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Nicola
Saturday 28th March 2009
8:00 am U.K.

nicola71@gmail.com

please, someone can help me about Toshiba V8650?Thanks a lot :)Nicola

Bill
Friday 27th March 2009
10:29 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemai.com

Just what is probably a final plea for any ideas about my SLHF100 problem. My original posting (slightly updated): Quite a while ago I sought help with my SLHF100 and its point-blank refusal to switch from AV to tuner or Simul. Noel, you suggested that it might be the switch itself. I think I've probablyeliminated that (nasty little devils to get at and try to test conclusively, aren't they?). There is a fix mentioned on this site for the REVERSE problem, refusal to switch from tuner to AV, but not the other way round.

I've been using a transport-defunct S-VHS machine as a tuner, but it's expiring fast. It was a good machine by S-VHS standards, but it isn't really worth repairing and I don't need it for any other purpose.

To compensate for that I have given the SLHF100 its own Freeview box so I can view and record off-air that way, but I live in the very last area designated for analogue shutdown, and in any case that is no way to treat a good Beta machine!

I am sure you fellow Betaphiles can understand my desire to have the machine functioning as it was originally supposed to. Depending on program content, it sometimes outperforms my SLHF950. In all other respects it functions very well indeed despite dating from 1984. Yes, that's when I bought it and yes, that does make me very old! Any ideas out there? Please, please, please!! Yours in hope, Bill

Charlie
Wednesday 25th March 2009
1:13 pm U.K.

betaman@yahoo.com

IANb, Thank you so much for the note on the passing of Harold Koster.I started with this page in 2000 and Harold was already a regular.Rest in peace.

James S
Wednesday 25th March 2009
12:26 pm U.K.

pegasus352@hotmail.com

Thanks Ron, at least I know it isn't going to mess up recordings! It's one of these things that niggles if I don't know. Now to sort the stereo sound out, time to break out the head swabs...

Ron Humphris
Wednesday 25th March 2009
3:27 am U.K.

ronhump@nospamtpg.com.au

To james S

regarding the VTR button on your C40 - the user manual makes no mention of its functionhowever I have a C40 & a SLHF 100 hooked together & both models have these VTR buttonsand the function of the button on the 100 model allows the bypassing of the VCR from the arriel connections i.e. its all to do with the connection of the VCR to your TV........when the VTR button is pressed in & the light is on the video channel on the tv is active.......A bit hard to explain in writing but thats the function on the 100 but does not function as you say on the C40. .......strange!!!!

Ron Humphris

IanB
Tuesday 24th March 2009
5:53 pm U.K.

ian.baldock@nospam.btinternet.com

Slightly off topic I know, but I thought I ought to advise members that I recieved an email today from Harold Koster's daughter advising that sadly he passed away on March 14th. - Rest In Peace "Harlord".

Nicola
Tuesday 24th March 2009
6:32 am U.K.

nicola71@gmail.com

HI!i'm Nicola from Italy.I've a old Betamax Toshiba V8600. Into the page "technical" of this model,there is about old belts to replace for correct functioning of REW-FF-PLAY-REW SLOW-STOP-REC.I've replaced all belts under the machine (3 belts) and now working REW-FF-STOP and REW-FF SLOW but no working PLAY and REC.When I press play,the reels no working and the tape is stopped (blocked).If I press another button (except REC) it's working correctly.

Do you know this model of Toshiba?Please,if you can, help me!Best regards.I'm sorry for my bad englishNicola

james S
Sunday 22nd March 2009
5:40 pm U.K.

pegasus352@hotmail.com

This may be a shot in the dark, but does anyone have a copy of the instructions for a C40, or can someone even just tell me what the VTR button does in the programming section? It doesn't seem to do anything but I prefer to know what these thingies do!

Noel Higgins
Sunday 22nd March 2009
3:32 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Davy,

I have only ever replaced the switches not repair them..Good luck.

regards Noel

david grant
Saturday 21st March 2009
5:41 pm U.K.

davyrocket2@aol.co.uk

Hi there noel thanks for the advice I will try it I was told that it may be possible cut these open and clean the contacts or warm them with a hairdryer and then try to press them down any thoughts .(1)Hi to kevin lambert I have a question sanyo vtc5000 clock display gone dim and now 00:00 flashing you can reset the time and may be okay for a few hours I thought a drying out capacitor power supply and I don"t yet have a manuel although I am bidding on one.(1) thanks for pointing me in the direction of visionaids very helpful I managed to get heads for sanyo 9300p (2) a sanyo 9300p has this fault I put in a tape which pays perfect on other macines i have picture breaking up and i thought clean the heads no difference so i leave it and try it another day same thing but this time i don"t clean the heads i have a cuppa then try it again another symptom is sometimes its working play back in black & white i:e no colour then without do anything other than switch off & back on Its working normally for days maybe weeks anyone any thoughts welcome many thanks davyrocket2

Noel Higgins
Saturday 21st March 2009
8:47 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Davy,

Re the C7 with display faults. The press button switches collapse inrenally and lock the machine up. Unless you need to use the time desolder and remove all the switches but leave three good ones to set the day, hrs, minutes, of the clock.

cheers Noel

Howard
Wednesday 18th March 2009
4:51 pm U.K.

howard@avtransfers.biz

Hello Everyone

I have some machines for sale. Both are in need of repair as they both have some issues.Realistic offers are appreciated.

1 x sony hf 100 1 x sony hf 950

both were working, but have developed servo issues which are out of my ability to repair.

email me if interested. In Borehamwood UK (WD6)

Lol
Wednesday 18th March 2009
12:55 am U.K.

12355Laurent20Mason56@aol.com

davyrocket2,

Regarding the display fault on the C7 check capacitor C214 1000aef/35V.

Peter Carmichael
Tuesday 17th March 2009
9:59 am U.K.

commodore.museum@googlemail.com

Thanks Bill, will do

Regards

Pete

howard
Monday 16th March 2009
6:28 pm U.K.

howardgroyer@gmail.com

Hi there

Yes BW through AV.

Howard

mark
Monday 16th March 2009
5:12 pm U.K.

betamax@sony.co.uk

Howard, is it blaclk and white through AV output as well as RF?

howard
Monday 16th March 2009
4:38 pm U.K.

howardgroyer@gmail.com

Hello Everyone

I would appreciate any betaphiles help here.

I have an hf100 that was 100% up to last week.

I have now tested it and lost colour. Ive cleaned the pcb with cleaner and checked for dry joints. No luck . I also ran a hairdryer over the board to try and heat up any duff caps but no luck there either. Any help would be super. All functions and audio perfect otherwise. All my tapes play black and white.

tnx

Bill
Monday 16th March 2009
7:46 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Peter, if you go back to the chatpage front end, you'll find a whole page devoted to V2000. Interesting format, but I have enough stuff already!

Bill

Peter Carmichael
Sunday 15th March 2009
8:06 pm U.K.

commodore.museum@googlemail.com

Thanks for the quick reply Noel. Oh well bang goes my chances of getting £750 for it on ebay, LOL! (Re: SL-C9 #170308850549)

I hate being beaten but this little baby sure has got me beat!

P.S. Does anyone know anything about V2000? I bought a VR2489 from eBay (European PAL, not PAL-I) and the screen makes a right racket when not in play/cue/review. It did tune in the first time, (UK stations without sound - like my Sony SL-HF99ES). Since itís been a right pain!

davyrocket2
Sunday 15th March 2009
12:53 pm U.K.

davyrocket2@aol.co.uk

Hi there to everyone Can anyone who has experience of repairing sony C7s reguarding Clock display faults (1)of the 4 digits the outer hour one this is almost not there if you have the display dimmed and the red light is on at the front indicating it thinks the video is set for a timer recording /I have read the article by david botto on repairing the power supplies in these complex but very advanced machines for their day (1)has anyone had any expirience repairing these faults comments welcome David Grant

Mark
Saturday 14th March 2009
2:23 pm U.K.

silversalmon@tiscali.co.uk

For Sale Electronic Visuals EV4151 Analogue Component Waveform Monitor. Good Condition, sharp beams and no burns on screen. The waveforms can be displayed as single or parade in both line and field timing £395 - Email me for further info See http://www.electronic-visuals.com/WAVEFORM%20VECTOR/EV-4151spec.pdf for full spec

Noel Higgins
Saturday 14th March 2009
12:16 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Peter,

I dont think changing the video board would help. Anyway the boards can be different between versions (serial numbers) of the C9. Most likely you have a tape path alignment problem and again you need a scope to fix that. Check that the flip up posts aon the load ring re going into their correct positions (in the upper black plastic supporting "Vs" when the tape is loaded and look for any areas where the tape may be folding or rippling as it plays

cheers Noel

Peter Carmichael
Friday 13th March 2009
10:15 pm U.K.

commodore.museum@googlemail.com

Thanks Noel,

The tracking problem sure is awkward; you donít get a quality picture, even at 75% clockwise, (the top of the screen starts to wobble and show interference as there is definitely something wrong in there)! Itís not like normal tracking difference, (thatís expected).

I donít have a scope, but do have a spare C-9 with defective nylon cog loading, so could you tell me if I should change a PCB maybe, as all the PCBs should be ok.

Thanks for your reply!

Cheers

Pete

Dave A.
Friday 13th March 2009
9:51 pm U.K.

avideo@earthlink.net

Hi to all! I will be closing down or selling my video editing and media duplication company after 20 years in business. I will soon be selling off some of my lesser used equipment, so if anyone is interested in some well maintained commercial and prosumer video gear let me hear from you. All inquiries from the USA only, please. I'm located in Portland, Oregon and likely have the original operation manuals and often the original factory shipping cartons for many of the things I'm selling. If you're interested, please send me an e-mail and I will have a list of gear in the near future to send you.

K . Lambert
Friday 13th March 2009
9:29 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Andy W.Hi,Can you elaborate further by what you mean by 'the pictures drops out'.Are we talking white flashes ( dropouts) or thew whole picture disappears?If it's the latter does the screen go black or is it full of static( snow)?Let me know..................Kevin

Noel Higgins
Friday 13th March 2009
4:37 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Roderick,

The C7 problem sounds like the traditional rewind problem for which Sony provided an after market upgrade kit. If you have that upgrade kit fitted it replces a white plastic drive gear (located below and sort of between the tape reels) which drives a white "counter" reel with a rubber outside surface. This is the critical wheel/belt to replace. You can check by trying to rewind the tape when the machine is laced up. It will either be slow or not move.

Peter,

There are both control for centering the mechanical and the electrical alignment. Mechanical you dont change unless the heads have been changed. Capaciotrs in the tracking circuit age which actually results in an increased tracking range but off centre. To redo the electrical you need an alignment manual and access to a 2 channel oscilloscope. Unless the tracking is out of range for your tapes and you have easy access to the facilities I mentioned then I suggest you use it the way it is.

regards Noel

Peter Carmichael
Friday 13th March 2009
12:03 am U.K.

commodore.museum@googlemail.com

Hi all, I have 3 Sony SL-C9 ís. One has a bit of a problem with the tracking, (I think it has good heads though) - tracking needs to be 75% clockwise to get a picture with a good quality original PRV or L-750. (I am sure I read somewhere you can replace an I.C. that has gone down)? One has had the upper drum sanded and works well, leaving an earlier C9 for spares (early DC-DC converter/nylon loading gear type).

Can anyone advise on a possible internal repair to the tracking problem? :( Cheers!

Roderick
Thursday 12th March 2009
10:36 pm U.K.

n0_spam@palsite.com

I have just picked up another C7, in a beautiful condition. But it had some problems unthreading and ejecting tapes. Opened it up, gave it a bit of a clean, found the threading ring very loose and tightened that. Now it will unthread and eject perfectly but has problems loading a tape, strangely enough the same problem my other C7 has.It will start, I can hear the motor buzzing but it needs a gentle push to get started and then it completes fine. I have also noticed that if I move the lever on the left hand side a little, it works fine.Any suggestions how I can fix this?

Andy W
Thursday 12th March 2009
7:29 pm U.K.

Wildeysteed@aol.com

Hi, i am the owner of a VTC-5000, the machine works okay, it can play tapes recorded on another machine fine, however when i make a recording on it and play it back, it seems okay for the first couple of minutes and then the picture dropsout every 10 or so seconds, does anyone know what is wrong here ?, Many Thanks, Andy.

Matthew Gibb
Tuesday 10th March 2009
9:36 am U.K.

dreammc@tpg.com.au

here we go folks

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davyrocket2
Sunday 8th March 2009
12:10 pm U.K.

davyrocket2@aol.co.uk

Hi to everyone espcially noel who suggested wes components for sony heads i sent them a email to them and they replieyed saying no more sony betamax heads are being stocked anyone got any ideas C9 heads oh and looking for the whole front surround and need a cassette cariagge damaged or not does"nt mattter I have got the metal gears Thanks

Noel Higgins
Thursday 5th March 2009
11:31 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Barry,

Sounds like two issues. The second first. Not recording could be because the record tab has been punched out of the cassette meaning the machine is operating correctly and not recording over something you wanted to keep. If not then possibly a faulty recodr inhibit swith.

The not lacing problem could be a broken load ring (very bad) or more likely a faulty load gear which is the same design as in the C9. If you remove the top cover it is the large plastic V pulley (gear) driven by the only rubber belt in the machine and it is located just behind the tape when loaded. If you remove it you may find that underside small plastic gear formed of plastic surrounding a brass insert has cracked increasing the tooth gap and jamming the gear enough to make the aging and stretched belt slip. If so, fit a tighter belt and score (scratch) the inside surface of the V pulley to increase tension and see if that works.

cheers Noel

Matthew Gibb
Wednesday 4th March 2009
9:16 am U.K.

dreammc@tpg.com.au

I must get my two C6 's off to you NoelThey are both in need of capstan lock repair and the second one needs a darn good tape path alignment. putting a tape in is fine but picture playback is bad, three noise linesWhen I push eject, I have to manually turn the head to unspool the film strip.it will not do it under it's own steam

Anyhow, that's life. it's 1983 machinery after allDue to my car detailing work load lately, doing exotics and family cars being booked in for three months straight, bugger all time has been spent to enjoy some beta flicks

Will post up pics of my video shed once I clean it all up over the next five nights

Barry
Tuesday 3rd March 2009
2:07 pm U.K.

geebee286@yahoo.co.uk

Have a Sony SL-F1UB and PCM Tuner etc..all in excellent condition but have been stored for a long time

I cannot eject or insert tape as Lacing mechanism seems to have failedn ( Slight Motor noise when I press eject but no main lacing motor operation). Anyone know the Pin Voltages I should expect on this circuit or have access to a SL-F1UB SERVICE MANUAL as reference?

Playback is fine. but Record seems to not function ( stops after I press record)

Many thanks

Barry

IanB
Sunday 1st March 2009
7:05 pm U.K.

ian.baldock@nospam.btinternet.com

Hi Guys, Those who know me also know that I have only ever ďhelpedĒ outside this Forum, but on this occasion I am making an exception because I have to find a home for six C7 ís (one has its cover missing but is otherwise intact and all are ideal for spares/repair.) Iím offering all six FREE to anyone who is willing/able to collect from Northamptonshire England. Iím not prepared to enter into postage or carriage discussions as itís pick up them all or unfortunately they will go down the local tip before I sell my Brother-In-Lawís house. If you want an independent assessment PM Stuart because he has seen them (and we may have actually fixed one while he was looking at them!) but he was only interested in buying the F1 ís that were also there. I hope this offer is of interest to someone but I appreciate size, weight and location may be a problem. Just remove the nospam from my email address if you are interested. - They have a history associated with this forum but Iíll explain to anyone interested. Best regards, Ian.

Martin Caldow
Sunday 1st March 2009
9:24 am U.K.

martin.caldow@tiscali.co.uk

Cheers for the above Noel.

I'll let you know how I get on.

B1SHB
Saturday 28th February 2009
9:15 pm U.K.

max@beta.com

To Olive Thomas and anyone who is interested.

Here's a classic case of someone pawning their garbage off on an unsuspecting public:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&item=170305514983

If you scroll down you will see a photo of Olive's lot. Stuff that should have been put in the bin.

Nice try, Olive. Your tripe about Betamax and such gave you away.

Now come on here and say it's not your auction. Yea, right.

Noel Higgins
Saturday 28th February 2009
2:29 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Martin,

Check out the fix at http://www.palsite.com/slc6tech.html The adjustment and componenets are on the board exposed when you remove the base cover.

The capstan servo capacitors if they are still light blue sanyo ones should be replaced as they eventually go high ESR. Then adjust the control as mentioned.

The drum servo control can also be a problem but you do not hear this associted with the sound variations you describe.

cheers Noel

Martin Caldow
Friday 27th February 2009
1:26 pm U.K.

martin.caldow@tiscali.co.uk

Hi. I have a Sony Betamax SL-C6 which I am planning to sell. However, it has a fault that I would like to try & repair before doing so. Basically, the picture breaks down every few seconds (all I get is "noise") and, at the same time, the sound distorts. I've had it repaired a couple of times over the years, but never really successfully and I can't remember what the fault was described as back then. Does anyone have an idea what the problem might be and if it can be sorted? Many thanks.

Damien
Monday 23rd February 2009
2:16 pm U.K.

yogiew@msn.com

Hello All from Brisbane Australia

First I would like to thank Noel for Repairing my beta and easy buying, Thank You.

Yes I am still collecting Beta tapes, I do not know how many I have but it is a lot.

Two things I want to say is that one the Toshiba v31 is a fantastic machine, ok it is basic, but if you eject a tape and turn the power off, then you turn the power back on it pulls the tape back in, great feature and also you do not have to hold down the fast forward button.

The Second thing is that what is the earlist recording you have, I have recendly got the 1980 Moscow Olympics Closeing Cermony, I think that is quite early and espaelly for Australia.

I hope you all a Beta good year and I will send another message soon.'Bye All

Noel Higgins
Sunday 22nd February 2009
10:22 pm U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Bill,

I was pleased to be able to help you on that one. Our ABC shops are very good with their DVD series and have lots of series covered. It beats trying to make your own to DVD from a poor beta copy.

cheers Noel

Boby
Sunday 22nd February 2009
6:21 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

Dear Thomas;

Just in case if you passing by on this page. There's nothing I can say but you da bomb on international deal.

I greatly appreciate your trust and a million thanks.

Enjoy your betamax goodies.

May god bless you.

Cheers from Boby.

Bill
Saturday 21st February 2009
9:03 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Hi, Noel,

This is off-topic but I don't care. Thanks to the research you did for me, I've received the "Power Without Glory" DVD set. Postage wasn't exorbitant - maybe something else we need to learn from your country. I had slight delivery problems and in the end had to collect it from the Post Office depot, but fortunately the central one for Essex is only about ten minutes drive from where I live.

I now look forward to being very anti-social and sitting down to watch very large chunks of it at a time!

Many, many thanks,

Bill.

Noel Higgins
Thursday 19th February 2009
11:24 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Matthew,

Glad to hear the M10 is still firing.

Stuart,

Yes, the fix is simple if the upper drum is not very worn and avoids another problem of reduced video head tip penetration when you fit a new drum which decreases the recovered signal and may make the picture noisy.

Andrew,

A buy it now price is only there until someone makes a bid at the low end of the range if you leave that option. Then it just depends how much the bid gets up to.

cheers Noel

Andrew Whyte
Wednesday 18th February 2009
11:07 pm U.K.

arw13@bigpond.net.au

:) Thanks Stuart for the informed response, I've decided to put it on ebay. I'd like to keep it, but can't really.

No box tho, don't think I have a manual, good overall nick, perfect working order as far as I know, very little use, think I dubbed about 20 tapes, but its been stored in a bedroom cupboard for the last 10 years, only cranked it up last week, to take some pics, puts on a great lightshow, the unit to me is almost robot like, love the tray presenting out feature! The remote is a Sony Learn remote, quite a good one, doesn't seem to be the original.

Anyway, I have AUD750 on it as a Buy Now, which for you Poms is about 340 pounds, see how it goes.

Andrew Whyte
Wednesday 18th February 2009
10:56 pm U.K.

arw13@bigpond.net.au

:)

Boby
Wednesday 18th February 2009
4:40 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

Stuart, you paid too much for the 950. .

Ciao

Stuart
Tuesday 17th February 2009
10:42 pm U.K.

stuart.george1@ntlworld.com

Noel, did this trick on one of the f1s in question, though I did it in situ, ie not removing the upper drum. Obviously I made sure the heads were rotated well out of the way! I just removed the stops for the loading ring and the tape guide which screws to the left side of the drum. Then removed any dust with damp tissue then meths. Did the job perfect! Cheers Noel.

Bill
Tuesday 17th February 2009
8:07 pm U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Just another plea for any ideas about my SLHF100 problem. My original posting:

Quite a while ago I sought help with my SLHF100 and its point-blank refusal to switch from AV to tuner or Simul. Noel, you suggested that it might be the switch itself. I think I've probably eliminated that (nasty little devils to get at and test conclusively, aren't they?). There is a fix mentioned on this site for the REVERSE problem, refusal to switch from tuner to AV, but not the other way round. I've been using a transport-defunct S-VHS machine as a tuner, but I think its days are numbered. I do have a spare Freeview box which I intend to give to the SLHF100, but I live in the very last area designated for analogue shutdown, and in any case that is no way to treat a good Beta machine! In all other respects it functions very well indeed despite dating from the mid-80s. Any ideas out there?

Yours in hope, Bill

Stuart
Tuesday 17th February 2009
7:27 pm U.K.

stuart.george1@ntlworld.com

Hi andrew, well, last year I bought 3 hf950s, one of which was on ebay, in almost mint order complete with manual, remote, box and demonstration pro x 250 tape, I won the bidding at £312. My other two had minor faults, one had the linear audio erase issue, which I fixed thanks to part from an f30, the other would intermittently record bw through the av (dust on the av connections to the pcb) fixed. These two I bought for £300 and £250. I would say that if a 950 is free of any faults, complete with box, remote, and all accessories, with cabinet stickers in place and not scratched, no rust on the chassis and has been kept free of dust I would say in order of £350-£400. If you are thinking of selling on ebay though you may get more, you may get less.For a 950 without accessories, Ie just vcr plus remote, about £250. prices have dropped a little recently for obvious reasons.

Matthew Gibb
Tuesday 17th February 2009
3:07 pm U.K.

dreammc@tpg.com.au

Hello Again fellow Betaphiles

Sorry that I've been off the chat room for so long, had heaps of work since december so no timeAnyway, the Sanyo M10 that was repaired by Noel last year is doing great, best repair job I've had done.

How is everyone doing?

Andrew Whyte
Tuesday 17th February 2009
2:33 pm U.K.

arw13@bigpond.net.au

Hello, what's the consensus of the current value of a SL-HF950 in very good order?

tommyemm
Monday 16th February 2009
2:32 pm U.K.

meaneytom@hotmail.com

hi, i have just aquired a few sony sl c5ub, brand new in boxes, never opened, with all documentation and the leaded remote control. i am thinking of selling, any interest?phone 07850500652 phil

Stuart
Sunday 15th February 2009
1:41 pm U.K.

stuart.george1@ntlworld.com

Cheers Noel, I will try this on one of them at least. The other will need a drum complete as the heads are kaput. Just seen this on ebay. Howling wolf is at it again! 170302478102

Noel Higgins
Sunday 15th February 2009
12:45 pm U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Stuart,

You do not need to replace the upper drum. If you remove the upper drum you can sand the surface with 600 wet and dry or emery paper. Even a dry jex pad will do the job. Roughing up the surface of the alloy reduces the friction. Just be sure to go deep enough to remove any lip the tape edge could get caught on stopping proper tape path alignment. I am also told an ink rubber can be used.

regards Noel

Stuart
Saturday 14th February 2009
10:59 pm U.K.

stuart.george1@ntlworld.com

Hello all. I need to know, does anyone have a couple of complete drum assemblies for sony slf1? Needs to be uk only. They must be complete and have no upper drum wear tape stick rewind issues and obviously have good heads. I am able to swap - trade combination of other sony beta parts, notably 2 complete and working f30 drums , hf100 power suppy , f30 power supply , c9 power supply (with working dcdc), and various c9 - hf100 boards. I also need a front flap for a ttf1. If anyone is able to help email me or message me here and see if we can agree a deal.

Stuart
Saturday 14th February 2009
10:51 pm U.K.

stuart.george1@ntlworld.com

Alistair, you need a bnc video and L R Audio to scart lead. Try maplins, or give this guy an email for one - Tony Cattel - CattellCvs@aol.com Does beta repairs also, should anything be amiss with your c9.

Michael P.
Thursday 12th February 2009
10:40 pm U.K.

exogenes@hotmail.com

Hello there, I have a Sony SL-F30EC recorder for sale, if anyone is interested? It's a PAL model, the ebay link is below (auction hasnt started yet, but will tomorrow afternoon).

http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130287532282

Charles
Wednesday 11th February 2009
9:23 pm U.K.

charles.carr77@gmail.com

HiI am trying to repair a Sony Betamax sl-hf100. The head doesn't spin, and the tape moves for about 3 seconds. I have accessed the drum motor underneath, and managed to remove the lock nut (using a cable tie wrapped around the disk to stop it from moving)so i can access the hall effect sensor, as recommended on palsite, but that is as far as i get. How do I get the bottom of the motor off, to clean the glue off the sensor? Any help would be appreciated.

Alistair Morrison
Tuesday 10th February 2009
4:56 pm U.K.

alistair_morrison@hotmail.com

Hi All. I have found my old Betamax SL-C9 in the loft with some old tapes - but no sign of any A/V cables! I would like to see what's on these tapes and perhaps copy to DVD. Can anyone advise what cables I need and suggest a source, please? Many thanks, Alistair.

Olive E Thomas
Monday 9th February 2009
11:49 pm U.K.

Ýlive_e_thÝmas@yahÝÝ.com

I actually have a counterfeit Beta movie tape. It's a dub from what I think was a critic's preview tape because some sort of blacked out bug comes up every so often. You can also see the on screen display of the VCR they played the source tape with.

The movie is a Jamie Lee Curtis film called Virus about some alien entity that takes over a Russian vessel tracking the Mir space station. It's subtitled in Spanish, as this was intended for the latino market. Box art is a photograph of the movie poster pasted onto the boolegger company's tape box.

I also have several Beta movies that used a VHS slipcover for all their tapes with a cardboard insert adapter for the Beta tape and a sticker with the word 'Beta' taped over where it would've said VHS. Sitting side by side are VHS and Beta versions of "The Hunt for Red October".

K . Lambert
Sunday 8th February 2009
11:53 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi:Bill is absolutley right with that comment.It was only the latter tapes from distributors such as Guild Home Video, RCA Columbia,CIC Video and MGM home video that made the labels fit the square.Also if it still has the rental outlet stickers on it, unbroken, then it's definetley genuine and not a copy..........................................Kevin

Bill
Saturday 7th February 2009
8:14 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Hi, Mike,

For what it's worth, I have some pre-recorded Beta tapes from quite early in the game, when Beta sales and rentals were still running fairly neck and neck with VHS. I know they are all most likely genuine because they were all bought from very reputable national dealers.

The makers don't seem to have taken much notice of the shape or size of the label space, they all have different shapes and sizes. So I don't think that on its own is much of a clue as towhether or not your tapes are genuine. The quality might be a rather better clue!

Regards, Bill

Mike
Saturday 7th February 2009
7:11 am U.K.

h2o0001@hotmail.com

Hi all, I have some beta tapes of what appears to be factory original movies with the artwork sleeves. Some of the tapes appear to be counterfeit because the top labels are larger than the little square area they are supposed to fit inside of. Is it just that some of the video companies used labels that are actually for VHS tapes because there was not enough demand for beta for them to make separate labels for the betas, or are these counterfeit? Is there a way to know for sure besides this if a so called "factory original movie" is actually that? Mike

Noel Higgins
Monday 2nd February 2009
10:31 pm U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Kevin,

Just look at betaheaven.com and email me.

cheers Noel

K . Lambert
Monday 2nd February 2009
4:40 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Noel:Many thanks for your response.I've tried to e-mail you using your link here but i've received and undeliverable ,due to your 'no spam' address, message!Any ideas?...........Kevin

Noel Higgins
Monday 2nd February 2009
9:00 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Kevin,

I checked out my NX100 parts machine and fired it up and the clock works. The chip is MP1544 but the rest of the number which is probably a manufacturing code is MSHLA8501. I don't know what postage would be to you but if you want it contact me by email. I might be able to do a deal with you because I want some audio erase head bias circuit transformers for 950s and that UK company yo mentioned has them. Also a chap called Bjorn wants some of the M10/20 colour ICs so I could send them to you and he could pay you and get them from you.

cheers Noel

james brentnall
Monday 2nd February 2009
9:00 am U.K.

JAMES.BRENTNALL3@BTINTERNET.COM

hi, thanks for your help kevin, it was a fusibler resistor that was causing it, i now have another problem though, when plugged in now the clock comes on but the power led is permanantly on but the machine will not swich on and no functions, I think this may be the power supply, does amyone have a circuit diagram for the power supply section of the sony sl-f25ub?

K . Lambert
Sunday 1st February 2009
5:37 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi James:

Well if it's anything like the occassional clock/counter display issues with the Sanyo models it's either the clock control driver chip (usually this is accomanied by a eratic dislay,ony part of it lighting up) or a corresponding Electrolytic capacitor (this usually causes a flickering or intermittent display and leading to no display at all.Im not too familiar with the Sony's design but i feel sure the guys who are here, will be able to assist you....................Kevin

james brentnall
Sunday 1st February 2009
2:37 pm U.K.

JAMES.BRENTNALL3@BTINTERNET.COM

i have a sony sl-f25ub with a corrupt display, i have tried another power supply with no luck, has anyone had this fault or know the problem

Bill
Sunday 1st February 2009
5:16 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Samuel - sadly, in my experience so far, no. With my SLHF950 I have tried two old learning remotes from Sony and Philips, also a Meliconi Universal6 Light which I bought in France, not sure if it is available here. The latter copes with just about everything else I have, including a very, very old Sony AV amp, either by preset codes or by learning, but not with the SLHF950 or my SLHF100. It simply refuses to go through the learn procedure.

Bill

chris arnold
Saturday 31st January 2009
3:42 pm U.K.

chris@supercontext.com

Hi everyone, got a fault on my sony sl-f1, the video head when playing keeps going fast/slow a few times per seccond, giving a wobbleing effect to the picture, anybody have any ideas as to the fault and cure? thanks, chris.

Samuel August
Saturday 31st January 2009
12:05 am U.K.

underlordoftherealm3@yahoo.com

Wondering if anyone knows of any universal remotes that will work on betas?

chris arnold
Thursday 29th January 2009
2:29 pm U.K.

chris@supercontext.com

Hi kevin and noel, thanks to you both for replying to my post.i have sent e-mails to the places you reccomended, and am at present waiting foe replys, on the same note, sony sent me a reply, and sugested a compny called NEDIS, will give them a try as well. thanks guys.

K . Lambert
Wednesday 28th January 2009
8:40 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Noel and gang:

It's my turn for help:)I am in need of a clock control IC (part no.MP1544....MSHLA50501) for a Sanyo VTC NX100 Beta vcr.I have seen this fail in three of these vcr's.Can anyone point me in the right direction or have one spare in a parts machine?Thanks in advance................Kevin

John
Wednesday 28th January 2009
7:22 am U.K.

viacom116@hotmail.com

Hi- am looking for the front pull down control panel cover for a Sony SLHF-100. Happy to pay for it and postage. Am in Sydney.

John

Noel Higgins
Tuesday 27th January 2009
11:56 pm U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Chris,

If all other sources fail, non hifi video heads are available from Wes Components in Sydney Australia for Sony, Toshiba and Sanyo machines. See http://www.wescomponents.com/

cheers Noel

K . Lambert
Tuesday 27th January 2009
6:08 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Chris:One site i highly recommend is www.visionaids.co.uk

There parts are nearly always available and this does ( or did ) include the heads.The Sanyo models in particular...........GOOD LUCK..............................................Kevin

chris arnold
Tuesday 27th January 2009
5:10 pm U.K.

chris@supercontext.com

Hi kevin, thanks for the reply, i tried "betamax video heads" some time ago, not much there, tried many combinatioms of words, still not a lot, there was a place in london called GRANDATA, but they do not stock what i want any more. the machines i have are sanyo and sony, though the sony SL-F1 is my all time favorite. also tried e-bay, but thats mostly knackered machines, and people who claim to be selling "perfect" machines at a high price, but not much in the way of video heads.i am stll determined to keep betamax alive for as long as i can, for me, this is the only video tape format. i did find a supplier in the USA, called fixer corp, and am still waiting for a reply, but i would rather use a U.K. supplier if i can find one. thanks, chris.

K . Lambert
Monday 26th January 2009
10:25 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi ChrisAre we talking Sanyo, Toshiba or Sony machines??As i understand it you can still get the rare OEM sets of heads and also some from other less known but good quality repro makers.If you make a search on the internet for 'Betamax video heads' i'm sure there would be a few sites that could help.Some cheaply too..................................Kevin

chris arnold
Monday 26th January 2009
8:04 pm U.K.

chris@supercontext.com

Hi all, as a devoted betamax nut, i am now having problems finding parts to keep my machines going, particularly video heads, the last betamax were on sale in the u.k. around1986/7, so the problems for me will only get worse. if anyone could point me in the direction of video head suppliers in the U.K. this would help me a lot, thanks chris.

K . Lambert
Monday 26th January 2009
5:04 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Noel:In regards to the Sanyo 500011 issue.I have only ever come across that issue on two Sanyo M10's.The way i sorted that was to remove and replace the entire capstan motor board and this cured it successfully both times.It was a very slight wow especially on high frequencies.It's probably the capacitors on that particular board.One day i will replace those and find out:)

Please let me know your findings...........GOOD LUCK...............Kevin

K . Lambert
Monday 26th January 2009
4:59 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Noel:In regards to the Sanyo M20 and the head waveform issue.I have never come across this personally and only ever seen two or three Sanyo's with worn heads.Was this issue before you changed the heads, as if it was'nt there is a slight chance that the soldering of the wires to the head drumm could've been a fraction over the vital no more than 5 sec?I have just read this info for a Sanyo 5000 for a similar problem to the one you are describing with your M20.It states 'Poor picture on Playback.One headoutput missing,Rf envelope'.The modification 'Change R1506 O/c in Head Amp.Also check Q1505 and L1501,L1502.

I'm not sure if these equivilents are in the M20 but they do carry a lot of similar parts and no's from vcr to vcr.It's worth a check...............................Kevin

Noel Higgins
Monday 26th January 2009
12:05 pm U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Kevin,

I still have a 5000II that has capstan issues. It will play back its own recorded tapes but seems to warble when playing tapes recorded on other machines. The DC control voltage jumps all over the place. Ring any bells with you? I have replaced cap C4505 (1uF) which seems to be a common problem and the machine is still faulty.

cheers Noel

Noel Higgins
Monday 26th January 2009
12:00 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Kevin,

Good advice.

Well I tried a replacement spool but found the design is different in the 5005 machines.The spool seemed free enough in one direction. The capstan roller was very worn so replaced that. Replaced the felt back tension strip. With use and adjustment the problem went away. I needed to do the resistor and diode reel circuit "tension" mod and now it seems happy.

I would have liked to have seen one thing fix the issue rather than running it in to fix the problem because it might come back. I was using an alignment tape I use in othe machines with no problem so I doubt cassette but a rell height issue make make it play up in this machine so I could check that.

Something I noted about the metal leaders. Before I fitted the reel circuit tension mod it did a funny thing. I ran the tape to the end in FFWD and it would not rewind. It did not get enough speed up in REW before it sensed the metal leader and threw the machine into stop (hence momentary FFWD) mode.

thanks for the help.

I also have an M20 not showing one of the head waveforms and I have fitted new heads? Sound familiar? I have a lot of these laying around that I want to fix and get rid of.

cheers Noel

K . Lambert
Sunday 25th January 2009
11:55 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Noel:

One thing to check would be the capstan and pinch roller bearings.Another possibility would be the reel drive spool heights.Some tape shell assemblies themselves are known to squeal, especially the mid eighties Sony brand ( the spools are a creamy yellow colour ,instead of the whiter colour of their earlier designs).It might be worth checking that the clutch under the left reel pool is free spinning and not tight.I have come across this once or twice.Good luck and let me know your findings.....................................Kevin

Noel Higgins
Sunday 25th January 2009
1:36 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Kevin,

I am fixing a few Sanyos at the moment. On the model 5000 is there a particular fault that causes the machine to squeal in play mode. I have adjusted the forward tension and it seems to produce this noise well below the required back tension setting of 35gm. I suppose I could change the back tension felt strip/assembly.

cheers Noel

Howard Groyer
Wednesday 21st January 2009
10:15 pm U.K.

howardgroyer@gmail.com

Hi there everyone in beta land.

I have a dilemma , I have bought a sony multisystem recorder off the bay which looked 100% . On receiving it , I discovered the cassette loading carriage gets stuck. I tried to fix it to no avail.

Does anyone have a carriage for me . It seems easiy enough to swop out. the machine is otherwise 100% clean and no head wear.

I imagine there may be a few compatable ones. ie slc-30ub The model of my machine is a SLT-30ME. Alternatively if you can fix it let me know

I want to use it for ntsc and I left my other M40 NTSC back in Cape Town. I am now in the UK.

thank you

colin judd
Wednesday 21st January 2009
10:06 am U.K.

colinjudd@iprimus.com.au

Happy New Year to all you fellow Beta lovers

K . Lambert
Sunday 18th January 2009
11:14 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Peter:

Welcome to Palsite.If you could find out the diameter of the belt CPC.co.uk do a variety of belts in different diameters and square or circular rubber with different thicknesses.I feel sure you could get one to fit....................Kevin

oooEd
Saturday 17th January 2009
7:32 pm U.K.

trinicon@oooed.com

I've got a Sony Trinicon cam, HVC 3000p and a Sony Betamax vcr SL-C5EC - but sadly no longer the houseroom. I doubt I'd get much for them - so a nearby (midlands) enthusiast might be in luck? Do drop me a line if you're interested.

Peter Wilding
Saturday 17th January 2009
3:11 pm U.K.

Petewilding1@aol.com

Can anyone tell me where to get replacement belts for the Toshiba V5470 Model? The one I need drives the uptake spindle to drive the cassette.

K . Lambert
Friday 9th January 2009
10:08 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Cheers Noel!..................................Kevin

Noel Higgins
Monday 5th January 2009
7:41 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Kevin,

Re the 200P, I fully expect that they will mechanically lock up over time due to the lubricant drying up or being clogged with dust. That would stop auto focus by itself but when the motor spins on one part of a stuck belt it cant be good and weakens it I would think.

I had another 200P with a broken case that i swapped a belt over from.

cheers Noel

Lol
Saturday 3rd January 2009
8:37 pm U.K.

LaurentMason56@aol.com

Hi everyone, does anyone know where i can find a belt kit for a Sony SL8000UB / SL8080UB. Thanks and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Dave
Saturday 3rd January 2009
2:56 am U.K.

fxy208@hatml.ca

I just put my EDBETA on Ebay now just look for me under the name sonybetamaxbut here is the listing number anyway 110333256991

K . Lambert
Saturday 3rd January 2009
12:34 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Stuart:

Yes, i did notice.It's your machine to do with as you like.I'm sure someobne will be overjoyed to have it though.Those are pretty special especially in that condition.Good luck with the sale....................Kevin

Dave
Friday 2nd January 2009
12:04 pm U.K.

fxy208@hatml.ca

those ED-BETA units on ebay when went for a good price ($1000 and $1200) I have a EDV-7500 that I might sell but I am offering it for $699 /w the original remote and mine is almost like new condition. if anyone wants it let me know

Stuart
Thursday 1st January 2009
12:56 pm U.K.

stuart.george1@ntlworld.com

Well, Kevin, I don t know if you have seen but I am selling the m40 I bought from you last year. Need space, need money. I am keeping my 3 950s though, no way are they going! I have just done a repair this morning on my f1, the one I bought earlier this year on ebay which was fine apart from a badly worn drum. I tried once to swap it and that did not work as I had to fit a replacement disk and upper drum onto the existing lower drum, and also got the connections slightly wrong when reassembling.Well I got another donor f1 yesterday which had both main boards smashed on it, but I had the drum assembly complete out of it and had a 2nd attempt at repairing my one with this drum. Was very careful at reconnecting it all up, and hey presto it works perfectly :) I also recovered the treading gear and pinch roller as they are good. Indeed the threading gear is the all plastic one and not the one with the metal bush which can expand and split the plastic. Also used on the c9. My first successful head drum swap!

K . Lambert
Thursday 1st January 2009
11:03 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Sturat:

I know what you mean.For that price ANY vcr would have to be pretty special with, at the very minimum,hardly used, fully serviced, with the box and all accessories ( maybe even some sort of assurance that it would be covered for future issues.I saw none of that and a pretty ordinary , well used scruffy machine no service and no assurance.Whoever paid that must have been in dire need.Well, one things for sure they must've been laughing all the way to the bank............................Kevin

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