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Jesse Alonzo
Thursday 5th September 2002
10:08 pm U.K.

webmaster@wards.com

Well! Just bought my Lasermie a new disc. Now that I can afford to feed it.. LOL! Im amazed that snail goo hasnt built up and slowed it down to where it doesnt read. It plays perfectly after being dormant for a week. No. An iBeta would be a beta that looked Apple-designed. The corners of the machine would be rounded.. and the case would be clear plastic. :) It would look a lot like a G4 tower... with a glowing ß on each side!! :) :) :)

Joe Shelton
Thursday 5th September 2002
12:49 pm U.K.

primanox007@yahoo.com

Ok BETA Buffs... I'm going to sell my Sanyo Model VCR 4400 unit with 6 blank cassettes. Everyting is in PRIMO condition. There is no remote or manual and the only physical defect is the little door on the lower right is missing a hinge, but still holds in place beautifully. Other than that, the unit is in PRIMO condition, I've used it myself several times, much to my delight as to the quality, but I can't see keeping it as I have a VHS and DVD and make VCD's as part of my living. SO.... I'll sell the whole lot for $50, plus the buyer paying for S&H plus $5 handling(all in US dollars). If anyone is interested, drop me an !!!EMAIL!!! If I don't get any interests by the weekend, I'll throw it up on Ebay. Thanks a heap for all your help.

Joe

Olive Thomas
Thursday 5th September 2002
12:39 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

I got an E-mail from that Fort Worth Reporter. Answered a few questions by E-mail. Yadda yadda yadda...

I'm amazed anyone besides us snails is taking an interest in the end of Beta VCR production.

Sean Meskill
Thursday 5th September 2002
12:22 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

it's a KX-P4420

nnils
Thursday 5th September 2002
9:15 am U.K.

nnils@telus.net.nospam

Bidding on the Sony EZ-Divorce wasn't funny that week.

nnils
Thursday 5th September 2002
8:24 am U.K.

nnils@telus.net.nospam

Mashilo (Southern Africa): Tried a private note but your netscape mailbox seems full. A service manual for a Sony XV-C700 color corrector is on eBay right now. Hope this can help. Quite often manufacturers include pages from the user manual near the front of the service manual.http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1377920863

Sean Meskill
Thursday 5th September 2002
4:36 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1377792845Gary's prices range from decent to outrageous. this is certanly the outrageous end. if it were in perfect shape, yeah, I'd go for it. He obviously knows something about his subject, (Unlike the snail, who seems to plagiarize all his knowledge form the Infoguide) and if he can't easily deal with it, it may be cause to worry...

Sean Meskill
Thursday 5th September 2002
4:01 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Imacs were designed with function follows form. You want a good Mac, get a G4, or whatever the advancement of that line is. The big tower-type computers. Stay away from anything with the "i" moniker, they are a sort of worthless "peoples computer for the computer inept." THe G4 is actually a nice machine, having used one and read reviews of it by PC magazines! If you want a mac, it is clearly the way to go. VERY easy to use and work on.What would be an "iBeta?" sort of like an EZ-Beta? Someone called a $650 SL-HF-750 a Sony EZ Divorce. That was funny!

Sean

Sean

Jesse Alonzo
Thursday 5th September 2002
1:54 am U.K.

webmaster@wards.com

Awww! "The little Japanese lady over in testing!!!" Hahaha..... What a cute quote. Well, why couldn't have Apple have made the plastic on the white iBook a lot more scratch resistant. Darn... I have to practically keep it wrapped up in a soft cloth so it doesn't scuff up any more than it already is.. Oh well. How about an iBeta.. :)

Brenda Ann Dyer
Wednesday 4th September 2002
10:15 pm U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

Actually, with modern power supplies, the difference between 100 and 120 volts is not such a big deal as it once was. Here in Korea, we have a LOT of Japanese domestic equipment designed to run on 100 volts, and everyone just plugs it into the 110-120V step downs that they use to run all the US built stuff that sells here. I have a Japanese built audio mixer that I use all the time, power supply doesn't even run all that warm, let alone hot. YMMV.

Madness
Wednesday 4th September 2002
9:54 pm U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Mike: If you're referring to the Japanese-domestic models, the only drawbacks are that the tuner won't work right in the US (it's NTSC, but different channel layout) and they run on 100V instead of 110-120. You'd just need to use a stepdown transformer to operate the deck safely and use the A/V's for recording & playback.

Madess
Wednesday 4th September 2002
9:50 pm U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Andy: Thanks for the info! I found the little plug. My first instinct was to load up Ray Glasser's excellent website, but I ended up getting that message from Geocities about the site exceeding its transfer limit. Guess now I'll havta comb eBay to for the Sony controller (if it's not too expensive!).

AMi (Aivars Migla)
Wednesday 4th September 2002
8:52 pm U.K.

ami@inbox.lv

Excuse me now this is only a test

Mike
Wednesday 4th September 2002
8:34 pm U.K.

mike_e_1956 @yahoo.com

just a general question about a couple sony models... does the SL-HF450 have something inherently inferior about it... seems like I have seen it go for less money a couple times on e-bay than a HF300 for example, which I think was just below a HF500, which I currently have.BTW, I imagine this has been mentioned before, but can someone simply state the drawback to getting a currently produced Beta --- is it power supply and non-compatible tuners?? thanks

Alan Morton
Wednesday 4th September 2002
6:03 pm U.K.

adm22@epguides.com

Did a bit of inquiring into getting a BEtamax from Japan shipped to the states and so far have only gotten one responce. As can be imagained most of the places offering them had no English language option. Said repsose is copied below.

I for one see no problem with Apple ][ computers, although I think that Sony and Apple must have shared some of their marketing plans, since Apple wound up alienating a large portion of their customer base when they introduced the MacIntosh and made it incompatible with the Apple ][. I have two friends who were converted to the dark side (Windows). I myself wound up getting a Mac Powerbook, which I only use for things that my old Aplle II GS cant handle. I still find Appleworks betetr than any other word processor I have found. There was a LCD screen that worked for the Apple II C & Apple II C+. The Apple one just sat there and was hard to read the other company's was a bit better and had a battery inside. I had the one from Apple along with an internal hard drive in my C+ which I sold about five years ago to someone who offered me enough money to buy the above mentioned power book and have some cash left over.From: "PriceJapan" <mail@pricejapan.com>To: "adm22" <adm22@epguides.com>Date: 31 Aug 2002, 06:15:55 PMSubject: Re: Betmax purchaseThanks for inquire.

SONY announced that they will finish producing betamax VTR.

They said also that they will finally release 2000 units of EDV-9000 andSL-200D.

Relevant site is http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/av/docs/20020827/sony.htm(Japanese only)

So, you can get it with reservation order.

( final release time is around September 10-20. reservation order should bedone within September 06. )

alll cost of EDV-9000 is roughly $2,000.http://esearch.rakuten.co.jp/search/e.search?sv=2&sitem=EDV-9000

or all cost of SL-200D is roughly $840.(DHL shipping cost included).

http://esearch.rakuten.co.jp/search/e.search?sv=2&e=0&s=0&v=2&sitem=sl-200d&f=A&g=0&min=&max=&p=0&nitem=

If you still want to buy it, please ask again its exact price quote.

Kaneda

www.Pricejapan.com

----- Original Message -----

From: "adm22" <adm22@epguides.com>To: <mail@pricejapan.com>Sent: Sunday, September 01, 2002 3:22 AMSubject: Betmax purchase

> I have been informed that you may be able to supply a New Sony Betamax VCR > and ship it to the United States. If this is true I would like to know which > models you currnetly have available and the cost for same. The VCR would be > shipped to Illinois.

Dave A.
Wednesday 4th September 2002
5:47 pm U.K.

avideo@earthlink.net

To BeefJerky: Many thanks for your input about a number of the Panasonicproducts you've had good luck with. Though I did not mention it in myearlier comments about the MII format; while not sold in large numbers(vs. Betacam SP equipment) the MII format machines were well designed and did produce a true broadcast grade, component video signal. The MIImachines were also quite expensive - with some editing machines havinglist prices well above $30,000.00!

Here at my studios, I still consider the Panasonic AG-7650 & AG-7750the best S-VHS editing machines I've ever owned - and I've owned at onetime or another various models of all the three (JVC, Sony & Panasonic)major brands of S-VHS editing systems. And Panasonic's WJ-MX50 switcher is considered by most people in the television industry as the standard by which all small video switchers are measured. It is virtually "bulletproof" in construction;and is used by thousands of video studios, small broadcast stations, andcable access studios all over the world.

Brad Butler
Wednesday 4th September 2002
5:38 pm U.K.

brasstack@attbi.com

I have a Sony Batamax 2 Portable Video Cassette Recorder system that I would like to sell for BEST OFFER! It includes : Sony Trinicon Video Camera HVC 2000, Sony TT 3000 (Timer-Tuner) and Recorder. If anyone is interested Please E-MAIL me with Your offer and E-MAIL address Information. Thanks, Brad Butler (brasstack@attbi.com)

John
Wednesday 4th September 2002
4:53 pm U.K.

jdteffer@cox.net

Forgot to mention in my above message, re: cameras for my SL-2000, that I am in the USA, if that matters.

Thanks again,

John

John
Wednesday 4th September 2002
4:46 pm U.K.

jdteffer@cox.net

Hi everybody, this is my first time here.

I just bought a lovely Sony SL-2000 and TT-2005 combo at my local thrift store, and am wondering where I could find a (preferably complete) list of what cameras I can plug into the SL-2000.

Will any camera with the same style plug work? Only Sony cameras? Only certain Sony cameras?

Thanks!

-John

Casimir Alonso Taulé
Wednesday 4th September 2002
1:21 pm U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

Found the EDV-9000 on Priceline:

http://esearch.rakuten.co.jp/search/e.search?sv=2&sitem=EDV-9000

If you want to calculate its total cost...

nnils
Wednesday 4th September 2002
8:10 am U.K.

nnils@telus.net.nospam

Nice ß-ß-ß-ßetamax symbols a few postings back. Hope it's contagious.

Franny Wentzel
Wednesday 4th September 2002
7:15 am U.K.

franny_wentzel@yahoo.co.uk

Anyone else get this chunklet of 'spam'

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Please enter up to 3 email addresses to "OPT OUT" of future mailings

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Nice how they're sleeching E-mail addresses by getting you to hand them three e-mail addys in their 'opt-out' list.

Brenda Ann Dyer
Wednesday 4th September 2002
4:50 am U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

AndyW:

I recently picked up a pair of JVC S-VHS decks for $99 each at our PX. These have S-video inputs front and back, as well as composite video, and S-video and composite outputs on the back. Very versatile. You can choose what connections each set of inputs uses from the setup menu. These also have what is called "S-VHS ET", which allows you to record in the S-VHS mode on standard tapes. I have found only limited use for this feature, as most standard tapes have a very high noise level when you try to use them for S-VHS... However, the picture resolution is very good, even dispite the noise. (Still doesn't look as good as my SL-HF1000 does in ß1s mode.. ) We got these, by the way, in order to share tapes with our non- ßetaphile friends... (forgive them, they know not what they do). LOL

Andy S.:Had any luck with the remote or the poor dead capstan motor??

Franny Wentzel
Wednesday 4th September 2002
4:42 am U.K.

franny_wentzel@yahoo.co.uk

Well I know that ('evil twin') friends Monika and Erika were pretty thrilled at finding a working Panasonic 4-head tossed out for obsolescence somewhere in Saratoga, New York last year. It wasn't all that remarkable it was a mono unit and only had the 14 preset channels but it meant we could rent movies (in the house we were staying, the owners had taken the VCR with them) that summer and they liked the idea of having a VCR from the year they were born (1986)...

Sean Meskill
Wednesday 4th September 2002
4:13 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

IN the interrest of fairness, I'll put my two cents in that I have a panasonic Laser printer that I picked off the side of the road, and it works fine. this model is siad to go over a million copies with ease.

Sean

Andy W.
Wednesday 4th September 2002
2:10 am U.K.

We3he@aol.com

Regarding the earlier talk about front A/V inputs...get a load of what JVC has been doing to many of their newer VHS machines: They have front A/V inputs ONLY! No A/V input on the back, just an output and the RF jacks. So you can hook up a camcorder, but not a DSS receiver or another VCR that you want to dub from without having ugly cables sticking out the front. And its really pathetic what passes for a Super VHS deck these days. The Panasonic (Penisonic?) PV-VS4821 was the biggest VCR purchase mistake I ever made. I bought it when I was looking for a format that could reproduce the 400-line resolution of my Hi8 camcorder, which even Super Beta can't match. What I got was a $230 hunk of s***. It had a problem with the audio output right out of the box, something is loose in the right channel connector so the right TV speaker keeps dropping out. It comes back if you wiggle the cable. I know it must be this VCR's problem because I have used different sets of cables and I tried another VCR (a Beta) to the same set of inputs on the TV with no problem. Also it has really fast rewind, but only after about 2 months of use it started to make a noise like it was about to fall apart while it was rewinding. At least this one has an S-video in jack. The only "S-VHS" deck selling at the local electronics stores now, a JVC model, doesn't even have an S-video input connector, only an output! Ugh. Give me Super Beta any day!

Olive Thomas
Wednesday 4th September 2002
2:02 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

SL-F1 /TT -F1 portable...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1378368818

Sean Meskill
Wednesday 4th September 2002
1:36 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Hello Andy! How are my VCRs?

Sean

Andy Sanchez
Wednesday 4th September 2002
1:35 am U.K.

andysbeta@thevision.net

Madness : Look right under the giant jog shuttle wheel, lower right corner.You will see a square piece that looks like a small plastic cover. It will peel right off. Now you will see a switch, and a black rubber block in it. Remove the rubber block. Whala. You got BIs. The GCS-50 was meant to run off an editing controller (RM-E50V I think thats the model#). The 8mm control L device may work.. or not. Let us know how things go. Andy

Madess
Wednesday 4th September 2002
12:41 am U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Guys got a question: I mentioned my newly acquired GCS-50 and EVO 8mm deck. Both have similar jacks on the back of them (e.g. Control L/S; big blue "Remote"). Do you need the editing controller thingie to be able to use both of these decks for 8mm -> Beta editing of home movies? Also, where on the GCS-50 do I find the "secret switch" for BIs?

Olive Thomas
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
11:58 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

The SLO- machines can record from either a line in source or (some of them) from an RF source. If you had a cable box you could get by with an industrial They are built more durably and many of them can record in linear stereo and/or the BI speed. Given how cheap Sony was in the tuner department (measly 36 cable channels and 14 lousy stinkin' presets the norm) an industrial with either a cable box or VHS machine can do you fairly well. Make sure you get a Beta that can at least play back the BII and BII speed (SLO-325 comes to mind) if you have a bunch of old tapes already.

Mike
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
11:02 pm U.K.

mike_e_1956 @yahoo.com

Hey all... another "show my ignorance" question or 2:are the "industrial machines" like the SLO series and the U-matics (no tuners?, I guess), able to record from a regular television? Are there any great advantages/disadvantages to these machines ? no timer or remote, more durable? harder to find service for?? Thanks

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
10:14 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

VCRGary WILL take $75, I asked him... he only has a few left, better get to him quick!

Sean

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
9:35 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

If VCRGarys SLO-1400s dropped to $75, how many people here would buy one for certain?

Sean

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
8:46 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Thanks for the MII info, I allready have a JVC BR-S611U that needs over $100 in balanced XLR audio adaptes to be of any use to me. I really have no reason to get an MII machine, I have three working Umatics comming in the mail, although they will be delayed for about a month or so... I have also check with other tape suppliers and mostly they do not carry anything as obscure as MII, although most carry consumer beta at fair prices... ($5-9) not the greatest. Also I have a JVC home SVHS and a Sony industrial VHS among others, with at least halfadozen betas, a mix of industrial and consumer.

Sean

Dave A.
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
8:31 pm U.K.

avideo@earthlink.net

To Sean: Regarding your post about the Panasonic MII machines. I'm not sure if you're aware of it or not, but MII was Panasonic's "answer" to Sony's professional Betacam SP machines. Unfortunately, the MII format was never very popular with professionals and broadcasters; and they never sold in any large numbers. If you can find an MII machine in good operating condition, it may be a good deal if you have the proper equipment to go with it. Most MII machines had balanced/XLR type audio inputs/ouputs, and composite and component video inputs/outputs. They also usually have RS-422 type edit control ports; which means they will probably work best with a Panasonic edit controler (not usually cheap!) Also, keep in mind while these machines were real workhorses and built for everyday use, service is very expensive on these machines and parts may be hard to come by. Further, they use a special type of 1/2" tape - not a standard VHS cassette - which you will probably have to get from a professional video supplier.

Olive Thomas
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
6:33 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Sanyo VCR-4400s are pretty common and that 'Official Video Product of the 1984 Olympics' sticker doesn't add much value to it as every third Sanyo from around then has that sticker (or used to have it) - and the 1984 Olympics Committee would hand out 'offical product' designations to anyone willing to pony up the dough for one. The program from the games I have listed two or three 'official' video product suppliers/advertisers. Having the original remote box and manual is more useful but you can expect maybe $50 bux or so for everything you have as this is more a workhorse unit than anything else.

Used tapes are only cost effective to bother buying at $1 apiece or less.

Joe Shelton
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
6:16 pm U.K.

primanox007@yahoo.com

Ok Beta Buffs... Gotta question for ya. I've got a Sanyo Model No. VCR 4400 top loading Betamax Machine. Thing is in PRIMO condition. 'Bout how much is it worth? It's stamped on the case as being one of the official video products of the 1984 Olympic games and all. Also, I have 6 used cassettes most with cases. I'd be willing to erase them, how much would they be worth? Please email me with the details. Thanks.

PS. I mean worth in AMERICAN DOLLARS.

Olive Thomas
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:50 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

That should be http://www.pricejapan.com

they can be contacted (in "simple english") at mail@pricejapan.com

$877 bux by credit card is not too bad for a fresh off the factory Beta. I don't have $877 bux but it's nice to dream...

Olive Thomas
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:43 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Or contact Priceline of Japan and they'll deliver you a Beta.

As did this person on Scott Veazie's Beta Informer page...

I took ST Mitchell's suggestion and contacted http:www.pricejapan.com for a pricequote on an SL200D (the Japanese version, albeit much more feature-laden, ofthe SLHF2000), and they were very helpful and promt with their reply.Here's what they had to say:

"Price quote of SL-200D Betamax VCR

Its lowest wholesale price in Japan; 72,000 Yen(You can confirm its latestprice at http://esearch.rakuten.co.jp/search/e.search?sv=2&sitem=SL-200D).5% tax will be added.=>75,600 Yen

Its net weight is 6.5kg, but its box weight is 9.2kg.

Shipping cost from Japan to USA by DHL ; 16,700 Yen

Total pure costs in Japanese Yen is 92,300 Yen.[75600 + 16700 ]

Shipping Insurance cost(0.7%) will be added.(compulsory).-> 92,947

Yen(92300*1.007)

With our 5% fee, it will be 97,594 Yen. [ 92947*1.05 ]

This amount is equivalent to USD $849. [97594/115.00 ]

2. Price changes daily, according to $-Yen rate and wholesale price inJapan.Above cost in USD is based on $->Yen cash rate; 115.00 Yen per a USD).( $->Yen cash rate is 3 Yen lower than broker rate in market; 118.00 Yen pera USD)

3. We can ship it to USA and other countries with my 5% fee.Total amount you pay via PayPal will be $849 by cash,or $877 by creditcard(3.3% card charge added).

*We have two Paypal account: one for payment by Paypal balance(=cash);mail@pricejapan.com (This account will deny credit card)the other for payment by credit card via Paypal; order@pricejapan.comPlease pay $849 to mail@pricejapan.com if you pay by Paypal balance(=cash),or pay $877 to order@pricejapan.com if you pay by credit card via Paypal.

4.You can also pay it by wiring Japanese Yen(97600 Yen + receiver's fee 2500Yen ) to our Citibank account in Japan,or US dollars($849 + receiver's fee $15) to our bank account to Union Bankof California in USA.

5. If interested, please e-mail with simple English( mail@pricejapan.com )We don't know the technical features of this machine. We can answer only itsprice and costs."

$877.00 is a little steep, but when one considers that this is a brand-newdeck and used SLHF2000's have been going for that and more on E-Bay, then itisn't so bad.

Casimir Alonso Taulé
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:36 pm U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

Who is priceline of Japan?

Casimir Alonso Taulé
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:35 pm U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

Could buy an NTSC<PAL converter and enjoy the SL-200D or the EDV-9000.I would only buy tapes, but L-830HG not available in europe. ED-BETA users can buy a collection of EL-500 / EL-750 / EL-830 to renew their ED-BETA non-macrovision-afected-moviecopies.

Let's do it!!!!!!

Olive Thomas
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:35 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Or contact Priceline of Japan and they'll deliver you a Beta. It's gonna cost you but yes you can get a Japanese beta without the cost of roundtrip airfare to Tokyo...

Casimir Alonso Taulé
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:25 pm U.K.

casimir_alonso_taule@hotmail.com

Let's do a Year-end trip to Japan just when they begin the sales:

EDV-9000 === 259000 Y > 209000 Y

SL-200D (D from digital picture)=== 237500 Y > 179500 Y

Just kidding, he he. Regards to all,

Casimir

Franny Wentzel
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:22 pm U.K.

franny_wentzel@yahoo.co.uk

To Mashilo Magongoa; I think this Aussie bloke 'J Sparkin' has a similar colour coverter to yours. His site is currently down for transfer to a new server but it used to show pix of a camera controller here -> http://users.bigpond.com/jsparkin/beta/pics/COLCOR4.JPG

He may have a manual to it. I'm sure if he wanders by this site and sees his name mentioned he may confirm or deny that...

And yes those greedy Sony Japan people were holding out on the rest of the world with a couple Beta models being made just for their 'Fatherland'. Since most of Afrika is either PAL or SECAM you won't be able to use the units still being made as they are NTSC.

Mashilo Magongoa (From the South of Africa)
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
2:55 pm U.K.

mashilo@netscape.net

I checked out that BBC link on Betamax! Is this a joke! Does this mean they were still making them in Japan! Damn! If somebody can sponsor my trip to Japan before the end of this Year I would really appreciate it!

I reallly need to put my hands on one of them machines.

Mashilo Magongoa (From the South of Africa)
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
2:47 pm U.K.

mashilo@netscape.net

Hi! I have recently acquired some very fancy looking Sony gadgets. A Colour Converter, Another device that lets you control the sharpness and an input selector.

Luckily I got manuals for the device that lets you control the sharpness an the input selector.

But unfortunately the colour converter did not come with a manual. Does anyone know where I can get hold of some info on this.

This colour converter has got a knob that alows you to add more green, red, or blue and also a button that lets you view the pictures in the negative. It is a Sony!

Thanks

Mashilo Magongoa

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
11:54 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

I just have a bit of a bias against them because I didn't learn anything on them. I'm sure that there were some nice machines in that lineup, particularly the jet-black BEll & Howell Apple platform. I can't remember its name. All I remember was to warm boot them you had to cripple your own hand.

Brenda Ann Dyer
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
7:18 am U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

Hey.. don't badmouth Apple ]['s... I learned a lot about BASIC programming on those.. :) It's not the same as MS or any other BASIC, but it did work pretty much the same, and it was easy to translate the command structures.. :) One of my favorite programs that I wrote was designed to dump all the memory onto the screen. I wrote it because I wanted to be able to modify some of the text in other programs, but didn't know what to look for. What my program did was PEEK'ed each memory allocation, and then printed it to screen. For hidden/control characters, it would invert the video for that character, and add I believe it was 63 to the ASCII code, and print out it's corresponding normal ASCII character (i.e., it would see a <ctrl a> and print an inverse video "a".. I did lots of stuff like that. :)

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
6:45 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

My sony VHS deck IS mono... neds anadapter for stereo sources. BUT it has front inputs.

Sean

Olive Thomas
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:34 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

The better idea is to have both front and rear A/V inputs in case you have more system elements. Even better is if the front input at least can figure that if you only hook in one audio plug it takes it that your input is mono and put that input on both channels. My Sony VHS deck at the very least can do that...

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:29 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Oh. I love and hate front-mounted inputs. blessing and a curse. looks awful, but functional. at least it's well hidden.

Sean

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:26 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Remember the IBM PC junior, with the weird keyboard? Yikes! Just incompatible neough to make headaches, kinda like IBM's modern machines... stay away from IBM desktops today, get yourself a System/390... 1,069 MIPS (or VUP, same difference) it kicks @$$!!!!! ___@_** Snailie confused by new typographical symbols...

Olive Thomas
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:23 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Actually the SL-5200 had front mounted input - like if you had an HVC-2500 stereo camera with the HVA-220 camera adapter. Or your friend brought over her SL-5200 to copy tapes...

Olive Thomas
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:19 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Ah yes the classic SL-5200, the first HiFi VCR. This one had been relisted quite a few times. Semms to need belt work.

I still have a floppy disk of Apple II proggies I made in High School. And I still have an Apple IIc 'portable' computer to play the disk on. The IIc really was pretty portable with a floppy drive and keyboard built in. You'd need some sort of external battery pack and Apple promised (but I've never seen anywhere but in the movie 2010) LCD 80 column display monitor to actually use it outdoors and indoors you needed a composite display monitor with a video in jack. But you could hook up a mouse and get it to run GUI based proggies (whatever could run with just 128K RAM).

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:19 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

It's an SL-5200, first HiFi VCR ever. I think it only has an ouput, though! I've heard these have problems with the electrolytic caps, but it's just something I would ignore. I always ignore electrolytic caps.

Sean

Brenda Ann Dyer
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:11 am U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

Potential great deal for someone.. don't recognize the model, but it's Hi-Fi, and it's Sony.. and BIN price of only $40.. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1377232439

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:10 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

I learend computers on dreadful Apple ][ e's, argh! well, we didn;t earn anything useful, just how to play computer games... finally we got hte height of technology... a Mac classic, with a 6" monitor, I think, monochrome, and... the teacher let us play MathBlaster on it.. Ha. Then we got some PowerPCs... still Macs but getting closer. WE learned a few rudmentary computer skills on them but nothing more than... playing more games! Some of them were dreadful "eductional" games... At home I had a dummy terminal connecting to a VAX 11/780 at my dad's office, but i was too young to remember how to actually use it. Then we got a POWERFUL gateway 486/66 with lots of memory and two hard disks totaling well over a gig... it is still in use, somehwere.

Sean

Olive Thomas
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
5:02 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Well let's see...

I learned BASIC programming on our school's state of the art TRS-80 computer which was 'innovative' in that there were about a half dozen compys 'networked' to a single compy that had a 5.25" 'Floppy Drive' data storage system...

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
4:56 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

You're not as old as I think you are... Don't ask me why, but I get weird Ideas in my head. I had a 2600, loved it to death, nearly. Got a NES and gave the 2600 to a kid who was about as smart as a ceiling tile and he promptly broke it... I want anotehr one!!!!

Sean

Olive Thomas
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
4:53 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Zaxxon was one of the first simulated 3D games. You basically flew strike missions over these islands in space to blow stuff up without being shot down by fighter or SAMs or vapourised by energy barriers...

I pretty much stopped playing video games about when they stopped making the Atari 2600 cartridges...

just a sad little 80s child...

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
4:46 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Only one I do not know is Zaxxon. All the rest are great. Ever play Sinistar? Whoooo! THAT was scary as hell and satisfying!

Sean

Olive Thomas
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
4:42 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

still recall games like Space Invaders, Missile Command, Defender, Zaxxon, Donkey Kong and the Pacman/MsPacman pair...

or snailman...

_@_¡¡ ------{==¥¥¥¥O]--------[oo]---------{==¥¥¥¥O]------{==¥¥¥¥O]----[oo]------[oo]----

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
4:37 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

The CDEDBD DUCKS was a refference to the computer game fallout, I think it is just comming out on the Mac after 5 years or so. Atually a good game, post-apocalyptic setting, ala "The Road Warrior". If you can't make heads not tails of the letters, say them out loud.

Sean

Olive Thomas
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
4:35 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

_@_¡¡-?????????????

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
4:09 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

O I L B! Took me a minute to figure it out, but, I did... ha ha ha... funny enough! NOw I've confused you all to the point where someone is going to have an aneurysm

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
4:06 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Is that a wasteland/fallout refference? C D E D B D DUCKS! D R NOT DUCKS. O S D R, C D E D B D WINGS ? O I L B, M R DUCKS.

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
3:52 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

I remember reading that either M or MII was made to use VHS tape, but I do not know. Anyone know? I guess this was a feeble attempt to fight back against the insurmountable force of the might Betacam!

Olive Thomas
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
3:49 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

This showed up in and amongts my nightly 'patrol' for E-bay Beta tasties...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1378108802

Penisonic 'MII'-format dockable recorder "almost Beta SP quality - some say it's better"

M-not! MII! M-not! MII! M-not! MII!

M-not!...

Sean Meskill
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
1:00 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Beta cleaning tapes: you can get them off Ebay (common to see with a machine) BUT, since a friend of mine who is a tech actually conducted a head-cleaning tape test, I will clue you in on the results: He took three identical SL-8200s, and rigged them up so that they would run the heads but not move the reels. Then he inserted a cleaning tape in each, and let it run. It took only 5 hours of this abuse before the heads were GONE. Head cleaning tapes are very harmful, and while very sparing use is fine for modern decks, Betas, whose heads might be worn allready, and, since we want to keep these old decks around, we should avoid head-cleaning tapes at all costs.

How to clean your own heads! By Dr. Snailie: ____@_oo

To clean the heads in an type of videocorder, you must first gain access to the heads. This is easy on open-reel decks, like a Sony AV-3600, but it is more tricky on a betamax. Remove the four screws tha hold the top cover on, and work it off. if it will not budge, check the edges fot additional screws, as some models differ. The head drum will be a silver object sitting in the middle of the tape transport. You cannot miss it. Use tape deck head cleaner, or, if you cannot get it, alcohol works just as well, but the higher concentration, the better, so, Ethyl alcohol is best. You can use a cotton swab to clean the drum, the capstans, and ohter parts, but DO NOT use it to clean the actual heads, it will harm them or even break them off. Use a special kind of swabs to clean video decks, Radio shack sells them. They are the kind that are made of foam or similar material that leaves no material behind. Put the cleaning swab (remember, NOT cotton,) next to the head drum. In a beta, you cannot rotate the drum, but there is a tire on top of the drum that turns the heads. hold the swab in one spot, and turn the tire about ten times, to pass the heads over the swab. NEVER use an up-down motion, only side-to-side, as that too could dammage the deck. Let the whole works dry for at least five minutes before playing a tape. Make absolutely sure you clean the Audio/CTL head, it is the source of many problems. If your cleaner says not to use it on rubber parts, do not. Also, a note of caution, WD-40 has NO place in VTRs of any kind. it migrates onto every surface it should not be on.

Sean

Michael
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
12:42 am U.K.

michael@blackdahlia.zzn.com

There are almost always a couple of beta head cleaning tapes up on eBay. Often, they are sold among a lot of used tapes, so be aware of that. They also pop up from time to time at your larger thrift shops as well. I can't tell you whether new stock or even new old stock is available anywhere. Might try Google or Overture.com. Good luck.

steve wilcox
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
12:39 am U.K.

swilcox@woh.rr.com

Can anyone tell me what a SL-6200 sony betamax is worth? Its from 1975.It does t have the tv with it anymore.

Michael
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
12:36 am U.K.

michael@blackdahlia.zzn.com

The Zenith VR9800 is a unit that's similar (very similar) to the Sony SL-2000. I doubt that that will help you a lot, but it might help a little. Also, try going to http://www.studiosoundelectronics.com/ and scroll down to the "Ask A Technician" link. That usually yields news you can use. Good luck.

Don
Tuesday 3rd September 2002
12:34 am U.K.

dqjax@bellsouth.net

Anyone have a source for Beta Head Cleaning "Tapes"?

Bruce
Monday 2nd September 2002
7:14 pm U.K.

bforglas@tstonramp.com

Greetings maxters- have a Sony SL-2710 & SL-2401 that I would be interested in selling. Any one interested?Bruce

Don Funk
Monday 2nd September 2002
5:40 pm U.K.

pba01@msn.com

I have had a Zenith VR9800 Beta Format VCR since the late 70's. It finaly decided not to eject my tape. The local repair person suggested that I try and find a "delivery system". Thats what the repair person called my problem. Zenith no longer has the model number at its web site in its product list. Are there any suggestions????

Mike
Monday 2nd September 2002
3:13 pm U.K.

mike_e_1956 @yahoo.com

Brenda -- thanks for the research on 'Your so vain!'...

Alan
Monday 2nd September 2002
11:14 am U.K.

alan@barnett.org

Hi all.,

most of you are probably aware that Sony have annonced that they are to stopproducingBetamax VCR in the very near future.

To mark this sad event, Betamax PALsite http://www.PALsite.info, has created acondolence book for thosewishing to leave their thoughts on the passing of this much loved format.Visit http://www.PALsite.infotoday and express your thoughts on the end of the Betamax format.

Alan Barnett

Brenda Ann Dyer
Monday 2nd September 2002
6:48 am U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

http://ask.yahoo.com/ask/20020822.html

Olive Thomas
Monday 2nd September 2002
5:39 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

_@_¡¡- need a Beta service manual? This fellow has several up for bid...

http://cgi6.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewListedItems&userid=vgdeuel&include=0&since=-1&sort=2&rows=25&rdir=0

Olive Thomas
Monday 2nd September 2002
5:25 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

Anyone feel like hunting snail? ¦=-<<<<_______ _@_¡¡- eeeeeee!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1376325230

SL-2710 at 69 bux - reserve met - ends in 4 hours... You know who is the high bidder...

Sean Meskill
Monday 2nd September 2002
4:38 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

It's NOT a player, Jesse. NO player had a big red button... the record button is made so it looks like it would fire a nuclear missile... great fun. Anyway, that IS a recorder. yeah, it's a penisonic, but, into everyones life a little rain must fall... I use a panasonic laser Printer, it's not that bad. I've got a couple panasonic portable VCRs, they're OK. could be worse, could be a JVC... In all fairness, although JVC was dumb enough to pass on betamax, they did make some of the best VHS decks, back when there was SOME quality left in the industry. Arrogance on JVCs part kept them from owning the Video world, along with Sony. Think of it, you can STILL buy a Umatic deck, I think, but beta is dieng and VHS has stagnated completely to the point that a modern deck is worthless!

Sean

Jesse Alonzo
Monday 2nd September 2002
4:32 am U.K.

webmaster@wards.com

Ugh! Why do I want a fat Penisonique PLAYER? LOL.. Thanks anyway for watchin out, Sean. I already have a friendly VP-5000. I love that deck, it's so smooth and quiet. Never complains! I wonder how that poor VO-5800 at the MOL of K feels. Now that I have $73 that I got today, I plan on spending it on eBay. Already been looking for a TBC. :) Betas are too expensive.. I've been noticing that. Class? Anyone care to tell me why? Anyone... ANYONE? *wink wink. ____@_ºº I know! I know! pick mee pick meee!!

Sean Meskill
Monday 2nd September 2002
4:22 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1377677381Jesse. This could be a great deal. Power cords are easy to get.

Sean

Sean Meskill
Monday 2nd September 2002
3:47 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

I think Sanyo made the marantz, but I'm not sure. Marantz is a division of superscope, which is part of sony, so it's possible. The realistics were sanyos, but the good ones, not the rotten ones that you hear about eating tapes like they were candy. I don't know who that song was about... Olive would know.

Mike
Monday 2nd September 2002
3:41 am U.K.

mike_e_1956 @yahoo.com

Hello all... just getting back into this Beta thing, since my 11 year old wants to see all the music videos from the mid-80's I have from my defunct HF500...anyway, the question is; did Sony make Marantz and Realistic betas back then??and I on a previous note,I thought Your so vain ("clouds in my coffee" and all, was about Warren Beatty???

Sean Meskill
Monday 2nd September 2002
2:57 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Something I have heard. The SL-8200, I believe, has the motor mounted the wrong way, as per the specs of the motor, so it will fail with a bit of regularity, so, if you have one of these decks, you should not subject it to a lot of use.

Sean

Sean Meskill
Monday 2nd September 2002
2:50 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

It would depend where you are and what model number it is. If it is an NTSC beta from Japan or the states, you will probably have a decent shot at getting one.

Sean

Jason Howes
Monday 2nd September 2002
2:33 am U.K.

jason_howes78@hotmail.com

I have just recieved a Betamovie Camera and I am just wondering were abouts I would be able to get a service manual, or a schematic diagram from, Thanks Jason

Sean Meskill
Monday 2nd September 2002
1:04 am U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Good luck!I remember, I am a member of an access TV station, and they were GIVING AWAY there old equipment, like SVHS camcorders, video cameras, and, yup, two Umatic decks, but they were only VP-7020s, not recorders, and, since I had no tapes to play, I left them be. You couldn't just waltz off with the stuff, you had to write in and request it... This was back when I went to a little undernourished highschool, so I was going to write in for a couple SVHS decks, and all the SVHS camcorders, and give the school a few decks and most of the camcroders, and keep a camcorder and deck for myself. Now that is gone, all the gear is gone, and they will evenutually do it again. Of course I will write in for most of it. Maybe even split it up with you people here! Not that you gus would much want SVHS stuff, but, hey, it's free! Best price for VHS! not worth much more!

Sean

Jesse Alonzo
Monday 2nd September 2002
12:54 am U.K.

webmaster@wards.com

Sleeech!! ___@_¼¼ i'll take you home! [ :( U|Matic] noo sleech I will! ¼¼_@____ tee hee... I went into one of the edit bays at the MOL of K on Friday (KMOL) to see how they edited tapes nowadays... And I had to leave in disgust. Slam! Wham!! Pound pound pound!!! Yank!! Slam!! Pound! UGH! Has anyone else seen how news people treat their stuff?! Darn it! Some guy was forcefeeding a Beta SP unit the large cassette.. Didnt even give it a chance to auto-feed the tape.. he slammed the tape in.. No wonder when it ejects its all wobbly and noisy. Pooor thing. I also saw an abandoned VO-5850, with top panel half-removed. :( :( Tried its buttons.. Very stiff, (as if someone'd poured soda on a keyboard or something, know that feeling?) and yukky. Jog wheel all loose.. Oh well. I mite get lukky.. :)

Sean Meskill
Sunday 1st September 2002
8:36 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

Silly question, anyone remember "elcaset" from Sony? Audio tapes the size of a betamax? I'l looking for one of the decks. ANy leads? I've seen the one on Ebay.

Sean

Alan Jones
Sunday 1st September 2002
6:18 pm U.K.

sydmandrax@yahoo.co.uk

I have been given a sony betamax video which was stored for a number of years and unfortunatly will not play tapes properlt. I am having a nightmare trying to find someone to service it. C an anyone help?

MobileMadness
Sunday 1st September 2002
6:10 pm U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Hiya betadewdz! Currently up in New Hampshire w/ a laptop for the holiday weekend! That's Labor (no "U"!) Day for us in the States!

But anyhow, while on the road, I stopped a gas station/rest stop area for a few things and ending up getting the regional paper. Low & behold, I found a little underworded gem in the want ad section: "For sale: Two Sony VCRs, models GCS-50 and EVO-250; selling together!" Now the former didn't actually say "beta", but I knew better! I immediately got the location (a nearby town on my route) on my map and whipped out my cellpohne! About an hour later I was the owner of perfectly-working GCS-50! The other deck, which the guy wanted to sell w/ the beta as a set, is an industrial Video8/Hi8 hifi deck. Sort of like the "SLO-series" betas; no tuner or timer. Will most likely use it to playback 8mm home footage or to dupe same to beta.

I was able to demo both units because I brought both my BMC-550 Betamovie and 8mm Handicam (as backup), so I had tapes. (BTW, whoever sent the anonymous email tip on repairing the NP-11 batteries myself using RadioShack sub-C's, thanx very much!!!) So I'll be heading home to Boston later tonight. But it wasn't a bad trip all-in-all! I found me a GCS-50, at a good price, in a snailie-free enviroment! ;) :) ;)

Roderick
Sunday 1st September 2002
5:12 am U.K.

roderick@stagesafety.com

I have started putting pre-recorded Betamax movies on sold.com.auHave a look at this link every now and then as I will be adding to list on a regular basis.http://au.sold.yahoo.com/booth/RoderickvG

Thanks

Olive Thomas
Sunday 1st September 2002
3:05 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

_@_¡¡ - wow! wowie wow! the good stuff on e-bay just keeps coming out of the woodwork!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1377659992

Marantz MVC -200 - The only consumer-released linear stereo Beta VCR ever released (that I know of) the guy didn't post a piccy though. $50 start no reserve...

Olive Thomas
Sunday 1st September 2002
3:00 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yahoo.com

_@_¡¡- Here's a unique E-Bay find...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1377665650

SLP-45R SuperBeta Player-only Betamax. In the mid-80s the Koreans were coming out with player-only VHS machines for people who just wanted a machine for rental tapes. This (and a couple other models) was Sony's answer to their challange. I've only seen one other consumer-grade player-only model like this one...

Sean Meskill
Saturday 31st August 2002
11:39 pm U.K.

smeskill@attbi.com

I like the way your mind works, Franny, if I wasn't so biased against that remote, I could've come up with that myself, Oh well, my fault for being to closed-minded! I just think that, Sony, if pressed with legal action to produce betas, would take the easy way out, instead of actually making anything new or different for us, because they refuse to see beta as a viable market, so they would do only what was neccesarry for the terms of the settlement. We would just have to preessure them for a good beta, comparable to todays VCRs. Just leave off the damned VCR-plus... (i don't know if this laughable "feature" has made it to DE yet, Franny, but it's a sort of programming aide for the terminally inept, since programming got a little harder on Sonys since the dropping of the +/-/NEXT scheme in favor of menus. you enter a code for a programme, and it will try to tape it for you. useless if you have a cable box! also, fromwhat I hear, hard to use!)

In case anyone was wondering, I have a comparable Sony and magnavox, and programming and using the Sony (SL-20) is at least 33% easier than the "maggot-Box" unit, with no weird or hard-to-learn button schemes.Sean

Franny Wentzel
Saturday 31st August 2002
11:33 pm U.K.

franny_wentzel@yahoo.co.uk

whoops I meant to say...

Well I actually wouldn't mind the LCD remote if they had some sort of cushioning so you don't get 'touch screen finger'. Better yet, if the remote could double as a PDA. Imagine being able to catalog your collection of Beta tapes on the remote. Or if you could print out barcodes with an otional and read them with the remote so you could always find taped stuff. Then if you wanted to recall a scene you punched it up on the remote it told you which tape to get and when you put it in it cues right up to the scene you wanted.

Franny Wentzel
Saturday 31st August 2002
11:32 pm U.K.

franny_wentzel@yahoo.co.uk

Well I actually wouldn't the LCD remote if they had some sort of cushioning so you don't get 'touch screen finger'. Better yet, if the remote could double as a PDA. Imagine being able to catalog your collection of Beta tapes on the remote. Or if you could print out barcodes with an otional and read them with the remote so you could always find taped stuff. Then if you wanted to recall a scene you punched it up on the remote it told you which tape to get and when you put it in if cues right up to the scene you wanted.

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