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Olive E Thomas
Monday 1st August 2005
4:24 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

How much do you thinks these SL-HFT7 speakers - likely the minimalist quality Sony could slap their name on with a straight face - will MrBetamax resell them for having won them at just under $45 bux?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5792423805

I'm betting he'll relist em for $500 bux and use a lotta fluff on how they were precision engineered to match the SL-HFT7 because slapping a "Beta HiFi Theater" badge on particle board bookshelf stereo speakers takes the staff of MIT and Bose Labs.

Oh wait, there was a 39 metal peg hanger screwed to the back of 'em...

veronica
Monday 1st August 2005
12:16 am U.K.

chatty133uk@hotmail.com

where can i get betamax tape transfered to DVD in the Newcastle area,?

Len Myers
Sunday 31st July 2005
12:08 pm U.K.

len@lenmyers.co.uk

Wanting to purchase instructions or copy of, for Betacord. Sanyo Model No. VTC-NX100.

abc
Saturday 30th July 2005
7:11 pm U.K.

abc@abc.com

Homer, I agree with Davids advice, but you may be asking because although you have the PCM-encoded tape, you may not have a PCM. My understanding is that Sony essentially pioneered the process of achieving digital quality audio on tape when they released the first Pulse Code Modulator (PCM) in the late 70s.

The big advantage of the PCM is that the data are converted to binary, so that the quality of the recording is independent of the video heads and the tape. As long as the heads and tape are capable of clearly discriminating between a 0 and a 1, the quality will be maintained (and there is error checking). As David said, if you simply copied the tape via Video Out to Video In, the copy would no longer be independent of the quality of the tape and heads, and you wouldnt get error correction. However, your choices are rather limited if you dont have access to a PCM.

I have made extensive use of the Sony PCM 501es and Sony PCM 701 to record audio signals onto the video tracks of both Beta tapes and VHS tapes. I have also modified a PCM to have the ability to record down to DC in order to record data signals with DC components onto the video tracks, while recording my voice onto the audio tracks to document the experiment in progress.

Nowadays, one should be able to preserve these old PCM recordings onto CD-R or DVD-R by playing the tape back through the PCM and running the Digital Output into the burner.

David Hadaway
Saturday 30th July 2005
4:40 pm U.K.

dhadoo@nospamyah00.com

You can copy a PCM tape directly from vcr to vcr. However errors may accumulate in the process. Better to copy through a PCM processor in the "copy" mode which corrects errors and re-constitutes a fresh video signal.

Jonboy
Saturday 30th July 2005
8:43 am U.K.

jonnyboyplym29@blueyonder.co.uk

hi, Im have a working sony c9 , but the tuner and the clock are out, im sure this is the DC TO DC converter, does anybody have a working one

jon boy

Homer
Saturday 30th July 2005
1:28 am U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Let's say I wanted to make a copy of a PCM encoded video tape. Could I simply hook up a vcr to another just like I would do to copy video, or do I have to hook up a PCM processor to decode the signal to feed another processor so to re-encode it to video to be recorded ? Or perhaps the processor has some sort of E-E path to do this with only one unit ? I've never used such a processor but I'd like to find out more about this interesting format.

Mark
Thursday 28th July 2005
7:36 pm U.K.

kurgan@screaming.net

Hi. Im am after a power supply complete with DC DC convertor for a Sony C9. I am in London UK. I have a few spares to swap or cash.

Max Ateb
Thursday 28th July 2005
8:08 am U.K.

kre8ivmas@msn.com

Many thanks Olive...I have peered into the interior and looks like a job for a repair man.I shall arrange A and E treatment asap!! Thanks again...great chat site..regards Max

Jonboy
Thursday 28th July 2005
6:24 am U.K.

jonboy99@eurobell.co.uk

Hi - ive have a sony slc30ub, and the stanby led is permanantly on , if you try to switch it off the channel display goes out but the power stays on , however when you try to load a tape after wards you have to pull the plug out of the mains and reset the machine from scratch in order to use it , can any one help please. regards jonboy

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 27th July 2005
7:23 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

I only have the trimpot on an SL-T50ME to go by but I suspect the RF trimpot on your C9 is broken if it keeps turning around and around. Should only have about a 330 degree 'travel' from low to high channel. You'll probably have to replace that trimpot which should be relatively easy enough. Looks to be a fairly standard part.

Max Ateb
Wednesday 27th July 2005
6:38 pm U.K.

kre8ivmas@msn.com

I recently moved my SL-C9UB and had to re configure various Hi-Fi / TV connections and found that the Recorders Test signal needed adjustment. My problem seems to be that the RF Channel screw seems to be turning around and around and does not allow the necessary adjustment to get an undistorted Test Picture on the TV screen. As I am not a Betamax mechanic/engineer, I should be most grateful for any advice available. Apart from this unfortunate incident, my machine has worked perfectly for the last year and I would not be without it! I am not interested in parting with it but, just as a matter of interest, can anyone tell me what is the rate for a first class SL-C9UB these days ? Thank you guys...Max

doc judd
Wednesday 27th July 2005
10:16 am U.K.

colinjudd@iprimus.com.au

Also,is there a remote and manual?

noel higgins
Tuesday 26th July 2005
11:16 pm U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

Paul,

It may help if you give an indication of where you live when selling the SLHF950.

regards Noel

vasantha apasthamban
Tuesday 26th July 2005
6:15 am U.K.

vangi123@hotmail.com

Hai how are you...?

Paul
Monday 25th July 2005
6:11 pm U.K.

paulsdawson33@hotmail.com

I have for sale a super betamax sl950 still in its original box and in perfect working order. included in the sale is approx 50 tapes.sensible offers only for this rare machine.

Olive Thomas
Monday 25th July 2005
2:02 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Heads might've gotten dirty on that Sanyo - sometimes loss of color can indicate that. If you're trying to play a tape recorded in SuperBeta you'll also lose color. Try a tape path and head clean before messing wioth trimpots. Also check for proper back tension.I never had a 4560 so I can't help you with trimpot locations.

joplinbeta
Monday 25th July 2005
1:13 am U.K.

kawninja@cableone.net

Thanks Olive for the info about replacing the idler wheel rubber in my Sanyo 4650. I replaced all the belts and wheels and got the machine playing very well for a day or two, but now I get only black and white video and audio is slower than normal. All I can think of is that I might have got one of the servo control trimpots a bit out of adjustment while moving and jarring the top mounted PCB board around? Appreciate any help. Thanks. joplinbeta

Homer
Sunday 24th July 2005
9:29 pm U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Welcome to the I-do-care-about-how-people-use-their-own-judgement-when-it-comes-to-matters-as-futile-as-buying-a-vcr-from-ebay chat-page.

Ever tried getting a life ?

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 24th July 2005
7:02 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Someone living in Seattle who still uses dialup internet really isn't in a position to make snotty remarks about other people's internet connection. Get off you high horse and stop trolling this board.

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 24th July 2005
1:12 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Will you two knock it off!

Videohead
Saturday 23rd July 2005
1:24 pm U.K.

memory@excellence.com

Hi, Gemini. Welcome to the chat-page. You're really gonna like it here. Good find on the 600. $85.00 bux is a good price, considering all the doors and covers are intact. If you're like me, that's more important than if the Beta works or not. To look at a VCR under your TV with a door missing is a tortuous experience and one I will NEVER endure. I'm kicking myself for missing that auction, guess I don't have as much free time as yourself to spend hour upon hour looking for units to bid on. Be looking forward to more of your splendid postings. Videohead LIVES!

Gemini Rising
Saturday 23rd July 2005
2:14 am U.K.

snaling@someko.com

SL-HF600 - Untested but powers up. There's a tape in the stupid machine.

I'm guessing "tested."

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5788771657&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1

Chet
Friday 22nd July 2005
11:18 pm U.K.

cstroh@knighthawk.com

I have a Sony SL-HF500 Beta and the LED display for the clock etc is fading. Anyone have a circuit schematic or info on which components need to be replaced?

Dave
Friday 22nd July 2005
5:17 pm U.K.

betamax@rogers.com

This person is listing this as a Hi-Fi deck and as you all know this one is nothttp://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=39830&item=5790929072&rd=1

sam
Friday 22nd July 2005
3:47 am U.K.

shailesh_mohite@hotmail.com

hi

Brian W Shaw
Thursday 21st July 2005
2:42 am U.K.

bws54@hotmail.com

Thank You for the info. on my Betamax SL-HFR 60 joplinbeta. If Anyone needs parts for thier Beta SL-HFR 60 ; my machine was dropped during shipping and it is for sale for a parts machine ( Cheap). Please contact Me at my email address.Sincerely Brian.

Olive Thomas
Thursday 21st July 2005
2:03 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Ginny: No there has never been a "converter" for Beta tapes as it's physically impossible to adapt Beta tapes for play in a VHS box - the way they record a signal is too different. VHS-C was originally designed to be playable on a VHS deck - indeed it is the VHS format on a tape small enough to fit in a handheld camera. Since the people making VHS-C camcorders also made VHS decks it was in their interest to make them interchangable. Anyway unlike with VHS-C it was in neither format's interest to allow interchangability.

joplinbeta
Thursday 21st July 2005
12:50 am U.K.

kawninja@cableone.net

Brian... I also have a HFR60 Betamax machine and I believe it dates around 1985. HFR means "Hi Fi Ready" and converted the HFR60 to a true Hi Fi machine when used with one of the HFP 100 or 200 (Hi Fi Processor) bases. You can usually find a HFP base on Ebay for well under $50. I like my HFR60... excellent video quality and seems to be a reliable, well built machine. There is a picture of the HFR70, the SuperBeta version of the HFR60, along with a HFP base at the following website. http://www.betainfoguide.com/Pix.htm

Ginny
Wednesday 20th July 2005
10:57 pm U.K.

vlro1953@aol.com

Thanks Olive, found the email, now just have to wait on my son-in-law to come over and take it all apart again. By the way, do you know if there is a Beta Converter out there anywhere? It would be neat if you could do like the vhsc converter does. Just to put in the vhs.

Brian W Shaw
Wednesday 20th July 2005
9:12 pm U.K.

bws54@hotmail.com

Im trying to find out the year a betamax machine I have . Serial # 011194 Model SL-HFR60 can I get some assistance on where to find out this Info. Sincerely Brian.

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 20th July 2005
4:19 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Studiosound Electronics has full Sanyo belt and tyre 'tuneup' kits.

http://www.iglou.com/studiosound/betatune.htm

As a stopgap solution you can try 'flipping' the tyres inside out and mounting them onto the hubs. If the tyre isn't tso far gone that it breaks apart on handling you can get enough use out of them to determine if the machine is otherwise worth saving.

joplinbeta
Wednesday 20th July 2005
1:28 am U.K.

kawninja@cableone.net

Hi all... Just picked up a Sanyo 4650 for a few bucks at the weekend flea market. I've replaced all of the belts, but the two rubber idler tires that power the take up reels are in bad shape. Both are dried out, cracking, and very slick... but they're at least intact. Tried to bring them back to life with some alcohol, but didn't do any good. They won't power the take up reels, so the tape starts to slack and the machine shuts down. Any suggestions how I can get them working again or rebuild them for cheap? Remove the bad rubber and put an o ring of the correct size around the tire? Thanks. Steve P.

Ralph Malph
Tuesday 19th July 2005
11:33 pm U.K.

Muffin@Bunnies.com

Yea..re:tvvideoman. I agree with your assessment of this totally dispicable person. You are exactly correct. One thing you may have overlooked. He has the audacity to peddle these lousy, crap Betas with the doors and covers missing. Everyone by now knows that I get crazy when I see missing doors or covers. It's kind of sick, I realize, but asthetics are every bit as important as functionality. Please people, get with me on this important point. Nice meeting you, Steve. You and Videohead are kindred souls. Cheers!

Fleet Of Foot
Tuesday 19th July 2005
9:59 pm U.K.

steve@bumble.com

This doesn't make me a genius, but I think I've discovered where tvvideoman gets all the low end crap he manages to occasionally sell for a deuce to beta imbeciles who fall for his rambling, babbling sales pitches.

http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?MfcISAPICommand=ViewListedItems&since=30&userid=tvvideoman&include=0&rows=50&sort=3&completed=1

Same universe of machines described here:

http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBidItems&userid=sl1000&completed=1&all=1&rows=25&sort=3

What's strangest about this guy is that he seems to go out of his way to *not* offer a remote with the machines he sells. Makes for amusing reading as he plays up how easily a universal remote will work just fine - until the auction is for a SL-2300 or SL-10, where his prose becomes somewhat cagey on that issue.

atarigutt
Tuesday 19th July 2005
11:02 am U.K.

olejsaga@c2i.net

Hi!I am on the lookout for some old videos from the early days of video on Beta and VHS.Check out my homepage http://www.filmplantasjen.net the worlds only real videomuseum and you understand what i mean.I also have two Sony SLO 1700 HI FI Beta players who works perfect.Check it out on http://www.filmplantasjen.net on "bilder fra samlingen"

atarigutt
Tuesday 19th July 2005
10:57 am U.K.

olejsaga@c2i.net

Hi.I am on the lookuot for old beta and vhs film from the early days of video.Check out my homepage http://www.filmplantasjen.net the only real videomuseum in the world, and you understand what i mean. If there are anyone who have som old videos for sale please be in touch. I also have two Sony SLO 1700 beta Hi Fi machines who works. See a picture of one of them on http://www.filmplantasjen .net on "bilder fra samlingen"

Olive E Thomas
Tuesday 19th July 2005
6:13 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Typical eBay iJerk...

Trying to weasel as much money as he can by breaking up an SL-2500 outfit...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5790368897

Gets you the VCR alone...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5790368886

If you want the remote...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5790368862

And you will be wanting the instruction manual...

Never mind that now you hafta pay 3 commissions instead of one, you prolly won't get as much as you would if you'd offered an SL-2500 with the manual and remote intact.

Das Snail_@_oo
Tuesday 19th July 2005
3:12 am U.K.

DasImperator-snail-@AlmostOnLine.com

Ginny; Check your Spam Folder. AOL might be filtering out all Yahoo mail letters since so many Nigerians use Yahoo mail to disseminate their spam offerings.

Go to aol://1722:spamfolder or keywords "spam folder" - leave off the ""'s

Ginny
Monday 18th July 2005
11:16 pm U.K.

vlro1953@aol.com

Hey Olive

When did you send the pictures for the SL-5600? I've looked all over my email and can't find it. Do you mind resending it?

Olive E Thomas
Monday 18th July 2005
9:13 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

The SL-HF 900, like many of Sony's early to mid 80s models, has no drive belts. If cleaning the tape path doesn't fix your problem it's either a problem (in order from easiest to hardest to fix) with the pinch roller or back tension or a problem with dried capacitors since you'd had in in idle storage for so long.

David Commons
Monday 18th July 2005
6:25 pm U.K.

commons1@silcom.com

Just discovered this chat site, and I'm quite pleased to have done so.

I have a Sony SL HF-900 that I bought new oh so many years ago. It sat in storage for years, but now I want to get it going again. It works, but the speed varies slightly on play and seems to slip a whole lot on rewind. I assume it needs a belt, but the drive train is deeply buried in the machine and I don't want to risk it without a road map. Any thoughts on what the problem might be and best place to get a service manual would be greatly appreciated.

Olive E Thomas
Monday 18th July 2005
4:51 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Ginny; Just emailed you a couple pix from the service manual I have. There weren't many relevant images but the two I sent should be of some utility.

GINNY
Sunday 17th July 2005
3:32 am U.K.

vlro1953@aol.com

Hi this is Ginny again. any new on a manual for Sony SL-5600. We replaced the belts and other parts but now it rewinds, fast forwards, but the play button will not stay down. HELP!!!

Roderick
Sunday 17th July 2005
1:48 am U.K.

Rod147erick87@stage093safety812.com

Found another great source of service manuals:http://www.user-service-manuals.com/

This site doesn't sell manuals but will send them if you make a donation to a charity.I got the SL-C9 service manual which is excellent!

steve padgett
Saturday 16th July 2005
5:02 pm U.K.

kyleharris13@hotmail.com

I just bought a panasonic car sterio not too long ago and now when I put a CD in it is giving me an error message saying CD E2 please eject cd. I put a burnt cd in there the start with and thought that it might have been the problem but then I put other CD's in that i knew worked and they didn't work either. I dont know if it might be the cd eye or something else but if any one could give some advice it would be great!

Alan Morton
Saturday 16th July 2005
3:46 am U.K.

adm222@yahoo.com

I dont have java script on discovered it leads to too many infinite loops on several popular sites such as eBay which makes pages take 8-10 minutes to load. I dont use either Internet Impoder or Netscape and eBay seems to have a script asking you if you have Implode if it says no it asks for Netscape and when you say no it recycles- after about 90 seconds I get an infinite loop message asking if I want to stop it- this happens several times a page. Seems they are unable to grasp the concept of using something else.

People are apt to buy the digital VHS VCRs since at present they are the only way to record HD broadcasts. I have been told by a friend who works on VCRs that these expensive units wear out rather quickly since they use the same chasis as the $49 Wal Mart special units. They do however produce a nice picture from HD source.

Discovered sort of by accident that a HD front projection TV currently available from circuit city for just over $1000 will not only project HD TV signals but is also the first HD unit I have seen that does a decent job with both normal TV broadcasts and all of our old video tapes. A friend of mine bought one and just for the fun of it earlier today we hooked up my SL HF 100 to see what it would do to a PAL siganl and it displayed it perfectly I was quite surprised- the only problem is that it tends to have a problem displaying freeze frames properly- both from my 100 and friends SL HF 750 and there was a bit of a tearing on high contrast areas on the PAL signal, but I suspect these were caused by playing back tapes that were recorded on a 950.

Gordon Stuart
Friday 15th July 2005
4:24 pm U.K.

gfstuart@infionline.net

Service manual source for Sony SL-2300, SL-2500

Gordon Stuart
Friday 15th July 2005
4:23 pm U.K.

gfstuart@infionline.net

Have a Sony SL-2300 Betamax that is switched on and will not switch off.Is already on when plugged in.Appears to be in record mode.Accepts tape and immediately ejects.

Also a Sony SL-2500 that will not switch on. Will not accept tape.

Are the on switches a relay control?

Olive E Thomas
Friday 15th July 2005
11:10 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

With DVD recorders down to as low as $ 200 why would anyone even bother trying to market one of these...

http://www.jvc.com/product.jsp?modelId=MODL027315&pathId=50

D-VHS has actually been out as a 'professional' format for quite some time now but JVC still thinks it can sell $1500 consumer VCRs in the age of cheap Chinese blisterpack electronics. To be fair they have three consumer models and the cheapest is 'only' $799 with the middle one selling at $999.

Olive E Thomas
Friday 15th July 2005
9:42 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Well in MSIE 5.1.6 Mac they change color on mouse-over but they show nothing on the status bar. You click one and it opens a javascript window (without the toolbar on top) that takes you to an eBay auction page. Apparently the site is a compiler of eBay auctions sorted by catagory.

Alan
Friday 15th July 2005
5:09 am U.K.

adm222@yahoo.com

None of those come up as links on my computer. I even did a look at the html source to see if I could find anything and all I was able to come up with was that thre are 538 errors in the html code on that page- whihc is above average in terms of web pages- most have some.

Olive E Thomas
Friday 15th July 2005
12:36 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Alan - I checked a couple of those links and they're links to eBay auctions.

Homer
Thursday 14th July 2005
11:00 pm U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

You should try clicking on any of the items on that page and you'll find out how to buy them ;)

Alan Morton
Thursday 14th July 2005
9:49 pm U.K.

adm222@yahoo.com

While searching for something else online ran across this page whihc lists lots of Beta stuff for sale at what seems like good prices but has no contact info on how to purchase:

http://www.4electronicsdeals.com/Electronics/VCRs/Beta.shtml

Appears to be in USa based on model numbers being listed and fact that the money is $$

Homer
Thursday 14th July 2005
9:19 pm U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

I sure would love to know where your dumpster is !!

Videohead
Thursday 14th July 2005
3:50 pm U.K.

memory@excellence.com

Hey Ralph, couldn't agree with you more. Missing doors and covers are an absolute disgrace. Even if I bought a SL-HF1000 and it worked nicely, once the door became damaged I would stuff the whole works in the nearest dumpster. Everyone thinks I'm nuts when I say this, but I finally found a kindred soul who agrees with me on the subject of doors and covers. Yea, those low end machines are the pits. I agree with you about that as well. If someone gave me one that was unopened in the original box, it too would go in the dumpster. I would never tempt someone to purchase it, that's how I am. Great board everyone....keep it going....VIDEOHEAD Lives!

Ralph Malph
Thursday 14th July 2005
5:35 am U.K.

muffins@bunnies.com

The 23XX/24XX are poor choices for transferring video. They're the absolute bottom of the Sony line (yet people continue to pay $ 200 for them on eBay). One of the problems some of these models have is tracking "blinks" which popular wisdom suggests result from faulty electronics, to wit, capacitors.

Wait to get your hands on a better model. Best value for the money in the Sony line IMO is the SL-HF300. They are ultra-reliable, very high quality machines and can be had for under $100 on eBay. Very few of them have any problems, so if the seller says it works, it's probably more than good enough for transferring beta tapes to DVD or VHS. Just make sure you get one with the control panel door if you intend to keep the machine. ("Cosmetic" flaws are not meaningless as sellers would have you believe.)

Candace
Thursday 14th July 2005
3:59 am U.K.

candy@crackajacks.net

I am attempting to transfer a betamax film to DVD. A friend provided me with an SL-2300. I connected the Betamax to my VCR to tape the film on VCR so I could transfer the VHS tape to DVD (I could have used my video camcorder but it is on the fritz). I get garbled pictures from the betamax. Possibly it is what I read about in your cha...the electrolytics dried out. Is there a solution to this problem? When I fast forward the tape, I get a fairly good picture (i.e. the lines are gone), however, I can't hear the sound and, of course, everything is sped up...Would appreciate any information you might have. Thanks...

Noel Higgins
Thursday 14th July 2005
3:04 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.aca.gov.au

John,

Re the SL2000. I suspect you have a power supply fault. I fixed one of these recently that had hardly any use and did not work when it was taken out of storage after 15 years. (I had a spare for parts and changed over the whole supply.) If all voltages are OK then you next have to suspect the system control board because ALL functions are locked up.

regards Noel Higgins

John Mozga
Wednesday 13th July 2005
7:58 pm U.K.

jmozga@joliet.lib.il.us

I have a Betamax SL2000 and when I put a tape in, it does not want to wind or rewind or play. Power is on, the first press of the buttons has a response, but then the tape stops. I have reset the clear button, unplugged and replugged the system, it continues to not want to work. All it does is beep three times when I try to press the play, ff, rewind buttons after the first try.Anyone out there know why this is happening.Thanks,

Ralph Malph
Wednesday 13th July 2005
5:56 pm U.K.

muffin@bunnies.com

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5788635299&category=39830&rd=1

How could ANYONE who considers themselves to be a "Betaphile" say this about Ampex consumer tape?

"You can continue to enjoy that classic Betamax technology with these video cassettes from the inventor of the video tape recorder and venerable "Made in the USA" pioneer in audio and video technology. As a long-time Betaphile, I've always found Ampex Betas to have excellent sound and picture (and still superior to VHS!)."

Mind numbing. Unless, of course, an endless hailstorm of dropouts, binding reels and a pile of rust on your reel table fall within your definition of "excellent."

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 13th July 2005
5:17 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

PALsite has a directory of Betamax support throughout the world...

http://www.palsite.com/directory.html

BTW it would help out a lot when requesting repair places or such, to mention where you are.

Steve Edwards
Wednesday 13th July 2005
4:30 am U.K.

tennsurfr@aol.com

Need Betamax Service -Hello -I own an EDV 7500 and an SLHF 900. Neither are working at present. Does anyone know of a reputable, clever tech I can contact?Thanks in advance

Das Snail_@_oo
Tuesday 12th July 2005
5:41 pm U.K.

DasImperator-snail-@AlmostOnLine.com

Try replacing the loading belt(s) on that C7 or at the very least cleaning the pulleys involved. If a spot of grease has gotten into them it would have the same effect as a loose belt.

Bogo Nardin
Tuesday 12th July 2005
11:07 am U.K.

dnardin@libero.it

I have INSERT & EJECT cassette problems with my Sony Betamax SL-C7E. Immediately after inserting a cassette, the initial "winding around the cylinder" process is endless. At times it does not succeed at all. Also the eject process shows similar difficulties in the opposite direction. I have tried to adjust the position of a tongue that increases the power of a spring that effects that mechanism; it helped for a while but after som days the problems came back as before. Can anybody suggest a solution to my problem. I have app. 50 Beta cassettes and have not succeeded yet to transfer my video recordings to another system.

Tim Jarman
Monday 11th July 2005
8:51 am U.K.

trcjarman@qinetiq.com

Sony C40:

My wife says I've got too much junk, so would anyone like my Sony C40? I've overhaulled it mechanically and it works really well. The head disc appears good (clean picture, even in search modes) and the whole machine is tidy and presentable. I've not got the remote control unit though. I was thinking that £40 was on the money, laugh at me if I've got it wrong. Mail me for more info.

Tim.

Olive E Thomas
Monday 11th July 2005
2:55 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

To Doug MaCKenzie: Are those home-taped or pre-recorded sell-through tapes?

Home recorded tapes shouldn't have any sort of copy protection imbedded in them. If you still have a separate VCR you can try running the tapes off them and into the DVD recorder's A/V inputs. Some older VHS VCRs don't respond to Macrovision as badly as newer ones.

Of course Betas can make Macrovision it's woman and make it like it. Mind you there was a really nasty "stop copy" scheme used on very early Betamax rental tapes that can flummox my poor SL-HF 360 if I try to send a recording to it from another Beta VCR.

Douglas MacKenzie
Monday 11th July 2005
2:00 am U.K.

d_mac_kenzie@hotmail.com

Hello all, Forget the previous message my brain was busy taking a vacation and I didn't realize it. I went and sat down for a while and finally my brain came back and I realized the tab on the back of the cassette is to prevent accidentally taping over what is already on the tape....not to prevent copying. Sorry to waste your time. I read some about the process necessary to get around copy protection but do not feel that tapes of the Johnny Carson show are worth the effort or expense. Hopefully you will not be pestered by me again which will mean that I am not having any problems I can't handle. Have a good day!

Douglas MacKenzie
Monday 11th July 2005
1:24 am U.K.

d_mac_kenzie@hotmail.com

I have some old Johhny Carson VCR tapes that will not copy to dvd disk. Other tapes I have copy OK. Message is tapes are copy protected. The only difference I see mechanically is that a tab has been removed from the rear of the casette. Would that possibly be the only problem (since they are old tapes)? Or is there likely to be some sort of embedded copy protection like the newer tapes. If so I will just throw them away as it is not worth the cost to get them copied elsewhere. Thanks in advance. New to this copy process just got around to buying the DVD VCR combination packaged unit.

David Garside
Sunday 10th July 2005
4:47 pm U.K.

david@garside26.freeserve.co.uk

Hello all.My Sony SLC 7 has just died but I found a replacement on e bay. I just searched Sony Betamax and was surprised what came up. My old remote and instruction booklet are on e bay for sale if anyone is interested. Look up user id. emo5c on e bay.ThanksDavid

David Garside
Sunday 10th July 2005
4:39 pm U.K.

david@garside26.freeserve.co.uk

Hello all.My SLC 7 just died but have found a replacement on e bay. I was surprised to see how much was on there. I searched Sony Betamax. Still the best system in my opinion.

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 10th July 2005
11:27 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

To Steve. First off a Sony universal remote would've provided basic functionality to that SL-HF 900 - most universal remotes would have codes for Sony Beta VCRs. THe 900 even without the OEM remote is way better to have than any Sanyo unit.

http://www.replacementremotes.com/sony/ sells usable remotes for the SL-HF 900 at prices far below Sony's FU prices.

Next off. That'll teach you to get impatiant with a VCR. If you haven't stripped the loading gear or broken any of the guide pins on the loading you can probably save this VCR. You'll have to detach the toothed loading belt and remove the cassette carraige - it's mounted by four screws and comes off as a full unit on the 900 - and try to re-cycle the loading sequence manually. If nothing was broken you should be able to put everything back to rights.

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 10th July 2005
6:27 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Do ya feel lucky?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5788391129

Toshiba VS-36 HiFi Betamax for the low-low BIN of $39.99 - parts or repair as the guy has no tape to test.

And for the Portabeta PALs...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5788340141

Carry case, strap and a pair of NP-1 batteries for the SL-F1. £4.99start.

And one for PALsite's system administrators...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5788208354

Flagrant bandwidth theft from Down Under....

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 10th July 2005
6:12 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Well it turns out I was probably right in my assessment of that post. Got a second email from the lads in Lago (who'da thunkit that Nigerians are so big on Betamax) looking to buy "BETA HI FI FRONT LOAD VCR'S "

From fella abdul fellabruce@yahoo.com Sat Jul 9 11:09:00 2005

Subject: BETA HI FI FRONT LOAD VCR'S

GOODDAY,I AM ADAMS SCOTT, I SAW YOUR ADVERT ON THE INTERNETAND I AM HIGHLY INTERESTED IN BUYING OF THAT,PLEASE IF THE PUPPY IS AVAILABLE KINDLY GET BACKTO WITH YOUR LAST OFFERING PRICE, I WILL BE LOOKINGFORWARD TO HEAR FROM YOU SOONEST.BEST REGARDS. URGENT RESPONDS

"Adams Scott" had sent me this email last Tuesday or so...

From dre adams dre_instrumentals@yahoo.com Tue Jul 5 09:54:38 2005

Subject: mere SL-HF 300!

GOODDAY,I AM ADAMS SCOTT, I SAW YOUR ADVERT ON THE INTERNETAND I AM HIGHLY INTERESTED IN BUYING OF THAT,PLEASE IF THE PRODUCTS IS AVAILABLE KINDLY GET BACKTO WITH YOUR LAST OFFERING PRICE, I WILL BE LOOKINGFORWARD TO HEAR FROM YOU SOONEST.BEST REGARDS. URGENT RESPONDS.......

Some of you may recall a few years back a posting a few years ago about someone selling "secret source" (Salvation Army addresses) lists for BETA HI FI FRONT LOAD VCR'S. It seems the lads in Lagos will leave no page unturned to scrounge email addresses and subject tags.

Let me give you some free but useful advice. Any address that's been on the web for more than six months has already been innundated with every nuance of the scams you've generated - advance fee - charity fund - bouncing money order - Lottery award and ID theft scams - and can be written off as unusable.

Remember the more e-mails you try to bombard the net with, the quicker ISPs can learn of your tricks (and cut you off completely) so if you're really keen on staying in the ripoff trade you should learn to focus on better leads. North America and Western Europe and pretty much all of the English -speaking world have been picked over. Try directing your scams to countries just coming onto the internet scene.

Noel Higgins
Saturday 9th July 2005
1:07 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.aca.gov.au

Jamie,

I gather from your email address your in Australia. If your in Melbourne I might be able to help fix your machine. The problem could be caused by three different things or a combination of them all.

1/ Worn ACA head assembly. See http://www.palsite.com/pcat_ace.html2/ Worn/faulty capstan pinch roller. See http://www.palsite.com/pcat_pinch.html3/ Bad tape path alignment (causing the tape to wrap on the guide edge)

From your comments regarding interchange of tapes with other machines it sounds like a tape path problem which also affects the control head information on the tape.

I hope this helps

regards Noel

Olive E Thomas
Friday 8th July 2005
11:14 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Looks like another Nigerian spammers is testing this board with a nonsense message to see if addresses are mangled on these posts. What a nice thank you for all the efforts Live8 is doing to bring the plight of African poverty to the world scene.

adams_daramola
Friday 8th July 2005
9:48 am U.K.

cool2coollov@yahoo.com

21kcgj4w,ob =qj89tv7 bni1867f1v75vj

Olive E Thomas
Thursday 7th July 2005
9:51 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

And for the NTSC portbeta fans...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7528733860

Toshiba VX-340 outfit including the tuner and matching IK-2000 camera. At $16 USD so far. Not a common sight on eBay and less common as a full outfit with tuner and camera.

Olive E Thomas
Thursday 7th July 2005
9:02 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

This is one tricked out SL-F1 outfit!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5787838077

Includes a Sony video terminal with printer (titler with still store?)- I've never seen this offered with a Betamax outfit...

Thoughts and prayers go out to our London BetaPALs. Good move AlQueda - attack a people who beat back the Nazis single-handed for almost 2 years before Pearl Harbour got us in the fight.

DAVE
Thursday 7th July 2005
1:18 pm U.K.

SPLINGE@TESCO.NET

HI ALAN MORTON, I'VE SENT A MESSAGE TO YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, DAVE.

stuart lief
Thursday 7th July 2005
10:40 am U.K.

stuart.lief@ntlworld.com

i'm new here & almost gave up on beta, i do gree, the ed betamax recorder is a dream machine, if sony brought it out here against the SVHS format the beta comunity would've had something better than SVHS, if the EDV -950 was available worldwide i'd have bought it & used it to copy some films i duplicated onto beta from VHS years ago via a video enhancer to increaase resolution & a PAL-NTSC convertor as i have know knowledge of a pal ED BETAMAX video recorder existing in the english language.

Jamie L
Thursday 7th July 2005
10:03 am U.K.

jlovas@tpg.com.au

Hi all,

Just seeking a little help if anybody can help me... I have a SL-C40ES (stereo) which has a problem during recording and playback of sound. the audio recorded seems to be 'fluttering' and sometimes going up and down in playback but plays fine for a few seconds just after fast forward then reverts back to a lower volume.

Also, tapes recorded on my other machines when played back on this machine is a little bit jittery, but only only on the top of the screen which probably rules out incorrect head alignment. The same problem also occurs when playing tapes recorded on this machine on others but plays fine on this machine.

If anyone can help me i would really appreciate it so much

Thanks,

Jamie

Olive E Thomas
Thursday 7th July 2005
2:20 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

SL-HF 950 with NICAM decoder....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5787610673

99p start 450£ BIN

Dave A.
Wednesday 6th July 2005
6:05 pm U.K.

avideo@earthlink.net

Hello To All! I haven't been here for some time. I'm pleased to say that my media duplication business continues to move along with the improving economy. We're doing LOTS of transfers to DVD-Rand DVD+R everyday - and a few are from Betamax and SuperBetamax tapes every week to 10 daysor so. In going through our tape stock, I noticed that we still have nine (9) NEW Sony High Grade Betamax L-750 tapes that we will probably never use. Also, three (3) NEW Fuji 30 minute Beta Oxide tapes. If someone would be interested in buying them, I would be willing to sell the entire lot for $25.00 + actual UPS shipping costs. Keep in mind the Sony tapeswholesale (if you can find them) for over $3.00 each. Again - these tapes are NEW, inshrink wrap, and never used.

Carl
Wednesday 6th July 2005
3:22 pm U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

To K. Lambert,re my Sanyo beta. Thank you very much for the info. I will check theseareas thoroughly and keep you posted. I was able to adjust the tracking so the picis perfectly clear, thanks to Olive's expert help(thanks again,Olive)and I think themachine is finally starting to come around,so I will continue my trek across the'repair frontier'. Yes, I'm in a suburb of NYC. Again, thanks to my beta friends. Carl

K. Lambert
Wednesday 6th July 2005
1:36 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

CarlI've been reading the problems you have with your Sanyo BetaI live in the UK and service these outstanding machines regulary.Your problem sounds like the idler assemblies need replacing with new and the pulley and reel spool contact edges need a good clean plus the replacement of the drive belt.Another area that could cause shutdown is if the capstan motor is off kilter(if the metal base is'nt exactly parallel with the circuit board or if foreign bodies have accumalated there) or the pinch roller worn.One other area that would also cause deck shutdown is the LED sensor under the right hand spool(It sends signals to activate the tape counter).If this has accumulated fluff over the sensor the microprossesor shuts down the deck as it does'nt detect pulses and to avoid a nasty mess of the tape.If the reel motor was worn it would'nt rewind very quickly(especially after replacing all the idler assemblies) and would 'arc '(white flashes over the picture) and if internally dirty you would find it would leave a loop of tape after pressing stop.I've never heard of one of those motors becoming HOT......Another thing to look for is if the top idlers plastic house has'nt got the metal plate on top (later years) the top idler's housing contacts the cassette door on closing it causing the idler to not make full contact with the reel spool.If it is the older idler (no metal plate) and you remove it , look at it from the side and if it bends upwards , grasp the two ends and gently bend it downwards until it looks flat.I've come across this twice! I take it by the model no your in the US?If so it's a shame as i could have done this for you.Nearly everything else on those Sanyo Beta's is 'bomb proof'..........Good luck..............Kevin (UK)

Carl
Wednesday 6th July 2005
11:08 am U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

Olive..re my Sanyo beta...Since it works so well when cold, do you think the motorthat might turn the wheels gets too hot and shuts down? Carl..

joplinbeta
Wednesday 6th July 2005
2:36 am U.K.

kawninja@cableone.net

Hi all... Just bought a Sanyo 4400 Beta that has a dead digital display. Is this a common problem? Haven't opened it up yet to check further.

Thanks,Steve P.

Olive E Thomas
Tuesday 5th July 2005
10:25 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Pervue's been relisting that poor SL-2000 set for months. He wants at least $150 for it but nobody bit at that price. Now he's trying to intice you with a slightly lower price with a 'reserve'.

Given that these frequently go for around the $50 +/- range he'll be relisting so often his price will probably be eaten by relist-fees at some point - especially if he goes with reserve bids.

Bass
Tuesday 5th July 2005
10:02 pm U.K.

junkmailooo@bellsouth.net

Here a SL-2000 in the box for #100 on ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=39830&item=5786679237&rd=1&ssPageName=WD1V

Olive E Thomas
Tuesday 5th July 2005
9:05 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Holy krep! The Nigerians are digging waaaaay deep into this site's archives to come up with new scamming angles....

GOODDAY,I AM ADAMS SCOTT, I SAW YOUR ADVERT ON THE INTERNETAND I AM HIGHLY INTERESTED IN BUYING OF THAT,PLEASE IF THE PRODUCTS IS AVAILABLE KINDLY GET BACKTO WITH YOUR LAST OFFERING PRICE, I WILL BE LOOKINGFORWARD TO HEAR FROM YOU SOONEST.BEST REGARDS. URGENT RESPONDS.......http://www.chat-page.com/betamax/archive_08.html

He included a link to archive #8 in which I'd casually made reference to possibly maybe selling my SL-HF 300.

This is the scam where they send you a bogus money order for way more than the selling price and ask you to send them the difference in cash.

Olive E Thomas
Tuesday 5th July 2005
8:46 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Don't know why the 4400 would just sieze up like that. If the SL- 5200 (hifi beta) shares the same control board as the SL-5000 the TRACON trimpot should be on the same board as the external tracking knob.

Sony was a lot more helpful in labeling different sections of that board.

Carl
Tuesday 5th July 2005
2:23 pm U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

While I'm at this great beta site, I thought I might find the location of thetracking adjustment on my early model Sony beta stereo hifi vcr. It resemblesthe model SL5000 but is definitely a little bigger. I thought someone might know thewhereabouts since I can't find this adjustment anywhere on it. Thanks...Carl NYC

Carl
Tuesday 5th July 2005
11:20 am U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

Olive...this is confusing me. Re my Sanyo beta. I adjusted the internal tracking sothat the picture is really nice and clear.Thank you for your info,as it was quitehelpful. Now for the confusing part; I cleaned the parts attached to the spinningattachment found under the carriage and lo and behold it worked! That is untila half hour later when it stopped. It got heated up,I guess. I had replaced therubber tire and belt and was enjoying my tape until it just stopped,as if I hadpushed the pause button. I then hit stop and the tape reverted back into the cassette.This morning When I tried it again,it was normal! Any ideas on this? Thanks..Carl

Olive E Thomas
Tuesday 5th July 2005
5:12 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

A nice SLO-340 portabeta outfit - $99 start - the BIN price is on the high side a scosche...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5786906639

He does throw in a couple good batteries, the power pack and an HVC-2200 camera so the start price isn't too excessive for a B-1 system.

Robert Kesser
Monday 4th July 2005
8:07 pm U.K.

gerbobk@execpc.com

FOR SALE: Several working Sony remotes ( RMT 124 ), beta head cleaning cassettes, beta tape rewinders. What do you need? Let me know what you need. A good home is needed for these parts. Price is secondary.

Robert Kesser
Monday 4th July 2005
7:57 pm U.K.

gerbobk@execpc.com

F O R S A L E: MY Sony Betamax 70 in excellent working order plus a sick Sony 70 for parting out. Also, my Sony 400 stereo unit just quit working. Make me an offer I can't refuse for one, both, or all.

Olive E Thomas
Friday 1st July 2005
7:38 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Ginny; Here's a site with a good look at Beta innards relevant to your VCR...

http://www.saitosite.com/av/av9912/slj9.html

Sony used the same mechanical chassis for the SL-5600.

When the T-storms go by up here I'll try and scan you stuff off my SL-5400 service manual.

Ginny
Friday 1st July 2005
10:49 am U.K.

vlro1953@aol.com

I ordered the belts and other parts for my Sony SL-5600. Since the motor still sounds good, I think by replacing those parts should do the job. Does anyone have a guide for replacing those parts? Thanks in advance.

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