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Homer
Saturday 3rd April 2004
5:02 am U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Pepse, your 450 most likely has a bad ACE head, it has all the symptoms. Perhaps you could extend its life for a while by tilting it closer to the tape with the alignment screws and a load of patience.

Olive E Thomas
Saturday 3rd April 2004
4:43 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

And for the record you had a 50/50 shot of getting an SL-HF 400 for the magic $100 price...

http://search-completed.ebay.com/search/search.dll?GetResult&catref=C3&st=0&srchdesc=y&query=400&from=R2&category1=39830&completedonly=1

The one that went to $187.50 bux had all the earmarks of rampant shill bidding...

http://offer.ebay.com/ws3/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBids&item=3085015424

Still waiting to hear from you on buying my fully functional SL-5400 with remote and manuals for only $43 bux and shipping...

Olive E Thomas
Saturday 3rd April 2004
4:26 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

OK Homer you want an SL-HF 400 at a "fair merket" price of only $100 bux?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3088637355

What you want it cheaper?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3088374400

Pepse
Saturday 3rd April 2004
3:31 am U.K.

jmsekola@chibardun.net

OK, awhile back I posted about my HF 450 acting up (I don't feel like backtracking at the moment). I thought/think it is the pinch roller. I cleaned it up and I still have the same problem. When viewing tapes recorded off my HF 750, as well as tapes from a Sanyo VCR 7200, and a HF 300 and a HF 400, and some tapes from yard sales; they all play good. But when I record something on the HF 450 and play it back it tries to play but won't. But everything is fine on slo-mo, FF, REW, and pause. When putting the tape in my HF 750 it acts the same. Opinions??

Pepse.

Andy W.
Saturday 3rd April 2004
12:39 am U.K.

vespanidus@aol.com

My ßetamax web site at http://www.geocities.com/vespanidus/betamax.html has been revamped. The pictures will load much faster, and they include links to the full-size versions so they can be viewed in greater detail.

Homer Simpson
Friday 2nd April 2004
11:18 pm U.K.

fox@networks.com

Ya got it Homer2!

Right to the point, and if I may add....

I can guarantee most of the people here that talks snail trash, are actually sellers in disguise.. waiting for the opportunity to run down the competition ( calling them terror snailies ) and selling their overpriced junk on ebay under a different userid. :)

How can I prove that?

How many snailies trashers here are willing to sell the following units for a " fair market price price.. "

no takes, I thought so.

sl-2401 --- fair value? according to most folks here , it should be 40 buckssl-hf400 , well according to people here, one in great shape and remote $100.00 most..I dont even dare want to know how much a sl-hf100 fair price is!!!! ( dont believe me? look at a previous message above this one.)

so.......

Homer
Friday 2nd April 2004
10:14 pm U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

That is right, I do make fun of you from time to time, I do find these snail thingies ridiculous, and I do suspect some sort of identity spoofing to be happening in here.

Nevertheless, the described VCRs actually DO exist and could be yours. Since you surely won't send me any money by mail because you are afraid I might rip you off, you can even come over my house and pick them up yourself.

Das Snail_@_oo
Friday 2nd April 2004
8:28 pm U.K.

DasImperator-snail-@AlmostOnLine.com

There are two basic options in Betamax, if it's an analog recording, you'll (most likely) need a HiFi Betamax to retrieve it.

If it's a PCM Digital recording you can use any Betamax VCR but you'll also need a PCM decoder like a PCM -F1 /SL-2000 combo unit.

Larry
Friday 2nd April 2004
7:31 pm U.K.

lund1@earthlink.net

Betamax education required please :)

Hi,

I have a friend who had a music project mastered to Betamax as a backup. Ampex L500 tape was used. She has no idea which machine was used, and I'm clueless when it comes to Beta technology and the machine required to retrieve this master tape. Is there a standard, or are there some different roads that I might end up venturing down?

Thanks for any help.

Larry

Das Snail_@_oo
Friday 2nd April 2004
10:16 am U.K.

DasImperator-snail-@AlmostOnLine.com

_@_oo - You make fun of us Homer, but I actually have a bunch of spare boards (and I think the PS) for an SL-2710 in storage and could probably fix that VCR of yours if it really existed. I'm pretty sure I have an SL-2700 power supply as well.

Homer
Friday 2nd April 2004
5:28 am U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Looking for a shot 900 to fix mine. The board under the mechanical chassis got flooded at some point and is destroyed.

Or, that same 900 for sale, with that bad board and headless. Because the head disc has found a new life in a HF2000.

Also a severely injured 2700 f.s. It suffered a power surge. The power supply is ruined as well as the main board on which the copper traces are lifted up like burnt fuses. Very ugly and sad to look at. Could be used as a parts machine and it also sports a mint body so it could revamp a bad looking one.

Finally, a 2710 with a bad power supply. IIRC, the 9v section is dead. Since this has a complicated switching power supply, I once managed to make it work using a linear regulator instead of trying to fix it and it would work fine, though the machine would shut off for no reason from time to time. Also there is a fault in the remote control circuit which could somehow be resolved by shorting some pins on the CHANGER connector at the back. Go figure. Finally its tuner could be more "in tune".

All these fine VCRs are waiting for the best offer.

Sean Meskill
Friday 2nd April 2004
5:04 am U.K.

smeskill@youdontneedtoknow.com

Isn't Brazil weird inasmuch as they use some kind of 60-HZ PAL variant? If it's not Brazil I believe there is one country that does that.

A friend of mine in high school was BIG into Anime, and I wasn't surprised when he asked me to copy a Beta tape... Unfortunately for him, it wasn't a Beta at all, it was a PAL tape... I was thrown when he said he actually got it into his VCR and made it play. He said he could hear the audio and not see the video, so I knew right away that it was PAL. Just goes to show you that it is pretty common for people to call anything they don't understand "Beta". I've also encountered people who call VHS "VCR"; I don't even bother trying to explain that "VCR" is another format entirely from VHS and Beta...

Olive E Thomas
Friday 2nd April 2004
3:06 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

Venezuela is an NTSC country.

Brasil Argentina Paraguay and Uraguay are PAL countries in South America

Jolo
Thursday 1st April 2004
10:30 pm U.K.

jolo.bradshaw@btopenworld.com

Hi, I have a Sony SL-3000 portable Betamax VCR with soft case (NOT WORKING, THERFORE USEFUL FOR SPARES) and a matching Camera that works perfectly and comes with its original hard carying case. Price: £50.00.

I live in Essex and buyer collects.

Regards,

Jolo.

Howard
Thursday 1st April 2004
5:28 pm U.K.

hfeng40@hotmail.com

Regarding above post on Beta cassettes taped in Venezuela, I think Venezuela is one of the few countries in the Western hemisphere that uses PAL format, so the gentlemen will have to bid on a Sony multi-format Beta VCR and get a PAL TV to go with it or one of those format converter outboard boxes to convert the video from PAL to NTSC. Howard

Andy W.
Thursday 1st April 2004
4:37 pm U.K.

vespanidus@aol.com

Why does the "CANCEL" button not work. I clicked "Post message" the first time, then wanted to go back and check for mistakes, so I hit "CANCEL". But it posted twice anyway!

Andy W.
Thursday 1st April 2004
4:36 pm U.K.

vespanidus@aol.com

To Alex-If the tapes are NTSC, than any NTSC or multistandard Beta will do. You might try the internet auction sites such as Ebay-they often have plenty of Betas for sale. Although, as you might guess from some of the previous posts on this page, you have to be careful who you buy from. Sean, Olive and some of these other people may be able to give you better advice than I on who exactly engages in shill bidding and other rip-off practices, but here are a couple guidelines to keep in mind: 1.) Know what you are bidding on. Many auction descriptions are sketchy when it comes to the features of the machine in question. This website: http://www.betainfoguide.com has a good description of each model and its capabilities. 2.) As a general rule of thumb, never bid more than $ 200 -300 for any except the following models: SL-HF750, SL-HF860D, SL-HF870D, SL-HF900, SL-HF1000, SL-HF2000, and SL-HF2100. These "marquee" models are the only ones that justify a starting bid and/or Buy It Now price of $300 or more (if in working order). If internet auction is not for you, you can try scouting garage sales, flea markets, and secondhand stores. It may take you awhile to run across a Beta machine, but here they are likely to be very cheap ($20 or less). They may or may not be in perfect working order, but often they only need minor repairs like having rubber belts and tires replaced. If you can bring a tape, cable and portable TV to test any machine you run across, that would be very useful. Hope this helps. Welcome to the land of the ßetaphiles!

Andy W.
Thursday 1st April 2004
4:23 pm U.K.

vespanidus@aol.com

Alex-If the tapes are NTSC, then any NTSC or multisystem Beta should do fine. E-bay has plenty, although as you can judge from many posts on this page you have to be careful who you buy from. Sean, Olive and some of these other people may be able to give you better advice on who exactly engages in shill bidding and other rip-off practices, but keep a few general rules in mind. 1.) Know what you are bidding on. Many auction descriptions are sketchy as far as the features of the machine are concerned. This website: http://www.betainfoguide.com has a good description of each model and its capabilities. 2.) As a general rule of thumb, never pay more than 200 -300 dollars for any except the following models: SL-HF750, SL-HF860D, SL-HF870D, SL-HF900, SL-HF1000, SL-HF2000, and SL-HF2100. These so-called "marquee" models are the only ones that justify a starting bid of several hundred dollars (if in working order). If internet auction is not for you, you might try searching garage sales, flea markets, and secondhand shops. The machines are likely to be very cheap ($20 or less), but they may or may not be in perfect working order. I myself have found three Beta recorders this way, one of which works perfectly and the other two have rewind and/or tracking problems. If you can bring a tape, cable and portable TV to test any machine you run across, that would be very good. Hope this helps. Good luck and welcome to the land of the ßetaphiles!

joel schwartz
Thursday 1st April 2004
2:09 am U.K.

joedisco42@aol.com

HI ALL ---WONDERING IF ANYONE COULD GIVE ME A LINK THAT WOULD GIVE ME A LOOK INSIDE PIONEERS AND SONYS AUDIO CASSETTE REPAIR MANUALS . THANKS ,JOE

Alex
Thursday 1st April 2004
12:40 am U.K.

nirm@nirm.net

Hi all !!!I'm... what u could call a newbie in betamax vcr's...But I have a problem, and it would be great, if one of you guys had tghe answer.Actually, here is my problem: My parents recorded loads of betamax tapes in the 80's in Venezuela (must be NTSC I suppose), and I want to find a vcr that could read these tapes, that's all.Thank you for your help,

Alex.

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