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James
Wednesday 16th December 2009
9:39 am U.K.

JC229722@hotmail.com

Just found some V2000 Cassettes on Ebay if anyone is interested. Item number: 120507004503 Does anyone out there have a fully working V2000 player they want to sell ?

Craig Felsmann
Wednesday 16th December 2009
6:12 am U.K.

kreigas@hotmail.com

Patrick: I'm interested...please send me some details, ie. artists, etc.Cheers, Craig.

Patrick
Sunday 13th December 2009
3:45 am U.K.

beachcitieshauling@gmail.com

Hello,

I recently came into owning about 200 umatic tapes of music done in the 80's and 90's. Some of these appear to be original studio work for some major artists. Is there a market for these anywhere? Would somebody want these?

Thanks

patrick

Roderick
Saturday 12th December 2009
8:51 pm U.K.

nospam@palsite.com

Scott, why would you want to buy a Betamax from the USA to use in Australia?There are a few problems: First the video format, USA recorders are NTSC where Australia uses PAL. A USA machine runs on 110V where Australia is 240V. And shipping will be very expensive. Have a look on eBay and you'll find many Betamax recorders for sale in Australia. Unless you really want that specific model.

scott anderson
Saturday 12th December 2009
12:33 am U.K.

scott_analogue.net@hotmail.com

I'm thinking of buying a Betamax VCR "Toshiba V-M410" Beta video recorder. Because I want to purchase it from the untited states, I'm wondering if will plug in and work in Australia? Any idea's?

Noel Higgins
Sunday 6th December 2009
12:34 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Bill,

Sorry for the delay, I have been a bit busy lately and not checking the chat page. In the service manual it shows the Scart bridged to the BNC/RCA connections which means you get loading problems if you connect to both. Double termination of the video output leads to a lower than 1Volt video output which affects the luminance particularly unless the receiving device has AGC. Should use one AV input or the other.

Since Sony made an SLHF950 UB version I expect the only used a mono tuner and in any event your sound carrier frequency in UK is different from memory. The source of grief for your country folk moving to Australia and bringing their nice new Pal TVs with them back in the 70's.

I don't know if the SLHF950 SVHS output modifications are still on that German website but I really should mod a machine one day because the new high resolution projectors really would display that difference.

On the downside, since i switched from a high end sony crt projector to an Epson TW4000 I have found that the downside is audio playing before the picture due to picture processing delays which is really annoying. I am therefore building a digital audio delay circuit with 2 ICs for stereo, to compensate. I wonder whether others are having the same problems.

Grrrrrr, new technology trade-offs. At least I am not into video games or on-line games or the delay would make the projector useless.

cheers Noel

Noel Higgins
Sunday 6th December 2009
12:20 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Chris,

Good luck with changing over the SS11 boards it is a really large task but take a look at the two boards before you do so because if the serial numbers on your Sony C9 machines are very far apart you will find the board design has been modified so it may or may not work. Some have a "daughter board hanging off them toward the LHS back edge near the screened power switching module. The can also have a brown wire soldered across to a board above????

cheers Noel

alan morton
Friday 4th December 2009
5:10 am U.K.

adm222@epguides.com

To steve Jacober

If you have not found anyone to look at your VCR there is a shop in central Illinois that will work on them. Economy Service in Peoria you can give them a bell at 309 691-8012

Chris H
Thursday 3rd December 2009
4:40 pm U.K.

crhowles@googlemail.com

Noel - Thank you for taking the time to help me out here - sound like there is definitely a problem with the back tension circuit. I dont have a gauge sadly, however I do have another old faulty C9 so I will look into making one good one out of two. I'll let you know how I get on. Thanks again!

Chris.

john barter
Thursday 3rd December 2009
5:33 am U.K.

jandkbarter@gmail.com

Hi AllI have just found an old Sony SLC9AS Beta Video, I am trying to get it going but having trouble getting it to take up the tape. It fires up ok but will not let me insert the tape and the eject light is flashing, any ideas would be welcome.Cheersjohn

Bill
Wednesday 2nd December 2009
3:43 pm U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Hi, Noel,

That's very, very interesting. Perhaps it's indeed an undocumented feature as far as the user manual - rather than the serious service manual -is concerned. The specs on this site may well have been taken from the user manual and just perpetuated the wrong information. I just bought a pair of UHF headphones and the user manual contradicts itself absolutely and massively within only three pages!

I'm going to check my 950. If it does work as you say I'll be delighted, as I will be able to get rid of a squashed up mess of SCART to phono and BNC cabling behind one chunk of my gear. If it by any chance DOESN'T work in my example of its Euro version perhaps due to some daft Sony marketing decision about what features they thought were needed in different markets, what do you think about jumpering from the phonos and BNCs to the SCART socket? Any pitfalls?

Despite its German origins I don't think my 950 has a German-style FM Planar audio facility, and of course it was too early for NICAM. I occasionally got Germany in my TVDX days, and my late lamented wonderful Loewe did have a Planar tuner. I managed to get WDR and ZDF and a couple of other networks. I once got an American film in English on one channel and dubbed into German on the other! I'll try to check it, but the acid test would be on a German signal, and the ionosphere has not been very kind to me for a long time. My present LG LCD TV just might have a Planar tuner, Germany is in its setup list.

The S-video idea is also very interesting. I've always thought it very stupid that Super Beta shifts the signal upwards, processes it and then just bungs it back down again.

All the best,

Bill

K.Lambert
Wednesday 2nd December 2009
11:04 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Brian:

If you look at the list to the left top of this page, you'll see a chatpage under Umatic, that's where you'll need to post to get help for that particular system.Good luck...................

....Kevin

Brian Grant
Tuesday 1st December 2009
11:58 pm U.K.

bgflicks@gmail.com

Hi everyone. I'm new to the site. I have just been given a Umatic 9600 SP. It looks in immaculate condition and I need to transfer a number of old Umatics to digital. When I play a tape, I get what looks like a half picture on the monitor. I can make out the image but it feels like a sync problem of some sort. Cleaned the heads as described in an online manual but the problem persists. I know it's difficult without seeing pictures but anyone got any ideas? Anyone a Umatic owner in Surrey?

Thanks Alot

mike bentley
Tuesday 1st December 2009
11:00 pm U.K.

mikebentley@eastlink.ca

hi , everyone , i have a sony betamax sl 810 d vcr and there is a tape stuck in the machine, my best recollection is the capstan circuit board ( i think it ties everything together stop ,play rewind , eject ,,etc.). when i press eject the machine starts to wind and when i try to stop it keeps going , same with forward or reverse wind, any ideas ?

Noel Higgins
Tuesday 1st December 2009
10:30 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Bill,

Australia used the same stereo two carrier broadcast sound system as the Germans and so the SLHF950ES works fine here. We have VHF low/HI and UHF bands but of course thigs are going toward digital now. The Australian variations were that we originally used a VHF channel 0 and channel 5A (before FM radio was introduced) so the tuners required some modifications in Australia to cover the extra range. The TV outputs originally VHF 0 & 1 were moved to 3 & 4 which is commonly seen on the later Sanyo Australian versions but Sony just went for UHF 30 to 39 tunable TV o/p.

As far as the Scart connections go I just checked the SLHF950 service manual block diagram (which covers the AEP, E and UK versions) on page 64 and it shows the Euro connector with both AV inputs and outputs. For your interest is or was a german article on modifying the SLHF950 to give an S-video output and it used the scart modified to give that output. see Die Wagners betamax site. It still shows the resulting video frequency response without the chroma beat patterns.

regards Noel

BETAMARK
Tuesday 1st December 2009
6:02 pm U.K.

markout2002@yahoo.co.uk

Hi,does anyone know the part number for a sanyo VTC 5000 head disc

BETAMARK
Tuesday 1st December 2009
5:49 pm U.K.

markout2002@yahoo.co.uk

Hi All. anyone intrested in buying a couple of service manuals sony SL-F3OE/UB/EC plus a sanyo vtc 5150 service manual.

BETAMARK
Tuesday 1st December 2009
5:37 pm U.K.

markout2002@yahoo.co.uk

Hi all. does anyone know what it means when The cassettes is having servere jitter? and is it easy to fix

Bill
Tuesday 1st December 2009
3:57 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Hi, Noel,

Just an afterthought. As far as I know you use PAL B/G in Australia rather than the UK PAL I. My particular 950 is a German import and is switchable from PAL I to PAL B/G and the slightly different Euro UHF channels, also to VHF, which is largely academic as I think even Belgium have abandoned VHF by now. I can no longer get any of their VHF channels when DXing, and Italy and Spain on VHF are long gone. The down side is if you go to the Euro configuration you lose all your PAL I channel settings.

Could it be that your 950s were configured differently? Obviously PAL I and the Euro channels would be of no use to you. Could they perhaps have had a sudden outbreak of sanity and included input at the SCART socket? That doesn't make any sense whatsoever, but that's never stopped Sony in the past!

All the best again,

Bill

Bill
Tuesday 1st December 2009
3:03 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Hi, Noel,

Nice to talk with you again. The specs for the 950 on this site do confirm that the SCART is supposed to be output only. When I first got the machine I hadn't bothered to check this and wondered what the hell was going on. VERY interested if you got it to work. Undocumented feature? Wouldn't be the first time with Sony.

I'm reorganising my physical setup at the moment, and I dearly wish the SCART WAS both ways, it would save me spaghetti and more bloody phonos. You just might have gathered that I'm not a great fan of phonos! If my 950 is definitely not connected, would it be safe to mod it by just jumpering the BNC and phono inputs across to the SCART socket, or would there be impedance problems?

All the best,

Bill

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