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Harry
Thursday 7th February 2008
8:35 pm U.K.

somewherecheap@yahoo.co.uk

Hi, I've just recently bought a Betamax plyaer ( SL-C6UB ) but I don't know how to plug it into my TV. It came without any leads so I don't know how set it up and what cables to buy.

Can someone please help?Thanks,Harry

Stuart
Thursday 7th February 2008
6:30 pm U.K.

stuart.george1@ntlworld.com

I will be looking for other sources, and may contact sony direct. Considering I just bought 2 sets of brand new c9 head disks for 66 and an hf150 /100 disk for 45 including delivery, how can a 950 disk cost so much more?

Harold Koster
Thursday 7th February 2008
5:45 pm U.K.

hkoster@onetel.com

Stuart,Depends how keen you are to want one to repair your 950. If you consider that I was foolish enough a year or so ago, to take my 950 to the tip because the heads had gone after 15 years; rather than sell it on ebay for spare parts, that MIGHT give you some idea how stupid(?) we Betamax fanatics are.Personally, I wouldn't touch it.

Harold

Stuart
Thursday 7th February 2008
5:29 pm U.K.

stuart.george1@ntlworld.com

Hi, in my search for slhf950 video heads, I have found it at donberg electronics. They say sony have it in stock and price, wait for it, is 491 euros excluding postage!!! That is some 366....Seriously, is anyone willing to shell out that kind of money - for a video head?

Harold Koster
Thursday 7th February 2008
5:16 pm U.K.

hkoster@onetel.com

Good for you Kevin. You obviously went to Oxford whereas I went to Cambridge!How are you? Keeping well I hope.My regards, Harold

K .Lambert
Thursday 7th February 2008
4:57 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Boby:Well i know what you mean't :)................Kevin

Boby
Thursday 7th February 2008
4:15 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

I meant a crystal clear picture/movie, don't get mixed-up/confused.

Sorry for the bad slang.(LOL)

Harold Koster
Thursday 7th February 2008
11:21 am U.K.

hkoster@onetel.com

BOBY.What is a CRISPY MOVIE??!!

Regards,

HAROLD

Boby
Wednesday 6th February 2008
12:52 am U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

Stuart maybe I'd told you before that there's still 950 disk sold in Germany.

Anyway the costs would be half of your sold -C9 machine.

I'm not sure now the availablity as this information passsed last year from a Germany Betamax Page owner.

I'd replied your mail.Greets,Boby.

Stuart
Tuesday 5th February 2008
5:22 pm U.K.

stuart.george1@ntlworld.com

Also my thanks go to boby for the speedy supply of an hf150 head disk, which I will be keeping in reserve for my own hf100 should it s heads wear out in the future. If ANYONE can point to a source of new heads for a 950, I would like to know! Thanks also to Noel for the pointer to allow me to buy 2 sets of brand new c9 heads from wes components in australia, which arrived 2 days ago.

Boby
Tuesday 5th February 2008
5:00 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

Harlord,

I'm glad that you can have your HF100 rejuvenited.I'm happy that you can enjoy your crispy movie.

Kindly regards,Boby.

Harold Koster
Tuesday 5th February 2008
1:56 pm U.K.

hkoster@onetel.com

My dear Boby,I know you have had a well deserved letter of thanks from our mutual friend IanB regarding the new heads you supplied him with for my Sony SLHF100. I would very much like to add my own to those of his. What a wonderful response, that an idle wish of mine on the website some 4 months, resulted in my meeting a person I have now come to regard as a friend of integrity and trust who has handled this transaction with you, on my behalf. I heartily recommend the way you dealt with him, to anybody who wishes to buy from you in the future.My kind regards,HAROLD KOSTER

Noel Higgins
Monday 4th February 2008
11:06 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Nick,

From what you say the most likely problem in your case is a worn capstan pinch roller. The rubber gets hard with age and worn and does not grab the tape evenly at the top and bottom of the capstan drive shaft. Be cafeful to note which way up the holder goes if you remove the roller assemble and where the spring sits. A plastic circlip holds it all in place.

Replacements are expensive if you can get them. Forst try cleaning the rubber surface. You can use metholated spirits but I lke to cover the surface in detergent and let it soak for a while and rub it off with a rag. You can moisten the rag if you like. It gets the grime off and makes the surface grip. If the surface is uneven or one of the bearings is worn out this wont help and replacement is the only option.

cheers Noel

Nick Steele
Monday 4th February 2008
8:33 pm U.K.

nick@barlownurseries.co.uk

Noel, Thanks very much. Much clearer! I'm not sure whether this is the problem I have now - my machine doesn't stop, and the tape doesn't get left out of the cassette, but it does get creased up, and consequently playback is all over the place. I wonder whether I have a less severe form of the problem you're describing, or a different problem altogether ? I'll try the fix you've described, and see what happens.

Thanks for taking the trouble to describe the fix in such detail.

Craig
Monday 4th February 2008
5:43 pm U.K.

crag1@uboot.com

Hello again....I've found a C40 the is also for sale...in working order and in good condition....!!

Noel Higgins
Monday 4th February 2008
11:05 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

To Nick Steele, (taking things a bit slower with less jargon)

The problem I am talking about is a lack of tension on the forward pickup reel. The tape will appear slack and gather just after the capstan roller and the machine will stop. The tape may get left out of the cassette when the tape is removed. If that is what is happening then the repair I have described may fix it. Another cause can be a faulty reel motor but then you will have problems with very slow rewind as well.

The forward torque potentiometer (variable resistor) is located on the third circuit board down from the top tuner circuit board on the right hand side when the machine is facing you. At the rear of the machine on that board (near the metal can housing the television output convertor) the adjustable wiper of the variable resistor gets contaminated or corroded thus changing value of the original setting which decreases the forward tension of the pickup reel and allows tape slack causing the tape to crease and jam. CRC spray (a commercial name for contact cleaing solvent fluid) and the mechanical action of moving the adjustable contact arm back and forth when resetting tension can restore the machine to original performance. If you don't have a reel torque cassette meter to reset the tension then the rule of thumb for adjusting this is to play the tape and back off the torque adjustment until tape just slacks slightly and then turn potentiometer on about 15 degrees (that is slightly more tension. Then confirm the tape is not too slack after fwd review/preview actions while searching the tape for a particular scene.

Good luck - Noel Higgins

Craig
Sunday 3rd February 2008
9:11 pm U.K.

crag1@uboot.com

OOPS!!...Wrong phone number !! 07904296298!!!

Cheers again !!

Craig
Sunday 3rd February 2008
9:04 pm U.K.

crag1@uboot.com

Hi all !!, I have loads of betamax machines spares,circuit boards,video heads including brand new c5, 6,7, heads.over 1000 tapes many sealed and boxed, camorders,bmp 100/500 etc, mainly Sony machines , c5, 6,7,9 ,hf100, Sanyo 5000, 5150,6500, some in working order, esp the 5150 which is mint,as is the c9, but it needs new video heads , I'm in Cheshire,could post if need be.Everything must go so cheap,chaep,chaep !!!..... You can call me on 0704296298.

Cheers.

Nick Steele
Sunday 3rd February 2008
6:29 pm U.K.

nick@barlownurseries.co.uk

question for noel higgins...on the Sony SLHF 100 technical page you describe fixing a "no tape transport" problem but not in terms I understand! Can you please explain :Torque pot ?third board ?TV/OP can ?CRC spray ?

A step by step idiots guide to this fix might just get my machine working again...

Thanks in advance.

Chris H
Sunday 3rd February 2008
2:36 pm U.K.

crhowles@googlemail.com

Sony SL-F30 slimline Betamax VCR for sale..... low price, just a couple of hours to go!http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=130192898728&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=003

Chris.

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