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Charlie
Sunday 19th November 2006
12:14 am U.K.

betaman50@yahoo.com

Noel, The Toshiba beta's I get my Hall Effect switches from are VM411 and VM415 ( ntsc) and they're very easy to remove.I never got any out of the Sony capstan motor-- I'll have to give that a look.Thanks a lot!!

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 19th November 2006
12:09 am U.K.

live_e_thmas@yah.cm

Yes Beta cleaning tapes are still in production. Remember that Sony still makes and sells Betacam equipment which need cleaning tapes that just so happen to fit nicely in Betamax equipment.

Mind you that you can clean heads just as effectively by loading and playing a otherwise unwanted reel of tape and holding it in pause for a few minutes till the heads unclog themselves.

Trey Jones
Saturday 18th November 2006
9:56 pm U.K.

tra_luke9511@hotmail.com

Noel

do they make a cleaning tape for betas? and also i dont know of any place that would fix a beta though i will call around and see what i can find and thanks for the advice

Rob
Saturday 18th November 2006
3:24 pm U.K.

CaptainCheese@gmail.com

Im Looking to sell two Beta cameras, with hardshell cases. These are sony. The lot includes:2 battery chargers1 battery (doesnt hold charge)beta vcrabout 15 beta tapes.Email me if interested i can get model numbers. just seeing if anyones interested.

Roderick
Saturday 18th November 2006
7:07 am U.K.

rod62534er87ick@sta67ge8234safe5ty.com

Does anyone know why the Betamax chat page adjusts itself to twice the screen width?It is quite annoying to read posts having to slide back and forth. The Umatic or Betacam page don't seem to do this......

robert Kesser
Friday 17th November 2006
4:40 pm U.K.

gerbobk@execpc.com

FOR SALE: SONY SL HFR70 with remote, excellent working condition and beta rewinder. $69 plus shipping from Wiscinsin.

Olive E Thomas
Friday 17th November 2006
2:07 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

I have a mirror of a page I found on the web concerning old cameras and their connectors...

http://uk.geocities.com/olive_e_thomas/10pinvideofaq.htm

Includes pinouts for VHS and Beta video cameras.

Noel Higgins
Friday 17th November 2006
11:01 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Dave,

That camera can be used with a range of Sony beta machines. SLC5, SLC7, SLC9 and the F1E portapack. The connector details are at http://www.palsite.com/kcon.html There are currently machines for sale on the UK eBay.

The machines are all listed at http://www.palsite.com/models.html

regards Noel

Dave
Friday 17th November 2006
10:03 am U.K.

foxeestoat@hotmail.com

I've Just recently got a Sony Trinicon HVC 2000P video camera (from ebay). Now it doesnt have a tape bay in in and has a lead with a connector i dont recognise. Someone suggested it would connect to a betamax recorder, can anyone confirm this? i'd like to get it working if possible.If anyones got any info or help it'd be greta if you could email me.

Cheers

Noel Higgins
Friday 17th November 2006
6:05 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Charlie,

Now that was a helpful hint about the hall effect sensors. I just happened to have one sitting on the test bench having swapped an assembly. The sensors are a bugger to get out on that board though. Another source is from the Sony capstan motors. They use two and sometimes three such as in the SLC9. The Sony service manuals do not have a circuit diagram for the drum motor board but if you check out the circuit diagram for the capstan motor of a Sony SLHF150 then it is identical to the drum circuit except for the addition of the Fg & Fp connections/circuitry.

regards Noel

Olive E Thomas
Friday 17th November 2006
2:37 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Interesting YouTube offering...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=tAOODwH73D0

"I am Cartrivision" promotional video. Cartrivision came out 3 years before Betamax but a series of gaffes - not the least was the loss of a warehouse full of pre-recorded videotapes just before product rollout.

More info on this format available from LabGuy's World...

http://www.labguysworld.com/Museum017.htm

Charlie
Thursday 16th November 2006
5:26 pm U.K.

betaman50@yahoo.com

Hi Everyone! Finally got my first SL-Hf-300 with the always missing intact!!! I have three other 300's and none of them have the front door.The 300 and 400 series are some of my favorite Betas because they'll play just about any tape clear no matter what it was recorded on. On another subject, if anyone has trouble finding a Hall effect sensor for their Sony Beta then look no further than a Toshiba Beta. Toshiba's use three of these sensors exacly like Sony's in their drum motors . The only difference is the leads are a little shorter and will need to be bent a little to go through the small circuit bd. I never had much luck cleaning the moisture laddened glue off the Sony sensor and getting the motor to run again. I've had 100% sucess using the toshiba sensors and since Toshiba Betas are pretty easy to come by it's a good and cheap way to get that Sony runnin again. Hope this helps someone!

K.Lambert
Thursday 16th November 2006
2:08 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Noel:Thanks for that.I was reffering to the head quality.I always try all recordings on all my various Sanyo machines and pre-recorded known good tapes for verification to a well set up /recording/playback deck.The thing with idlers though is it's really only the rubber tyes that get worn not all the other bits( a stretched spring maybe).Why don't they just sell the tyres on their own?I still have all the ones i've removed and there are a LOT.Sometimes you can gently clean the surface if the rubber is'nt cracked and not hard and it's as good as new.It certainly does the job to full torque ( i don't recommend turning them inside out though it's far to shiny).Happily with a Sanyo Beta it's usually the rubber that get's a bit tired.....The odd motor here and there.Somtimes a leaky capacitor...............Kevin

Noel Higgins
Thursday 16th November 2006
12:19 pm U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.au

Kevin,

You can still get belt kits in Australia. Repairers of machines are getting out of the business so I guess it will be harder for suppliers to justify keeping stock in future. On the comment of record and playback using same machine, of course that does not prove alignment with other machines but yes it's a good quick check.

Ivan,

We in "PAL land" (it is PALSITE after all)don't have manuals for those NTSC machines. You might do better on an American based beta site.

Jeff,

Yes I have picked up some goodies along the way. A mixture of persistance and luck. The guage was actually from where I used to work. They originally got a C7 and needed to change the heads at some time. I have test tapes (new from Sony) backtension meters, spring guages, the head meter, and I made my own multitest tape with a mint SLO1700 because you get both types of stereo sound using that machine. Having a decent noise and distortion meter and 100MHz oscilloscope doesn't hurt either.

Trey,

If your lucky your problem is just dirty heads. Use a cleaning tape or get a professional to manually clean the heads for you. If your not lucky the video heads may have been damaged.

regards Noel

Trey Jones
Thursday 16th November 2006
4:12 am U.K.

tra_luke9511@hotmail.com

hello, just found this after a google search, well i got a betamax player from a friend who wants me to get it working for him, well i have never used a betamax before and i dont even remember it as i wasnt born till 1986, but the problem im having is that, i can hear audio but the picture is nothing but static, is there anything i can do to fix this?

jeffoldbean
Wednesday 15th November 2006
11:38 pm U.K.

jeffoldbean@tesco.net

For My Good Friend NOEL Excuse the Shouting.I always wondered how the sony head meter determined the physical condition of the heads.I also KNOW that you have a exentricity gauge, used on stuff from the C7 to the .....But how did you aquire these wonderus goodies.Happy Christmas.

jeffoldbean.

ivan
Wednesday 15th November 2006
7:27 pm U.K.

ivaclo1@hotmail.com

sorry for that message i forgot to release the shift capital letter mode i correct the message i,d like to know if anyone can send me via email a copy of the SL-HF450 operating manual for free downloading i will aprreciated

Thank You and greetings from Mexico and click on my blue name to see my email and ignore my other message in capital letter

K.Lambert
Wednesday 15th November 2006
10:21 am U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Ivan:Why the need for capitals in your message.It's taken as SHOUTING.I think if anyone had what you are looking for you would've heard by now.Try to be a bit more patient.Greetings from the UK

IVAN
Wednesday 15th November 2006
1:17 am U.K.

IVACLO1@HOTMAIL.COM

ITS IVAN AGAIN I,D LIKE TO KNOW IF ANYONE CAN SEND ME VIA EMAIL A COPY OF THE SONY SL-HF450 OR SL-HF600 OPERATING MANUAL FOR FREE DOWNLOADING, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ON MY EMAIL BY CLIKING ON MY MAME TO SEE NY EMAIL

THANK YOU AND GREETINGS FROM MEXICO

K.Lambert
Tuesday 14th November 2006
2:08 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Noel:Thanks for that very interesting reply.You could be right.Though you must agree to see the results ( after a good service) on the recordings made and played back on the same machine will verify if they are in good order or not?I believe the unlacing can only give them a lot more life and also the head drum and tape don't take such a beating either.Are spares for the Sanyo's ( belt's /motors/idlers e.t.c) still easy to obtain over there?As for the head meter ,thanks very much for that info and i KNOW the guy who you are reffering to as overcharging for those units (Not personally though).Thanks again Nel.............sorry Noel:)

Noel Higgins
Monday 13th November 2006
11:31 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Kevin,

Sorry for getting your name wrong, I had just been speaking to a guy called Keith on the phone. Hmmm, another braincell has bitten the dust.

cheers Noel

Noel Higgins
Monday 13th November 2006
11:27 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Keith,

I have been using the sony head meter on all types of machines to check head wear. You can get a reading on all ranges and do a comparison with new or at least a machine with very good heads. You still have to check that the head surface is not chipped or scratched because it only checks the inductance.

The Toshibas seem quite bad on head wear and also the later front load Sony's but I have also had quite a few Sanyo M10 and M20 machines with worn heads also. As you say, it depends what sort of treatment the Sanyos have suffered. Apart from head wear savings due to unthreading the tape from the heads during FFWD and REW I suspect they may be saved by the failure of rubber drive belts which then got them put aside in storage. If you do go after a head meter, dont pay more than about thirty pounds. I see someone in UK asking ridiculous amounts for them.

regards Noel

K.Lambert
Monday 13th November 2006
4:24 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Noel:As you probably guessed i've never had to use one with a Sanyo.All the machines i've seen are excellent in that area.A picture does speak a thousand words.Actually i was given a NX100 for a service and the heads were going on that ( the usual black fleks to the right of bright objects and doubly worse on it's own recordings).Surprising that as this was the last one Sanyo made in the UK and i can only assume poor tapes or overuse of the dreaded head cleaner ( Mr Abrasive)was the culprit.I have heard of the said machine though and would be interested to know myself.One day it might be usefull.Feel free to enquire anytime.............Kevin

Noel Higgins
Monday 13th November 2006
11:16 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Kevin,

Thanks for the tips. It might be a while before I tackle those machines again because of where I have stored them. As a matter of interest, do you know whether you use ranges A,B or C on a sony head tester when testing heads in a Sanyo M10, M20 and M30?

cheers -Noel

Andy T
Sunday 12th November 2006
7:33 pm U.K.

andytreweek@hotmail.com

Anyone out there with a Tidy/clean functioning Sony SL8080UB?

K.Lambert
Sunday 12th November 2006
8:21 am U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

NoelI have the service manual for this model and most Sanyos.It could be the tracking control.They can come apart inside and are repaireable.Result .no adjustment when turning either way.I have also come across a couple of capstan motors that don't spin quite feely, they drag slightly on one side.This gives slight wow on playback and can cause tape damage in reverse picture search.Failing that it's probably a capacitor or servo chip.Give us a shout with exactly what is going on ...................Kevin

Noel Higgins
Sunday 12th November 2006
2:15 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Hi guys,

Thanks for the feedback. I have also seen a toshiba rebadged as a General. WE all have our preferences as to what machines we like I guess. I like the complicated Sony.

I would like to get some service information on the Sanyo M30. It has servo lock problems.

Harold, I reckon you should keep that machine for spares and get another off eBay. The power supply and the reel motors are common problems in 950s.

Tes we can do without certain rubbish on this site, but no activity is bad too.

regards Noel

K.Lambert
Friday 10th November 2006
6:18 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

HaroldThere is ( or was ) one listed on E-Bay for around £210 i full working order.Thought you might be interested...............Kevin

HAROLD KOSTER
Friday 10th November 2006
2:34 pm U.K.

hkoster@onetel.com

I have, in my mind, at last come to terms with the fact that, after 10 years, the loss of my beloved HF950SLV is a certainty. It needs new heads and a tuning card. It can be repaired at a cost of £1300. Even were I extremely wealthy, common sense would preclude me from spending such a vulgar amount of money on a 20 year old machine.Consequently I now own a machine which is perfect in all but the afore mentioned faults.Anybody interested in purchasing the 'remains' is welcome to contact me. It's got to be worth something?!!

K.Lambert
Friday 10th November 2006
1:06 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Hi Noel.I'm always servicing and repairing Sanyo Beta's here in the UK.It's my hobby ( one of them ) and i LOVE IT.If anyone looking here has anyone of the following Sanyo Beta's VTC 5000, 5150,6500,M10,M20,M30 ,M40 and NX100 that needs a overhaul or ANY advice 'give us a shout'.I love to help out when i can and have given a lot of smiles to a lot of appreciate Beta owners.I have quite a lot of experience with said models and am always on the lookout for any Infr red remote controls or front tuning doors for said models (broken or not) that always seem to have broken (roughly handled?) hinges.I've jus finished overhauling a sanyo 5000 where a 'repair shop' had obviously had the overloaded mains capacitor fault ,probably due to a 'spiky mains' and had'nt bothered to replace it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! needless to say it was used for a while like this and caused damage to the voltage regulator, that i've now replaced. the symptom was a lighlty glowing channel indicator and 'on' led when in 'standby mode'.I have since encountered 2 Sanyo M30's with these capacitors removed and not replaced and one had damaged the tuner/tracking section board.I have now replaced these mains filter capacitors with the recommended 0.0047 @ 350vlts.the origionals were 0.1 @ 250vlts.It never ceases to amaze me how many of these 'approved' repair agents due shockingly dangerous 'repairs' and wrongly diagnose faults!!!!I won't go into that here though.That's why i do what i do , because i don't cut corners and i'm pretty thorough too.I love the Sanyo Beta's.In my opinion well put together , very easy to diagnose and a lot longer lasting than Sony...................YES that is a common trait.From what i've seen anyways.Whay wear Sony Beta's always so OVER COMPLICATED.It certainly did'nt help with their relibility /longevity did it.There biggest issue with me though was the 'always laced up feature'yes it did provide 'peep search' but at what price? It definetley did'nt help with the video/audio head/upper drum wear did it?!Well that's enough for me for today.I thought i'd give you Beta emthusiasts something to mull over.Noel.It HAS been quiet around here...........maybe that's not always a bad thing :).............................Kevin

Ron Humphris
Friday 10th November 2006
11:26 am U.K.

www.ronhump@nospamtpg.com.au

G/day again Noel,

Re; Sony SLO-420P

Just read your other posting - I think you will find the SLO-420 was an NTSC industrial/commercial duplicating machine Sony produced for the American market - the "P"on the end obviously indicates it as a PAL version of this machine which I believe was not available for the Australian market, so it was probably specially ordered /imported in or brought in as someones personal vcr from Europe ?

You will probably obtain some spec's/detail's on the machine on some of the U.S. link's on this site

keep on BETA'ing

regards

Ron

Ron Humphris
Friday 10th November 2006
8:53 am U.K.

www.ronhump@nospamtpg.com.au

G/day Noel,

Re; Titan VCR 2400

it would be interesting to see what history you can dig up on this model my reasoning is because I also have amoungst my collection a Titan but mine is a VCR 2000 and it was definatly produced by SANYO and is a toploader based on the VTC5000 / 5005 design - although the front panel is very different the rest of the external of the vcr [including the BETACORD inscription] is almost identical!

This is one vcr I have not got round to playing with yet but I should imaginne the internals to be all Sanyo - I'll let you know if they aren't!

regards

Ron

Noel Higgins
Friday 10th November 2006
1:01 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Hi again.

I have come across another model of machine not mentioned on the beta palsite list. Its called a Titan VCR 2400. It has been manufactured by Toshiba as its internals follow the V31A design. What is interesting though is the styling changes that introduced a slight slope to the bottom edge of the front panel. This pre-emted the later V51 model. I am repairing this unit for the owner and he thinks he may be able to hunt up the original sales information from his father. Is anyone else doing any beta stuff out there?

regards Noel

Noel Higgins
Friday 10th November 2006
1:00 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Hi again.

I have come across another model of machine not mentioned on the beta palsite list. Its called a Titan VCR 2400. It has been manufactured by Toshiba as its internals follow the V31A design. What is interesting though is the styling changes that introduced a slight slope to the bottom edge of the front panel. This pre-emted the later V51 model. I am repairing this unit for the owner and he thinks he may be able to hunt up the original sales information from his owner. Is anyone else doing any beta stuff out there?

regards Noel

Noel Higgins
Wednesday 8th November 2006
4:37 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Hello all,

Sure is quiet these days. Then again, the system seems to chuck you out first time around. I wonder if anyone out there has information (sales brochures or otherwise) on the Sony SLO-420P VCR. It is a printer meaning that it was designed to make video library tapes. It does not have a tuner and is based on the SLC9 design. Interestingly, it has edit controller connections at the back to mate it with other machines like the UMAT and Hi8 machines. See http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=200040211847&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=010 for a picture of the actual machine. I will add it to my website http://www.betaheaven.com/ when I get a chance.

Cheers and keep on fixing those beta - Noel - from sunny Australia

IVAN
Wednesday 1st November 2006
12:41 am U.K.

IVACLO1@HOTMAIL.COM

MY NAME IS IVAN FROM MEXICO AND I,D LIKE TO KNOW IF ANYONE HAVE A TIME TO SCAN AND SEND ME VIA EMAIL A COPY OF THE SL-5800 OPERATING MANUAL I AN BETAPHILE TOO PLEASE CLICK ON MY BLUE NAME TO SEE MY EMAIL ADRESS

THANK YOU AND GREETINGS FROM MEXICO

Derrell
Tuesday 31st October 2006
2:01 pm U.K.

jarmon4@yahoo.com

I am looking to replace a SL 2000 recorder, but I would buy a good, inexpensive Betamax of any type.

Olive E Thomas
Tuesday 31st October 2006
11:07 am U.K.

live_e_thomas@yah.cm

More YouTube goodies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6b20DrQwVk&NR

Various Sony Japan spots including one for Betamovie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hv4rtZtQiU

SL-2000 TV advert

anthony may
Sunday 29th October 2006
3:31 pm U.K.

adeliemay@hotmail.com

Great sorrow, I have to downsize which means that I will have to find a new home for my 3 sony c5s and 100 + beta tapes all with an eclectic mix of british tv progs from the 70s & 80s ,one of the machines works ok but the other 2 need attention.£50.00 or offers, for the lot,buyer will have to collect from watford hertfordshire uk. Also have 200 Amiga computer games for sale, another great format loss.Tony

Noel Higgins
Friday 27th October 2006
1:38 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

HI guys,

I am just back from a little holiday in the country. Max in the email above, well said, I most certainly agree.

Anyway I managed to pickup four machines on my travels including my first SL800ME. Three are not working including the SL800ME. I was wondering if anyone has circuits or a service manual for the SL800ME? They were not sold in Australia to my knowledge.

regards Noel

Cristiana Maria Camisotti
Thursday 26th October 2006
7:54 pm U.K.

ccamisotti@hotmail.com

Message for SBel,

Give my dad a ring at the audio centre croydon on 0208 681 1964.

Cristiana Maria Camisotti
Thursday 26th October 2006
7:51 pm U.K.

ccamisotti@hotmail.com

Hi again,

I have been looking at the site for my dad and he said to give him a bell about your SL 3000E. The shop number is 0208 681 1964. He will be able to help you!

Douglas Kremer
Thursday 26th October 2006
2:46 pm U.K.

Douglas.Kremer@cingular.com

Betamax Logo

Looking for Betamax logo in vector format -- EPS, or AI, etc

Thanks!

HAROLD KOSTER
Thursday 26th October 2006
11:56 am U.K.

hkoster@onetel.com

I have just read Christiana Camisotti's message on the website. I have recently had dealings with her Father regarding a failed HF 950 of mine. I heartily confirm her description of her Father's integrity (by the way, I'm no relation) and further endorse his most lucid advice. His diagnosis that my machine needs new heads and a replacement tuning card, the cost of which sent me scurrying, confirmed what I had feared myself.Heartily recommended.

sbel
Wednesday 25th October 2006
10:49 pm U.K.

sbel@blueyonder.co.uk

Hi all Its been many a while since I visited this page, I am doing so now as I'm about to sell my beloved SLHF950 Superbeta PAL VCR and thought to try here before ebay. The machine is a real smasher with all functions working correctly. It comes with original remote control. original demo tape, original manual, A sony service manual, 20 Sony pro X tapes (3 still sealed) if interested email me an offer. if not I'll ebay it in a few weeks.

Michael Mavromichalis
Wednesday 25th October 2006
3:32 pm U.K.

mavm60@otenet.gr

I have the SL 3000E portable video of SONY , the main motor is totally out and i am looking for an other one the same or similar to replace it. Is there any help about?

Olive E Thomas
Monday 23rd October 2006
10:14 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

I spy a Betamie 500 in this piccy....

http://www.walrus.co.uk/audiocentre/acentre1.jpg

Cristiana Maria Camisotti
Monday 23rd October 2006
7:25 pm U.K.

ccamisotti@hotmail.com

BETAMAX and REEL TO REEL REPAIRS: My father's shop address is The Audio Centre Croydon, 45A South End Croydon Surrey and his telephone number is 0208 681 1964. He has been selling and repairing Sony equipment since 1971.If you need something repaired he is is your man. He is an expert in restoring old sony equipment, amps, tuners,cassette decks you name it. If you are a collector, his shop is a gold mine so give him a call. Really friendly service ofcourse and if you pay him a visit you will get a cup of tea and some biscuits from my Mother!

Check out the link for the lovely picture of my parents in the shop and further details.

http://www.walrus.co.uk/audiocentre/index.htm

One thing to mention, they are a small two person team and are closed on Wednesdays for family time, best to leave a message on the answer phone!

Max
Saturday 21st October 2006
4:09 pm U.K.

maxbetamax@yahoo.com

Of course, K.Lambert (from the UK) is understandably fed up with this nonsense, as are we all. Just to clarify, let me add:

1. Anyone can look up on eBay that the real "doctor1024" is in VT. My posts are from VT; the psycho's posts are not.

2. Grace and K.Lambert are not in VT, so it doesn't seem very likely that we are all the same person using different computers.

3. Grace, K.Lambert, Olive, Boby, Noel, Harold, and I are true Beta enthusiasts, not hateful, cowardly sickos who will ultimtely end up in jail.

I have personally e-mailed the administrators of this site as many members as I could to clear up this mess. Is it any surprise that the sociopathic sicko is too cowardly to give a real e-mail address?

K.Lambert
Saturday 21st October 2006
2:42 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

To DOC1024;Whatever name you go under i think most here are tired of these strange, remarks, comments and points of view.You probably need to get out more..........Or right a biographyThis site is for help and advice to Beta enthusiasts not sicofant ravings.Indeed if there is a moderator i suggest you get removed.Please don't bother to respond,it would fall on deafs ears.Let's get back to talking about help and advice.It seems no matter what chat board you go on these days there's always one who has to spoil it......jeeeeeeeez.....

Max
Saturday 21st October 2006
3:46 am U.K.

maxbetamax@yahoo.com

So, as expected, the saga of the sad, cowardly, and psychotic continues...

Max
Friday 20th October 2006
6:08 pm U.K.

maxbetamax@yahoo.com

This post is from the real doctor1024 and has now become necessary because of the persistent infantile and psychotic behavior and postings of the sociopath who signs on this site with my eBay user ID. To make things clear so that those idiotic postings are not attributed to me, I would like to post some simple ways to distinguish an occasional post from me from his daily barrage of abusive and nonsensical posts:

1. My ISP is Adelphia and never AOL. His posts are always via an AOL proxy server like cache-rtc-ae07.proxy.aol.com;; cache-mtc-ae08.proxy.aol.com, etc.

2. My posts are occasional, are not nonsensical rants, are not abusive, and are never about anything related to what I might have bought on eBay. His posts clearly speak for themselves and indicate the abnormal nature of their disturbed author.

3. I have respect for the others on this site. As Grace has pointed out, this nutjob often copy/pastes the text from others and then twists it to fit his own autism. The recent rant regarding the Sanyo 7250 I bought on eBay is a good example, because this item has not even arrived. I completely agree with Grace that it is an unfortunate coincidence that he has found his way to the Beta Palsite.

4. My e-mail address is real. No doubt he will copy/paste it, so I will answer anyone who may wonder if it was really me who posted something, and of course I would be happy to discuss Beta issues as well.

Like most everyone in this community, I love Beta and I have respect for this site and the good people who share this worthwhile interest. It is a real shame we have to put up with his abuse, and I truly hope that the administrators or moderators of the site can do something about this painful thorn in our collective foot.

Ivan Todorov
Friday 20th October 2006
9:37 am U.K.

sumrak@gmail.com

Does any1 knows where I can get pinch roller for betamax SL-C30e (European version). Help would be really apprishiated! Mail me with any info at: sumrak(at)gmail.comThnx in advance!

Olive E Thomas
Friday 20th October 2006
8:13 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

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doctor1024 (394)
Friday 20th October 2006
3:33 am U.K.

Ibuybetaroute283@yahoo.com

Firstly, I bought a while ago a Sony SL-HF900 for $49.99 (Cleveland Browns Football Training Camp) on the old ebay that arrived in perfect shape.

I also bought This universal remote on eBay for this excellent HF-900 Betamax. On the plus side, the seller told me that it was a COMBO, infrared and wired in one.

I spent a pretty penny and sure that others have bought this COMBO Wire and Infrared in one?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=21168&item=320013867697

FINAL UPDATE ON WIRED REMOTE COMBO ADAPTER:

I thought that I was taken, and also thought that after the small argument I had with Mr Betamax that our courgial relationship was over.

I contacted him about this COMBO Wire and Infrared universal shuttle remote and asked if he had any ideas ????.

By Golly he emailed me and said he just HAPPENS to have the very rare adapter kit (NOS) and would be willing to part with this for $125.00 with no charge for delivery.

I emailed him and said that I would send the money via PayPal immediately and did.

I asked him if he has ever seen these combos remotes ??.. He emailed me back ,Hello Doc, I SEE THEM ALL THE TIME with a LOL.. I suppose he was laughing at the fact that I was a novice insofar as these remotes are concerned?

So, head on over to Mr.Betamax for all your Beta needs. He was a semi-aloof creep at one time, but I think he has warmed up recently. His units are as factory new as you can get. Correct remotes, original boxes, manuals, doors the whole shebang. His prices are reasonable too. Same goes for ziggi. I emailed him and he seemed quite nice only he wasn't aware of the adapter kit. We also discussed some of his Mitsubishi Super VHS players. Might have an in on getting one cheap.

Have a Beta day, DOC@ebay

PS: will let the board know how it works when I receive the(NOS) adapter kit ..Weeeee

Grace Gardener
Friday 20th October 2006
3:08 am U.K.

potatohead@cat.org

Well, I can't lower myself all the way to your level but I can drop part way if only for my own amusement. The song goes that with folks like you I should "try a little kindness," but you so relish, it would seem, the role of verbal punching bag that I thought I'd take you to task while the pizza bakes.

There's nothing for me to lose because you don't know who I am. But I sure as hell know who you are, Alan, and kind of wonder sometimes whether your colleagues get to see the same profoundly dysfunctional side of you that we do.

I know you are upset because you made a fool of yourself with the smarmy, paternalisitc language you used to address me when you really thought that I use my real name in these posts. It must have been a pretty uncomfortable moment when that dawned on you. Of course, it could be that you knew all along, and that you are instead upset that I didn't gasp and swoon at your lame chivalry.

Either way, I think that to find the true "gender-bender," you need to take a peek in the mirror.

You come in here and tell these obviously fabricated, 98% embellished tales of your VCR "conquests" like a six year old girl talks about her dolls to her mom, as in: "...and today Mrs. Heffelfluffer had tea and sandwiches with the Queen!" Case in point was your invention about the 7250. Your claim about the front falling off is impossible, and anyone who has worked on one of those machines will tell you that without even looking at a machine. That panel is secured by two screws underneath and three clips on top. Beyond that, you cannot remove that panel without actually, and with some force, bending the plastic around the tracking and rec balance knobs because they protrude so far and are cast such that the back of the knob cannot be pulled through the hole.

Furthermore, the L-shaped configuration of that panel would suggest that, unless you are stupid enough to work on a VCR while it is hanging over the edge of the table, gravity alone would prevent the panel from falling. I won't even get into the "shattering" aspect of your fantasy because it looks like my pizza is almost done.

I don't know what's in it for you weaving these idiotic, informationally value-less and verbally retarded tales, especially since I'm evidently the only one here stupid enough to read them. But if it fulfills your theory on catharsis, what the hell. It doesn't cost me anything.

But I really wish you would look into the thrills and rewards of stamp collecting.

doctor1024 (393)
Thursday 19th October 2006
8:42 pm U.K.

Ibuybetaroute283@yahoo.com

Firstly gender bender, Most antisocial degenerates don't give much thought to their hypocrisy and hate, and tend apply the standards they could never possibly achieve themselves to others as a form of wishful thinking about how their lives might have been.

I hope that your buffoonish behavior on this board ultimately yields some at least unintended cathartic good to you for the benefit of everyone. But at some point, you are going to need some outside help. That's obvious.

Doctor1024

Believe it. Doc1024 @ebay

Grace Gardener
Thursday 19th October 2006
8:29 pm U.K.

potatohead@cat.org

Thank God for the Internet. Not ten years ago weirdos like "Doc" spent a lot of time in public places where people actually had to "deal with" them (i.e. leave, call the police, drop a class, walk in the other direction, plug their ears, get caller ID, change pharmacies, etc.).

Of all the random themes a creep might take on in life, "Doc" had to pick Beta. Guess it's better for most than if he chose guns - just not for Beta hobbyists who use this website.

doctor1024 (393)
Thursday 19th October 2006
7:55 pm U.K.

Ibuybetaroute283@yahoo.com

"THE SLEEPER BETAMAX CLASSIC" by Doctor1024 @ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150041995992#ebayphotohosting <http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150041995992>;

I just purchased a 7250, as I previously mentioned. It had a piece of tape on the front bezel. Just let me say that the Sanyo Model 7250 SuperBeta HiFi VCR is a "SLEEPER CLASSIC" of the SuperBeta Stereo VCRs. It's test reports in late 1985 reported it to have 0 db loss at 2 MHz, in the BII speed. This frequency is where all VCRs were tested for the Record and Playback Video Frequency Response. 0 db would equal a perfect copy. And even more amazing is that the Sanyo Model 7250 SuperBeta HiFi VCR also received in the test report, a 0 db loss rating at BIII speed too, which is probably the only Betamax VCR ever to have that excellent a performance rating at the BIII speed with the exception of the Sony SLHF-1000 which was reported to have a +2 db performance gain at 2 MHz at BIII speed on it's record-playback test in 1986. So when it comes to EXCELLENCE in Picture Performance, there is at least ONE other SuperBeta HiFi VCR capable of EXTREME EXCELLENCE in performance, beside the Sony SLHF-1000, and that's the Sanyo Model 7250 SuperBeta HiFi. Even the Sony SLHF-750 and 900 can't touch the Sanyo Model 7250 at BIII speed or BII speed performance either. The Sanyo Model 7250 is TRULY a "SLEEPER" in the CLASSIC High Performance SuperBeta-HiFi VCRs, surpassing the performance of even the latest VCRs of 2006. Some people are just plain loud,ignorant and uninformed about our beloved Betamax VCRs. They also seem to be confused about their gender as well.

doctor1024 (393)
Thursday 19th October 2006
1:21 pm U.K.

Ibuybetaroute283@yahoo.com

Firstly, To those who spend their time constantly watching ebay auctions....Do you want to tell the world that you are a lowlife losers with nothing better to do than abuse this site? If all you are is a pimple on societys ass, and all you have to do is spend your life looking at (and then idiotically reporting on this site) what folks buy on old bay then all you have to do is sign on using a fake moniker. At the same time, you can delude your psychotic self that the good folks on this site care. Remember, the only requirement is that you are a no life loser. Be sure to use CAPS liberally while you write your sociopathic text, and then be sure to sign it... Doc @ ebay

PS I wonder what your opinion is of all the folks that buy POS 2-head non-HiFi machines like the Sanyo 4400. TVVIDEOMAN and his slimy Partner SL1000 are behind this. Lets discuss.

Grace Gardener
Thursday 19th October 2006
4:51 am U.K.

potatohead@cat.org

Hey Doc - can you get through a single one of your sagas without lifting material verbatim from other posts? Just curious.

doctor1024 (393)
Thursday 19th October 2006
4:27 am U.K.

Ibuybetaroute283@yahoo.com

Sorry for posting this twice, My computor buttons are sticking.

Firstly, Been searching for this high end betamax for some time .. just pony up the dough and swooped up this baby for SONG.. I liked the seller, check out his old feedback before bidding..

I emailed him... and asked :Hi - I'm curious about the tape or scotch tape on the ( faceplate) of this high end betamax?

HIS ANSWER: Yes there is a piece of tape on the front of the Betamax.

I emailed him... (I am SUCH a troublemaker)... and asked him to remove the scotch tape before shipping it. Being a doctor, I know that tape will melt at 99.7 degrees and it might mar the front .

HIS ANSWER: I don't really have the time to clean the machine. I emailed him... and said, I don't want you to clean the machine, just remove the tape.

HIS ANSWER: Sorry, I already packed it. :-)

I received the machine and it was packed with lots of packing , when I removed the tape in question, the whole front fell off , fell on the floor and SHATTERED into many pieces. Needless to say that was( no problem) , I had it back together with plastic cement, black paint and a little black silicone, cleaned, nicely aligned and ready to go in 20 minutes.

He thought he pulled a fast one, but actually, this is a very nice looking example of an excellent beta machine.

To tell you the truth, from a few feet away it looks pretty darn good. Nobody deceives the 'OL DOC @ebay...HaHa!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150041995992#ebayphotohosting <http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150041995992>;

doctor1024 (393)
Thursday 19th October 2006
4:23 am U.K.

Ibuybetaroute283@yahoo.com

Firstly, Been searching for this high end betamax for some time .. just pony up the dough and swooped up this baby for SONG.. I liked the seller, check out his old feedback before bidding.. I emailed him... and asked :Hi - I'm curious about the tape or scotch tape on the ( faceplate) of this high end betamax?HIS ANSWER: Yes there is a piece of tape on the front of the Betamax.I emailed him... (I am SUCH a troublemaker)... and asked him to remove the scotch tape before shipping it. Being a doctor, I know that tape will melt at 99.7 degrees and it might mar the front . HIS ANSWER: I don't really have the time to clean the machine. I emailed him... and said, I don't want you to clean the machine, just remove the tape. HIS ANSWER: Sorry, I already packed it. :-)I received the machine and it was packed with lots of packing , when I removed the tape in question, the whole front fell off , fell on the floor and SHATTERED into many pieces. Needless to say that was( no problem) , I had it back together with plastic cement, black paint and a little black silicone, cleaned, nicely aligned and ready to go in 20 minutes. He thought he pulled a fast one, but actually, this is a very nice looking example of an excellent beta machine. To tell you the truth, from a few feet away it looks pretty darn good. Nobody deceives the 'OL DOC @ebay...HaHa!http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150041995992#ebayphotohosting <http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150041995992>;

Grace Gardener
Thursday 19th October 2006
2:58 am U.K.

potatohead@cat.org

I see where my favorite eBay annoyance (now that vcrgary is gone, God rest his careless, indifferent, mercenary, sloppy soul), tvvideoman, seems to be starting to run out of suckers for his low-end Sanyos. It looks overall like he's lowered his prices by $50, but now charges $25 for shipping.

This week he's offering an upscale piece of crap, a Sanyo 7250. I have just a few comments on his screechy description, which speaks for itself to anyone who knows anything about Beta machines. In any event, this is the auction:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=110044734062

Again, this boor is selling as "refurbished" and reset to "factory specifications" a beaten machine with a missing door and the wrong remote (yep - just the way they rolled off the assembly line at Sanyo...), all of which he dismisses as insignificant.

Note his insulting manner toward the same sellers from whom he purchases (as eBay member SL1000) the very same machines he flips in his overpriced auctions. His droning diatribe, as I mentioned, speaks largely for itself, but I cannot help but noting with a belly laugh his line, "This is one of the last models produced by Sanyo and judging by its performance they finally "Got it right"." In other words, all his customers who has bought a 4010, 4020, 4400 or 4650 from him bought a pile of junk.

Another one that cracked me up is, "The level meters are bright with NO missing segments, something Sony was never able to consistently achieve." How the f--- would he know? He's never even sold a HiFi Sony machine - probably because he cannot buy one for $10 like the low-end Sanyos he buys to flip. I like the all-caps "NO" as a touching homage to the other primary eBay gouger, Someko. It would have been more authentic though had he stated "segments" without the "s." ;)

doctor1024 (393)
Wednesday 18th October 2006
4:14 am U.K.

Ibuybetaroute283@yahoo.com

Firstly, months ago this seller had a Sony trinitron up for auction that I missed. I needed this type of portable color tv in order to evaluate my huge collection of betamax's as I rotate them back into the house from the stacks of Betamax decks in the back room. I asked this guy to email me if he had another Sony trinitron up for auction.

He emailed me that he had this monitor and it just might fit my needs. I emailed him back and told him that this was a Electrophysiology Monitor and what was he trying to pull. He told me "HELLO, it's also a monitor and if you don't want this that's fine".. I think? I remembered years ago seeing these in hospitals and at times they were used as monitors. Because it had terrific resolution, I grabbed it up ($5.00!) and at this time it works pretty good.

Problem is that their are no "audio" or "video" inputs. I really don't have time to fool with this and would be willing to let this go for $150.00 (lots of hard work invested). If I had about 1 full day I could have it running better than any trinitron. I did clean it, have it perfectly aligned and running pretty well with only 20 minutes of my time, not a penny more spent and no service manual.

It's a real sacrifice for me to offer this exciting video display device to the public. ON THE PLUS SIDE, this full color-high res monitor would be perfect for you Betaphiles with lots of decks and not enough monitors. Think about it and get back to me soon. I might change my mind. The Doc @ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=26237&item=140019932509

Grace Gardener
Wednesday 18th October 2006
3:45 am U.K.

potatohead@cat.org

I couldn't help it. For this auction:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130037837392

I sent the seller the following message:

Hi - I'm curious about the working condition of this item. You state that you were able insert and eject a cleaning tape, but have no beta movie to test it. Yet in prior auctions for beta format VCRs, you indicated that you tested the machines, and in the recent auction for the Sanyop VCR 4500 you actually named the movie you tested it with and pointed out that the movie was not included in the auction. And I don't see that you have sold that movie in subsequent auctions. I would like to know why the 4500 and the SL-HF450 you recently sold were "tested," but this one was not. I think it would be helpful to a lot of people if you would opt to respond to this question in the auction listing rather than responding just to me personally. Thank you very much.

I am SUCH a troublemaker...

Grace Gardener
Wednesday 18th October 2006
12:20 am U.K.

potatohead@cat.org

Another mild cringer:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Toshiba-V-S36-Betamax-Beta-HiFi-VCR-VS36_W0QQitemZ280037059193QQihZ018QQcategoryZ39830QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Actually, this is a very nice looking example of an excellent beta machine - one which I think is better than all Sanyos and any Sony except the so-called "dream machines." Whoever wins it should be pretty pleased, provided the final price doesn't go much higher (it's $71 now) and provided the seller puts the original box in a bigger padded box. That might be a problem though because the seller is offering to ship it for under $20 - that's a 28 pound VCR, keep in mind. To either coast from Texas you're looking at a minimum of $32 just for the freight cost.

The part that gives me a bit of a chill though is this line in the description: "No remote, but all functions available from front panel." This may cause the buyer a lot of grief once they read the manual because it is significantly incorrect. I forget the precise list of features involved, but IIRC, the following features are not accessible without the remote: 2x playback, slow-tracking, vari-speed cue/review. The V-S36 was many things, among which it was one of the first "without the remote you're screwed" machines that are so common now.

Another surprise that I believe is true is that no other Toshiba remotes work on this machine - not even Toshiba beta remotes, and the universals that I tested did not have a code that would allow the universal remote to operate any of the functions on this unit.

This is one of the best machines you can buy and is often available at a decent price because it's a relative unknown. But for it to be a successful deck for you, a lot of stars have to be precisely in alignment!

Grace Gardener
Wednesday 18th October 2006
12:05 am U.K.

potatohead@cat.org

Greg - If you mean the VMC-220A that converts the 26 pin out into line inputs and outputs, I wouldn't say that you are out of luck, but in many ways it's like you are. I looked for two years before finding one, and it was only by accident that I finally did because it was listed as a Zenith part for the VR-9800 and I just happened to be looking for a schematic for a Zenith radio at the time. Even then, it was $20 and shipping. My backup plan had been to get a TT-2000 service manual and identify the pinouts, cannibalize the connector/cord from cord from a TT-2000 and make my own Frankencord. If you are under a time constraint though, you might have to just pony up the dough. Fact is that for all my time and effort, the $95 would have been the more cost-effective way to go, even though the SL-2000 itself cost me only around $40.

Also note that the VMC-220A is not actually complete as such (at least the one I bought wasn't). It requires adaptors to convert the two 1/8" audio jacks to RCA jacks if your application requires it. Good luck.

Ivan
Wednesday 18th October 2006
12:00 am U.K.

ivaclo1@hotmail.com

I,d like to know if anyone have a time to scan and send me via email a copy of the SL-2500 quick connect guide manual i purchased the operating manual from Sony but the quick connect guide is not longer available from sony

THank You and greetings from Mexico and click on my blue mame to see my email

GREG CLARK
Tuesday 17th October 2006
10:21 am U.K.

BRAVAGMC@AOL.COM

can anyone please help me locate the multipin connection for a SL2000 portable deck...the RCA/in and out cable. many thanksi saw one listed for $100 but cant afford that

Olive E Thomas
Saturday 14th October 2006
3:34 am U.K.

live_e_thomas@yah.cm

Checking out YouTube for Betamax nummies...

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=betamax

First item on deck...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1XcYVbjwEQ

Old Aussie Advert for a TV/VCR sales/rental place. A VTC9300P featured prominently

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D6UR4LfwAw

Viva Sonyland! promotional...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmVtsBp1qQM

Betamax video tape being loaded and ejected...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cRGXVm3bxY

Lego people doing version of Apples Mac vs. PC advert. Is teh ghey...

alison
Friday 13th October 2006
7:46 pm U.K.

fordealison247@yahoo.co.uk

Sorry I know Im invading your site but just looking for some way to pass on my granddads collection to someone who will appreciate them. You can contact me by email alisonforde247@yahoo.co.uk

HAROLD KOSTER
Friday 13th October 2006
5:15 pm U.K.

hkoster@onetel.com

Hi Alison,Regarding your Betamax inheritance. How do we contact you to discuss your hoard? I have had two messages returned by your server. Regards, Harold.

luigi
Friday 13th October 2006
2:15 pm U.K.

luigi@miggiano.it

cari AMICI,vorrei sapere se esiste il Sony SL-C24PS betamax recorder..........tale sigla corrisponde ad apparecchio prodotto dalla sony?grazie

alison
Friday 13th October 2006
2:01 pm U.K.

fordealison247@yahoo.co.uk

I have been left a number of old betamax recorders and tapes. All been stored in my late grandads house but now must go- the collection takes up lots of space. The list is long so here goes-

there are

9 brown Betamax S -C7UB (about 1979) and 1 silver

1 silver Betamax SL- C6 UB (fist type of front loader)

1 Brown Betamax C6 UB mark 2

1 black Betamax SL C3OUB

1 silver Betamax SL-F30

1 black/silver Betamax c20

1 silver that i cant find the model number but it has a big blue inferred square. it also says 14 days/8 programms on it.

1 Sony Portable video cassette recorder SL-FIUB

1 SONY UMATIC

1 philips VR2021 and tapes some still brand new with seal on.

2 Philips 1700 with approximately 800 tapes

there are also over a 1000 beta tapes some pre recorded, some tv recorded and some new.I couldn t say that these all work I know that many did at one time but have been stored for a long time. Just make my a decent offer and give them a good home and I'll be happy to let them go.

Roderick
Wednesday 11th October 2006
9:55 pm U.K.

rod347erick872@stage692saf982ty.com

Luigi, impossible da trovare i nuovi registratori di Betamax. Prova Ebay, per esempio:

http://cgi.ebay.it/SONY-SL-HF100EC-BETAMAX-Hi-Fi-BETA-REMOTE-MAN-VINTAGE_W0QQitemZ220036338670QQihZ012QQcategoryZ50606QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemhttp://cgi.ebay.it/VIDEOREGISTRATORE-BETAMAX-SONY-stereo_W0QQitemZ130035408007QQihZ003QQcategoryZ50606QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Buona fortuna

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 11th October 2006
4:58 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Carpel Video has evaluated recycled SP Beta videotape at $5.99 for an SP30-small cartridge.

http://www.carpelvideo.com/items.htm?section=Evaluated%20Tapes&product=Beta%20SP&action=showdetail

SP30 new tapes run at lest than $10 a piece

http://www.carpelvideo.com/items.htm?section=New%20Tapes&Product=Beta%20SP&action=showdetail

Beats their $18 a tape per item price by a mile...

luigi
Wednesday 11th October 2006
11:36 am U.K.

luigi@miggiano.it

chi mi aiuta a trovare un videoregistratore betamax nuovo o funzionante per poter riversare le vecchie cassetet betamax su dvd?grazie.

(capisco solo l'italiano)

Grace Gardener
Wednesday 11th October 2006
3:45 am U.K.

potatohead@cat.org

Is it me, or is this a bad deal?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Sony-ED-Beta-Tapes-EL-500_W0QQitemZ130034090978

Ten new ED-500 tapes for $178.50? Would the buyer do any worse so far as tape quality and durability by picking up ten used SP20's for $20-30?

I don't use Betacam SP tapes but I do use the oxide tapes, both new and used, and I cannot say with any certainty that I have ever seen so much as a single dropout on any one of them. I would assume that the same would apply to the SP tapes.

Gerry
Tuesday 10th October 2006
9:26 am U.K.

g.plaxton@virgin.net

I require three cabinet screws for my recently aquired Sanyo VTC5000, can anyone help please. They are the black ones that secure the top cover.

David Hadaway
Monday 9th October 2006
4:54 pm U.K.

dhad000@yahoo.com

Mercury Keller TV in Ohio is getting out of the Beta repair business in a few months when the owner's father retires. (614)258-9577I recomend them highly.

Noel Higgins
Sunday 8th October 2006
11:04 pm U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Please disregard my earlier email about availability of parts for the Sony videohead drum motor.

I have sourced a supply of the hall effect sensors and can now offer a changeover repair service for faulty drum motors in the Sony beta machines in addition to my changeover repair service for the Sony SLC9 DC/DC convertors. See my website www.betaheaven.com This is probably only of use to Australian beta enthusiasts.

regards Noel

Roderick
Sunday 8th October 2006
8:58 pm U.K.

rode98476rick21@stage0923safety0293.com

Doctor1024, wash your mouth and keyboard with soap!Change to SVHS, that is insulting. Go to your room and think deeply about how many people you may hurt with such a statement. Unbelievable, VHS - that'll be the day.....

doctor1024 (393)
Saturday 7th October 2006
8:42 pm U.K.

Ibuybetaroute283@yahoo.com

But it still won't replace the loving hand of my dear sweet mum as she diddles my rectal cavity. Oh how I miss her "Dirty Sanchezes"...

doctor1024 (393)
Saturday 7th October 2006
2:22 pm U.K.

Ibuybetaroute283@yahoo.com

Firstly,I hate to gloat, but I picked up this little gem for a song. The seller didn't know what she had and I swooped in and got this baby for a song.

I remember when I was younger I saw this model at a super store on Route 283 in Elizabethtown, PA I asked the salesman if he could put it on lay away, he laughed and told me to come back when I had the money.

I wish I could show that salesman what I paid for the same unit today. Saved myself hundreds of dollars by waiting.

The only problem with this SVHS is there in NO POWER CORD. I'm sure the unit works and ON THE PLUS SIDE I have seen them repeatedly on ebay. Now with the BETAS gettin' on in years, we may all have to switch to the Super VHS side of taping.

Thanks DOC@ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=21168&item=290009616430

Noel Higgins
Saturday 7th October 2006
8:22 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Hi,

Does anyone know where replacement hall effect sensors can be obtained for the drum motors used in the later model (post 1980) Sony beta machines. They have four legs and the symbol 3D printed on them. They are indicated on Palsite at http://www.palsite.com/pcat_hmotor.html

regards Noel

Grace Gardener
Friday 6th October 2006
11:13 pm U.K.

potatohead@cat.org

Mikey - this will hopefully cure what ails your VTC5000:

http://www.colin99.co.uk/extras/reelidler/how_to_service_a_sanyo_beta.htm

Grace Gardener
Friday 6th October 2006
11:10 pm U.K.

potatohead@cat.org

Thank you, Charlie. I need to get a STK5441 anyway. Besides, no matter how distant it seems, it never takes me long to reach a threshhold minimum order. Once I get a look at what you are talking about precisely, I may try the "Frankenswitch" thing from an old VHS machine.

Shame it's not a Sanyo where a new idler tire seems to fix more or less any problem.

This is not a bad resolution. I figured it might have been something broken down in the pendulum arm or something worse, like a bad IC. This sounds like a somewhat easier fix.

All I have on the NECs are the 734 and 739, which I believe are built on a different chassis. Give a shout here though if you think there might be something helpful in those manuals and we'll see what we can do.

mikey
Friday 6th October 2006
8:24 pm U.K.

mike76burton@yahoo.co.uk

Hi everyoneI have a Sanyo VTC-5000 sitting in my loft (it was left there by the previous householder) I dont know when it was last used or if it plays tapes at all or chews them up. Are service kits still available for this model ? I want to get this machine up and running.By the way does anyone have a Philips G8 TV set or know of any for sale ?

Charlie
Friday 6th October 2006
3:44 pm U.K.

betaman50@yahoo.com

Grace-- The problem with your SL-HF-400 is very common to that and the 300 model. The Tact ( function ) switches on the front have gotten corroded or dirty and need to be replaced on the RW and FF buttons. They're very easy to replace if you can solder and are really cheap. Sony uses a unique five leg switch that is kinda expensive but regular four leg ones work just as good and don't cost nearly as much.They can be purchased at MCM electronics in Dayton, Ohio but you better have other stuff you need cause they have a 25.00 minimum order.If you've got a old Vhs unit that has bit the dust you could take the switches out of it. The Betas switches are real short so you might have to ExActo knife a little off the VHS ones but they'll work! If you're looking in the catalog for them the full name is Tactile. Hope this helps you. Anybody out there got a copy of a service manual for a NEC VC65?

doctor1024 (393)
Thursday 5th October 2006
3:54 pm U.K.

Ibuybetaroute283@yahoo.com

I bought a while ago a Sony SL-HF900 for $49.99 (Cleveland Browns Football Training Camp) that arrived in perfect shape.

I also bought a universal remote on eBay for this excellent HF-900 Betamax. On the plus side, the seller told me that it was a COMBO, infrared and wired in one.

I spent a pretty penny and sure that others have bought this COMBO Wire and Infrared in one?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=21168&item=320013867697

Could some one inform me what adapter is needed to transform this excellent remote into a SLF900 shuttle remote? I'm hoping someone has encountered this before and has a real, real easy answer. Anyone? The DOC @ ebay VT in the USA

Grace Gardener
Thursday 5th October 2006
3:36 am U.K.

potatohead@cat.org

This NYT article from 1998 was linked in my gmail inbox today. Might be of interest here. I'm posting both the link and the text of the article because the NYT may require a login.

http://tech2.nytimes.com/mem/technology/techreview.html?_r=2&res=9E06E5D81F3BF931A35757C0A96E958260&oref=slogin&oref=login

April 2, 1998, Thursday Also Loving And Losing: Betamax Fans By PETER H. LEWIS NOT all dinosaurs were stupid, and not all of them are dead. Sony's Betamax, for instance, lives on. The video cassette recording and playback technology that Sony put in permanent ''pause'' mode in 1988 still has a devoted following and, thanks to the Internet, a number of lively forums where die-hards can swap technical tips, spare parts and commiseration. ''Just a couple of months ago, we had an E-mail writing campaign to Sony to demand that a new Betamax machine be marketed in the United States,'' said Wallace White, a mechanical engineering student at Stanford University who bought a relic Betamax at a garage sale and now lugs it back and forth from his home in Nashville because of its superior sound and visuals in recording movies.

NOT all dinosaurs were stupid, and not all of them are dead. Sony's Betamax, for instance, lives on. The video cassette recording and playback technology that Sony put in permanent ''pause'' mode in 1988 still has a devoted following and, thanks to the Internet, a number of lively forums where die-hards can swap technical tips, spare parts and commiseration.

''Just a couple of months ago, we had an E-mail writing campaign to Sony to demand that a new Betamax machine be marketed in the United States,'' said Wallace White, a mechanical engineering student at Stanford University who bought a relic Betamax at a garage sale and now lugs it back and forth from his home in Nashville because of its superior sound and visuals in recording movies.

But Mr. White said it did not take an engineer to figure out that the writing campaign of the newsletter, which has a circulation of about 350, was unlikely to cause Sony to rewind its decision.

A spokeswoman for Sony's office in America, caught off guard by a question about Betamax, declined to speculate on whether the company would ever introduce a new Betamax for the consumer market. She said the professional versions of the Betamax, for video producers, were going strong worldwide.

But when a reporter used Sony's own Web site to try to track down and buy the one Betamax model that is still supposed to be available in the United States, the database of dealers came up empty.

As recently as a few years ago, the Betamax community still counted several thousand loyalists. But like old soldiers in the technology wars, they are fading away. Some of the old soldiers have fought in more than one campaign.

At the Beta Informer site, a Betamax fan who called himself Ken H. wrote recently: ''Since most of us agree that the Beta format is the superior videotape format, I am curious as to which computer most of us use, i.e., Mac or IBM/Wintel. I use a Mac -- I own 6 of them, just like I own eight Beta machines.''

Randy Kaempen of Chicago responded, ''I have six Macs, a Quadra 950, a Quadra 650, a Powermac 7200/120, a Mac IIci, an SE/30 and a Powerbook 170. I also have a G3 266 on order.''

Mr. Kaempen also confessed to having a lone Gateway PC and (gasp) a VHS machine for playing prerecorded tapes, but he quickly re-established his credibility in the group by noting, ''My Betas include 2 SL-HF1000's, 2 HF-HF900's, an SL-HF650, and an SL-HF400.''

''My brother says I pick 'loser' technologies,'' Mr. Kaempen added, ''but I prefer to think that I pick technologically superior technologies, regardless of their popularity.''

What will it take to finally drive a stake through the hearts of Betamax fans, who, after a decade as the technologically undead, are now often reduced to pawing through garage sales for tapes, old machines and spare parts?

''When they come out with a recordable digital format, like DVD, that would probably signal the eventual end of Beta,'' said Mr. White, who maintains a Beta Lore Web page ''as a home for stories of man and machine, of the trials and tribulations of Beta patrons.''

Site-Seeing: Betamax

For those who still vow ''Beta forever,'' here are some World Wide Web links.

RAY GLASSER'S ULTIMATE BETAMAX INFORMATION GUIDE: home.earthlink.net/videoholic

BETAMAX PALSITE: www.elektratec.demon.co.uk

BETA LORE: www-leland.stanford.edu/whitew/Beta

THE BETA INFORMER: www.chebucto.ns.ca/Recreation/EMA/ Beta/Informer

THE BETAPHILE CLUB: condor.lpl.arizona.edu/vance/ betaphile.html

Grace Gardener
Thursday 5th October 2006
3:19 am U.K.

potatohead@cat.org

You always know just what to say, Olive. I see that my clarification didn't do a lick of good though. Well, I tried and, on the plus side, didn't seem to make things much worse.

Question for anyone: my SL-HF400, after a lenghty hiatus in the back room, has come up for rotation "in service" but has developed an interesting problem: the transport system moves the tape fast forward whether I press FF or Rew, and does the same in Cue/Review/Betascan mode as well. Play works fine. Picture, sound etc. were never better. It's just that one thing.

Before I start digging around in there, I'm hoping someone has encountered this before and has a real, real easy answer. Anyone?

doctor1024 (392)
Wednesday 4th October 2006
6:55 pm U.K.

Ibuybetaroute283@yahoo.com

Firstly, I bought this baby for a song. It looked like it was stored in an open barn. I whipped off the mildew, sprayed a little WD on the play buttons and it worked like the day it was manufactured. Most every Betamax I buy operates after a 20 minute "spruce-up". This is why I get so upset with the units with a new belt, MISSING doors and no remote portrayed as "factory new." These old units were made to last and if you spend more than $30.00 on e-Bay, you are just as stupid as the sellers that charge 8 times that price for the same models with lipstick.

I also bought this vintage CINDERELLA on beta.. They don't make cartoons like that anymore. Shame, I could watch that movie 100 times. My kid likes it too. Each time I view this film I see something I missed the last time. A bag of popcorn a beta and Cinderella is like winning the lottery .

Just my opinion..DOC@ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200024191541

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=39830&item=260005872822

Ungermann
Wednesday 4th October 2006
6:08 pm U.K.

noneedtokn@w.com

Well hello guys,I have this SL-HF860D running in perfect condition that I wanted to sell.How much does the Bettie goes around the net? 50,100,150$ ?Can I have the picture from you fellas?Regards

Ungermann.

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 4th October 2006
9:39 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

To Grace. I wouldn'tt worry too much about that toothless chupacabra trolling under assumed names from his mommy's AOL account.

Grace Gardener
Wednesday 4th October 2006
3:02 am U.K.

potatohead@cat.org

To clarify the plagiarized use of some information I had previously posted here, it is incorrect to say that ziggi charges the same for machines as does MrBetamax. What I had originally stated was that for what the ebay seller tvvideoman charges for low end machines like a VCR4650, you could get a similar or the same unit for about the same price (and sometimes even less) from MrBetamax and get a fully refurbished unit, etc., instead of the aircanned, windexed POS garage sale Sanyos without doors, manuals or remotes that tvvideoman sells. And you wouldn't have to endure the obnoxious, patronizing, smarmy sales pitch in which this putz insults and browbeats the same people from whom he purchased the very machine he is listing.

I didn't read the entire post regarding the 7300 in which my original material also reappeared, but it looks at first blush to have been sloppily pasted into an othwise rambling post as well and probably also does not reflect proper context. Even though you can scroll up and find these mangled quotes from me, there's no point in naming names since anyone can post under any name here, but I will say that the person who is doing it, based on what appear to be other posts in the same style, comes across as about as reckless, chaotic, disorganized and sloppy a "hobbyist" I have ever encountered anywhere. For example, it seems remarkably incongruous to give advice on portable beta machines (in the form of stolen info on the VCR7300) yet not know that an SL-2000 is not a HiFi machine, and not understand the Beta 101 distinction between Betamaxes and beta format VCRs from manufacturers other than Sony.

It's great to be enthusiastic about anything that shows an appreciation for the works of others, old technology and breathing life into things otherwise destined for the scrapheap, but to do so in such a scatterbrained and borderline hysterical manner tends to dull the edge of even the best intentions.

Noel Higgins
Tuesday 3rd October 2006
12:40 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Lars,

The power supplies of the C5 and the C7 are quite a bit different and not interchangeable. The C7 usually blows a fuse when the switchmode capacitors dry out, hence no noise at all. If yours still makes a noise then maybe the capstan or ring load mechanisms are trying to work but it has belt problems. That is the most usual problem in C5 and C7. To check the belts requires removal of the bottom cover and swinging out the circuit boards after you remove "key" marked screws at various points on those boards and two connectors as you swing the boards out. You might also be able to see the load position of the machine from the top side anyway when the cover is removed.

Regards Noel

Olive E Thomas
Monday 2nd October 2006
10:23 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Available PDF Betamax Manuals from Sony

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/BMC110.PDF

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/SL20.PDF

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/SL2300.PDF

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/SL2500.PDF

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/SL2700.PDF

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/SL390.PDF

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/SLHF2000.PDF

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/SLHF2100.PDF

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/SLHF300.PDF

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/SLHF400.PDF

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/SLHF360.PDF

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/SLHFR70.PDF

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/SLHF870D.PDF

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/SLS600.PDF

Lars Chr
Sunday 1st October 2006
9:31 pm U.K.

deschute@online.no

I recently bought a Betamax C7 on a flea market. When i plug it in, the display lights up, but if i press the "on" button it makes a "fzzzz..." sound and nothing more happens. Probably some kind of short circuit. I was wondering if anyone else may have experienced this problem and knows what may have happened. May it be as simple as a power supply problem? I have a perfectly working Betamax C5 which seems to be a pretty similar construction, and i am willing to take parts from the C5 to get the C7 working if necessary. I have fairly good electronics skills, and i am well equipped with tools, like multimeter, oscilloscope, function generator and so on, so i schould be able to test most things in there.

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