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Bjorn
Tuesday 4th April 2006
8:55 pm U.K.

bjornatat@hotmail.com

I found one of the most annoying things about ebay. The other day after paying for my beta machine, I waited in anticipation for it to arrive as you do!! Only to find that the damn courier had miss-handled the machine, throwing it about as they tend to, and leaving me with a smashed wreck. It's not ebay's fault I know, but you can imagine the anger. Luckilly it was only cosmetic damage, the insides had survived, so began th eprocess of rebuilding a machine. It took ages, bashing out dents, glueing some of the front panel back together. This poor machine had really had a bad time of it, but all was not lost. The following day I had almost completely restored the machine, just a bit of touching up, new parts and a nice warm room to rest in and she's as good as new. Plays nicely, well almost, I'm still waiting for an idler for her, but my Sanyo M30, is happilly running. There's just one thing baffling me though, I have another M30 that only plays in black and white, I've tested the pre-amplifier, the top board, and can't find anything wrong, she's got a good set of heads on her so why is she not playing in colour? any ideas? please e-mail me - bjornatat@hotmail.com

K Lambert
Tuesday 4th April 2006
8:17 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Hi Guy:....Well the same thing has happend to me twice.i admit to being baffled too.It sounds to me like the upper idler assembly is ( with age ) pointing slightly upwards.On the newer replacement geared upper idlers i notice they have a silver metal plate attached....NOW I KNO WHY.......it prevents this happening.Basically the take up for eject is fine because the LOWER idler does this job and FF and REW.The upper does PLAY and both SEARCH modes.I also found if checking these functions with the metal cover removed ( as you have to when replacing said items) this fault won't show if you place your finger on the cassette loaded tab as the loading tray is'nt in the down postion.It's THIS ACTION which causes the upper idler to get stuck if the top idler is bending upwards.You can remove the upper idler and grasp it between your fingers and put a downward pressure to level it out ( and i mean quite a lot to stop it returning the same,don't worry though they are VERY strong items) and it will work.Although a new replacement with the metal plate installed on top would be a safer longer lasting sollution.The tape piling up on the deck tells you the capstan motor /pinch roller are working OK.It's the take up that obviously is the culprit.Ther is also a slight chance too many spacer washers have been installed on the idler assemblies.One way to check this is to hold the top idler when the holding washer is on and make sure you can move it up and down at least a millimeter or two.Hope this helps...........Kevin

Vanessa
Tuesday 4th April 2006
7:42 pm U.K.

vanesse_rdr@yahoo.fr

Hi, I'd like to sell a Sony Betamax SL-8080F from 1979, does anyone know its price please (approximatively)?

Boby
Tuesday 4th April 2006
6:35 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotnail.com

Tips for stubborn/sticky stain on DRUM;Have cotton bud and a drop of Kerosene ,gently wipe around the surface (Careful not to touch the 'EYE' of Rotary Head), you can have the CO cleaner to remove kerosene residue. Hope you can have crystal clear picture result.RegardsBoby.

Boby
Tuesday 4th April 2006
6:15 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotnail.com

Disk Assy is the HEAD of Your Betamax wich is made from Aluminum Ring where the "EYE" stays on and Rotates in high speed when payled ;also reads Data on Casette Tape_.You can spot it when you open your deck, it's a short aluminum cylinder wich consist 2 component Upper and Lower DRUM and the Disk Assy is inside them. This part easily sight on SL-800ME. Known as 'Flying Erase Head' on V8/VHS etc.________#_______About the " HF150 -HF950 " replacement you'll loose X2 function in doing so but others are fine.

David Hadaway
Tuesday 4th April 2006
4:51 pm U.K.

dhad000@nospamyah00.com

It sopunds like clogged heads. I sell the Scotch head cleaning cassette for $11. I scanned the last 4 pages of the 3M white paper on the subject as 4 jpegs and will send to anyone interest.

Guy
Tuesday 4th April 2006
3:35 pm U.K.

Guy420@yahoo.com

To Kevin (and all), I have replaced all the rubber belts and tires (including pinch roller)in the Sanyo 6400. Tape loading, unloading, REW and FF work fine, but PLAY stops after a few seconds because tape is accumulating beyond the pinch roller. This seems strange because the take-up reel is working. EJECT also works and even the excess tape is taken back up into the shell. What could be wrong? Thanks!

David Landau
Monday 3rd April 2006
9:42 pm U.K.

exarchives@aol.com

What exactly and where is the Disc Assy on the Beta Machine? Thanks for the info on the cleaner. David

David
Monday 3rd April 2006
7:27 pm U.K.

d.matt@ntlworld.com

Just been sorting out my workshop and found a complete service manual for a Sony SL-C9E / C9UB VCR. It is in excellent condition. Offers invited.

Boby
Monday 3rd April 2006
7:07 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotnail.com

About parts that is no longer available; I find several types of BETAmachine that have identical component/suitable for Canibalism. IE Rotary DICS ASSY/(Rotary Head DRUM) of HF150 suitable for HF950. [wich I still have 1pc Sealed in BOX] .Generally parts for BETAmachine still exists.

Boby
Monday 3rd April 2006
6:48 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotnail.com

Hi, concerning your snowy BetaDeck . Have a CarbondiOxide Contact cleaner ( http://www.crcindustries.com.au )or similar product, spayed around the Rotary Head Dum at adistance ;carefully not to touch the "eye" of the Disc Assy. This commonly fix your problem.CO contact cleaner is the best tool for cleaning, it leaves no Residual Particel on your HeadDrum.

David Landau
Monday 3rd April 2006
4:39 pm U.K.

exarchives@aol.com

I just received free from a friend a Sony SL-HFR70 Beta max player and I hooked it up only to find that the Betas (old) are playing but showing alot of snow. I had these played on another player and they mostly played fine. Any suggestions on how to proceed to clean this problem up? Thanks, David

Noel Higgins
Monday 3rd April 2006
2:31 am U.K.

noel.higgins@acma.nospam.au

To Greg Hooke

Regarding the Sony SLHF950 power supply that you have. The second section of the power supply DC/DC takes 12V DC and creates all the other voltages. The current drain is a little over 2 Amps and I have used an external 12 Volt supply to drive a machine this way so I know it works. A good 12V DC/DC from say a laptop should do the job. regards Noel (Betaheaven - Australia)

Craig.
Monday 3rd April 2006
1:18 am U.K.

incarfitment@aol.com

Hi!! ,I have a load of betamax bits and bobbs I need to sell ,I don't want a fortune for them either ! Firstly I have over 900 tapes, most only recorded on once only , 200 ex rental tapes, including some classics like Alien, Star Wars ,Christine etc etc...There a few recorders also , 2x Sanyo 5150, excellent working order and in great ccosmetic condition,2x Sanyo VTC 5000, again in top working and cosmetic condition ,a VTC 6000 front loader, again all good ,a C40 with remote in very good condition but has servo issues ,a Sony C9 , in fantastic order with all the Sony improvements fitted, metal loading gears, head drum mod,DC converter etc, with remote and instruction manual ...sadly requires video heads , damage was caused due to me being a clumsy git !!!,I also have various other C5, 6,7 models, mechanicall good but suffer from the usual servo wobbles which is easy to fix if you have the time ! .I have 2 Beta movies, a BMC 100, AND a 500 !, 9 batteries, 2 of which are new ,all hold a good charge , multi battery charger along with 2 standard ones ,and a brand new car power supply too !.There are loads more bits, circuit boards, cases,4 boxes of new,unopened Sony L750 tapes ..... etc etc. Drop me a line and let me know what you want ...I might have it !! You can phone me on 07871023025 .

K Lambert
Sunday 2nd April 2006
10:05 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Hi Betafans: I just saw this on E-bay and thought i'd share...........some people are so uninformed ( i've just pointed that out to them )......http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=9707163106.Made me smile though..............Kevin

K Lambert
Sunday 2nd April 2006
12:04 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Guy: I think i mentioned that problem in my previous message......Maybe it's more common than i thought???Although i've only ever seen it once........I know the cassette loading mechanism on that model was heavy.Compared to their better lighter 1984 models..........................Kevin

Guy
Saturday 1st April 2006
8:20 pm U.K.

guy420@yahoo.com

Kevin, I had to take everything apart because one of the two gears on the lower rod broke, which requires a new rod because these gears must be attached to the rod and rotate with it. If I would have known there was a spring inside the outer gear, I would have taken a few pictures before replacing the rod.

K Lambert
Saturday 1st April 2006
12:40 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Hi GuyIt sounds as though you took apart the cassette loading mechanism.I have not attempted that or indeed had too.I'm glad you got it sorted though.Thanks too for the feedback...i'm here to help out whenever i can........Kevin

Greg Hooke
Saturday 1st April 2006
7:00 am U.K.

greg_hooke@hotmail.com

I have a SLHF-950 with a faulty power supply. It's the actual switchmode block that's the problem, fuse is fine, AC is geeting into it but no DC output at the 4 pin plug. So anyone out there have a schematic or sevice manual for the 950? Any suggestions. Anyone know what the DC output voltage should be? Maybe if it's a 12 volt supply I could buy an off the shelf type and mount externally. I'd need to know what current rating would have to be. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks from Down Under.

Guy
Saturday 1st April 2006
1:40 am U.K.

guy420@yahoo.com

Kevin: Thanks for your advice. Your points regarding the belts and the metal plate are well taken, but I was already using a new belt. The problem was finding the correct way to spring-load the mechanism so the carriage would have that initial "give" to open the switch to start the loading motor. After plaing around with the 12 or so ways it is possible to configure it, I finally hit upon the right arrangement and now it works perfectly. Thanks again for your help!

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