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Matt
Tuesday 14th December 2010
4:18 pm U.K.

matthew_churchett@hotmail.com

Does anyone have a photocopy/pdf file/original user manual for the Sony SL-C30 that they could send me?

Cheers, Matt

Bill
Tuesday 14th December 2010
4:17 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Regarding the recent TV standards correspondence - OK, I probably started it - if you want to find out a great deal more about the subject and end up more confused than you were before, try http://www.pembers.freeserve.co.uk/World-TV-Standards/Colour-Standards.html#SECAM-IV. Don't worry about the SECAM reference, it goes into everything, BUT everything. We've got yet another name for Soviet SECAM!

Regards, Bill

bossallo
Monday 13th December 2010
7:48 pm U.K.

bossallo@hotmail.com

i have SONY beta edc-55 with case for sale (make me an offer) i have SONY video recorder beta edv -9300 with remote for sale(like new)very good condition (make me an offer) thanks! bossallo@hotmail.com

Alex
Monday 13th December 2010
11:06 am U.K.

ralk@ono.com

Thank you all !!! really this site is great.

Noel Higgins
Saturday 11th December 2010
11:49 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Matt,

On the later Sony front load machines that is a common problem. The video and audio sockets are prone to breaking the solder connections to the board due to mechanical action over time or even being banged against a wall with the leads attached. They can be resoldered but it is best to remove as much solder as you can and clean both eh copper and pins metal until a shiny surface is presented so the solder takes.

regards Noel

K.Lambert
Saturday 11th December 2010
10:43 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Guys;

Stuart is right regarding cleaning tapes.Don't touch them , (despite what the sellers of such will tell you).I also love the guys who refurbish betamaxes and then SELL new cleaning tapes.They obviously don't care about the buyer's satisfaction and if the tapes are overused the buyer of such will be coplaining in no time.Call it taking a big step backwards.AVOID!They ARE more abrasive than a normal tape.How else do they 'clean' the heads.If they were'nt a normal tape would do ( if the hype is to be believed some manufaturers tapes are more abrasive than others).Use a good normal one.It will gently clean them( as do all tapes).Try this FIRST.You should'nt really need to clean them at all.I've only ever done that once to a couple of my vcr's and that was down to a rogue damaged E-bay purcahse.Old damage and extremely worn tapes will not only dirty the heads but leave a trail of oxide on the tape guide edges and around the deck.You usually see this on high mileage vcr's ( especially Sony/Toshiba Beta's,due to their 'always laced in all modes design').Also like stuart pointed out cotton buds are NOT, i repeat NOT for cleaning the video,Hi-Fi audio heads .This will ruin them beyond repair.Get a proper cleaning pad/stick from CPC or Maplinand soak with Isopropyl Alcohol.Hold it vertical and VERY still to the side of the dryum and move the drum ( NOT STICK) left and right so all heads glide over the pad sollution.This should clean them enough.With VHS modelssometimes you can get old oxide stuck to the thin air grooves around the drum just above the heads.This can need cleaning with a 10x magnifier/light and very steady hand to remove.Leave that up to the experienced vcr guys though.Use the first method for Beta's and most VHS models and you should be fine.Oh and junk those contaminating and old tapes.Hope this helps, be carefull, take your time and GOOD LUCK.................

......Kevin

Matt
Friday 10th December 2010
1:20 pm U.K.

matthew_churchett@hotmail.com

Hi guys

I've got 2 sony SL-C30 machines with problems.

One one machine, the tape loads fine, but when i press play the tape just unspools. It sort of runs for a couple of seconds, then stops. When i press eject, the tape is fully would back into the cassette as normal.

On the other machine, the BNC socket on the back was really loose, and only worked if you plugged the BNC cable in and wiggles it a certain way. I opened up the VCR and noticed that it was secured by a washer and a nut. These were loose, so I tightened these back up, but now it doesnt work at all, whichever way you wiggle the cable. Underneath on the green circuit board, I've noticed that the connection has come loose. Is it just a simple case of soldering this back on?

Any help is gratefully appreciated :)

doc judd
Friday 10th December 2010
6:04 am U.K.

doreenjudd@bigpond.com

well I have a tape cleaning head and have used it quite a bit,no problems

Stuart
Thursday 9th December 2010
8:30 pm U.K.

stu_GEORGE@HOTMAIL.COM

Alex - read this also http://www.palsite.com/pcat_hclean.html

Important - when holding the soaked meths paper against the drum - do NOT move it at all up or down. Hold it in place and do not move it at all. You risk misaligning the head tips and thereby requiring a new head disk and professional fitting.

Stuart
Thursday 9th December 2010
8:17 pm U.K.

stu_GEORGE@HOTMAIL.COM

Alex, you dont want one. Stay away from cleaning tapes. They are abrasive and wear the heads down. See elsewhere on the site for the correct way to clean your betamax heads. Or read my explanation here.

My description relates to front loading sony machines.

You will need - cotton wool buds and meths. Use these to clean everywhere EXCEPT the large circular video head drum. Clean - pinch roller and capstan shaft, ace (audio head assembly) this is located to the right hand side of the video drum. Clean also the stationary erase head, normally located to the top right of the drum. The capstan shaft my have a ring of hard black oxide at the top and bottom where the top and bottom edges of the tape pass it against the pinch roller.

To clean the video drum. You may use meths soaked cotton wool buds to clean the ledge on the lower drum where the bottom edge of the tape passes. BUT STAY AWAY from the gap between upper and lower drums - this is where the delicate video heads rotate.

To clean the video heads in the drum this is what I do. with power off and no tape present, cut two strips of plain white a4 paper (80gsm or heavier) about 2cm by 6cm. Soak one end in meths, then gently press and hold the soaked end with the thumb of your left hand over the gap between the upper and lower drums. then with left hand slowly rotate the damper disc at the top of the drum clockwise 2 or 3 times. Take the paper away and look for a black line of tape oxide which has been lifted from the heads. If you see heavy black line of oxide after the first time, feel free to soak the other piece of paper and repeat.

The whole procedure will take up to 30mins, but you will be preserving the life of your video heads and be doing a much more thorough job than any cleaning tape could ever do.

Hope this helps.

Failing this if you are not confident, any independent vcr service outlet should do this for you. They will probably be hesitent or refuse when you utter the word betamax but cleaning the heads of any vcr be it beta or vhs is an identical process. They should do it for you.

Alex
Thursday 9th December 2010
4:48 pm U.K.

ralk@ono.com

Hello all !!! anyone know any site where i can buy a cleaning tape for betamax??? thanks

steve h
Tuesday 7th December 2010
5:24 pm U.K.

smhjersey@hotmail.com

I'm on the (not very) sunny island of Jersey (Channel Islands)

doc judd
Tuesday 7th December 2010
12:07 am U.K.

doreenjudd@bigpond.com

Steve h which country are you in?

doc judd
Tuesday 7th December 2010
12:04 am U.K.

doreenjudd@bigpond.com

My SONY SLHF 100 soldiers on,watchin a bumch of taped my cousun brought up to me from newcastle,.good old movies

Noel Higgins
Monday 6th December 2010
2:30 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Doc,

Don't give up hope...... ;-)

cheers Noel

steve h
Sunday 5th December 2010
11:32 pm U.K.

smhjersey@hotmail.com

(Sorry for the double entries. My browser claimed the web page was unavailable, hence my re-post. Cheers, Steve.)

steve h
Sunday 5th December 2010
11:07 pm U.K.

smhjersey@hotmail.com

Hi everyone,

I'm having a clear out and have come across a box containing some BETAMAX video tapes.Seven in all. At least one never used (still wrapped). One unlabled (can't remember if I recorded anything on that one). And 5 movies from the late '80s & early '90s.There may also be one ex-rental movie (The REAL Bruce Lee) if I keep rummaging.

Anyone interested?

doc judd
Sunday 5th December 2010
9:49 am U.K.

doreenjudd@bigpond.com

Bloody hard to get any sense out of the chat page now

K Lambert
Thursday 2nd December 2010
11:03 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi David:

Do you have the owners manual for this model?If not i can send you a PDF file of it.The battery is listed as a NP1 (NOT NP11 as with the Sanyo and Sony Betamovies).It looks to be a bit slimmer.Let me know...............Kevin

David
Wednesday 1st December 2010
3:20 am U.K.

dav_592@hotmail.com

Hi, I have a VPR-5800 by Sanyo with their tuner unit (VTT-5800). I looked for information online video of this model of VCR and have not found anything.

I would like to know what the battery for this model VCR (is the same as the SL-F1? ), As well as finding belts worn round (to record).

Greetings and thanks

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