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richard dobson
Monday 1st April 2013
7:11 pm U.K.



richard dobson
Monday 1st April 2013
6:55 pm U.K.


hi have just got a sanyoy 5150 anyone know where i can get the rew/ff,repaired as its working but rew/ff,is very slow .

Alex R
Monday 1st April 2013
1:36 am U.K.


Hi All, my Sl-HF100 has started playing up and I suspect the power supply and Timer board to be abit dodgey, it would help if anyone had a parts machine to offer, say one with mechanical problems that I could use, it would be nice also to have a top cover with the blue label, my top has had it removed, if you could help please don't hesitate to message me,

ThanksAlex (UK)

Sunday 31st March 2013
1:19 pm U.K.


I purchased a Sony Hifi Betamax SL HF860d. An awesome machine but it has some problems. When I load a tape (with the cover off)and press play the tape on the right hand side (facing the machine) bunches up and ultimately jams. Most forums say it could be the pinch roller. But the pinch roller works smooth and spins freely and when I manually put tension on it and press play the problem still occurs. Any other ideas? I can send pictures of the problem.

Tuesday 26th March 2013
5:05 pm U.K.


i have a nec model no PVC764, and am trying to fix it. the tape loads, but when it has loaded the loading motor keeps on going, then stops in fault mode after a few secconds. the machine has to be turned off then on again to eject the tape. i cannot find any schematics for this machine on the web, has anyone had this fault before and found the cure? thanks.

Garry Stansfield
Tuesday 26th March 2013
2:07 pm U.K.


Hi, I just got out my SL-C5 UB (kept clean and dry in a cupboard) which probably has not been used for 10 years, but previously worked 100%. Sound is great, but the picture on all tapes I tried is wobbly or shakey, although complete with no break up. It is the same on both RF and Video out. Has anyone any ideas? Is it due to the missing analogue TV signal upseting synchronisation? Is there a small adjustment needed? Thanks in anticipation.

Monday 25th March 2013
3:23 am U.K.


Betamax SL-C7. In Quick Fault Guide, fault "No colour in playback & e-e modes", solution "Suspect failure of IC6 [CX1301]".What means "e-e modes"?Can someone show diagram showing electronic circuit with IC6? Replacing this IC6 solves the problem? Are these IC6 still available? Specifications, brand, etc.?All help is welcome.Thanks.

Sunday 24th March 2013
9:56 pm U.K.



I have a Sony Betamax similar to this :

http://www.jonathanen.com/pages/Bedroom/VCRs/Sony/Betamax/ SL-800ME /SL800ME1a.jpg

I do not know what type of cables I should use to output the video to the tv. In the back, there are to types of output : one looks like the old antenna output, and the other one is called "Multi Output".

Can you please guide me in what cable I should buy in order to get this work.


stephen brinkley
Sunday 24th March 2013
9:51 pm U.K.


Hi, does anyone have an e-mail address for Martin Potter, thanks for your help, Steve

Sunday 24th March 2013
7:49 pm U.K.


I have a box of 20 or more BETAMAX Cassettes that contain TISWAS and OTT episodes recorded back in 1981 / 1982 they are all in good condition and would be good for a collector. I have them transfered to DVD so no longer need the cassettes and they are taking up space if anyone like to make an offer. I may post but buyer would have to pay all postage / packing costs. prefer collection.

Allan Mikkelsen
Friday 22nd March 2013
4:00 pm U.K.


Hello there

First off, it is so great finding this website whare people genuenly seem to still care about the old video formats, and it indeed is a plessure reading all of these mesages from various enthusiasts who all seems to know what they are talking about.

Well, I am in the process of upgrading all of my video equipment, and I would actually like to be able to play back all of the old formats. I have often stumpled apon various programmes on the old formats that has been for sale various places, however I havent made any purchases, as I didnt have the equipment to play back the tapes. Well, I want to do something about that now, which is why I am posting here. I am looking for working mashines to play back most formats, that goes both for betamax, U-matic, betacom, and I am actually also am looking for a top of the range VSH/SVHS-machine to replace my old model, which is rubbish.

I've been noticing that some times people on here are actually selling these old gems, so I thaught I'd chime in with a mesage about my needs. I'd like to get my hands on a perfect working Betamax model, prefurebly the:http://www.palsite.com/950ovi.htmlOr a equivalent model. I would also like to have the option of playing back both pal and NTSC tapes, however it doesnt seem as if the sony can handle both tv-standarts?Please drop me a line if you have a working machine you'd like to sell. Again, I am not able to fix these myself, so I'd rather purchase a fully functioning model that has been fixed by an expert.

Also, I am not in the UK, but postage and packing would of course be payed for.

all the best from allan

Tuesday 19th March 2013
6:45 pm U.K.


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Monday 18th March 2013
3:56 pm U.K.


Hi there, I have a much cherished Sony SL-C7UB that I no longer have the space for. It's FREE to a good home, so long as you sort out postage or pick-up. Working condition is currently unknown, as I haven't had it plugged in for a couple of years. But the rewind has historically been very slow.

Also have something in the region of 150 beta tapes in need of a new home. These contain material from the 80s and 90s. Would hope for something back for these.

Email me for more. I'm in Scotland.

Chris Margrave Gregory
Friday 15th March 2013
3:45 pm U.K.



I have a number of UVW 1800P FOR sale at 200. 00 GBP each.

Please let me know if you are interested in them.

Kind RegardsChris

Wednesday 13th March 2013
3:16 pm U.K.



I have a Fully working SONY BETAMAX SL-C9UB VIDEO RECORDER complete with Instruction Book , Remote Control & a number of Tapes.

I have tested payback and record via the AV sockets and all works ok.

Is anyone interested please Email me (Sorry the previous post had the wrong email address.



Wednesday 13th March 2013
3:07 pm U.K.



I have a fully working SONY BETAMAX SL-C9UB VIDEO RECORDER UK Version complete with a number of Tapes , Instruction book & Remote Control.

I have tested this with a number of tapes and also recording via the av input socket.

Anyone interested please email me.



Tuesday 12th March 2013
12:24 am U.K.


Hello all,

I now have a Sony BMC 100P. All mechanical functions work. Audio works. But it records either a black blank screen or a white blank screen. Any ideas on how to repair this will be appreciated.


Monday 11th March 2013
5:33 am U.K.


Hello all,

Is it recommendable to demagnetize the audio head in Beta VCRs?


Friday 1st March 2013
3:35 pm U.K.


There is a Spanish serial called "Cuentame". In one of the chapters, appears a Betamax box (see minute 11:30).

Here's the link:


Enjoy betaphiles

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Friday 1st March 2013
2:48 pm U.K.


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