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Wednesday 26th April 2017

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Dan Lanciani
Thursday 29th September 2005
5:45 am U.K.

ddl@danlan.*com

Anybody interested in an SL-7200 (with original box yet)? If not it's going inthe trash...

Dan Lancianiddl@danlan.*com

Lane
Wednesday 28th September 2005
6:36 pm U.K.

wilchild@optonline.net

Hi everybody,I a television program collector, and I am looking for any beta tapes containing any television shows from the 70s or 80s with all the orignal commercials. I am willing to trade other shows I have for the beta tapes or for copies of the content on them. I am also interested in purchaseing the beta tapes if need be. If anybody can help, please email me. Thank you.

joplinbeta
Wednesday 28th September 2005
5:41 pm U.K.

tracv170@hotmail.com

Dewars,

About the O-rings... If you already went ahead and ordered a new idler assembly, that should already include 2 new rubber tires of the correct size. The O-ring fix is only to replace dried out rubber around the original idler assembly and sometimes that fix is marginal at best. Don't replace any new rubber with O-rings. You're in good shape at least with the idler wheels if you have a new idler assembly.

Dewars
Wednesday 28th September 2005
3:08 am U.K.

ggrothier@yahoo.com

Noel:

Sorry I meant to thank you as well for your insights and knowledge. I am still going to pick up a repair book and look through it. It may not help but it is worth a shot. I have checked the boards and spent a long time cleaning the dust off the boards very carefully with long tipped-dual cleaning sticks. I could not see anything that might have leaked onto the boards or any obvious burn marks. I know that doesn't mean that something still might be wrong with them. I did the cleaning because I know that accumulations of dust have been known to act as conductors for electricity. (Gulp - I hope that is not a "wife's tale"?) Anyway, that is where I am. Wish me luck and thanks again.

Dewars

Dewars
Wednesday 28th September 2005
2:57 am U.K.

ggrothier@yahoo.com

Homer:

My answers are based on someone that opened the cover to his beta less than 4 weeks ago. As far as I can tell by watching the tape go thru the machine, the pinch roller pinches the tape against the capstan during play. It appears the capstan is spinning during play. I installed the pinch roller that was sent to me from the place that I ordered it from. So if it is the wrong part, I really would not know. It appeared to be a match to the old one, so I assumed it was OK. I made the assumption that the capstan was OK because I could confirm that it was spinning during operation. If however that is in correct than I have made an error. I have very little knowledge about repairing vcr's but with the help of this site and its self-help site, I thought I would give it a go and try to fix the machine. Again thanks to all for your ideas and help. I will post again when I have figured this out or give up and look for another beta machine.

Dewars

len myers
Tuesday 27th September 2005
6:51 pm U.K.

len@lenmyers.co.uk

Hallo Roderick,Thanks for the tip. As soon as I pick my machine up from the extortion merchant with whom I left it I'll give it a try. I wonder how he could quote me for a "new DC 2 DC" when there are none available.?Thanks again, Regards, Len.

Noel Higgins
Tuesday 27th September 2005
1:39 am U.K.

noel.higgins@acma.nospam.gov.au

Dewars,

I have not been on chat page for a while but I noticed your plight with a sick Sony SLC9 and the excessive quote for fixing same. If they indicated that the DC/DC needed fixing when the display actually works then they are dodgy. Forget the quick self help VCR course. These machines are about as complex as it gets (minus HiFi) and you need a service manual, CRO and other test equipment plus a good grounding in electronics to fully service them. The reel motors unlike most other VCRs are servo controlled. The SS-11 board at the bottom of the VCR controls many operations including the trick play modes. These can be affected over time by capacitors leaking corrosive fluid onto the copper tracks.

Some typical problems in the SLC9 are.

1/ Reel motor control transistors short out and burn the reel board. This usually happens along with major faults on the SS-11 board. (find a good service agent or swap boards from a spares machine)

2/ A mechanical problem causing the reel brakes to bind or not release. (not common)

3/ Faults on the SS-11 board or in the power supply causing insufficient power to be applied to drive the reel motor correctly.

4/ Binding of the tape to the upper drum by friction. Caused by excessive wear of the upper drum.

You have not actually detailed the fault symptoms except for mentioning rewind. Is the machine is OK in normal play mode?

regards Noel

ian
Monday 26th September 2005
11:42 pm U.K.

endelta@hotmail.com

I Made a Music Video for the Rave Band Altern 8 on A BETA MOVIE Camera in 1993, whilst everyone else was shooting with beta sp (I WAS A POOR FIRST TIME DIRECTOR) I was pulling a fast one on the BBC by first shooting the video on the classic beta movie camera then editing it using a HFC 900e editing deck in my bed room (great piece of kit) then just to keep the authorities at the BBC happy so it could be played on Top Of The Pops I got my betamax edit transferred on to 1" .at birminghams second city post ... .. THEN : THERE IT WAS PLAYED ON TOP OF THE POPS ON BBC1 WOW ..!!!! .... GREAT FUN! Thought I'd share that with you...betamax freaks.... cool long live betamax , I had a slf1 brick and Sony 9000 that was my first camera.

Homer
Monday 26th September 2005
11:38 pm U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Does the pinch roller make contact with the capstan when trying to play ? Is it spinning at all ? Didn't you check that the pinch roller you replaced was the one for your model ? What do you consider an "ok" capstan ?

Dewars
Monday 26th September 2005
3:43 pm U.K.

ggrothier@yahoo.com

OOps I also meant to say that the "O-rings" would be used just to see if that fixes the problem. Then I will order the pinch roller. Thanks

Dewars

Dewars
Monday 26th September 2005
3:39 pm U.K.

ggrothier@yahoo.com

Joplinbeta:

Thanks for the help. Actually I did just that and they seem to be a good source for beta vcr parts in the USA. I replaced the belts, idler arm and pinch roller. Although it stopped the machine from jamming, I still have the problem that I listed. Unless the pinch roller was the wrong size. I will try a couple of "o rings" to see if that improves. I can pick up at a local hardware store. Worth a try.

Thanks.

Dewers

joplinbeta
Monday 26th September 2005
3:36 pm U.K.

tracv170@hotmail.com

Dewars,

Forgot the link for Studio Sound and the 4400 tuneup kit. Here you go:

http://www.iglou.com/studiosound/mbk-49.htm

joplinbeta
Monday 26th September 2005
3:33 pm U.K.

tracv170@hotmail.com

Dewars,

I've had several Sanyo Betas show the same symptoms (FF and REW work, but shuts down in PLAY). Seemed like the capstan was moving the tape just fine through the mechanism, but the tape reels were slipping and not wanting to pick up the slack. I experimented with one by replacing the idler tire rubber with O-rings and that got it playing halfway decent. What I'd do is buy the "major" tuneup kit for the Sanyo 4400 from Studio Sound, item # VMK-1022J, for $10.95 + ship and install it. Pretty easy to do and should work better than just O-rings.

Dewars
Monday 26th September 2005
3:12 pm U.K.

ggrothier@yahoo.com

Carl & Roderick:

Thanks for the comments and help. I am not sure if the original DC-2-DC convertor is the problem. It provides the power for the florescent display and also the tuner. I don't have a problem with the florescent display and really don't care about the tuner since all I want to do is for the machine to play so I can transfer my home videos to a computer. The job seems a little too difficult for me because my knowledge of electronics is very limited. What I have done so far - change the belts, idler and pinch roller - was pretty easy especially with the help of this forum and corresponding site. I am going to the library today or tomorrow and see if I can pick up a self help book on vcr repair and give it a go from there. Of course if I screw up on my repair job, I am no better off or worse off (except for the cost of the parts which was pretty inexpensive) then I was when I first started. I will definitely post back as to my outcome. Regardless, thanks to all for your help.

Roderick, did you have the same problem with your machine that I am having now? According to the link you gave it seemed that the DC-2-DC converter is not the problem, unless it has more functions then was listed.

Dewars

Roderick
Monday 26th September 2005
1:54 pm U.K.

Rod147erick87@stage093safety812.com

and of course the link was:http://www.palsite.com/pcat_dcdc.html

Roderick
Monday 26th September 2005
1:53 pm U.K.

Rod147erick87@stage093safety812.com

Hi Len

The C9 DC-DC converter is a regular problem.Have a look here and follow the different links to get a full break-down how to fix it.Replacements are no longer available. I recently fixed one by replacing all the caps and it works like a charm. It is not an easy job though.

Carl
Monday 26th September 2005
11:05 am U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

Dewars;re the Sanyo 4400,how were you able to confirm that the capstan is okay? Ihave the same machine here in the U.S. with the same problem. Please let me know ifyou have figured this one out. Carl,NYC

Dewars
Sunday 25th September 2005
4:06 pm U.K.

ggrothier@yahoo.com

Olive or any member:

It appears the capstan is ok. So it must be something do with back tension? I assume that it has something to do with the tension on the tape. It appears there is no back tension since the tape is very loose in the play mode and doesn't appear to be pulled along? If that is it, then what would I check to see what is not operating properly?

Thanks again.

Dewars

Dewars
Sunday 25th September 2005
6:50 am U.K.

ggrothier@yahoo.com

Olive:

Thanks, I didn't think about the capstan. That sounds logically and will check that out and see if that is the problem. Appreciate the advice.

Dewars

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 25th September 2005
6:43 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Sounds like either the capstan is not working or there's too much back tension.

Dewars
Sunday 25th September 2005
6:38 am U.K.

ggrothier@yahoo.com

Hi all. Great site. Anyway, my question is as follows: I have a Sanyo VCR4400, United States(non-PAL) manufactured beta VCR. I have replaced the belts, idler, cleaned the pinch roller & cleaned the dust off of the inside parts and boards on the machine. The vcr now will rewind and FF with no problems. However, when I hit play, it starts to play for a few seconds (2-3 seconds) and than stops. I notice that the actual tape does not move other than being pulled to "play operation." When I hit the stop button, after the machine has ceased operation/play, it spins back into the cassette and will eject properly. It does not jam in the machine. Is there any other suggestions that I might try before I give up and toss out. Ha Ha i really need to get the machine to play. I have about 30 beta tapes of my children growing up and would like to transfer to my PC and burn onto dvds. Thanks so much.

Dewars

Alan
Sunday 25th September 2005
3:06 am U.K.

offminormusic@earthlink.net

Have between 50 and 60 pre-recorded movies in Beta format. All are in excellent condition, some never played, still shrink wrapped - titles such as VIDEODROME/CARNAL KNOWLEDGE/LAST TANGO IN PARIS/DAYS OF HEAVEN/CHINATOWN/BIRDY/CITIZEN KANE/SHANE/PSYCHO/BODY DOUBLE/SLEUTH/DESERT BLOOM/TROJAN WOMEN/THE HEIRESS/ON THE WATERFRONT/MY DINNER WITH ANDRE/THE STEPFATHER/EATING RAOUL/SPARTACUS/ROBIN AND MARIAN/RAGTIME/CASABLANCA/THE MALTESE FALCON/BULLITT/1984/ANNIE/ATLANTIC CITY/NINOTCHKA/THE BIG SLEEP(Bogart)/MARIA'S LOVERS/PASSAGE TO INDIA/etc. LOOKING TO SELL THE WHOLE LOT AT ONCE. FIRST REASONABLE OFFER WILL BE GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED.

len myers
Saturday 24th September 2005
4:32 pm U.K.

len@lenmyers.co.uk

roderick. iy's apparently p.s.u, dc to dc converter, and not rewinding properly.thanks for your interest.

Roderick
Friday 23rd September 2005
10:14 pm U.K.

Rod147erick87@stage093safety812.com

Len

Could you let us know what the actual problem with your C9 is?

len myers
Friday 23rd September 2005
9:03 pm U.K.

len@lenmyers.co.uk

I am a newcomer to this site and hope that I am not asking a stupid question. I have a Sony SL-C9 for which I have had a ridiculous quote (£646) for repair, less £100 for an "inspection fee".Can anyone tell me if thete is a Service Sheet available so that I can "have a go" myself?.Thanks in advance for any help.

Carl
Friday 23rd September 2005
11:47 am U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

Homer..well,I have only the tape.I've been searching for a beta manual for a longtime but even here in NYC cannot find one,so I'll just watch the beta 2 movies untilI can get some tech info. The unit is playing/recording quite well as it is,so fornow it's okay.Thanks..Carl S

Homer
Thursday 22nd September 2005
8:47 pm U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Carl, my advice on doing a proper alignment is the following: use the right tools !

Get the service manual (or adjustment manual, some models have this as a separate manual), it explains the procedures. You'll also need an oscilloscope and an alignment tape (you may use another tape but you have to be sure it has been recorded on a well aligned unit).

Dave
Thursday 22nd September 2005
11:15 am U.K.

betamax@rgers.com

LONG LIVE BETAMAX

Olive E Thomas
Thursday 22nd September 2005
12:54 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Watching Carson Daly's chat show (bacause Kathy Griffin was gonna be on) and he goes into his monologue about living in his dad's apartment while in LA - apparently it's the 'unhip' old-dad bachelor flat that has "the only Betamax left in North America" went through some fluff about wondering if anyone knew what a Betamax was and inquired if anyone wanted it.

Har har... very funny. Suck it Carson Daly.

Dave
Wednesday 21st September 2005
4:15 pm U.K.

betamax@rogrs.com

Hi I have a Sl-HRF50 for sale with the HI-FI Prosesser for any resonable offerThank You

Dave
Tuesday 20th September 2005
4:35 pm U.K.

betamax@rogrs.com

To JWebWhy not either try to fix the vcrs you have or try the sallyann for another

Jweb
Tuesday 20th September 2005
2:52 pm U.K.

jweb@swbell.net

After buying 3 beta VCRs and all damaged in shipping, I am now looking for someone to copy/dub 6 120min beta tapes to VHS. No editing, just a 1 on 1 copy. Can/will anyone here help me? Please email direct. Thanks, Joe

Carl
Tuesday 20th September 2005
11:19 am U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

Homer,on the sl5200 can you give me any specifics on performing a tape path alignment?You're right about wasting my time trying to trimpot adjust the unit,because even though the beta 2 pic is clear,I think I've gotten all there is in that area,so it looks likea tape path alignment is appropriate.Thanks for your help,it is much appreciated.Best,Carl S

Noel Higgins
Tuesday 20th September 2005
10:05 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

Olive,

Thanks for extra the tips, I was thinking of how my F1 blew up its power pack. They can either be in charge mode or operate. I have hardly used the camera record only units because I have mostly used an 8mm hifi for movies.

regards Noel

Homer
Tuesday 20th September 2005
4:15 am U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Well Carl, as you seem to be able to get some picture out of your 5200, the heads must be in acceptable shape. Your machine may simply need proper alignment along with a cleanup. You should examine the pinch roller as well to see if it's still in good shape.

Now there is a specific procedure to perform a tape path alignment that could save you lots of time and headaches. The more time you spend blindly trying to make it work, the more chances you have to make a false maneuver and break something.

Also, you are wasting your time trying to align your vcr with its own tapes. Tape path error are reproduced during recording so you get an erroneous reference.

Carl
Monday 19th September 2005
11:20 am U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

Update on my Sony 5200 with the blinking/static lines problem;I got the movie playingquite well,as in NO blinking and the sound up to par,so I was feeling great when I then attacked the Beta 3 speed,recorded off the tv and actually stopped the blinking anddroaning sound! It also recorded and played back both speeds as if it were new,butwhen I played back a Beta 2 movie,the blinking and poor sound was back! It seems Ican have one or the other speeds playing properly but not both;very frustrating. The picturebehind the blinking is always optimum,however,so I'm not of the thinking that the video heads are on their way out;hope not,anyway,since the machine itself looks great.

Olive E Thomas
Monday 19th September 2005
7:51 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Oops! I should read posts more carefully. That was for Devin - not Dave.

And despite what Noel is saying there is nothing wrong with your camera. Even with a 'bad' battery it would still power up. Hooking up to the power brick cuts off the power from the battery - and I just checked that with my BMC-220.

Olive E Thomas
Monday 19th September 2005
7:46 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Dave - Until you feed it a Betamax cassette (with the record tab intact), all a Betamovie can do is operate the ejector button. The Betamovies were a record-only camera - and I do mean record only. There was no playback or even rewinding capability.

Basically these were an update of Sony's old-school reel-to-reel 1/2" Video Rover line (though they included a rewinding "armstrong" lever for hand rewinding!) - but with the camera and cassette mechanism in one piece. A marvel of engineering when they came out, they were quickly surpassed by VHS camcorders which did include full transport capability.

Sony never really bothered to counter as they were more interested in 8mm development though they did bring out a line of CCD Beta camcorders including a BIs recorder the BMC-1000.

So to repeat there's nothing wrong with your camera from the symptons you'd given. Try loading a tape and see what happens.

Noel Higgins
Monday 19th September 2005
7:42 am U.K.

noel.higgins@acma.nospam.gov.au

Devin,

If you have the battery in the camera when you connect to supply, being that its faulty it might be causing the supply to cut out due to current overload. Try the camera on the supply with the battery removed.

Devin Garland
Monday 19th September 2005
4:53 am U.K.

gallantly_deviant@yahoo.ca

Hi all. I just bought a Betamovie BMC-220 off of Ebay and it seems to have some kind of a problem powering up. I have the camera connected to an external power source as it's battery is dead (I knew about this when I bid on it). When I connect it to the source, it seems to turn on for a moment, with the caution light flashing, makes a click sound, and then simply goes dead. None of the buttons do anything (including the power button). The motorized tape eject mechanism still functions, though. I've been trying to find a way around this problem, to no avail. Any help would be appreciated.

Noel Higgins
Sunday 18th September 2005
10:28 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

homer,

It could be that the heads are down as well but it all depends on you judgement of what is happening from what Carl said. I took the blinking to be out of lock picture (it may not have been?) The lines could be bad tracking or comet tailing - don't know. It really needs a service manual alignment first then if that doesn't work check the heads with a head meter. Heads cost too much to replace them as the first option.

regardss Noel

joplinbeta
Sunday 18th September 2005
4:22 am U.K.

tracv170@hotmail.com

Bought an early 70s Sony U-Matic video player today. Looks like an early Betamax with woodgrain sides and top load. Don't know much about it. Any websites out there that explains U-Matic and gives history info? Thanks, joplinbeta

Homer
Sunday 18th September 2005
2:35 am U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Noel, I thought Carl was talking about the pots housed in a metal cage behind the mechanical chassis. Well, at any rate you are much more knowledgeable than I am when it comes to beta internals so you must be right. Yet a clogged or broken video head could produce that blinking effect.

Mark
Saturday 17th September 2005
12:48 pm U.K.

Radker@sbcglobal.net

Hi,I have a SL-HF600 and it stopped working the other day. I have been using it and when I went to put aWas hoping there might be an easy fix since they are so expensive to fix.ThanksMark

Noel Higgins
Saturday 17th September 2005
8:07 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

Homer,

I am into PAL not NTSC but the pots labelled 1,2,3 free are likely to be capstan free speed adjustments for B1, B2 and B3 which could affect the linear tracking and are not head amplifier gain settings.

regards Noel

Carl
Friday 16th September 2005
11:04 am U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

Homer..re my Sony 2415 fast clock; it works! Thanks for the help on resetting the50-60 hz. I guess it wanted a rebooting to 'start over',so as I had said,I unpluggedthe unit for a few minutes,reset it to 60 and replugged it.This am it was the righttime,so thanks again. Best,Carl S

Homer
Thursday 15th September 2005
6:32 pm U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

These pots affect the head ampplifier gain. Looks like the heads are worn to the point of needing replacement.

Carl
Thursday 15th September 2005
11:38 am U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

Homer..re the sony 5200,on the circuit board I found 3 adjustment screws labeledrf 1 2 3 free. I put in a tape recorded in beta 2,turned the 2 screw and the blinkingstatic lines virtually disappeared. I also turned the screw labeled 'drum free' and thepicture completely cleared up. This is sort of a trial and error adjustment because Ifound that the 1 and 3 screws also affect the pic and the sound,but the movie nowplays ultra clear.The unit still refuses to play the beta 3 without some blinking but it is beginning to realize that I wont rest until it behaves itself! Incidentally, Ibought this behemoth on 11th st here in NYC recently for....$5 dollars! I also unpluggedmy sony 2415 for a few minutes,set it at 60hz,replugged it and reset the clock last nightand of course forgot to check it this morning! I'll check it this PM. Best..Carl

Noel Higgins
Thursday 15th September 2005
12:37 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

Paul Roberts,

The sony "arm block assembly, pendulum" part A-6759-074-P is still available in Australia for around $21Aus.

regards Noel

Phil
Wednesday 14th September 2005
11:22 pm U.K.

hadyourphil@usa.com

I have a Sony GCS-50 with transport problems. It will play fine, fast forward and rewind fine, but will not cue and review tapes without destroying them. Does anyone have any experience with this deck? I work on Betacam decks frequently and they are adjustable, but this one does not seem to be.

Hannah
Wednesday 14th September 2005
8:54 pm U.K.

hannahray253@hotmail.co.uk

I have a Sony SL-C40 machine which had been in perfect order for 20 years until about a year ago. When you play back a tape (any tape) it makes a sort of ticking noise as it is playing and the picture has maybe three or four lines across the screen. The picture has also has turned from colour to black and white. The audio is perfect. Before I set my father loose on it, can you point me in the direction of which part may be failing on me? I have read through all of the points on the website to try and get an idea, but nothing seems to describe the problems we are having with this machine. I would be very grateful for any advice you can give me. Many thanks.

Homer
Wednesday 14th September 2005
8:22 pm U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Also Carl, feel free to ask as many questions as you wish, that is the purpose of this page !

Homer
Wednesday 14th September 2005
7:51 pm U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Carl

About your 5200. It's hard to tell what could be wrong without seeing the problem. It would be interesting to know how you managed to fix the problem for BII speed.

paul l
Wednesday 14th September 2005
12:21 pm U.K.

vlesnyk@metrocast.net

I WOULD LIKE INFO. ON HOW TO RUN TWO OIL FIRED BOILERS IN ONE CHIMNEY.COULD IT BE DONE WITH A POWER VENT OR SOME SORT OF SWITCH THAT ALLOWS ONLY ONE BOILER TO RUN AT A TIME . ANY SUGESTIONS?THANKS, PAUL

Carl
Wednesday 14th September 2005
11:16 am U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

Homer...thanks for the update. I going to unplug the beta,re-set it to 60hz andmonitor it. I'll advise on the result. Either way, thank you. ......just ONE morething,promise. I also have a Sony 5200 early hifi stereo beta which used to blinklike mad at any beta speed 1 2 3. I was able to reset it so the beta 2 speed playscorrectly but the beta 3 still has this annoying blink to it;several white static lines appear for an instant,then disappear,then again.The picture behind these linesis clear,and the sound is okay. Any help on eliminating the blinking would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again...Carl S

Homer
Wednesday 14th September 2005
12:19 am U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Carl

The switch must be set to 60Hz. At 50, it will run too fast for sure. If it doesn't work then maybe the switch is malfunctionning or there is a short or open circuit somewhere around it. Other than that I don't know what else could influence the clock. Some models have a backup memory or capacitor to keep the clock on time when power fails. Then it has to rely on another source for the clock, such as a quartz oscillator. Perhaps there is something wrong with that. I'd have to dig into the circuit diagram to help you further.

Carl
Tuesday 13th September 2005
1:31 pm U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

To Raven who is looking for some Michael Jackson tapes; Yes, I have a beta tape on MJ.It was recorded here in the U.S. If you think you can use it let me know..Carl S NYC

Carl
Tuesday 13th September 2005
12:54 pm U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

Homer..right now my Sony 2415 is about 24 hours fast! I checked it this am while playing a tape. I have been letting it go without resetting it,hoping it would 'calm down' butso far it is still gaining and gaining. I have put it back to the 50 setting and willsee from there,then I'll try the other setting again. It plays quite well,I must say.Thank you..Carl S

Ron Humphris
Tuesday 13th September 2005
11:33 am U.K.

www.ronhump@nospamtpg.com.au

To RAVEN

I have a mint original Michael Jackson beta PAL video "Making M.J's Thriller" directed by John Landis the video is circa 1983 an still plays like new! feel free to email if you are interested

regards

Ron

Homer
Tuesday 13th September 2005
3:15 am U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Carl

How faster does your 2415 clock run ? If the Hz is in the wrong position (i.e. 50Hz, because it has to be set to 60) then it is supposed to add a second to its clock every 5/6th of an actual second, which means it would gain 12 minutes every hour, or one hour every five hours. Can you confirm that ?

Since nothing else in my knowledge could influence the speed of the clock, I would suspect a faulty switch or a short or open circuit somewhere around it.

Jayemp
Monday 12th September 2005
8:07 pm U.K.

john.m.pike@btopenworld.com

I own a Sanyo M.40 Betamax Hi Fi VCR,among others. At the moment I have some spare parts to keep it going,but I have yet to obtain a new," Head disc assembly". Ive looked up most catelogues in the UK without succes . Can any one help.

Raven
Monday 12th September 2005
4:16 pm U.K.

diggler@shadowgames.com

Hello

Looking for Any Michael Jackson Beta Tapes or Jacksons Beta Tapes (Eg: Victory Concert)I know they where released a long time ago but even a copy will do

thank you so much for your help

Paul Roberts
Monday 12th September 2005
12:28 pm U.K.

pauljroberts@gmail.com

The site says a Sony pendulum idler assembly is no longer available from Sony. Is there anywhere else I could get one?

Noel Higgins
Monday 12th September 2005
3:05 am U.K.

noel.higgins@acma.nospam.gov.au

Andy,

I have a couple of NEC PAL beta machines that look like the one in your top picture. What parts are you after?

regards Noel

Andy W.
Sunday 11th September 2005
8:21 pm U.K.

WEHRAR17@uwgb.edu

Hi all,

Been awhile since I posted here. I hope everyone is doing well and everyone's Betamaxes are still taping!

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up on an update to my Betamax web page: http://sphs.angeltowns.net/A_R_Wehrle/betamax.html

I've added the NEC VC-734E. It was given to me by a fellow in Racine who contacted me thinking it might be useful in repairing my VC-739E which is built on the same chassis and has basically the same mechanism. Unfortunately the same parts that need replacing on the 739E are worn out on the 734E. I added it to the "Museum" anyway.

Regards,Andy Wehrlehttp://sphs.angeltowns.net/

sarah lincoln
Saturday 10th September 2005
5:46 pm U.K.

sarahlincoln1@hotmail.co.uk

hi there regarding my problem with my sony c6 mark 1 and 2 ,the sound is slow and the picture bends. ive opened both up and noticed that some of the capacitors have leaked,can this be fixed to bring these machines back to life ? or am i flogging a dead horse. would i be wasting my time phoneing around repair shops or are these machines too old to bother with any suggestions most welcome. p.s. ive been given a sony sl 30 mega slim complete with box remote and instructions,it powers up loads tape ff rew but the head drum is not spinning any suggestions? thanks again

carl
Saturday 10th September 2005
3:02 pm U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

Homer,Olive...re my Sony beta 2415 with the fast clock. I located the hz switch on the back of the unit and switched it but to no avail;it still runs fast. Any ideas on how to slow it down?....also I would like to find a repair book on beta vcrs but any I have seen only briefly touch on beta and I was wondering if anybody out there might have a resource for same. Thanks again. Carl S NYC

Mike
Saturday 10th September 2005
2:31 pm U.K.

mpleming@worldonline.co.za

Thanks Roderick. I must have found it around the same time you did! I see it was listed on the page on 17th July.I can't find a listing for the C7 (or SLC7 ) though. Thanks for the belts URL Olive but I can't find a kit for the C7 either.Mike

Roderick
Saturday 10th September 2005
1:51 pm U.K.

Rod147erick87@stage093safety812.com

Mike

The website Noel mentioned:http://www.user-service-manuals.com/

Really good stuff there!

Jeff Kenyon
Saturday 10th September 2005
12:20 am U.K.

at649@tcnet.org

Hi everyone, I had my SLHF-400 in the shop and it was in for about eight weeks, and I am happy to report that on August 15, I got it back and it is working perfectly! I just need some help with learning how to set the clock and record timer as I am visually challenged. As long as I know what keys to press and in what sequences to press them in I should be in good shape. If anyone can help please E-mail me, and as always thanks in advance.

harold
Friday 9th September 2005
9:32 pm U.K.

harold.dean@tiscali.co.uk

I am searching for a repair manual or any information for a sony sl-c6ub betamax vcr.can any one help please,regards harold.

peter
Friday 9th September 2005
3:02 am U.K.

peterthepainter22000@yahoo.co.uk

Hi I have a SLF30 that loads a tape ok, but when you press play/ff/rew it runs for 3 to 4 seconds then stops, can anybody please help

Olive E Thomas
Thursday 8th September 2005
6:24 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

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

Sanyo Belt kits.

Mike
Thursday 8th September 2005
5:19 pm U.K.

mpleming@worldonline.co.za

Dear NoelMany thanks. Will troll for the manual and contact the people who sell the belts.Mike

Madness
Thursday 8th September 2005
6:09 am U.K.

madness@damnthespam.somethingorother.com

Hey guys, does anyone still have that link to the site for buying belts and stuff for Sanyo decks?

noel higgins
Thursday 8th September 2005
3:15 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

Mike,

For the SONY SLC7 service manual, there was an entry on palsite in the past few months that gave a site where you could download manuals if you donated to a charity. Maybe you could search the archives.

Regarding belts, in Sydney,Australia, WES components has a parts service and supply belts for machines. See http://www.wescomponents.com

regards noel

Bob Kesser
Wednesday 7th September 2005
9:28 pm U.K.

gerbobk@execpc.com

FOR SALE: SONY 400 that died. Make offer (keep it cheap). SONY 70 in primo condition plus a second Sony 70 for parts. Make me an offer I can't refuse. Beta rewinders, Beta head cleaner tapes all cheap/obo.

Carl
Wednesday 7th September 2005
12:10 pm U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

Homer,Olive...thanks for the tip on the switch for my Sony clock. I will check and advise..best..Carl NYC

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 7th September 2005
3:40 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

SL-2400s are pretty much legendary for dried out capacitors - which is the usual cause for the picture problems you're having. If you're handy with a soldering iron and have a lot of patience you could try replacing the lot of them.

Jweb
Wednesday 7th September 2005
2:37 am U.K.

jweb@swbell.net

I have 2 SL-2400's and in order to be able to dub some beta tapes, I tried to make one working unit from the 2. The first one worked with an almost perfect picture except the video seemed to pulse in & out constantly. The 2nd one's performance was unknown but it had a broken PC board where the power button, BII & BIII switch, and tracking control were mounted. I thought the simplest fix would be to install the PC board from VCR 1 to VCR 2. To my surprise, VCR 2 is doing the exact same thing. All along I thought that one of the heads was bad in VCR 1, causing the pulsing video. Now I can't believe both units have the exact same problem. One thing to consider...the replaced board has the tracking control on it. Could this be defective causing the same problem on both units since it is the only "common denominator" I can think of? ANY help would be appreciated because the tapes I am referring to have video (that looks unbelievably sharp & clear except for the drop outs) of my 21 year olds Christmas's, birthdays, etc. shot on a Betamovie when she was growing up. Thanks, Joe

PS: The heads are clean...

Olive E Thomas
Tuesday 6th September 2005
11:36 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Yeah Homer, the 50/60hz switch is for the clock.

Homer
Tuesday 6th September 2005
8:31 pm U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

I don't know if this applies to the 2415, but most Sony betas use the power line frequency as the clock reference and some of them have a hidden switch around the power supply that selects between 50Hz and 60Hz. I don't know for sure but can't think of any other use for such a switch than to adapt the clock.

mxf
Tuesday 6th September 2005
4:59 pm U.K.

mxf@lycos.es

hola

Carl
Tuesday 6th September 2005
11:07 am U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

I have a really nice Sony beta # SL2415. This is the one that talks. The clock runs fast.Does anyone know how I could get it to run accurately? Thanks...Carl S NYC

Jonathan Cross
Tuesday 6th September 2005
10:23 am U.K.

joncross@ntlworld.com

I live in St Ives near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England.I wish to borrow a working Betamax player for a fortnight to transfer old memories.In exchange, I have a faulty Sony C7 complete with manual, remote and all cables including the special twist on type to SCART, plus 22 tapes.Thanks for any help.

Mike
Monday 5th September 2005
5:25 pm U.K.

mpleming@worldonline.co.za

Dear NoelMany thanks for taking the trouble to reply to my query on the chat page re my problem with the Sony C7. I didn't even know about the APS and Alarm switches!I still have the same problem though. 7 beeps then rewind. I've taken off all the covers but can't see the sensor that stops everything. Pity, because the machine looks almost unused although I'm sure it needs new belts as you suggest. Do you know of a mail order source for a belt kit? Is there a "reset" switch somewhere? Is there a website where I can download a manual?Must sound like a real pain!But thanks,Mike

Olive E Thomas
Monday 5th September 2005
7:36 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

An early attempt to appeal to the gay market? Or Sony's take on the Miami Vice pastel craze...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5805847908

SL-HFT7 in the hard to find 'mauve' color.

And speaking of Miami Vice - they remaking it as a movie. Now craptacular 80s shows are coming back as feature length crapfest movies.

I'd love to see them graft the 9/11 events to a remake of the old Jack Webb show "Emergency!"...

noel higgins
Monday 5th September 2005
3:24 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

Mike,

Regarding the Sony C7, If you open the front control panel there are two switches. One is APS (auto picture search) on/off which I would set to off. The other is the end of tape alarm which I think beeps for a while then puts the unit into automatic rewind. Switch this to off. It might be that the tape sensing circuitry is faulty or that there is a problem with the associated end sensor? A belt kit sounds necessary for this unit in any event.

Sarah,

Problems with slow speed on a C6. I would check that the capstan drive belt is not perished and still drives well first. If the sound is "slow" then the picture is probably doing a vertical roll as well. Some highly suspect light blue electyrolytic Capacitors probably should be replaced before you attempt the adjustment because there has to be a reason why the machine has gone this way. The service manual gives you the adjustment details. Also see PALSITE technical pages. Then I would check the capstan speed setting on the base board.

regards Noel.

sarah lincoln
Sunday 4th September 2005
3:49 pm U.K.

sarahlincoln1@hotmail.co.uk

hi there all you beta enthusiasts,have been using beta videos since 1984 when we bought a sanyo vtcm10 which is still in use,1 also have 2 sanyo vtc5000s and a sony slhf100ub which is my main machine anyway enough waffle i have two sony c6 mark 1 and mark 2 but they both seem to have the same fault on playback the picture is slow and the sound drags can anyone help?

Mike
Sunday 4th September 2005
1:03 pm U.K.

mpleming@worldonline.co.za

I have a PAL Sony C7. I bought it just to copy some old Betacord tapes. After power up it jneeded some "help" to get the tape to thread. It ejected OK and the picture was fine. Now when a tape is inserted and "helped" to thread it beeps 7 times and then tries to everse and beeps again.What can I do - if anything. I live well away from a service facility in South Africa.Very grateful for any help. I've read the files on the C& but can't find any clue re 7 beeps!Mike

Carl
Sunday 4th September 2005
11:18 am U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

This is for bagels 78 who is looking for the A team episodes. I have many,many of themon U.S. beta. If you could use them or figure out how to play them in the UK, adviseand we'll make a deal. Carl S NYC

bagels78
Sunday 4th September 2005
1:16 am U.K.

bagels78@yahoo.com

does anyone here in the UK have beta recordings of 'the A-team' from ITV in the mid 80s? please contact me.

vincentklokkou
Saturday 3rd September 2005
2:12 pm U.K.

vincentklokkou10@fsmail.net

I have three sony betamax recorders for sale,all are in good condition and are complete,if interested contact me vince on 07968791742

Olive E Thomas
Saturday 3rd September 2005
12:34 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Rare tunerless Sanyo VCR-1000 that has markings indicating it was used by the Pontia Motor Division for their in house video network.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5805313822

Start bid is only a buck!

Carl
Friday 2nd September 2005
11:57 pm U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

Maybe someone can help on this toughie; my Sony beta SL5600 plays well but it has the jitters! Horizontally back and forth goes the clear picture. Not much,just enough so I really cannot enjoy the movie. Thank you. Carl S NYC

Carl
Friday 2nd September 2005
6:57 pm U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

I just found out why my Sanyo 4000 or 4400 beta will not play the tapes;it is the...I guess youwould call it the capstan, that little staff that turns as the tape is pushed against it.Mine will not turn at all. I will operate manually but its electrical days are long past.I'm not sure if this is the correct name for it, but would anyone have any info on wherea replacement could be found? Thanks...Carl N.Y.C.

Dave
Friday 2nd September 2005
6:41 pm U.K.

Betamax@rogers.com

Carl,I sent you a email but in case you don't get it this is what I sentHi CarlThanks for your interest and it works perfect, its a Sony, the HI-Fi proseeer goes along with it , I am near Toronto Dave

Carl
Friday 2nd September 2005
6:31 pm U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

Dave..re the beta vcr for sale. What brand,condition? Also, are you near Detroit?

Dave
Friday 2nd September 2005
1:33 pm U.K.

Betamax@rogers.com

Hello I have a beta vcr for sale its a HFR50 with the HI-FI prossesser, open to any offers I am in Canada, and a betamovie camera alsoThank you

K. Lambert
Thursday 1st September 2005
11:21 am U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

HiIn regards to the Sanyo logo change, this happened in 1987.I know this because i started working at one of their factories at that time.Sanyo's first VHS trio still had the old 'three waves' logo and they were released in 1986 (UK).They then merged with another part f their empire and created the 'neptune style' N.A lot of their VHS machines went very upmarket and this was to increase their market share that had dwindled to about 5% in 1985.Sanyo were also in 1986 simultaneously in three format camps, BETA,VHS & 8mm ,together with Sony.Sanyo to some are considered 'cheap and cheerful' and this is probably due to their (successful) bargain basement stance.They have proved , however, that they can compete with the best in terms of technology and high tech developements.I have always found their products to be excellent value , excellently reliable,attractive looking ( most cases) , ergonomically sound with great performance ,especially taking the other comments mentioned into account and the customer service is pretty dam good too.The only item they produce which does'nt quite meet these standards ,picture quality wise ,( compared to the best) are their TV's. I think maybe they try to compromise and keep the price low at the expense of the WOW factor with PHILLIPS,TOSHIBA et al.You only have to look at ther Beta machines and the fact most are still going strong and if they are faulty or a bit tired are so easy to rectify.The parts to( service) are still readily available .It'll be interesting to see how their new plasma screens hold up.............................Kevin (UK)

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