It doesn't work, and I'm waiting on a tune-up kit which I am nearly certain will fix it. The odd thing about it is that its only records in BIII. Does it have any special circuitry or hardware in it that enhances the quality of BIII recordings? No info on RG's website other than the model number.

Michael
Thursday 1st August 2002
7:22 am U.K.

michael@blackdahlia.zzn.com

Thank you, Jan; that is good information about the RMT-312.

BeefJerky
Thursday 1st August 2002
6:22 am U.K.

beefjerky@starlynx.com

Someone asked about how an SL-HF860D was and whether it was worth $300. Well, IMHO it is. I've used one now for about a year. I've also used the following beta VCR's: Toshiba VM-42, Toshiba V-S43, Sanyo 7250/Realistic Model 22, and a Sony SL-HF300. This VCR has hands down the best BIII recording/playback quality of all of them along with the best BII recording (in standard beta; the Toshiba V-S43 comes in 2nd in quality). The quality is of course a bit better with superbeta on in BII mode (still can't tell any difference between standard and super in BIII speed; on the Sanyo 7250 I never could tell the difference even at BII speed). Also, the special effects work very well (still frame, slo-mo, locking scan, digital scan, etc) and can do with two heads what most others take 3 or 4 heads to do (which also made putting brand new heads on very affordable at $20). I must admit the digital scan feature is a very cool and useful feature for finding stuff on a tape (though be aware, that there's no button for that function on the machine itself, so you'll either need the original remote, or a one-for-all/RadioShack remote that can use advanced codes). All in all, a *VERY* nice machine to own, I highly recommend it.

Olive Thomas
Thursday 1st August 2002
4:39 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

sleeeeeeeeeech!_________@_╝╝ [ ==╝╝╝╝O] ╝╝_@________

I _@_╝╝ did a bidder and seller search of snailiecat_@_╝╝ and he and the original Snail _@_╝╝ have crossed eyestalks over a few Betas lately_@_╝╝ -"grrr"-╝╝_@_ so they may be different snails_@_╝╝ _@_╝╝ [ ==╝╝╝╝O] ╝╝_@_ ╝╝_@_or it was snailie using different handles in probing reserves but ╝╝_@_ it sure is pretty thick _@_╝╝ with gastropods on E- [ ==╝╝╝╝O] ╝╝_@_bay lately...

Sean Meskill
Thursday 1st August 2002
4:27 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1370196663This could be a good deal. I don't need anything like this, though. Anyone know who this "Howiecat" charecter is? I hope he's not a snail ____@╝╝ or an agent thereof ____@╝╝ -"howiecat, I hereby dispatch you to go and collect all those tasty betas that we may jack up the prices and resell them to the unwitting masses"

Andy Sanchez
Thursday 1st August 2002
4:09 am U.K.

andysbeta@thevision.net

The SL-HF750 out on a picnic picture is greatly improved with the introduction of the "Snailings" crawling all upon the poor unit. If I was to list that Beta, on Ebay INC, with the Snalings crawling all over upon it, would that mean I could get at least $2,000 US for it? Ahhh.. the wonders of Adobe. Andy

Jan H.Pedersen
Thursday 1st August 2002
3:57 am U.K.

bcc16571@vip.cybercity.dk

To Michael and Sean! as I say to you, The optional Wireless remote for SLO-420 NTSC version are RMT-312. About the lid? no im sure nothing under, on the lidthere are a label? this lid can not be openedRegardsJan H.Pedersen

Sean Meskill
Thursday 1st August 2002
3:49 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

That's cute. I will save that.

Michael
Thursday 1st August 2002
3:49 am U.K.

michael@blackdahlia.zzn.com

No way, Sean! If I take the little top cover off the 420, something just awful will happen, and the unit will tell me, in it's best Mom voice, "What did I tell you? WHAT--DID--I--TELL--YOU??" :) Actually, it won't come off. You pull on it and it won't lift. I have to pop the cover off one of these days to check out a little noise during threading, and I'll let you know what happens. Stay tuned...

Olive Thomas
Thursday 1st August 2002
3:49 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Here's the other one he sent...

http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/a78f28e7/bc/Goofy+Olive+stuff/betasnail1.jpg?bcQ7Dc9A1LR8PPWx

Olive Thomas
Thursday 1st August 2002
3:45 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Got this image from a fellow Betafan and had to share it...

http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/a78f28e7/bc/Goofy+Olive+stuff/betasnail2.jpg?bcQ7Dc9ABTOaP3wn

What happens when you take your beta out in the garden to photograph it...

Sean Meskill
Thursday 1st August 2002
3:40 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

CAN the lid be removed? have you ever taken the cover off the whole thing just to see what's under there? I would be interested to know...

Sean

Michael
Thursday 1st August 2002
3:26 am U.K.

michael@blackdahlia.zzn.com

Nope. Just the tuner's been removed. It even has a timer for recording. Very peculiar unit. It responds to the basic commands from my RMT-124; I cannot determine whether or what remote is supposed to come with it, but I assume if the 312 isn't exactly the one, it's probably the closest you can get next to that. Amusingly, by the way, the little lid on top of the unit over where you would tune channels on, say, a 2300, has a sticker on it saying it cannot be removed.

Sean Meskill
Thursday 1st August 2002
3:17 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

I didn't know the SLO-420 could recieve infra-red remote control, I thought that feature was removed for industrial application...

Sean

Michael
Thursday 1st August 2002
3:12 am U.K.

michael@blackdahlia.zzn.com

There was a 2500 with a remote that looked to be in great shape that went for just $52 last weekend. I got caught in a conversation and missed a chance to check on it late. I would have grabbed it for sure. Of course, I don't need it, but at that price I can't, as they say, afford *not* to buy! $212 could have gotten the buyer that nice SL-700 that recently ended. I guess it's just that something about a "new" unit. HOWEVER, I always wonder how "new," "like new" and "mint" they really are, or can be, without a remote or a manual.

Michael
Thursday 1st August 2002
3:08 am U.K.

michael@blackdahlia.zzn.com

Tip o' the hat to Olive. It is an SLO-420, not a -340. No idea why (or how) I could get those two confused, but I do that a lot.

Olive Thomas
Thursday 1st August 2002
2:56 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

By the way that SL-2500 went for a whopping $212 bux! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1368286008

Also there's an AG-400 tape changer available that will work for the SL-2500, SL-2700, SL-2710 and SLO-420

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1369840722

Still at $20 bux...

Olive Thomas
Thursday 1st August 2002
2:40 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

nice to see it go to someone other then the gastropods...

Don't you mean SLO-420? The SLO-340 is the Texas Walkman X-I 'portable' recorder.

Michael
Thursday 1st August 2002
2:32 am U.K.

michael@blackdahlia.zzn.com

Question for you SL-HF750 folks. I just got one, and find that the tape transport buttons, both on the remote and on the panel, Record in particular, seem slow to respond compared to other VCR's I have owned. I have a lot to learn yet about this unit, but I am wondering if anyone else has noticed this.

Michael
Thursday 1st August 2002
2:30 am U.K.

michael@blackdahlia.zzn.com

I had to grab that RMT-312 for my SLO-340. I was surprised that my Zenith VR9800 remote did not operate the swing search on the SLO. I hope the 312 does. I am also surprised that the RMT-312 wasn't snapped up by whomever bought that "brand new" SL-2500 that ended yesterday or today. I'm going right now to find out what ghastly price that one went for.

Olive Thomas
Thursday 1st August 2002
1:19 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

And I think you can also use that remote on this Zenith/Sony OEM Beta http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1370498169

Too bad the flipper door is missing....

Olive Thomas
Thursday 1st August 2002
1:12 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

If you have an SL-2500 or SL-2700 but no remote this one, an RMT-312, is available for $5 start $20 BIN...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1370462664

Olive Thomas
Thursday 1st August 2002
1:08 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

See how the Snail is a bad influence on this optimistic Beta seller...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1370491663

A low end mono NEC Beta with a missing flipper door. Start bid is $15, BIN price is $250 and there's a reserve.

As Dr. Evil would say; "Ri-i-ight"...

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