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Olive E Thomas
Friday 26th November 2004
10:47 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

The output on an SL-2000 without the tuner module is RF channel 3 or 4 US. I do not know if European multisystem equipment will accept US channels 3/4 RF.

With a multibus adapter (as seen on that trips and tips page) you can get A/V in and out. Sony's US version was called the VMC-220A, the Euro version was VMC-330A

Paul
Friday 26th November 2004
7:15 pm U.K.

paulr_shutty@yahoo.co.uk

Does anyone know where i can get some belt for my Toshiba VCR 8600b?Also back tension hardly ever catches the tape when the tape is inserted.. could this be a spring missing...?

Please email me when u have details..Fanks

Paul

David Todd
Friday 26th November 2004
1:34 pm U.K.

d.todd@softhome.net

heya all. Sorry, could use a little help again. Got the SL-2000 running and the power problem all sorted! (thanks for that by the way) .. just need to know is the video output on the SL-2000 composite, or is it RF?

what i want to do is put the NTSC video out into a multi-format (NTSC/PAL) UK VCR and watch the betamax tapes thru a UK TV. Is that possible with just the right cables or do i need a NTSC/PAL converter. or would it be easier to try to get my hands on a NTSC Betamax VCR, and if so, does anyone know where i could get one in the UK for cheap!

Thanks!

HALES RACHID
Friday 26th November 2004
9:52 am U.K.

phila2002dz@yahoo.fr

hello for all

David McGoldrick
Friday 26th November 2004
8:56 am U.K.

mhsi@bellsouth.net

The SL-HF860D that I purchased shows a very snowy screen, from top to bottom. Otherwise, the unit appears to be in very good mechanical condition. In slow motion, some of the snow can be eliminated by adjusting the tracking, but not in play mode. If a good cleaning doesn't do the trick, are the video heads still available? Do I need to replace the upper drum as well or just the heads? The part number that I found for the heads is 882550861. I actually found someone selling that part number for $17.85, but that didn't seem realistic and there was no description. The vendor was Pacific Coast Parts.

David Todd
Thursday 25th November 2004
11:35 am U.K.

d.todd@softhome.net

Thats brilliant! Thanks!!!

Olive E Thomas
Thursday 25th November 2004
6:02 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

David... This page has SL-F1 spex - should be applicable to SL-2000

http://www.sps-wagner.de/Betamax/ SL-F1. html

Olive E Thomas
Thursday 25th November 2004
6:01 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

This page has SL-F1 spex - should be applicable to SL-2000

David Todd (UK)
Thursday 25th November 2004
12:53 am U.K.

d.todd@softhome.net

Can anyone please email me the power supply PIN configuration for the Sony SL-2000. I have the machine, with a tape and the camcorder, but no battery or power supply. If someone could send me the details it would be very much appreciated. I am going to rig up a 5-pin DIN socket from Maplin and a 12V regulated power supply. Thanks!

Das Snail_@_oo
Wednesday 24th November 2004
6:17 am U.K.

DasImperator-snail-@AlmostOnLine.com

Mongo strikes again! Glad that's not my poor VCR...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5734036024

JSP
Wednesday 24th November 2004
5:46 am U.K.

administrator@na.com

Olive, I have quite a few BETACAMSP tapes which I use regularly in betamax decks, being hf950 's, and hf100 's mainly and a few others. Never had any issues, find them if anything ot be hardier than normal tapes. Also have a few BETACAM tapes. I have a few BETACAMSP decks so I regularly mix things up. I have recorded BETACAM onto normal BETAMAX tapes as well, looks OK, seems more prone to dropouts if used one too many times. I guess because of thinner tapes.

As for the rewinders, yes the Sony was supplied with a 6 volt adapter I believe, I just happened to loose mine not long after, and I remember melting an adapter as it was only 1 amp or something and these winders pull allot of current.

If anyone has a VIDIMAGIC projector they would ship to Australia for a fair price please let me know, I am even interested in a non working unit as long as the tube is good. Would make a good piece for the collection seeing's as I collect betamax items and CRT projectors for hobbies. I know from an operational standpoint they throw a very ordinary picture but its just something I would like to have.

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 24th November 2004
4:30 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Of the batch the SL-HF 860D would probably be the most worthwhile to repair depending on the flaw, followed by the SL-HF300 and the SL-700.

Loading failures are the most fixable if you can root out the cause - usually it's a cracked spindle gear. I've seen it a few times and have spare for it.

David McGoldrick
Wednesday 24th November 2004
4:17 am U.K.

mhsi@bellsouth.net

Over the past couple of years, I've purchased four Beta VCRs through Ebay, each of which has something wrong, rendering them unusable for the most part. Mainly tracking problems, rewind and forward failures, loading failures, etc. I purchased a Sony SL-HF300, SL-700, SL-HF8600 and a Toshiba V-S36C. Can one (or more) or you knowledgeable folks recommend which unit would provide the best overall service, providing the repairs are relatively minor. I didn't want to go thru the hassle of repairing all four and comparing. In other words, I'll probably start with the best unit. I have already purchased a belt and roller kit for the Toshiba, but it still seems to be dragging quite a bit and I have to adjust the tracking all the way to one side to get a semi-consistent picture. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 24th November 2004
2:33 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Looks like it's true...

http://uk.biz.yahoo.com/041122/214/f73o8.html

Monday November 22, 10:55 AM Dixons to stop selling video recorders

LONDON (ShareCast) - The UK's leading electrical chain Dixons (LSE: DXNS.L - news - msgs) ADVERTISEMENT has signed the death warrant of the video recorder with news it is phasing out the appliance by Christmas.

Dixons has already stopped ordering new VCRs and expects to have sold its remaining stock by Christmas, following the boom in demand for DVD players.

Sales of DVD players have grown seven-fold in the last five years and consumers can now pick them up for as little as £25.

Dixons is the only major UK chain so far to announce it will no longer sell VCRs following a dramatic fall in demand since the mid-nineties.

Dixons noted that DVD players were now outselling VCRs by 40 to one.

John Mewett, marketing director at Dixons, said, "We're saying goodbye to one of the most important products in the history of consumer technology."

"We are now entering the digital age and the new DVD technology available represents a step change in picture quality and convenience," Mewett added.

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 24th November 2004
2:19 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

From this post in the Yahoo Groups - Old VTRs page

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oldvtrs/message/1504

I've heard that Dixons a British electronics firm is no longer selling VCRs after their supply runs out. Can this be the end of VHS?

In other news the Thomas family household just acquired a DVD-recorder - which is remarkable considering that mother barely gets enough use out of her Panasonic deck. At least now the Shintom VCR she used to use gets pressed into service as an RF modulator for the DVD-R unit.

I figure in a couple of years I'll eventually break down and get one for myself.

Madness
Wednesday 24th November 2004
1:40 am U.K.

madness@damnthespam.somethingorother.com

Another thing, Betacam-SP tapes are metal and more abrasive. Could cause premature wear on the precious video heads in regular betamax decks. They can be used an ED-Beta deck, however. Betacam oxide tapes (say just "Betacam" on the shells) can be used in regular decks, but must be recorded first in betamax format.

In either case, Betacam/SP tapes recorded in their native format won't work on any betamax for a least two reasons: faster tape speed (6x BII/~12cm/s) & incompatible recording methods (RGB for Betacam vs. composite for betamax).

Neil Teller
Tuesday 23rd November 2004
6:19 pm U.K.

nteller@clara.co.uk

I have a SL-F1 that is about to give up the ghost - getting noisy picture. Does anyone know anyone in N London that might help ? I do have the full service manual and a complete drum and guide assy.

Alternatively I would ned to borrow a good machine to transfer about 100 tapes I want to keep to VHS or DVD.

Olive E Thomas
Tuesday 23rd November 2004
3:57 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

JediBob;

It's not posible to play Betacam SP recordings on a Betamax. Betacam does not play on Betamax or vice versa.

It's also not feasible to record with Betacam SP tapes on a Betamax deck. The record-enable/protect slot is on the other side of the shell bottom with an empty hole where a Betamax's record-tab detector is.

Also the formulation is such that tape come out with an interferance pattern in case you figure on covering up the hole.

Videohead
Monday 22nd November 2004
8:05 pm U.K.

tapes@smug.com

What Toshiba model is that? All of the Toshibas I have used thread the tape on insertion, just like the Sonys do.

Gary
Monday 22nd November 2004
11:15 am U.K.

wahski@hotmail_Ihatespam_.com

FYI - I use a Toshiba Beta player as a rewinder as tape does not wraparound the heads like the Sony players do, therefore, hopefully, less wear on heads.

Gary
Monday 22nd November 2004
10:59 am U.K.

wahski@hotmail_Ihatespam_.com

Hi I'm what you call a newbie to here!!

Just wondering if anyone knew much about issues with slc9 & sl35 Sony BetasAre the loading assembly for C9 still available? as the one I've got is kaputt!As for the SL35 it keeps stopping all of the time when playing, rewind or ffwd.You comments would be greatly appreciated!

Videohead
Monday 22nd November 2004
2:18 am U.K.

tapes@smug.com

Here's another scam attempt. Check questions section at the bottom of the listing. Click "more" to read the entire question.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=39830&item=5733479854&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW

David Dixon
Sunday 21st November 2004
9:46 pm U.K.

fxy208@hotmail.com

Yes you can use Betacam SP tape in a betamax as long as its not the digial type,

jedibob
Sunday 21st November 2004
9:17 pm U.K.

robert@iesb.net

Is it possible to play the new beta sp tapes in old betamax vcr's?

Jesse Alonzo
Sunday 21st November 2004
6:06 pm U.K.

latinopikachu@yahoo.wards.com

it's too much trouble making up a bunch of crap. and besides, he links all the images from the paypal.com site so that way it only shows the text from his site and doesn't use bandwidth. should I just keep pinging it?

Olive E Thomas
Saturday 20th November 2004
5:40 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Wanna have fun and screw with some Paypal scammers bandwidth?

http://202.39.153.220/~james/.cgi-bin/paypal.com/login.htm

Fake Paypal login page. Have fun and make up tons of fake usernames and passwords so the guy will hafta spend years trying to sort out any good ones. If enuff people visit he'll max out his bandwidth allotment...

Noel Higgins
Saturday 20th November 2004
2:23 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nonspam.aca.gov.au

Olive,

For a rewinder to damage the tape as you describe while its in the cassette it must really have some tension on the reels. Maybe the spools are miss-aligned and the edge of the tape is trying to twist against the side of the spools. I am probably going to have to dedicate one of the old top load machines to rewinding tapes because they have the mechanics to handle that sort of continuous use and they wont stop just because of a little mould or debris being dropped in them. I got a bunch of tapes from a humid climate that I would like to check out but would not try them in my better machines without some severe cleaning.

Olive E Thomas
Saturday 20th November 2004
1:49 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

OOOOH! LV-1901 TV-VCR combo unit!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5732861979

Olive E Thomas
Saturday 20th November 2004
1:46 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Vidimagic FP-60 outfit complete with projector screen, external amp, manuals and soft carry cases.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5732392402

Currently at $50 US

Kelvin Thomsen
Friday 19th November 2004
10:21 pm U.K.

kelvinthomsen@hotmail.com

Hello !!! Im wanna bay a betamax video . A PAL model becuse im living in Denmark..

Olive E Thomas
Friday 19th November 2004
8:04 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

You'll probably need a video card with S-video inputs and an RGB-out to S-video adapter on the Betacam player. Or just a BNC to RCA adapter on the Betacam deck. Hard to say for sure as this is the Betamax chatpage. You want the Betacam page next door...

http://www.chat-page.com/betacam/

Damian
Friday 19th November 2004
5:52 pm U.K.

sharmanr18@hotmail.com

How do I connect a Betacam SP player to my computer and transfer the video across for editing in ADOBE Encore and Premier Pro as MPEG2. I then need to transfer this to DLT.

Cheers!

Olive E Thomas
Friday 19th November 2004
5:11 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

You know I've always thought those VHS-C cassette adapters were what everyone takes to be the mythical Beta -> VHS adapter.

And my nominee for the worst tape winder is one that went by the 'Mustang' brand. It's an overall racid POS that rewinds tapes in such a bad way that you tape looks like some geological cross section of a fold in the earth's crust about to turn into a fault line. (and this is the perfect geological stratum to find trapped natural gas...)

The tape counter runs backward in wind mode and forward in rewind mode and at tape end theres one of those annoying musical greeting card tunes played because Kim Lee at the Mustang factory had a brother at the greeting card music chip factory with a batch of surplus chips going dirt-ass cheap (or something like that).

Noel Higgins
Friday 19th November 2004
7:42 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nonspam.aca.gov.au

Hi all,

I have only seen and purchased one rewinder and it's not that good. It is mains powered and was obviously developed for world wide market as the case has 110/127 and 220/240 on the label but is supplied as 240VAC (only) in Australia. Its VHS or Beta. It is labelled as VHS/Beta combine rewinder. The name on it is JinSun model VB-999. It does FF/RW and looks as though it could be optioned for erase but didn't come with it. The shut of pop up mechanism is very dodgy and led to this one being thrown on the shelf to catch dust. The case is grey over black and would be about the same vintage and colour as a Sony C7.

The non technical consumer could be forgiven for assuming it is a Beta/VHS adaptor.

cheers - Noel

Max Beta
Thursday 18th November 2004
10:10 pm U.K.

maxbetamax@yahoo.com

JSP..that is interesting. I guess the Sony rewinder doesn't come with an AC adapter like the other rewinders use.

J S P
Thursday 18th November 2004
8:51 pm U.K.

not@posted.com

Actually the Sony rewinders are nice to use, how ever chew through AA batteries like you wouldn't believe, and the erase head sits on a plastic arm which breaks fairly easily, and I have had to fix two of these rewinders for this fault.

Max Beta
Thursday 18th November 2004
6:08 pm U.K.

maxbetamax@yahoo.com

On the subject of Beta Rewinders, which came up on this site a week or so back, here are some comments:

1. The best Beta rewinder I have is a Solidex model 3001 from the 1980s, which also does FF, is smooth and fast, and has nice lights. It is the most robust of the rewinders I have seen.

2. The most versatile rewinder I have is the Hanna model that can REW, FF and ERASE both Beta and VHS tapes. I also have a Realistic model, which is identical to the Hanna model except it does not have the ERASE capability. It is my opinion that these units may be responsible for the notorious myth that Beta tapes can be adapted to play in VHS machines. Of course, we all know that we'll see the Loch Ness monster before we see a VCR that can play both formats.

3. When all you want to do is rewind a Beta tape, I like my Solidex model 829 rewinder. It is very fast and well-built. I think this is the model on which Kinyo based their much more cheaply built plastic model 63B.

4. The Solidex and Hanna models are fairly rare nowadays, so the Kinyo models predominate on eBay. In addition to the model 63B mentioned above, they also have a rewinder-forwarder, but this model is really poorly built. I had two break within the first 15 minutes of use. My advice here is, unless you really need to have a FF winder, go with the cheaper model 63B (about $10 on eBay).

Of course, the rarest of all is to find the original Sony BV-50, which can REW and ERASE. These show up once in a blue moon on eBay, and can fetch up to $75. I've never used one, but they look beautiful and if it is built like a Betamax, it probably works perfectly!

Olive E Thomas
Thursday 18th November 2004
5:24 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Could be one of those scammers that offer to (or 'accidentally') pay you a lot of money over the price and ask you to wire them the overage, They pay with a forged cashier's check and you're left holding the bag. They do a lot of that on eBay which is why a lot of people refuse to do business with overseas people.

Das Snail_@_oo
Thursday 18th November 2004
4:07 pm U.K.

DasImperator-snail-@AlmostOnLine.com

Proof the Nigerian scammers will turn over any hidden corner of the internet to scrounge up e-mail addresses...

hello

my name is Jane,On my way searching of web i discover that you a Toshiba eta model # VM 401 forsale and i am interested in buying the Toshiba eta model # VM 401 that you place for sale ,so let me know the well condition of it and price of it including shipping because my shipping agent company will come for it it will be my appriciate if you will send the price of the Toshiba eta model # VM 401to me so that we can discuss about the price .

Best regards.Jane smith...--

I had listed and sold that VCR way bay in 2000 and the site I listed it on had gone under during the great dot.com crash of 2001.

I almost thought it was a real inquiry and was going to reply to it but the language seemed fishy. My guess is that it's probably a fishing expidition looking to confirm my address so they can sell it to all their Nigerian buddies as working. I wish I knew how to spoof Mailer Daemon returns through that account.

You would think that long time email address would be the ones they'd want to avoid seeing as how everybody and their brother in Nigeria (and the rest of the third world) are trying to pull these scams.

ifeyinwa
Thursday 18th November 2004
3:28 pm U.K.

stephniedavies@yahoo.com

hi any body there

J S P
Thursday 18th November 2004
11:12 am U.K.

not@posted.com

Noel you have never seen the famous ebay photo and reason why you should wear clothes while taking pictures of reflective items for ebay auctions? Especially if your a big guy?

My guess is that F30 is either the charcole grey or champagne with a green back light. They didnt make them in green. I have seen one blue unit otherwise all red.

I am happy to spray one up for you olive, I just finished a projector, was cream, now pitch black, although allot bigger than a beta.

geez my spelling is bad.

I found a new 950 pinch roller assembly and those dihedral head screws in my shed this aft I forgot I had them.

doc judd
Thursday 18th November 2004
10:26 am U.K.

colinjudd@iprimus.com.au

Hey,I have some ntsc movies incl top gun,cannot play them,my trust vcrs are all pal,any offers,just pay postage,regards

ron stone
Thursday 18th November 2004
4:29 am U.K.

smile3@cox.net

i have s 1983 sanyo beta recorder 4500 in excellent condition. works great but the rewinder sometimes acts up. also have many movie tapes. can anyone tell me if this is worth anything and what i might expect to sell for. thank you

Noel Higgins
Thursday 18th November 2004
1:59 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam@aca.gov.au

Olive,

The SLF30 on eBay certainly looks green, but so does the surface to the right. Could be you need to provide more photographic advice. I suspect that natural light filtered by green roof sheeting of a shed/garage has given this appearance to an ordinary silver/grey unit. If it is really green, I want it to contrast with my red one from JSP. (By the way, I never did find that stainless steel kettle photo you were referring to above)

regards Noel

lynn
Wednesday 17th November 2004
2:57 pm U.K.

lkellyhome@yahoo.com

Hi, I have a zenith vr9500 camera, and a vr9550 player with tuner. The whole bunch was in my home when I bought it. I want to get rid of the vcr and I want the machine to go to use. The three pieces together are heavy and I live in the Midwest(USA. I have gathered from this site that there is a use for these machines. please respond and let me know how I can get these machines to someone who needs them.

Marvin the Martian
Wednesday 17th November 2004
9:03 am U.K.

marv@marsnet.alt

Greetings, earthlings. Green betamaxes were produced for intergalactic export only, since any civilization that would settle for VHS could not be considered worthy enough to possess such esoteric perfection. However, using a cheap digital camera without auto white balance under a 40-watt cool fluorescent tube might give your more ordinary silver unit the illusion of being our export model.

ps. You should see what my Illudium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator does to Emerson 2-head mono VHS space dung.

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 17th November 2004
2:30 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Could it be? A green Betamax?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6341064735

SL-F30 PAL deck in what looks like a green casing. I know Sony made a lot of red VCRs and some other colored units but this is the first green one I've ever seen...

John Wrigley
Tuesday 16th November 2004
7:37 pm U.K.

jwrigley@auracom.com

I have a 2400 which records OK (tapes look good when played back on another machine), but when I try to play back on this unit, there is video noise approx. every 2 seconds - rest of the time the picture looks great. Can anyone tell me what the problem might be? Thanks for your help.

francis
Tuesday 16th November 2004
5:15 am U.K.

francis21_esclamado@yahoo.com

hi there!!!!!!!!!!!

Olive E Thomas
Monday 15th November 2004
9:54 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Lesson #1 in eBay item photography - turn on the f-ing lights!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5732070707

And lesson #2 in eBay item photography - if it's a digital you don't have to use the first shot out of the camera. If it clearly sucks, go ahead and take another picture. That's what digital photography is all about!

Oh and if yer nekkid (or close to it) and not a hottie, don't go and take a picture of some teakettle that clearly shows your hideous carcass in the reflection or you'll be the laughing stock of the internet...

Das Snail_@_oo
Monday 15th November 2004
9:26 pm U.K.

DasImperator-snail-@AlmostOnLine.com

Found a very nice magazine spread for the SL-2000 "componant Betamax" system.

http://members.aol.com/dasimperator/sony82betamaxcomp.jpg

David Dixon
Monday 15th November 2004
5:54 pm U.K.

FXY208@HOTMAIL.COM

I have a betamovie that does work that i am willing to sell ( BMC-200 ) Make a offer. I live near Toronto Canada

jon
Monday 15th November 2004
1:40 am U.K.

jonnie_potter@hotmail.com

BETAMAX tapes transfered to DVD free of charge, you cover postage both ways for tapes and DVD but i will transfer for FREE. All I ask is for you to supply the Blank DVD media (DVD- any brand) and I will do the rest. all tapes returned if required.Email me for contact details or phone 0774 3058021

Joe Oliveri
Sunday 14th November 2004
6:54 pm U.K.

joliveri@cox.net

I have about a hundred or more recorded beta format movies for sale... make me an offer? JOE

Olive E Thomas
Saturday 13th November 2004
8:26 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Got £600 lying around? Need to service some PAL Beta VCRs?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3852844788

Repair kit with carry case £600 BIN

Ricardo J R
Saturday 13th November 2004
5:04 am U.K.

ricardoj5@hotmail.com

Hello friends; i need an Betamax Sony SL3000 schematicview. Thanks for the help.

Kelvin
Friday 12th November 2004
11:29 pm U.K.

jhl@jiol.com

jkhk

Noel Higgins
Friday 12th November 2004
11:11 pm U.K.

noel.higgins@nonspam.aca.gov.au

I wonder if anyone has the promotional information on the Sony SLF60 features? PALSITE says it is basicaly the same as the F30 but a non-working F60 I have picked up seems to have the same heads as an SLC9. There is an extra videohead and associated amplifier so I presume this added a noise free pause function. The machine does not seem to have a slow motion mode.

Spiros
Friday 12th November 2004
6:52 pm U.K.

greekquoman@hotmail.com

Hi!Does anyone have a pic of the Sony SL-T20?If yes please e-mail me one...Thanks!

burt
Friday 12th November 2004
3:08 am U.K.

a1@aros.net

On 10 Nov. 04 I saw a Canera on TV, called a Drive Camera in a bus, can anyone where they are available, what company. Tnanking you in advance for the help.

Max Beta
Wednesday 10th November 2004
7:41 pm U.K.

maxbetamax@yahoo.com

Earl...here is my opinion (for what it is worth) regarding buying a Beta on eBay:1. If you don't need SuperBETA, consider an SL-2710. It is HiFi and built to last.2. If you want SuperBETA, but not HiFi, consider an SL-HFR70 (lots of nice features)3. If you want SuperBETA and HiFi, consider an SL-HF400 (lowest price), SL-HF450, or SL-HF650.4. Another way to get everything is to buy an SL-HFR70 with the HFP-100 (or HFP -200 ) HiFi processor5. Regarding eBay sellers: --1ziggi1 knows alot about Betas and refurbishes them, and his prices are consistent--someko appreciates Betas and has nice ones, but is overpriced and doesn't work on them--redding1 finds Betas and has decent prices, but doesn't work on them--lled133 has nice Betas, but is even more overpriced than someko--pervue is a newcomer who seems to flip Betas he buys on eBay for a huge profit6. Regarding other sellers:--AbsoluteBeta is an overpriced "business" run by a jerk--Mr. Betamax remains a bit of a mystery person, but clearly knows more about Betas than anyone else I've seen out there. His prices are not cheap, but I know he completely refurbishes a machine and backs up his work. If you want to be happy and price is not an issue, then go with Mr. Betamax (at least you will find out where he is located).

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 10th November 2004
6:17 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Dave - there is no Beta -> VHS adapteras it is not possible to make one.

My best guess at a solution - I haven't had that problem with my tapes and I'm sure there are people here who have a better idea - to your tape mold problem is to carefully dismantle the tape - make sure it's totally rewound and clean the mold out.

To get it out of the tape reels a method to try is soaking an index card with a little isopropyl alcohol and when it's absorbed running that between the shell and edge of videocassette spool.

If you don't like that idea you can try winding and rewind the tape a few times. That should disperse the stuff into the shell where if you insist on cleaning, it won't risk the tape media as much as trying to clean within the spool.

If you still have your Beta VCR and it's a Sanyo if might just need new belts and idler tires. http://www.iglou.com/studiosound/betatune.htm has the parts you'd need.

Of the Beta dealers, the only one I'd consider doing business with if I had more money than time and if I were in the market for more Beta stuff is 1ziggi1, redding1 or even The Snail himself (someko) as their prices have stayed comparitively low while Mister Betamax and lled133 seem to be playing the game of "can you top this?" in pricing.

But then I have more time than money so I can shop around for the lowest bid price.

dave
Wednesday 10th November 2004
2:35 pm U.K.

rodeode@hotmail.com

I AM SO LUCKY TO FIND THIS SITE. I AM DESPERATE ON MY BETA CASSETTE WHERE I SAVE MOST OF MY CHILDREN HOME VIDEO. THIS CASSETTE ARE FULL OF MOLD. I DONT DARE TO TOUCH THEM SINCE I DONT WANT TO DAMAGE THEM MORE. MY OLD BETA PLAYER IS BROKEN. QUESTIONS: WHERE CA I FIND A BETA-VHS ADAPTOR? HOW CAN I CLEAN THOSE PRECIOUS BETA CASSETTES?

I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR EXISTENCE, WHOEVER IS RESPONSIBLE OR PART OF THIS SITE.

THANKS, DAVE.PANAMA CITY, REP OF PANAMA

Earl
Wednesday 10th November 2004
7:30 am U.K.

bauputt@cableone.net

I've read some of the posts over the last couple of months concerning overpriced Betas. I'm one of those 'one-time' beta buyers looking for a machine to transfer home videos.... a machine that will play well and not eat tapes! I've seen the websites of both Absolute Beta and Mr.Betamax. Absolute Beta has been around awhile but gets an 'unsatisfactory rating' from the BBB. Mr.Betamax has an excruciatingly detailed web site but there is absolutely no information about who he is or where he's located.....scary.

So my question is --Have any of you had any contact with or heard anything about these guys? Do they do good work (even if overpriced)?? Or are they selling crap?

I may end up buying multiple VCRs on ebay before I find a good one. (Though I could afford to before I reached their prices...I know.) --Thanks!

Max Beta
Wednesday 10th November 2004
1:38 am U.K.

maxbetamax@yahoo.com

Now here is another that I know we all love:Take a look at these two eBay links:

1) A guy buys a VCR on eBay for $90 + $20 Shippinghttp://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=67831&item=5728925904

2) Same guy adds a remote and manual, and puts up a listing with a starting bid of $350 (or you can Buy It Now for $400) + $30 for shippinghttp://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=67831&item=5730796815&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW

So here is my question: what sap will pay this guy $320 for a remote and manual? Oh, one more question: where do these people get the nerve to blatantly rip people off like this with such flagrant unethical practices for all to see? Nice scam for people with no talent or skills to get a real job.

Brenda A Dyer
Tuesday 9th November 2004
10:27 pm U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

I've bought the Star Trek Original Series on DVD. I have 20 tapes (40 episodes, just over half) of the series on commercial release Beta tapes. Make me an offer on the lot, plus shipping (can ship Media mail for cheap shipping, Priority for fastest shipping). Most of these tapes are still factory sealed, I think two have been opened for viewing here.

As an aside, I also have several episodes on LaserDisc (also two per disc). If anyone's interested in those, I'll take $5 each plus shipping.

Alan
Tuesday 9th November 2004
10:20 pm U.K.

Awkgreen@aol.com

I am looking to purchase a dvd hardrive recorder. My aim is to transfere several betamax tapes onto dvd.I am therefore looking for a suitable betamax machine to carry out the work.Alan (uk only please)

Olive E Thomas
Tuesday 9th November 2004
7:26 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Beta rewinders show up a lot on eBay.

I have the Kinyo rewinder but I'm not real happy with it. Sometimes leaves a little slack tape at the end of the winding so you hafta hold it down for an extra few seconds.

mike sileo
Tuesday 9th November 2004
7:07 pm U.K.

msileo@maine.rr.com

looking for a re-winder for bata tapes

Olive E Thomas
Monday 8th November 2004
2:05 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

The Macintosh computer (with built-in A/V inputs) I use can't see any difference between the Betamax and any other analog signal I've ever fed it. I would be exteremely surprised if any issues of compatability ever cropped up in your situation. Analog is pretty much analog.

If you're inputting Hi8 video make sure your prosepective A/V card has S-video inputs or you won't get the full value of a Hi8 recording.

Richard Pepson
Monday 8th November 2004
8:26 am U.K.

Richard@pepson.f2s.com

I have a number of mid 80's family videos on Betamax which I'm about to transfer to digital on my laptop (with Maxtor One Touch external drive)and then do a simple edit. Am considering getting a Canopus ADVC 100 for capture and wondered if anyone had any experience with using this (or other capture kit) with Betamax which - not surprisingly I suppose - seems never to be mentioned in specs or reviews. Analogue is analogue so I don't foresee difficulty with either Betamax or Hi8 to which I moved around 1988 but am I being naive?

Thanks

Olive E Thomas
Monday 8th November 2004
7:19 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

This has got to be the oddest catagory mis-listing for a Betamax VCR...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5729849526

An SL-HF 750 listed in the catagory cor car stereo receivers. Even has a link to check and see if this will fit in your car model!

Olive E Thomas
Monday 8th November 2004
6:26 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Was the Sanyo VTC-9300PN PAL Beta toploader ever a stereo VCR?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5730313104

This fellow wants you to thinks so....

I love how eBay now 'translates' overseas English language pages for us Americans and even offers us the option of viewing it in our own language!

Boby
Sunday 7th November 2004
3:00 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotnail.com

Hi all, After along time of inactivity the capstan motor wont move.Any idea?

Regards,Boby

chickasmith
Sunday 7th November 2004
11:13 am U.K.

chickasmith@spamnot.bigpond.com

Thanks Noel for providing me with the information regarding hi-fi and taping in (new) VHS vs (old) Beta.

Bob
Saturday 6th November 2004
2:03 am U.K.

bob@bob.com

For anyone interested in the new Star Wars trailer, they have it available at http://www.beforethedarktimes.com

Das Snail_@_oo
Friday 5th November 2004
3:59 am U.K.

DasImperator-snail-@AlmostOnLine.com

I have an SL-HF 750 with dead videohead but was otherwise OK. I could use the head and drum assembly if they're still good. Otherwise my unit is available as a parts beast.

Noel Higgins
Friday 5th November 2004
3:12 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nonspam.aca.gov.au

Mono record and playback should be OK on a HF100 but if its not, it is usually because of low back tension or poor head/tape path alignment.

Andy W.
Thursday 4th November 2004
11:46 pm U.K.

WEHRAR17@uwgb.edu

I did not see DasImperator's earlier reply because the page wouldn't refresh.

Andy W.
Thursday 4th November 2004
11:45 pm U.K.

WEHRAR17@uwgb.edu

Ian, there is an old Phillips format called V2000 that used a double-sided video cassette:

http://v2000.palsite.com/format.html

Betamax cassettes are single-sided same as VHS.

ee
Thursday 4th November 2004
10:58 pm U.K.

tirgger558@hotmail.com

why is the mono rec and playback on the pal sony hf100 so bad?

Noel Higgins
Thursday 4th November 2004
10:09 pm U.K.

noel.higgins@nonspam.aca.gov.au

Alan,

Another thought, If the problem is plastic mounting pins (which mount into the metal chassis) breaking off the plastic slides it may be possible to drill and pin/screw them to the metal at another point. Sony's repair policy probably doesn't allow them to do other than fit a replacement part. (I know they are not allowed to repair the SLC9 DC/DC convertors to component level.)

It may also be much cheaper depending on the access available to drill holes. Such measures are much more drastic but better than giving up on the 750 machine all together.

Noel Higgins
Thursday 4th November 2004
9:59 pm U.K.

noel.higgins@nonspam.aca.gov.au

Alan,

Sad to hear about your 750. This is probably the same reason plastic load gears are splitting on many of the Sony slim line front load machines I see these days. ( SLC30 to HF150 ) Until now the most common one with gear problems was the SLC9, but they are smaller and suffer greater strain. Pretty much a design fault. (Which Sony pretty much acknowledged by bringing out the replacement metal gear set.) At least there is the possibility of metal or plastic replacement gears for the other machines where your problem sounds more terminal.

The deteriation of plastic seems related to the climate you are in. Warmer high humidity climates seem to make the plastic go brittle quicker. I have seem this effect in the gear sets of Hewlett Packard 8640B radio frequency signal generators used in different climates around Australia.

If you can source a good 750 machine from a cooler climate area, you may get it to last a bit longer.

regards Noel

alan morton
Thursday 4th November 2004
4:22 pm U.K.

adm222@yahoo.com

More bad news.

Wound up taking one of my 750s and a 1000 into the shop last week and got both back. The 1000 had a bad power supply regulator and was easily repaired. The 750 however was not so lucky and has a problem that may wind up dooming a lot of machines out there. It seems that the plastic pieces that are used to mount the tape transport mechinisms on are starting to crack and dientigrate and thus are no longer holding things where they are supposed to be. The plastic part which is more or less attached to the metal plates are no longer available from Sony and was told that even if they were they would also have been molded 15-20 years ago and would be subject to the same problem. I was also told that the tech replaced these on a machine once and charged $ 200 for labour and would never do it again for that cheap- it took him about 16 hours of bench time and the VCR was never quite 100% compatible with the rest of them. Was told that the older tank VCRs wont suffer from this problem since they were all molded in cast aluminium which does not break down over time.

Das Snail_@_oo
Wednesday 3rd November 2004
11:46 pm U.K.

DasImperator-snail-@AlmostOnLine.com

Name: IanEmail: ian.menage@google.comWednesday 3rd November 2004 10:38 am U.K. Time

Can anyone help?

I have a double sided video cassette (A and B) with precious family recordings on it. PLEASE what type of video recorder do I need? Is this a Betamax format? If so, there aren't too many of these in UK!

What you have is a Phillips Video2000 format cassette not a Betamax and it's a rarer format to find.

PALsite has a chatpage...

http://www.chat-page.com/v2000/

And a website for that particular format

http://v2000.palsite.com/

amanda
Wednesday 3rd November 2004
10:41 pm U.K.

amandatro14@msn.com

hey all how r ya

Noel Higgins
Wednesday 3rd November 2004
10:32 pm U.K.

noel.higgins@nonspam.aca.gov.au

To chickasmith,

You can't get back more than you recorded from a tape. HiFi sound must be put on the tape at the same time as the picture information. The linear sound track is recorded in mono or stereo near the edge of the tape.

From my experience you are better off taping your current programs off TV on VHS. The quality of the later 1990s VHS units such as Sony SLV757, SLV777 and SLV815 is very good. The big plus is you can get VHS tapes new and cheap. Using old beta tapes, even in good condition, is risky because the tapes eventually break down (25 to 35yrs) and so will your older Beta machines eventually. It is a toss up quality wise. I use an SLV777 to time shift programs now and it looks good even through a projector. The electronics in the later VHS machines managed to compensate somewhat by sharpening the recorded image up.

regards Noel

Ian
Wednesday 3rd November 2004
10:38 am U.K.

ian.menage@google.com

Can anyone help?

I have a double sided video cassette (A and B) with precious family recordings on it. PLEASE what type of video recorder do I need? Is this a Betamax format? If so, there aren't too many of these in UK!

Ray Glasser
Wednesday 3rd November 2004
5:45 am U.K.

rayglasser@comcast.net

To: Madness, regarding your post of Oct. 24th. Regarding the Sony SuperSaver tapes you bought: I bought a load of theseSuperSaver tapes, they came out sometime in the mid 1980s I think. It seems that the duplicating houses had an overage of the odd-length duplicator Betatapes ( L435s, 530s, 625s, etc.), so Sony packaged them with the standardlength tapes closest to the duplicator length and sold them as two-packs. Igot a bunch of L625/L750 combinations, because an L625 at BII is 2:30, greatfor those movies that run over 2 hours but under 3. Hope this clears thingsup! --> Ray Glasser (www.betainfoguide.com) Best, Ray Glasser betainfoguide.com

Andy W.
Tuesday 2nd November 2004
3:42 pm U.K.

WEHRAR17@uwgb.edu

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=39830&item=5728703766&rd=1

Whole lot of the old K-60 tapes. I wonder if they still contain X-1 recordings?

Olive E Thomas
Tuesday 2nd November 2004
9:39 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Whoever was looking for a late-model Multisystem Beta VCR should check this puppy out...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5729134068

SL-T700ME SuperBeta Multisystem VCR.

ftjuftyg
Tuesday 2nd November 2004
8:49 am U.K.

Eras@yahoo.com

5tytyt

Fredrick Thompson
Tuesday 2nd November 2004
7:36 am U.K.

FreddoFrog999@hotmail.com

oh by the way it would preferably play s and l beta tapes, thanks again

Fredrick Thompson
Tuesday 2nd November 2004
7:30 am U.K.

FreddoFrog999@hotmail.com

I am new to this (hence no favourite model) but hav some tapes i NEED on dvd. i am in australia and need a working australian specced (i.e. 240 volt, australian plug) Beta player for less than a hundred dollars. (inc shipping if at all possible) thanks for your reply.

Doug
Tuesday 2nd November 2004
7:26 am U.K.

youngasever2000@yahoo.com

In case there are any vintage betamax collectors out there, the very first betamax which was sold originally only in a console with a 19" trinitron monitor- model LV-1901 is up for bid on ebay (US) This was history in the making- it is the Great Grandparent to all the Betas, and Sony really went all out with a beautiful teak console and lots of features. Check it out if you've never seen one. Item number- 6128644158

chickasmith
Tuesday 2nd November 2004
5:34 am U.K.

chickasmith@spamnot.bigpond.com

Hello again - a few questions today.

Stupid question to start with. I guess that if I have recorded a show 20 years ago with a non-hi-fi Beta VCR, it will not therefore instantly turn into (and play) as hi-fi on a hi-fi Beta? If so, does that mean I need to tape on an hi-fi as hi-fi so that the audio quality will be superior?

I am still using my VHS to record footage from TV. I recently have acquired an SL-HF 150 in Australia. I plan to keep on using a VCR to record before I transfer all recording in the future directly to DVD (too expensive at the moment - maybe within three years time?) Has the VHS quality 'caught up' in recent times enough for me to be recording on the VHS (with new tapes), or would people recommend that I use the Beta still (where Beta tapes are rare although some pop up on local ebay in recent times)

Take Care and Many thanks :)

AndyBill
Monday 1st November 2004
11:13 pm U.K.

andy.billingham@blueyonder.co.uk

can anyone tell me where i can get a betamax video tape transfered to a VHS tape?in the uk?

Boby
Monday 1st November 2004
6:48 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotnail.com

Hey guys, know I haven't been here for awhile. Just been busy helping Setting a new POOL STATION for a friend.Glad to be back.........................☺;;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;

David Hadaway
Monday 1st November 2004
5:17 pm U.K.

dhad0@nyetspamyahoo.com

Take a blank tape and record and play it a few times to make sure everything is OK before trying your valuable tapes.

Bill Wishart
Monday 1st November 2004
3:42 pm U.K.

wishartb@comcast.net

I need your advise. I have 10 Betamax cassettes of home video of my children, taken 26 years ago and never looked at for that length of time. I live in Northern California, near San Jose. The tapes have been stored in the garage. I have purchased a Betamax player from E-Bay. It will arrive in about a week. The Betamax is guaranteed to work so it has been tested. Do you think I should just put in my old tapes and start viewing? Would it be smarter to first take off the cover of the Betamax player and carefully remove the dust and lubricate the mechanism first? Also, I have to tell you I have spotted some very small spots of mildew on the spools of tape as you look through the window on the cassettes. What will happen if I play such a tape? I would greatly appreciate any comments you have on this situation

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