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Charlie
Tuesday 30th June 2009
8:41 pm U.K.

betaman@yahoo.com

Blair, Sorry I just noticed you already have already changed the caps. I wasn't reading your posting close enough.

Charlie

Charlie
Tuesday 30th June 2009
8:37 pm U.K.

betaman@yahoo.com

Blair, Your Sl-5000 has the same problem that the Pal C-6 has. Those two models are very similiar and share a lot of the same parts as well as the same problems.On this Pal site go to the home page then the betamax pal site then click on the Technical center. Click on model C-6 and read under the heading Poor Capstan lock which I'am pretty sure is whats wrong with your 5000.The picture might be clear for a second and then go bad.I've got a Zenith clone of the Sony Sl-5000 and after replacing the caps and adjusting the variable resistor like it says I was able get a very nice picture .C7 and C8 capacitors on the board are tantalum capacitors but I think a reg 105 degree cap with the same values would be ok.Hope this helpsCharlie

Blair Aakre
Tuesday 30th June 2009
12:31 pm U.K.

baakre@mac.com

Also, I have an SL-5000 that I re-capped and installed new belts and pinch roller. I can't get a stable picture. Does anyone know where I can find a service manual for this model?

Thanks!

Blair Aakre
Tuesday 30th June 2009
10:20 am U.K.

baakre@mac.com

I have an SLO-323 that will play, rewind, and fastforward for only a few seconds at a time. Any ideas? Anyone know where I can find a PDF of a service manual for one of these?Thanks!

jcsmithson
Saturday 27th June 2009
12:21 pm U.K.

jcsmithson7@gmail.com

I have 2 Sony beta machines. Both will not accept tape.HELP!

Craig Felsmann
Friday 26th June 2009
6:07 am U.K.

kreigas@hotmail.com

Hi y'all, HF 100 tuners: Are they still available (new old stock)? Am thinking about restoring my parts HF 100 to working order.Regards,Craig.

Noel Higgins
Wednesday 24th June 2009
1:29 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Dave,

If you dont mind paying postage you can get aftermarket belt kits for Sony C7s from Wes Components in Sydney Australia. Google them on the net.

Marco,

I have never found removing the glue on the hall effect sensor to be the solution, I have always replaced them. Taking out the head assembly is a tricky effort because it is easy to damage the head chips and replacement heads if you can get them are way too expensive. I suggest you consult a Sony repair expert in the UK. You can get second hand hall effect sensors out of the capstan motors of many Toshiba machine and the reel motors of certain model sony machines but you have to lengthen the four leads. For a machine like a HF950 it is worth the effort.

cheers Noel (back from Bali!!!!!! No betas there that I could see.)

Marco
Friday 19th June 2009
9:20 pm U.K.

marco67@xs4all.nl

Hello Betalovers,

I need some help, i'm dutch so forgive me for my poor english. The sl-hf950 is a dreammachine and when i was 20 years old, i coudn't afford a model like this, en last week i saw one for just 50 euro... Ok so i bought it, but it's defective. Probleem: no rotation of the head drum. I've read some tips on the internet, to remove the glue on the hall-generator. I understand that, but i don't know were to begin to dissasemble the thing. So is there someone who can help me in words or foto's how to begin en unscrew the mechanism?I hope to hear from you soon, so i can play my old betatapes... Thanks in advance

Kind regards,

Marco

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Friday 19th June 2009
4:32 pm U.K.

pranav@digibroadcast.com

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Boby
Wednesday 17th June 2009
7:01 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

PS; to Dave..last time I was offered a wide range Betamax sets of rubber belts (wholesale) but I didn't took it..I'm sure it's still there (the whole bunch of rubber belts).

When I open this site, it reminds me of my dearest friend Harlord...I don't know what to say but it's real sad to know that he's left us...

Thanks to Ian for letting us know.

All best Boby.

Dave
Monday 15th June 2009
11:22 pm U.K.

dayds@yahoo.com

Hello gents!

I have been lucky enough to pick up a couple of Sony C7 machines this past weekend, in addition there was also a box full of tapes with recordings on them (about 30 in total!) and a quite unexpected bonus was the inclusion of the rare AG-7 Betastack with power supply and printed manual, these came free on the local Freecycle site!

Anyway, as you might expect, both machines do have problems. Both need a new set of belts, the capstan belts in particular are well stretched in both cases. I did get one machine to load a tape, and it did work, but with some signs of head wear. Of course I need to sort the belts out first of all, if at all possible, but just haven't been able to find anywhere in the UK still selling a belt kit, original or not.

The majority of the switches for the clock settings and timer in both machines are also faulty, most of them have collapsed, but I am not too concerned about those really.

Does anyone in the UK still have a full set of belts for sale for this particular machine?...I would appreciate any help, as it would be great to try and get at least one of the two VCRS working again, do let me know!

Many Thanks, and Best Wishes!

Regards, Dave (Bedfordshire UK)

Andy
Monday 15th June 2009
6:20 pm U.K.

vespanidus@aol.com

Hmmm, I see there's somebody else posting here as "Andy W." as well. I'm the one in the USA. My last post should say Zenith VR-8500PT, not 5800. Sorry for the typo.

Boby
Thursday 11th June 2009
5:47 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

PS; I also have HF99ES with color problem, been around with the color process board but no better improvement yet.

Boby
Thursday 11th June 2009
5:41 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

G'Day Craig, thanks to you and your brother.I hope the new Head will extend the life of your Beta engine.

I see that Noel will go abroad again a week later, take care and stay well Noel.

Great to see ya all guys.

Cheers

Andy W.
Wednesday 10th June 2009
11:12 pm U.K.

vespanidus@aol.com

Been awhile since I posted here. Not doing much with Beta now that it is no longer better than the de facto standard (DVD as opposed to VHS). Mainly just playing old tapes from time to time on my SL-HF600 and Sanyo 4030. However, I recently took delivery of a Zenith VR-5800PT from a family member who wanted to get rid of it. This model is not listed on Ray Glasser's site. Like one of the models listed there, it records in BIII only, but is a top-loading model unlike the one pictured. It does not work right, for some reason I get snow when playing at normal speed, and a picture only in fast forward/reverse scan.

K . Lambert
Wednesday 10th June 2009
10:33 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Noel and Betaphiles!...............

In regards to the query about differences for the Sanyo VTC5000 mk11 ,as far as i'm aware the only differences were the cabinet and fascia colour.I hav'nt delved that deep into electronic differences but i'd be surprised if there were any.The tape loading issue(if the bottom idler failed)certainly was'nt sorted at this stage.It makes me wonder why Sanyo introduced the Mk11 version.The origional 5000 was the best selling mass produced vcr ever i believe, the 299 price tag and it's simplistic and not to complex design had a lot to do with that,especially those, like myself, getting into video for the first time.Hope this helps is some way....................Kevin

Craig Felsmann
Wednesday 10th June 2009
3:53 am U.K.

kreigas@hotmail.com

BOBBY: Got the new sealed HF 150 heads in perfect condition from my brother-in-law last weekend (I still don't have an e-gay acc!), and once again, thank-you for your prompt, professional service...Hello to all the old posters, and quite a few new ones too, by the look of it. Good to see the doctor seems to be gone; at least for the last few posts!Cheers,Craig.

Noel Higgins
Friday 5th June 2009
11:34 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Hi Davy,

Yes betaheaven.com is my website. To answer your questions about the Sanyo VTC5000, the model II has a slightly different circuit component identification. Other than that I have not compared them in detail. The physical difference is explained on palsite at http://www.palsite.com/5000ovi.html.

The sanyo handbooks seem to come as three sections, circuit layout, parts listing and adjustment. I have also seen circuit operation descriptions but these might only have been sanyo training manuals. Kevin will know more detail about the sanyos. As for Amstrads have no idea.

cheers Noel

davyrocket2
Wednesday 3rd June 2009
6:04 pm U.K.

davyrocket2@aol.co.uk

hi again I forgot to ask what is betaheaven is it a website?

davyrocket2
Wednesday 3rd June 2009
6:01 pm U.K.

davyrocket2@aol.co.uk

hi to everyone can anyone tell me sanyo vtc5000 how can you tell a mk 1 from a mk2 and also does the servivce manual come in more than one section how many page does it have,also does any one who does sevicing have any experience with amstrad products i have a emailer+ videophone and there is double imaging problems on the screen and getting support from amstrads website seems none existent

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