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Eddy Chumaidi
Wednesday 3rd August 2011
1:47 am U.K.


Hi, Dave.

thank's for responding my post.the pre-recorded tapes played on another machine ( SL-C9e ) played just fine.the standard is PAL system. and this machine (SL-S660D) it use to be fine played the same tapes, the actually problem is when I recording a tv program on SL-S660D, and tried to play it back, it played fine just a view minutes (about 10 minutes, and then the picture go blank, it look like poor video heads, I tried to cleaning the heads with isoprophile alcohol (Follow the steps how to cleaning video head on this web) the problem is still the same.but I've tried to playing back the recorded tape that made from my SL-S660D with my SL-C9e it looks fine until the end of recording..I tried to record a tv program again with my SL-S660D with this condition (look like poor video heads when played back, ok on e.e)the problem is still the same, cannot played back of it owned recording, but played fine on another machine ( SL-C9e )so where is the problem with my SL-S660D..??any suggestions..??please help..the physical machine is similar with model SL-S600

Tuesday 2nd August 2011
4:45 pm U.K.


Hi eddy as for the precorded tapes may sure they are from your county and not from US or Canada as we are NTSC and you might be PAL or some other format

Eddy Chumaidi
Tuesday 2nd August 2011
3:17 pm U.K.


Sorry, if my english not well, I am from indonesia.I've got problem with my sony Betamax SL-S660D (Superbeta)it cannot Playing back Pre-recorded tapes, and playing tape recorded on that machine too,but, if I try to recording with this machine (my SL-S660D) and I play it back using another machine ( SL-C9e ) it's look perfect.I just wondering where the problem is..??please.. somebody help me with this kind of problem..I have to try to cleaning the head drum, try to change the caps. on the video output..but the problem still the same..

Noel Higgins
Thursday 28th July 2011
8:16 am U.K.



Thanks for posting a reply for Kire but I have already fixed that HF100 for Kire by swapping over the tape mechanism. The gears and micro-switches at the side were not adjusted/aligned correctly.

cheers Noel

Thursday 28th July 2011
7:40 am U.K.


Gabriel - I'm afraid there IS incompatibility. While in Spain you use PAL B/G like the majority of countries in Europe, the UK uses PAL I, which has a different audio setup. If you try using your machine for off-air recording you will get no sound.


doc judd
Wednesday 27th July 2011
9:33 am U.K.


for kire,i looked in the 100as amual it had 3 reasons why your tape would not load1. the recorder is turned off 2,the cassette is revdersed3amother cassette has been loaded senmd me your address abd I will send the manual

Sunday 24th July 2011
8:43 pm U.K.


Hi again, today I have just a simple question: Is it possible to run a Spanish Beta version (typically -E) in the United Kingdom? Are there any incompatibilities apart from the AC connector?

By the way, good job de-spamming.

Thanks a lot,

Saturday 23rd July 2011
2:21 am U.K.


I was just wondering the value of a ED beta Machine (EDV -9300 ) I do plan on keeping it for now and they don't show up on ebay to often I know in 1988 it was a very pricey unit ($3300) which in todays dollers would be about $5000thanks

Noel Higgins
Friday 22nd July 2011
11:57 pm U.K.


Hi guys - Not here so often now but still doing lots of beta repairs.

Martin, thanks for the continued de-spamming work.


Try cleaning the rubber roller which holds the tape against the capstan during play with alcohol. The surface get dirty and the rubber gets hard over time. You could also clean the surface of the audio heads near the capstan to make sure you get optimum sound level as dirt accumulates on the surface of the heads.


The sanyo machines have rubber belts and rollers which deteriate even whilst the machine is stored. Best to fit a new set of belts and see how it works then.


The SLHF950s should playback normal sound from any domestic beta tape. Make sure the switches in the front panel are set at the green dot marked setting except switch the Beta HiFi switch from auto to normal. Sometimes the machine gets tricked into staying in HiFi mode when there is no HiFi track there. Normal mode selects the linear audio track manually.

regards Noel (betaheaven.com)

doc judd
Friday 22nd July 2011
6:07 am U.K.


Gday,Betaphiles,as you may have noticed,my email address has changed I have rested my SLHF 100 and am currently watchimng old movies on vhs.take care and regards

K Lambert
Tuesday 12th July 2011
6:04 pm U.K.


Hi Martin:

It sounds like , very typical with these vintage Beta's your vcr needs a damn good overhaul/refurbishment.If you'd like to e-mail me privately we can discuss this further.


Luis B.
Monday 11th July 2011
9:39 pm U.K.


Ok I have a betamax zenith player/recorder model #vrt9850 and the tunner vr9800 with remote i realy dont have any use for it.so if any one out there can use it i am willing to sell at a good price email for more info

Monday 11th July 2011
6:02 pm U.K.


Hello there

I am currently having problems with my Sanyo VTC5150 which I have been using to transfer tapes onto DVD. I finished transfering one tape which was was a bit defective(the sound was wonky all the way through) and since then have been getting sound but no picture when putting tapes in.

Also over the last few days a couple of tapes have been unravelling in the machine. I used the machine for the first time in about a month at the weekend and I temporarily had this problem when I first got the machine so could this be caused by the machine being stored.

If anyone can offer me any help/advice at all it would be most welcomed.

Sunday 10th July 2011
7:45 am U.K.


Thanks for the advice guys - very helpful. I'll give the machine some exercise with a tape that is not important and see how it goes over a couple of days of being powered up.


Saturday 9th July 2011
10:09 pm U.K.


Fangs, the machine has been stored for 18 years and probably just needs a bit of exercise to get started again ;).Try fast forwarding and rewinding a couple of tapes. Also leave it turned on for a day or so.And finally, it could be the tapes if they were all stored at the same spot. See if you can find a tape from another spot to see how that works. Again, the winding / rewinding may help too.

K Lambert
Saturday 9th July 2011
6:01 pm U.K.


Hi Fangs:

It sounds as though you have a tight backtension and or something dry to give you those results.It's hard to give instructions for back tension errors as you really need the torque cassette for this.Where abouts are you?


Saturday 9th July 2011
4:18 pm U.K.


Hi guys,

I am hoping that one / some of you might be able to help me out with some basic advice. I have just been given a Sony C20 Betamax vcr which has been stored by my family in a loft space for about 18 years, along with some home recorded tapes.

When I fired it up it seems to power up fine. However, when I play the tapes there is a little screen disturbance and also the sound is distorted, almost as if slowing down a little although one does not get that impression from the viewing the video. I have tried several tapes & get the same effect with all of them. The machine was working fine when it was originally stored. Could anyone give me some pointers as to how to fix this myself? Is this likley to mean attempting to clean the parts inside? If so wher do I start? I did try looking at the fault finding page for this model but could not see anything that was really representative of the problem.

Grateful for any help at all. Thanks. Fangs.

K Lambert
Friday 8th July 2011
10:07 pm U.K.


Cheers Martin for the de spamming.A shame this site get's regularly disrupted by such nonsense.


Be very carefull with the heavy pushing for the tape insertion on the later Sony's the plastic gears to the side are known for cracking and causing tape insertion issues.The left hand lever arm cog is usually the one that cracks.There is also a lever switch that closes as you push a tape inside to activate the motor mechanisms.It may need checking out.

Send me your e-mail address privatley and i'll PDF/e-mail the relevant pages over to you.


Friday 8th July 2011
5:36 pm U.K.


i just bought a sony beta hf100as. yes its australian. just wondering if anyone can help with a reference of some kind as to how the tape entry mechanism, ie the side gears etc should be adjusted. im only asking because you have to give the tape quite a push before the tape goes in and loads properly. maybe a diagram if there is one with a description on how to adjust it. i appreciate all help.

Friday 8th July 2011
12:04 am U.K.


Martin, thank you so much!

Thursday 7th July 2011
2:11 pm U.K.


The de-spamming is still running as normal... the spammers had just started using some even weirder terms. For the last week:

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Total spam removed: 860

Mike Bennett
Wednesday 6th July 2011
7:16 pm U.K.


Hi all.

I was wondering whether anyone had the adaptor plate that bolts to the top of a Sony C7 to allow the AG7 BetaStack unit to attach to the machine please? I have the unit itself but no bracket. :-( I'll happily pay your price. :-)

Many thanks all.

Kind regards.

From Mike.

Mikael H
Wednesday 6th July 2011
2:07 pm U.K.


I have 2 Betamax SL-HF950 that only gives sound, no image. I have tried the normal/standard/Pro super beta switch on the front, but there is no difference. Is this model not able to play standard betamax tapes? The tapes were recorded on a SL-8000.

K Lambert
Wednesday 6th July 2011
7:59 am U.K.


What happened to the de spamming?This just SUCKS...............It makes the board impossible to read (the genuine posts anyways).

Another answer to stop this is needed....... soon..............Kevin

doc judd
Sunday 3rd July 2011
7:17 am U.K.


looks like an Arab named abso has sabotagbed the MB

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