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astro
Friday 14th May 2010
1:37 am U.K.

astro1_star@hotmail.com

Hi, I'm interested in buying a u-matic player for myself, but would like to ask the community their thoughts on the best u-matic player. I realize "best" is a loaded term, but lets say, which model is known for giving the best picture/audio output quality. S-Video and XLR audio outs are preferred. Thanks.

Kevin Lambert
Tuesday 11th May 2010
10:41 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Mark:

The purpose of the capstan in any tape recording system is to pull or push the tape in either direction.The rubber pinchroller grips onto the tape and it gets slight pressure up against the capstan shaft.This turning causes the tape to be pulled or pushed in whatever direction is required.The capstan motor is speed regulated for all the different modes on a vcr.It is essential that the pinch roller and capstan shaft are cleaned and checked periodiaclly as if this is contaminated with tape oxide ( that will happen if used a lot) this will cause tape damage , especially in the reverse search mode which is more tortous for a vcr.The same thing will happen if the capstan bearings are dry or excessively worn or the servo motor is faulty.It is NOT in contact with the tape during the fast wind modes.

Betaman: If you look on the rest of Palsite you will see a whole list of common faults for the C9. This should help you with your current issues.

Good luck guys...............Kevin

Betaman
Tuesday 11th May 2010
10:17 pm U.K.

oeshkoer@gmail.com

Hello Folks,

I have here a Sony SL-C9ES with malfunction. The vcr goes on, but it doesn't do anything else, beside that when i press on the EJECT button it makes a sizzling sound for 2 sec. The display also doesn't show anything. The vcr also don't take casette.

Is it lost ?

Mark
Tuesday 11th May 2010
6:35 pm U.K.

markczarnezki@yahoo.com

Thanks Noel, ill check out and clean the brake system soon.

Does anyone know what the capstan is supposed to do? Is it supposed to rotate, and is the magnetic tape supposed to brush right up against it?

Kevin Lambert
Tuesday 11th May 2010
8:48 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi craig:

No problem.Ah , now if that's the case Noel did tell me the M40 can suffer from overheating in good ole Aussie land and also the voltage regulator is probelmatic over there too.The UK, being a cooler climate, has no such issues in this area.Noel will be your man then............GOOD LUCK.

.............Kevin

Craig Felsmann
Tuesday 11th May 2010
7:09 am U.K.

kreigas@hotmail.com

Kevin: Thanks for you response. I have no electrical knowledge unfortunately, but the main fuse is still intact, and looks like I need a couple of new belts! I'm in sunny Brisbane, Australia, by the way. Might be another job for Noel soon, methinks!...

nigel f
Monday 10th May 2010
12:19 pm U.K.

lofty966@live.co.uk

Hi Bill, Many Thanks for the information.

Regards Nigel.

Bill
Monday 10th May 2010
11:29 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Another addendum - I'd love to hear from anybody who has owned one of the Sony multi-standard machines - what they can and can't do, how they perform etc.

Bill

Bill
Monday 10th May 2010
11:01 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Nigel - the answer is no. Regionalisation - horrible word - is purely DVD technology. Regionalisation as per DVD does not exist for Beta - or for VHS for that matter. You may be confusing TV standards with regionalisation. Buy a tape in Japan or the US and it won't play properly in France or the UK in an older bog-standard VCR. France is a special case - compatible with nothing!

That is all about line, colour and sound standards, nothing to do with regionalisation, and if you use a Beta or VHS machine compatible with the appropriate standard there is only the question of whether or not your TV will handle the video output. I don't know about the US, but most TVs being sold in Europe now are multistandard to some degree. Nearly all do NTSC 4.43, which is video only, not broadcast, and is effectively PAL colour with NTSC 525 lines. Most recent PAL VHS VCRs will play NTSC tapes in this format. Unfortunately this was never implemented on Beta. There are four multi-standard Sony machines, but they are not converters - your TV would have to be capable in the native broadcast standard of your tape. Hope this is helpful.

Bill

nigel f
Monday 10th May 2010
9:47 am U.K.

lofty966@live.co.uk

Hi, Can anyone tell me are prerecorded betamax tapes regionalised like vhs ie- pal, ntsc.

Thank you, Nigel.

Noel Higgins
Monday 10th May 2010
4:54 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Sorry - that has nothing to do with your repair thread. Toshiba reel motors can wear and lose torque. You may need to replace the motor. Just be sure however that there is no drag on the reel because the brake has not disengaged or someone has taken the spool off the shaft and lost damaged or replaced the bearing and washer parts in the wrong order.

cheers Noel -betaheaven.com

Noel Higgins
Monday 10th May 2010
4:49 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2v_qEVTh10&feature=related

Mark
Sunday 9th May 2010
10:38 pm U.K.

markczarnezki@yahoo.com

An even better example:

http://www.betamaxcollectors.com/toshibabetavcrmodelv-m32.html

This is my exact model.

Mark
Sunday 9th May 2010
10:24 pm U.K.

markczarnezki@yahoo.com

By the way my VCR looks almost identical as this one (just for a reference):

http://www.palsite.com/tech.py?model=v33tech.html

Mine is a V-32, not V-33.

Thanks again!

Mark
Sunday 9th May 2010
10:17 pm U.K.

markczarnezki@yahoo.com

Hello once again, I have finally found out the problem with my Toshiba M-V32! It involves a problem with the right (takeup) reel. When play is pressed, the white idler gear inbetween the reels moves so that it will turn the reel on the right with a gear(as it should normally). However, the gears are turning fine, but the reel itself does not move.

The gear on the reel can be turned without turning the entire reel itself. This is why an image cannot be seen on play but can be seen on pause (the magnetic tape is already on the heads) and on FF or Rew (they use the smooth black idler, not the geared white idler, to turn the reels).

This happened because a spring above the gear on the right reel to push the gear down is not strong enough. Therefore, I crammed small objects into the spring's space to simulate the effect. The gear would not turn on its own, so I assumed it would work.

Now that the motor that powers the idlers has to turn the entire reel, it seems as if it was too much for the motor to handle. Any suggestions? I have pictures describing my predicament, but I don't know how to upload them here. It's a very complicated problem to explain, and I greatly appreciate the help. Thanks! =)

J E Ross
Sunday 9th May 2010
9:10 pm U.K.

gladewriter@yahoo.com

Need an instruction/repair manual (or copy of it) for SONY SUPER BETA HI FI STEREOCAST SL-HF750. Anxious to obtain at very reasonable price.

Bill
Friday 7th May 2010
1:37 pm U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

It looks like I may have answered my own recent question re SECAM L. I've checked the specs of all the SECAM-capable multi-standard machines listed in the index here, and not even the flagship Sony model SL-800ME will do SECAM L as opposed to Middle East SECAM. Having said that, some of the specs are slightly ambiguous, stating specifically that the machines don't have tuners for SECAM L. Does this mean they COULD record SECAM L video? I suspect not, but perhaps the moderators or whoever compiled the index or has owned one of these machines could give me a little more info.

A related query to anyone who might know, sorry if it's a silly question - my recent LG LCD TV has video output, and is multi-standard except for NTSC 3.58, although unlike my dear departed Loewe which stored standards with channels, switching standards is cumbersome. If I'm receiving a SECAM L signal, do I get SECAM L colour video out, or does it default to PAL and lose the colour? Is whether the broadcast signal is negative or positive modulation irrelevant to a video signal once past the tuner? I recorded the video output my Loewe produced from broadcast SECAM on my SLHF100, producing a positive picture in black and white, but of course as I didn't have another TV or monitor capable of doing any kind of SECAM - still don't - I had no way of knowing whether the output was in B/W, or in colour and just lost at the SLHF100 like any other PAL device. Sound of course is not a problem. I haven't been able to check any of this directly yet, as these days the ionosphere is not being kind to TV DXers! I'd be very grateful if anyone could shed any light.

Bill

Kevin Lambert
Tuesday 4th May 2010
9:39 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Craig

It's more than likely PSU capacitor related.It could even be the mains supply capacitor has gone high resistance and blown the internal fuse.This used to be a common issue with the Sanyo VTC 5000. probably down to a lot of mains spikes at the time ,as not all have been affected.Where abouts are you??If you'd like to send me an E-mail we can discuss this further.

................Kevin

Craig Felsmann
Monday 3rd May 2010
11:29 pm U.K.

kreigas@hotmail.com

Hi all...Went to power up my Sanyo M40 on the weekend for the first time in about 5 years and t'was dead as a doornail. Any ideas as to what the problem could be?Regards,Craig.

mathew
Monday 3rd May 2010
6:11 am U.K.

mathew.davis007@gmail.com

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