Featured models

Browse by date
β J F M A M J J A S O N D
1999                        
2000                        
2001                        
2002                        
2003                        
2004                        
2005                        
2006                        
2007                        
2008                        
2009                        
2010                        
2011                        
2012                        
2013                        
2014                        
2015                        
2016                        
2017      

Chat Page News
Wednesday 29th March 2017

Please bookmark http://chat.palsite.com/chat_page.py as the new URL.

previous new post   refresh  next
NO NAME
Friday 2nd May 2008
1:53 pm U.K.

..@

Logging with password is OK but that doesn't prevent the page of being erased, don't you say so Mark...?

mark
Friday 2nd May 2008
1:38 pm U.K.

mark@emailisfake.com

I just wondered what is the point of this new registration process, it doesn't seem to do anything. I was hoping for a log in with a password that would then enable posting (without revealing your email unless you wanted to). Bit confused that's all.

NO NAME
Friday 2nd May 2008
1:30 pm U.K.

..@

I don't see anything that can block the Plank, am pretty sure there's something that has to be to be modified. How'd you like to give som explanation Mark...?----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

NO NAME
Friday 2nd May 2008
1:22 pm U.K.

..@

I believe Mark is helping us out, surely he is. I hope you can continue watching and see if the Plank try anything stupid.

Thanks Mark.

No name.

mark
Friday 2nd May 2008
11:54 am U.K.

mark@emailisfake.com

So are all our problems solved? I don't see how this works, can someone explain please?

mark
Friday 2nd May 2008
10:37 am U.K.

mark@beta.com

Given what has been going on here lately, yes I do have reservations about my email address being shown to one and all.

K .Lambert
Friday 2nd May 2008
10:19 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Betaphiles:Anything that prevents childish idiots from posting on this board is welcome.It's about time too.Mark: So you saying the e-mail address that is displayed with your post is fake?!Why worry, unless you have something to hide or are planning anything that leads to retaliation?..............Kevin

K .Lambert
Friday 2nd May 2008
10:16 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Betaphiles:Anything that prevents childish idiots from posting on this board is welcome.It's about time too..............Kevin

mark
Friday 2nd May 2008
10:06 am U.K.

mark@beta.com

Does it mean you have to use a legitimate email address, I'm ok with that but I don't want it shown on my postings. Anyone know how it's going to work??

Monty
Friday 2nd May 2008
10:01 am U.K.

monty@splendid.com

Does anyone know how this will work?

Monty
Friday 2nd May 2008
9:59 am U.K.

monty@splendid.com

It now appears there is a registration before posting.

NO NAME
Thursday 1st May 2008
6:12 pm U.K.

..@

The plank is exhausted.(gig)

mark
Thursday 1st May 2008
4:56 pm U.K.

mark@beta.com

Ed the plank has gone to sleep

mark
Thursday 1st May 2008
12:03 pm U.K.

mark@beta.com

Yes we know

NO NAME
Thursday 1st May 2008
9:23 am U.K.

@

Boby28th April 200812:55 pm U.K. Yes, HF950 have raster line over the edge on Tape to Digital transfers. That's correct mostly but not always. ( that could be the LINES resolution problem, somewhere )The differences on using MPEG and AVI;AVI layer: is a format for editing purposes (much more greater picture quality than MPEG) Usually used for Editing/compressing/Transfering Movie. disadvantages= needs a lot of HardMedia bandwith and spaces.MPEG layer; very efficient format for capturing movie yet need only few bandwith. disadvantages= not good for 'FILE' conversion (bad for platform transformation)About earth leakage issue;EARTH LEAKAGE transformer is the only device that can suppress noise and spike problem over the AC lines. This transformer separates AC power from any lines problem such as static, Hummming noise, spike etc. Usually used in high-end audio (Tubes amplification). This is the best POWER insulation for sensitif devices/instrumentation. Very exclusive device for Betamax machines.Greets,Boby

Boby28th April 20081:07 pm U.K. PS: I just wonder if macro vision protection has anything to do with that 'edges'....

28th April 20082:38 pm U.K. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isolation_transformer

28th April 20082:56 pm U.K. http://www.mhennessy1.f9.co.uk/isolating/index.htm

NO NAME
Thursday 1st May 2008
9:22 am U.K.

@

24th April 2008 11:46 pm U.K. Great item at low $$, http://cgi.ebay.com/Sony-EDV-9500-ED-Beta-Player-46-Tapes-New-Used_W0QQitemZ310043982709QQihZ021QQcategoryZ39830QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Bill 26th April 2008 8:55 am U.K. You know my views on the recent problem. Perhaps this latest, probably worst and most destructive convulsion on the site might also have been the last one. It feels like we might be getting out of the woods at last and back to a sensible community with a common interest in a great technology. To turn back to topic: recently I've been using my SLHF100 to transfer anything up to 20-year old recordings to DVD. Yes, I know that can be controversial, but that's another matter! Now "quality" can indeed be subjective, but it seems to me that tapes recorded originally on the SLHF100 look better and transfer better from that machine than they do when played on my German import SLHF950ES. I don't think the SLHF950ES has head, or tracking, or any other problems, stuff originally recorded on it transfers beautifully. I should say that my present transfer method is to record to PC using a capture card, get rid of commercials etc., and then make DVDs. I hope I'm right in thinking that this avoids having more than one analogue transfer while still enabling editing and enhancement. I'm not saying that the SLHF950ES results are bad, just that the SLHF100 seems to have the edge, particularly in picture stability. This wasn't what I would have expected. Any comments/ideas/explanations, whatever? Regards to all, Bill

Bill 26th April 2008 9:04 am U.K. Sorry to have to come back, I should have said that my SLHF100 dates from 1985 and my SLHF950 - I think - dates from 1989 Boby 26th April 2008 11:54 am U.K. Bill I hardly see what you're picturing anyway I'll try to get a few sketchs. Looks like to me that there's mix-match issue withe the decoding system/hardware. Sometimes entry level betamax machine does a good feed to a capture device such as AD-DA capturing device. (analog>digital or digital to analog) The pre-recorded tapes does not always gives the same result on different machines. Wiring among analog machine to Digital capture device greatly affect the picture quality. Video output signals also affect in capturing process.( higher mV ususally gives best result) Converting process also reduces picture quality. (AVI to MPEG converting) There are so many aspects that have to be consider in order to gain a good result at the end of the 'burning' process. Kindly regards,Boby.

K .Lambert 27th April 20084:56 pm U.K. Hi Betaphiles: A word of advice to anyone who's recently purchased or fitted a new idler set for a Sanyo Betamax.It has happened on the Classic make and another make of new idler sets too.As i've replaced quite a few of these ,this has come to light on a few occassions. A few times the washer, that holds the spring and spring cap, has worked loose(in the first few hours of useage) causing more noise when playing or FF and REW( depending on which wheel is involved).This action causes the washer,spring and spring cap to fly into the machine. One way to ensure this does'nt happen , is to remove the OLD securing washer, for the old idler, and use this on the new.I've never had one come loose that way.A fiddly job to the newbie but well worth the hassel. Strange but true.................Kevin

27th April 20086:17 pm U.K. Betamax to DVD transfers ?? >> Try higher bitrate/oversampling rate, it'll improve pic quality.

colin b judd28th April 20086:53 am U.K. I agree re the slhf 100 being a great machine,mine is still playing great

Bill28th April 20087:05 am U.K. Thanks, Boby,So it could be that my capture device "likes" the SLHF100 more than it does the SLHF950 ! But, tapes actually recorded on the SLHF950 are better when played on that machine for capture than when they're played on the SLHF100. Of course that might have something to do with the fact that the SLHF950 tapes are no more than four or five years old as opposed to anything up to twenty years old for the SLHF100 's tapes. There are just too many variables!It's not a big problem, any combination produces perfectly useable results, it is just that I expected the SLHF950 to have the edge over the SLHF100, not the other way round. My capture device can go straight to MPEG2, so I don't have to compress AVI files.The Face (sorry, I can't get these characters, did you input them numerically?) Thanks for the tip, I'll most certainly try it.Regards, Bill

noel higgins28th April 20089:46 am U.K. Bill,Greetings from the UK, we just arrived. Apart from the other suggestions you have been given make sure you are not suffering from earth leakage problems. Most of the machines I have are double insulated (only two wires -active and neutral) yet the metal cases connect to earth via the antenna connectors that get theri earth from the antenna installation or other equipment they are connected to. If you dont have an earthed case you van bet high voltage AC imposed on video and audio lines. Other recording devices object (just a little) to these signals. A poor earth connection will means a little of this leakeage signal may be added to the line out signal. The results can be hum in the audio and distorted picture information.Nothing plays back (tracks better) than the original machine that was used to record a program assuming it has not since been worn out or adjusted. Some machines can bend or stretch the tapes if they are not correctly adjusted but you can easily check for damage of the tape surface by lifting the tape protective flap.cheers Noel

K .Lambert28th April 200810:46 am U.K. Hi Noel: Greetings from the UK to you:) I hope you enjoy your stay.........................Kevin

NO NAME
Thursday 1st May 2008
9:22 am U.K.

@

There is no point in trying to lock up this page or clearing posts. From now on they will be restored. Any posts from a certain little plank named Ed-Beta will be removed. Please do not reply or supply any information to said 'Plank'. Please keep posts betamax related.

Restored Posts:-

Harold Koster 19th April 2008 7:33 pm U.K. Friends are formed on sites such as these. Please, please let it remain so. Regards from a very old member!

K .Lambert 19th April 2008 9:42 pm U.K. Harold: I agree with you wholeheartedly.............Kevin

Noel Higgins 20th April 2008 12:23 am U.K. Harold and Kevin, I agree whole heartedly. cheers Noel

Julia 20th April 2008 12:59 am U.K. James; Sorry about the hassle on this page. Find a small switch on the metallic surface (where the tape resides) and try to push several times, if that doesn't wok I'm affraid you'll have to open the whole mechanical parts and have the contacts cleaned. (a small piece of soft type abrasive paper would cleaned the rust contacts) Greets,

colin b judd 20th April 2008 11:38 am U.K. I wholehearledly agree with you all

20th April 2008 1:54 pm U.K. Saved usefull info, pardon for a bit personal censored; Name: Noel Higgins E-mail: noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au Wednesday 9th April 2008 5:26 am U.K. Time General Information on something that has worked for me. Capstan rollers are becoming hard to get for most beta machines and are very expensive. A tip for those wanting to try and restore a capstan roller in a VCR. The rubber rollers become hard on the surface and can even get a build up of tape or other deposits on them. Assuming the top and bottom bearings of the holder have not collapsed or worn too much and that the rubber is not stone hard or has large cracks or holes in it, the surface may be able to be restored. Remove the roller assembly from the machine. THE SOFT TOUCH METHOD 1/ Smear undiluted detergent onto the surface of the roller but try to avoid the sides (ends) of the roller to keep it out of the bearings. 2/ Work it into the surface with your finger nail or a hard edged surface like the back of a knife and make sure the the roller surface has an even coat. 3/ Sit the holder down on its back (or whatever works if it's not a late model SONY capstan roller assembly) and allow it to soak into the rubber for 10 minute or so. 4/ Use a damp cloth or rag to remove the detergent and as much rubbish from the rollers surface as you can. The use a dry rag to rub the surface up to a dull finish. refit the assembly to the machine. THE HEAVY HANDED METHOD (Wear suitable clothing and glasses this could get messy) Get a Dremel super tool or similar with a fine grade stone grinding wheel of approx 8mm to 10mm diameter. Run the tool at half to two thirds speed and while holding the capstan rollers metal mount between your thumb and index finger with the side of the rubber roller (capstan pin side when fitted) most exposed facing up. (I have assumed it is a roller from a late model SONY. Other model holders may have to be held differently) TAKING GREAT CARE NOT TO TOUCH YOUR FINGERS apply the tool gently to the edge of the capstan roller at a 45 degree angle to the surface so that tool imparts spins to the roller up to a very fast speed and move the grinding stone across the surface slowly and evenly to the other edge keeping the pressure and motion constant until you get right to the other edge and then lift. Check that the resulting "wear" to the surface is even and has the right effect of roughening up and cleaning the capstan rollers rubber surface. Repeat the procedure until you are satisfied that the roller surface is even, clean and grips reasonably like fresh rubber. Do not take so much rubber off the roller that it significantly loses its diameter and cannot press onto the capstan when refitted. I HAVE DEVELOPED THESE METHODS OVER TIME AND THEY ARE GIVEN TO YOU WITH ALL CARE AND NO RESPONSIBILITY. Cheers Noel

mark 21st April 2008 12:27 pm U.K. Pesonally I wouldn't advise the use of a detergent on rubber. I'd go for something like this http://www.reelprosoundguys.com/RestoreKit.html (I have no connection with this site) A similar product is used by scaletrix enthusiasts at race meetings as it rejuvinates rubber tyres

noel higgins 21st April 2008 2:47 pm U.K. Mark, Fair comment about not using detergent. I also use medical alcohol. (i.e. not additives) cheers Noel

21st April 2008 4:15 pm U.K. Thanks Mark for the URL. Boby 22nd April 2008 12:06 am U.K. I usually use Kerosene for cleaning and Methanaol(high grade alcohol) afterwards, assuming the deposited material is not bonded. Regards,Boby.

noel higgins 22nd April 2008 12:37 am U.K. Hi, Does anyone here know a source for replacement heads for a SONY SL200ME multisystem machine? They did not sell in Australia to my knowledge. See palsite list at http://www.palsite.com/pref_heads2.html which says DSR79R for the 200ME or DSR72R for the 200ME(MK3) I am also after heads for an SL800ME which has really weird heads called RSV3B which are really two sets of heads in one. Very thick disk somewhat like a VHS but still has an upper and lower drum. cheers Noel

Craig Felsmann 22nd April 2008 5:26 am U.K. Just scored one of those white XL Beta T-shirts on-line from Canadia, and am wearing it with pride and getting a few complimentary comments! They are very good quality Gildan brand shirts. Cheers, Craig.

dhad0 23rd April 2008 5:49 pm U.K. I have a couple Sony SLHF2700's for parts. Anyone interested? Otherwise they'll be dumped. Also I have a head and drum assembly for the 2700 which is used but OK. Make me an offer. It says DSH-62B-R and A-6050-337-A

dhad0 23rd April 2008 9:04 pm U.K. Re: 2700s I'm in New Hampshire USA

NO NAME
Thursday 1st May 2008
9:15 am U.K.

..@

hi

NO NAME
Thursday 1st May 2008
9:08 am U.K.

..@

Hi there....

NO NAME
Wednesday 30th April 2008
11:08 pm U.K.

..@

Plank ID cache-dtc-ah11.proxy.aol.com

previous new post   refresh  next