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martijnv
Tuesday 17th January 2012
11:48 am U.K.

martijnv@somewhere.nl

Hi everyone, I remember our first betamax VCR like it was yesterday. A couple of days ago I saw it for sale on internet: a Sony SL-C5. I didn't remember the exact type but looking at the photo I remembered every detail and I'm sure that was the one we had (although this one was silver, I remember ours being brown?). I was in doubt if I would buy it(I know for sure my wife would think I'm crazy), and then it was sold to someone else. But the good thing is that I'm sure that I want to buy one now.

Nice site by the way, always fun to see people keeping the good stuff alive :-)

DAVID BRUNNER
Tuesday 17th January 2012
2:54 am U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

Ok noel the betacam tapes run 6 times faster that betamax and the luminance and chrominance are separates

Noel Higgins
Monday 16th January 2012
6:54 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

David,

I am not an expert on video tape composition but I have gleaned the following from various posts over the years.

Betacam tape cases are compatible with domestic machines but their "recorded material" is not because they run 6 times faster. The tape composition is also different. The non-SP oxide types can be used and roughly simulate the top of the range Sony Pro-X tapes used in the SLHF950 superbeta machines.

Betacam SP machines use "metal" tapes (which I assume is still an oxide but perhaps chromium oxide) which I have heard wears standard heads. Some have said they are smoother on the surface, so they shouldn't increase head wear however it is quite logical that record bias is not optimised for this material and therefore recording quality is likely to be poor.

regards Noel

Long Tall Ian
Monday 16th January 2012
5:12 pm U.K.

ian.corben@sky.com

Hi

Further to my email above, if anyone is looking to sell a Hi Fi/ Stereo betamax machine in the UK - please let me know. Not technical at all, so please, it needs to be working!! Thanks

DAVID BRUNNER
Monday 16th January 2012
1:26 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

Brian, I is possible that rewind slow because the tape is hard or the belts are soft or the font is low or the drivers of the motor are bad or one or various coils of the motor are open

doc judd
Monday 16th January 2012
9:20 am U.K.

garnetjudd@bigpond.com

I am selling my SONY SL HF 100 complete with remote,manual,.and beta tapes approx 105.I live imn Robina qld

Brian Willet
Sunday 15th January 2012
4:01 pm U.K.

bwilly5231@comcast.net

Hi, just found the site. I just bought my 5th betamax player, this is a sanyo betacord vcr4500, this one works sorta of, plays fine rewind is horribly slow. Can I get parts somewhere? Im reading over the basic cleaning guides going to attempt myself. So from what ive seen I would like to replace some basic parts belts etc. Any help would be appreciated. And yes I have 4 other beta players, all but one power up but none wont play at all. This is the first player I actually bought that worked somewhat. thanks

DAVID BRUNNER
Friday 13th January 2012
10:40 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

Ok Noel, What material are the tapes of betacam digital?

Long Tall Ian
Friday 13th January 2012
1:37 pm U.K.

ian.corben@sky.com

I've been lurking for a while in my bid to acquire a betamax player to finally transfer over my old betamax tapes, and I just wanted to say thank you, for what is I am sure a labour of love, but nonetheless invaluable site where I have learned so much. I can't ask any technical questions as I don't know what I don't know, but once I have my machine I will no doubt post again. In the meantime you have saved me a fortune from buying some models off of ebay and others which would have been pups I think, so my quest for a quality hifi model goes on, and until I am successful, I say thanks again....

Gabriel
Friday 13th January 2012
1:33 pm U.K.

gabrigpb@hotmail.com

Is the Sanyo VTC-5550 a strange model to find? Last december I found one of them and, after trying to find some information about that vcr, it seems to be difficult to get.

Also, I have lots of pictures of betas I have (or had in the past) and would like to share in this site. For example, there are no pictures related to the Sony Sl-C80 here.

Happy New Year!

Noel Higgins
Friday 13th January 2012
10:14 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Betacam tapes can be used as long as they are the normal oxide types. Steer clear of metal type SP tapes.

cheers Noel

DAVID BRUNNER
Friday 13th January 2012
2:44 am U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

Hello, the betacam tapes are compatible with betamax videos?

Noel Higgins
Wednesday 11th January 2012
11:46 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Bill,

Probably a fair question about what type of SECAM but I have never seen a SECAM tape nor do I have the service manual or operators manual for the machine so I cant tell you more than what's on Palsite.

regards Noel

K Lambert
Wednesday 11th January 2012
2:48 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Noel,Martin,Bill and the rest of the Beta fan'sHappy New Year too:)Yes i'm still ressurecting the beta's and still enjoying it.Does anyone have acces too the remanufactured front membranes for the sanyo VTC6500. I have just seen a Australian one for sale with one of those new membranes fitted.it really does make the vcr look newer.They are lighter in colour than the origionals too.A shame as i've had so many to work o and in most cases 'saved' the origional membrane from further deterioration and making it more sensitive to operate.But the new one would lift it even further.Peace guys...............Kevin

Bill
Wednesday 11th January 2012
9:07 am U.K.

electravibe10@gmail.com

Hi Noel,

Is your SL200ME French SECAM L or another variety? It's just out of interest now. At one time I would have been very keen on getting a SECAM L machine for my occasional TVDX activity. Sadly the digital switchover continues apace in France like everywhere else. Of the three transmitters I used to get, the low-power ones at Boulogne and Dunkirk are already switched and I think the high-power one at Caen is to go in the near future. Paris and the rest of Ile de France had gone by last November.

So SECAM L is doomed. It's a pity, I always liked it, particularly for its colour stability and its very good flesh tones.

All the best and a happy new year, Bill

Noel Higgins
Wednesday 11th January 2012
6:11 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Martin,

Thanks again for your efforts. It's a pity that a hobby site requires so much effort.Hi Kevin, keep up the good work. I still get to fix betas from time to time. Just picked up my first SL200ME so I will be taking some pictures for PALSITE once I repair it. It is PAL or SECAM, quite strange really.

cheers Noel

K Lambert
Tuesday 10th January 2012
9:39 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Guys

Time for a new secure board i think.This just spoils things and goes on and on.2012 a time for more positivity and moving forward.Those who spoil things for others purposely should be left by the wayside.

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

Martin
Tuesday 10th January 2012
11:44 am U.K.

no_spam@palsite.com

Really heavy spamming has knocked all the valid entries off. Sorry.

pacific force
Thursday 5th January 2012
5:21 am U.K.

dm.kohler@hotmail.com

Hello. Im just posting on here in hopes of selling off my collection of beta max cassets. All adult xxx in nature. These are master copies with paper work used to duplicate onto vhs and dvd by a adult company now out of business .Also available are VCRs and a Beta Max play. other recording equipment aswell.Any advice would be appreciated.

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