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Monday 21st November 2011
6:29 pm U.K.


Hi Guys,

I live in Edinburgh in Scotland and have a number of betamax video tapes that I want to transfer to DVD I have all the kit but no betamax VCR so Im happy to buy it from you if you have a good working condition VCR or If I could borrow it from you u would be a PAL no I mean Pal. im a fully qualified A-V Tech.


Sunday 20th November 2011
10:17 pm U.K.


Does anyone know the difference between a SL-HF950 and a SL-HF950 markII? I didn´t know it ever existed such a variant.

Thanks in advance,

Mark Critchell
Sunday 20th November 2011
9:55 pm U.K.


Cheers for the advice Bill and Nigel.

In the end I connected the Beta up to the TV using the video/aerial lead that came with it, but the counter display didn't light up and couldn't get the machine to accept a tape, despite the power lights coming on.

When I bought the machine it came with another tape carriage and circuit board still in their mail order packaging, so am assuming the previous owner bought them to repair the machine and never got round to it.

Will attempt to replace them in the next couple of weeks, so fingers crossed it works as reading through the service manual that also came with it, this Sony looked like it was the nuts in its day, so will be nice to get her going again...

...especially as I've got a mountain of pre cert tapes i'm itching to watch...

Saturday 19th November 2011
12:51 pm U.K.


Mark - I've just seen that I've said something which might be confusing. The lead should connect TO the TV input and to the VCR's output. Sorry about that!


Saturday 19th November 2011
12:38 pm U.K.


Mark - Just to add to Nigel's absolutely correct posting - an HDMI lead is for a completely different technology. It's only for connecting a High Definition digital device such as an HD satellite receiver or a Blu-Ray player to a High Definition TV. Some Standard Definition DVD players upscale an SD signal to higher quality and have an HDMI output, but they won't play Blu-Ray.

If your TV has a SCART input but no BNC or phono (RCA) video connectors, you'll need a cable with SCART on one end and BNC on the other end (or phono with a phono to BNC adaptor. I use both, Maplin stock the adaptors). Unfortunately, Scart leads come with all sorts of different configurations, make sure you have one with input at the TV end and output at the VCR end. You should be able to get one which will handle audio as well. Check the connections carefully before you buy!

Regards, Bill

doc judd
Saturday 19th November 2011
9:47 am U.K.


I am selling my Sony SL HF 100 as and about 70 tapes the machine comes with remote and manual, what offers i live in queensland

Mark Critchell
Tuesday 15th November 2011
12:12 am U.K.


Cheers for the advice, Nigel.

I've left it unplugged in situ all day to acclimatise to the living room, as the chap I bought it from had it in his garage for a while, but will give your suggestion as go tomorrow.

I think I might have been a bit optimistic with the idea of connecting it via an HDMI cable, but it would be pretty cool if it worked... lol

All the best - Mark

Monday 14th November 2011
11:43 pm U.K.


Hi Mark, Regarding your question for connecting your machine to tv, i use a bnc connector (which are easily available) and an audio video rca lead (i find a standard audio rca lead does the job) On the video should be a video out with small lugs which the bnc connector locks on to once thats on just connect the leads one to video, one to audio out and other end to audio / video in on tv, and done.

Hope this helps, Nigel.

Monday 14th November 2011
6:28 pm U.K.


Hi all,

I am new in this forum which I just found when looking through the web in finding such a site: I have in my possesion a NEC PVC2300 (Beta5) Video Cassette Recorder which I did buy way back in the 70's. Also I have around 60 tapes on various old topics and recorded films, but unfortunatly I have some problems with this recorder, mainly it is the belts which have all been broken and cannot get replacement I tried with others but I cannot get the exact pressure that the mechanism needs to open and close. All other electrics seem to be ok. Have no manual to refer for troubleshooting and cannot find a technician here (MALTA) who can or bother to fix it. I keep this recorder as a sentimental object and would like that from time to time show my grandchildren what I used to show to their parents. Hope to get some information through this fora. Best regards and many thanks....Joe

Mark Critchell
Monday 14th November 2011
3:48 pm U.K.



I'm UK based and have got back into collecting tapes about 2-3 years ago after a break of about 10 years.

I've picked up a few Beta tapes in that the last year or so, and have just bought a Sony SL-C9E - the first Beta player I've had in years, so am after a bit of advice.

I haven't connected it up to test it yet, but was wondering if I'd be able to connect it to the TV via Scart (it hasn't got a port on the back of the video), or even better via an HDMI cable?

I ask about HDMI as I was given one of these ages ago from work, and wondered if there's a slim chance it might work?


Many thanks in advance - Mark

Sunday 13th November 2011
8:59 pm U.K.



That is great, please put me down for a handful if you find a suitable gear!I'll send you an email with my details.

I had thought about that but never quite make it over to Hobbyco.......

Noel Higgins
Saturday 12th November 2011
10:02 pm U.K.



I have been communicating with Tim in Perth and he found some brass model car gear sets and managed to adapt them to fix his machine. He also replaced the shaft with brazing flux rod which I think he said was 2.5mm diameter. I was going to investigate getting a Melbourne source for such gears. I have quite a few machines that could use them also.

regards Noel

Saturday 12th November 2011
8:39 pm U.K.


Has anyone worked out a solution yet for the loading gears in a SL-C9? I mean the little gears on the bar across the top of the loading mechanism. I now have two machines where the plastic gears have broken. The machines with brass gears work flawlessly.

Noel Higgins
Saturday 12th November 2011
7:36 pm U.K.



A fair question. I think stereo transmissions started in Australia just after the Germans developed it because we basically adopted their advanced PAL system anyway. I guess the two carrier sound transmissions started here about 1982. The SLC40 was the first machine here with a stereo tuner though is was the SLC40ES model sold here. The SLHF100AS was developed as an Australian version with 240AC approval with a stereo tuner but with TV O/P on channels 0 or 1 VHF.

I think New Zealand had NICAM.

cheers Noel

Friday 11th November 2011
1:26 am U.K.


To any of the Australians, especially Noel,

My major question - When did your German-style 2ch FM sound setup start? Presumably at some point all your VHS machines had to have suitable tuners. Was it all far back enough for any Beta machines sold in Australia to need suitable tuners? In the UK Nicam was available from 1987 or thereabouts and VHS machines and upmarket TVs were available with it installed. That's how I first experienced Nicam. To the very best of my knowledge no Beta machines sold here were ever available with Nicam. It may seem disloyal, but I used an S-VHS machine as a stereo tuner for my SLHF100 and have done so since for my SLHF950.

It's just occurred to me that your broadcast setup is PAL B/G, not Pal I as we have here. I have had personal experience of that a few times, getting German terrestrial channels on DX, my late lamented Loewe TV had a suitable tuner. I would rate the quality as a bit better than on PAL I but not enormously so. How do you fit the Nicam sub-carrier into the bandwidth?

I know that all this will be history when the great analogue switch-off happens. For me the main local transmitter has already switched off and the London transmitter we get is due next April. As the process continues across Europe it will be the deathknell for TVDX. Still, it's nice to know the history of the most turbulent period in the development of television.

All the best, Bill

Noel Higgins
Saturday 5th November 2011
1:07 pm U.K.



The 950 does have a DC/DC but not like the C9. The first stage of the power supply converts 240V AC to 12V DC at up to 4 amps. The second stage takes that and produces all the other voltages. Probably there is a fault dragging down one of those voltage rails or a poor connection.

Yes the sound circuit would have to change to convert an ES model to a UB but why bother when digital is coming, just use your AV input to record off a set top box.

cheers Noel

K Lambert
Thursday 3rd November 2011
12:22 pm U.K.


De SPAMMING needed again............................

K Lambert
Tuesday 1st November 2011
10:20 pm U.K.


Hi David:

Are you inthe UK?

I have a lot of experience with the Sanyo's and some with the Sony's.Relpy to my e-mail address if interested.


Tuesday 1st November 2011
5:45 pm U.K.


Hello Everyone

I have just got a Sanyo VYC 5150 when I put atape in the picture seems to jump plus as well its in black and white and I know the film is in colour, I got a sony head cleaner and put just a couple of drops of head cleaning fluid on the tape and ran the tape for 10 secs but this has made no difference its seems to have made it slightly worse can anybody help me please

Tuesday 1st November 2011
2:49 pm U.K.


hi to noel I would like to know does the sony SL-HF950 have a DC-DC convertor as like the C9s ? I have just had power fault on one of my 950s it switches on but not properly the clock display works but the green display lamp under the on/off button does not come on when I removed the power supply I see there is a small metal box part with lots of holes in it I am thinking maybe its a DC-DC convertor,the other thing is do i have to change the sound crystal to get the one for the uk as this is a ,ES modél many thanks david.

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