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Michelle
Monday 4th June 2007
12:34 pm U.K.

crazychic_5@hotmail.co.uk

TISWAS complete collection of 14 shows from 1981 of saturday morning shows including before and during idents and adverts of the time . all on 14 Betamax cassettes and transfer to DVD of each cassette. may split but prefer to sell full set. Also OTT full episodes on Betamax cassettes contact me for details email: crazychic_5@hotmail.com

Boby
Monday 4th June 2007
3:48 am U.K.

bobymc@hotmeal.com

I meant I wanted to sell the new disks Assy, not giving it away. It costs 259US$ if you can find it.

Sorry if you misunderstand it.Cheers;Boby

colin99
Sunday 3rd June 2007
7:43 pm U.K.

colin99@bigfoot.com

Sony SL-C9 frame advance fault:Does anyone have a service manual or info to hand which would tell me what to adjust for this fairly minor problem on an SL-C9: The 1/10th speed, and frame advance (including reverse) don't quite work, the picture jumps a tiny bit but doesn't move on a frame. Also the freeze frame often has a noise bar. But the 1/5th speed works just fine and without a noise bar. Clearly there is some adjustment required to change the nudge power for the very slow motion operations. Any advice most appreciated.

All other functions are 100% (now that I've swapped the PSU and repaired the usual front-loading problems).

Thanks.

Colin www.video99.co.uk

Boby
Sunday 3rd June 2007
2:02 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmeal.com

Ah yes, also EDW30F Disk Assy. Could be going to Ebay soon.(I'd sent several Disk Assy accross continent).Cheers.

Mark
Sunday 3rd June 2007
10:53 am U.K.

silversalmon@tiscali.co.uk

Wanted, working power supply (including DC DC convertor) for C9.

Boby
Sunday 3rd June 2007
9:51 am U.K.

bobymc@hotmeal.com

Hi Betaphile,If you still have SONY GCS50 and want a new HEAD, you can have it!Just email to above mail and change hotmeal into hotmail.Thanks in advanced.

Boby

K .Lambert
Saturday 2nd June 2007
10:21 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Hi Noel,Ron and Craig.Thanks for your comments to my observations about tape performances.It's nice to know i gave you some food for thought and a interesting debate.Ron, yes you are right TDK and AGFA did use the twin window shell....my mistake.The Scotch tapes i still have from way, way back in the early eighties are still playing well and there may have well been a bad batch as you say Noel.One other interesting point I have still yet to see the dreaded deterioration of the recordings i've heard so much about after around 25 years old, i believe.it's interesting a lot shouting about this are the transffering companies to DVD.Say's it all don't you think?keep the interesting comments and views coming....this board just got interesting again.........Happy Beta viewing............Kevin (UK)

Boby
Saturday 2nd June 2007
7:31 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmeal.com

Noel,I have a great day. The VU meter reach to it's absolute condition. Now I can see all my linear skate deck sparkling like a star. Danke,Riguardi;Boby

Charlie
Saturday 2nd June 2007
4:21 pm U.K.

betaman@yahoo.com

Adam, The 50volt ones will probably be ok.You can always go bigger in volts but never smaller-- as a general rule. The .1 and .22 values as well as the volts are marked on the caps themselves.Charlie

HAROLD KOSTER
Saturday 2nd June 2007
12:23 pm U.K.

hkoster@onetel.com

Hello to you all, I am still in the market for a perfect Sony 950 SLV and bitterly regret hurling my own into a metal skip at the local tip about 3 months ago. I was told it was beyond repair unless I was prepared to 'fork out' 1300 plus VAT for new heads. Reading the latest postings on the site about this machine, it would appear that something could have been done to (possibly) correct the fault with mine. A perfect C9 might be a machine I would consider.I have been on ebay and have 'met' with some delightful sellers. Some have been extremely helpful and offered unqualified assistance, some have been very guarded, when asked for a FULL description of the machine offered. I am seeking an honest merchant to whom I am prepared to pay above market value, for a machine that IS PERFECT IN EVERY WAY.

Noel Higgins
Saturday 2nd June 2007
6:57 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Kevin,

Interesting comments you make about tapes. I bought some library type hard case Scotch L500s and they had problems with tape breakdown but admittedly after a lot of use. They used to shed oxide and block the heads. It might have been a bad batch because scotch generally had a good name. (A "3M" product) I have found the Fuji tapes to be excellent and was lucky enough to pick up a lot of "new" old stock from a TV station. I too have had the problem you describe with certain sony cassettes jamming and squeeling. Interesting stuff.

Regards Noel

Ron Humphris
Saturday 2nd June 2007
2:09 am U.K.

ronhump@nospamtpg.com.au

To K.Lambert.

G/day Kevin,

interesting chat on differences in tape shell's etc, Kodak were in fact not the only manufacturer to use the twin window cassette shell! Agfa and TDK also used these shell,s - TDK on for some of their super avilyn HS tapes - both the Agfa & TDK tapes I have look identical to the Kodak shell including the markings on the clear windows!

I also have some other twin window cassettes that appear to be none of the above brands and have different markings on the clear windows.

I find this type of cassette very useful when setting up machines - especially when the windows are removed it enables all sorts of tweaking! [ie tape take-up - tensions etc etc]

Good to have the chat page back - it seems more active than it's been for a long time!

regards

Ron

Adam
Saturday 2nd June 2007
1:05 am U.K.

vintageceilingfans@hotmail.com

Hello, charlie. I found them. they are the two small ones. I don't know which one is a .1 and .22 I found caps at Studio Electronics the site where I get my replacement belt kits they have 50 volts that are .1 and .22 MF value. Will they work? I don't know much about caps, I should learn if I'm going to start to fix these vcrs....

Charlie
Saturday 2nd June 2007
12:12 am U.K.

betaman@yahoo.com

Adam, I went out in my shop and grabbed a SL-5000 -SS-9 board and found the C-60 you were talking about.You need to go a little farther over from there. In fact go over till you see a a IC marked IC -1. An IC looks like a black centipede.The C-7 and C-8 position caps are about 1/2 inch left of that.The caps are tantilum capacitors but a normal cap should be ok.As far as the FF problem just replace the tact switch (the little switch your FF button is engaging when you press it). That going in a different direction is very common in the SL-HF 300 and 400 series but I guess the 5000 could do it to .The tact switches have a tiny little metal disk inside them that corrodes .Charlie

K .Lambert
Friday 1st June 2007
9:50 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

HiI found the worst culprit for difficulty in playing a tape even when new were the Sony L750's around the 1985 period.They changed the quality of the tape spool/ outer shell plastic to a harder material and i had quite a few when new would slow down and cause vibrations and picture disturbance.I proved this when i removed the spools and put them in another cassette shell by a different manufacturer.Also if you are using the newer front loading Sanyo's with a rubber top idler this will struggle more then the older geared type.Scotch were one of the best for performance on all counts for tapes as were Fuji.The early and latter Sonys were great but the ones made around 1985 not so.Sanyo, Maxell,TDK and BASF were all OK and the Kodak brand were the only manufacturer to make two windows ( ala VHS style) with their Beta tapes and they were fine too......................Kevin

Adam
Friday 1st June 2007
3:53 pm U.K.

vintageceilingfans@hotmail.com

Hello Ron. they do it with My Sanyos and Sonys. Realistic (Sanyo) Model 20, Sony SL-2500, SL-2700, Sanyo 4750....

Brenda Ann Dyer
Friday 1st June 2007
12:19 pm U.K.

brendad@shinbiro.com

Small problem:

I have noticed a small issue in the EDV-9000. I wanted to get some opinions before I just dig into the machine again.

The issue is:

It doesn't seem to completely erase tapes. It shows a small amount of bleedthrough or whatever from the old recording, mostly at the bottom 10% or so of the picture, representing itself mainly as shifting colors through the new recording (like you used to get in the early machines when trying to do editing, and the old video would show through partially on the portion of the tape that was between the erase head and the video head).

Can someone give me any pointers on how to correct this? The machine has flying erase heads. The video heads seem to be quite good, as if I record especially in ED, it looks as good as the original signal (haven't tried it with a DVD as yet, but soon).

TIA

Ron Humphris
Friday 1st June 2007
11:41 am U.K.

www.ronhump@nospamtpg.com.au

To Adam,

regarding your problem with tapes not running well! - you don't mention what make or model all your vcr's are?

Anyway particularly quite a few of the Sanyo models tend to behave the way you describe when the tape load drive belt becomes weak - this causes the tape to not sit down as firmly as it should in the machine and when the spools are about evenly balanced [i.e. each spool has about the same amount of tape in them]that is when this problem is most evident.

If you remove the cover of the machine and press lightly on the cassette you should find the problem dissappears, if this is so - the remedy is to fit a new [taut] load motor belt and the problem should dissappear.

Not sure if the above applies to any Sony / Toshiba machines as any of these machines I have worked on my policy is to replace all belts anyway.

Hope the above cures your problems?

regards

Ron

Adam
Friday 1st June 2007
2:36 am U.K.

vintageceilingfans@hotmail.com

I have a question. I have about 5 working beta vcrs, and tons of pre recorded factory movies that are from the early 80s and up. I've noticed allot of the tapes will about half way into the movie, I will hear a straining noise coming from the player, sounds like friction between the tape and heads, I noticed when doing that the picture starts to get wavey and the sounds starts to sound muffled. All players do it with certain movies. If I stick my finger in the player and move the tape a tad bit the noise will stop and play perfect. Is there something in the players that I should loosen up? if not, what would be causing that? Seems to me the movies are fine, great picture when that prolem is not happening....Please let me know...

Thanks....Adam

Adam
Friday 1st June 2007
2:25 am U.K.

vintageceilingfans@hotmail.com

Hello Charlie, thanks for the reply on the SL-5000....Another few questions. I opened the unit up and I counted a total of 12 light blue caps, 2 being much smaller. None of them say c7 or c8 on the board. I saw a c60 all being two digits and so on. Should I replace all the blue caps? Also will that fix the fast forward also. I'm guessing the two small caps are .1 value and the rest are .22?? The only store I know that sells capacitors is Radio Shack, I'm guessing they will have what I need...Let me know....Thanks..

Adam

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