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Noel Higgins
Tuesday 18th March 2014
3:58 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Hi Guys,

I have been busy for quite a while but back now to fixing a few betas.

I noticed some comments below.

I use betacam oxide (ex commercial) tapes on the SLHF950 and they work great. Stay clear of the SP metal versions though. I am not sure if they actually wear the heads more but the tape formulation is wrong for the bias settings used on domestic machines anyway.

Interesting to note comments on the plastic parts Sony have used. I have just repaired some later model SLS2000 and SLT50ME multisystem machines. One of the SLT50ME machines has the front panel just falling apart after it was sent through the post because it has become so brittle. The SLS2000s are starting to show problems with the pins that sit in the white plastic load arms of the tape tray breaking off. The plastic is moulded over metal tabs and break at the point where the tab ends. You cant pin the plastic because of the metal tabs.

Plastics becoming brittle means that all of the beta machines will eventually have issues.

Manage your tapes and machine well by keeping them in a dry and cool environment.

regards Noel (betaheaven.com) Australia

Gabriel
Monday 17th March 2014
12:48 pm U.K.

gabrigpb@hotmail.com

Emails sent to Erling.

Thanks, Gabriel :-)

Erling
Saturday 15th March 2014
6:44 am U.K.

erlingds@online.no

Hi all,

I have the Sony SL-F1 /TT -F1 combination, but unfortunately it is not possible to charge the battery (NP-1) anymore. I have tried with a new battery, but no success. It seems like the charger unit has died. Is there anyone out there who has got a working AC -F1 charger for sale? (Any charger able to load the NP-1 will do)Would be great if anyone could help.

DAVID BRUNNER
Saturday 8th March 2014
1:45 am U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

Ok Roderick but not appears information of RM-430 unit.Other thing, the NTSC video Sony SL-HF2000 has differents speeds Beta 1, Beta 2 and Beta 3, exist PAL videos with these caracteristics?

Roderick
Friday 7th March 2014
9:30 pm U.K.

nospam@palsite.com

David, the SLO-420 (http://www.palsite.com/slo420ovi.html) is the only Betamax machine I know that will connect to a professional editor.

DAVID BRUNNER
Friday 7th March 2014
12:29 am U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

I found a service manual of the editing control unit Sony RM-430 and Sony RM-430CE, in the superior part appears U-matic and Betamax, exist Betamax videos for connect to this editing control unit?http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/aD0AAMXQVERSzudZ/$_57.JPG

Marc
Thursday 6th March 2014
11:02 am U.K.

tahon.marc@telenet.be

Hi,

I am from Belgium, I have a Betamax Fischer VBS 9000, and when I will play a tape, he always stops after 2 second's, please is there sombody how can help me to solf this problem.already thanks in advance

DAVID BRUNNER
Wednesday 5th March 2014
4:49 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

There are videos as Sony SL-C20 that load the tape in clockwise, what videos load in counterwise?

Roderick
Tuesday 4th March 2014
11:00 pm U.K.

nospam@palsite.com

David, that question doesn't make sense in any way, shape or form. Could you explain what you actually try to find out?

DAVID BRUNNER
Tuesday 4th March 2014
2:25 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

Hello, do you know what videos load to the left and what videos play and record in different speeds?

DAVID BRUNNER
Tuesday 25th February 2014
12:28 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

Ok Emil, I thought that Pro-X tape is of metal, this is the reason of question about Betacam SP tapes

Emil Jensen
Tuesday 25th February 2014
9:28 am U.K.

ejensen1981@gmail.com

Pro-X tapes are a better formulation then UHG (Ultra High Grade) tapes. But still all normal oxide tapes. Pro X tapes can be used in all Betamax machines.

Think of it as different classes and grades of cassettetapes. But still the same type. :-)

DAVID BRUNNER
Monday 24th February 2014
3:35 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

The Pro-X tapes are of oxide or metal?

Emil Jensen
Monday 24th February 2014
10:25 am U.K.

ejensen1981@gmail.com

Hi

Personally i have been using Betacam oxide tapes for years in my machines. And it never seen any increase of wear on the heads. Actually it produces a much better picture, really pushing the video machine to the limits, due to the better formulation of the tapes. Its much smoother in winding as well. But since i always use a Rewinder for my tapes, then i dont bother much about that.

Used tapes are available on Ebay and so on.

If you a own SL-HF950 you can easily switch it to Pro Mode using Betacam tapes. The "Pro-X" tapes are rare and overpriced on Ebay. And comes only in L-500 lenght.

If you need longer tapes, like L-1000 or good quality domestic tapes or broadcast tapes, get in touch with Mr. Betamax. He is quite helpful with shipping tapes, and takes Paypal.

Stay away from Betacam SP tapes, they are metal formulation, and will grind down your precious videoheads in no time. It should only be used if you own a ED- machine.

Kind regards

Emil

DAVID BRUNNER
Sunday 23rd February 2014
9:59 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

I read here that is correct use Betacam tapes in Betamax videos and not use Betacam SP tapes in Betamax videos also that for Superbeta videos there are Pro-X tapes but not appears info of the use of Betacam SP tapes in Superbeta videos

Roderick
Sunday 23rd February 2014
9:47 pm U.K.

nospam@palsite.com

Don't use BetaCam tapes in a Betamax machine.

The shells look the same but the tape used inside is completely different because it has to deal with BetaCam broadcast norms and speed. It is a sure way to wear out the heads on a domestic Betamax.

K.Lambert
Sunday 23rd February 2014
8:50 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi David:

From my understanding with Betacam tapes, there are two types.One type is FINE the other is NOT, if you want the heads to survive.I am limited as to what type or description the OK ones come under.I'm sure someone here can help.There is also the Betacam site linked with this page at the top left of the home page.Sorry i could'nt be of more help.

......Kevin

DAVID BRUNNER
Sunday 23rd February 2014
5:15 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

Hello, I have the Sony SL-F90, can I use Betacam SP tapes in this video?

Gabriel
Friday 21st February 2014
7:22 am U.K.

noreply@mail.com

Kevin,

I completely agree: when repairing Sony VCRs one can see the same faults once and again. Plastic cracks are quite typical.

Regarding mode switchs, it's clear that a good cleaning will solve most issues, but in few cases is better having it changed (if there is a replacement, of course). Some local shops still have obsolete spares for VHS. I have even recently found some new pinchrollers for betas. They were apart in a corner at an old shop :-)

K.Lambert
Thursday 20th February 2014
11:46 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Gabriel:

Interesting info.Like i've stated i have never seen inside one.Sadly for Sony it would seem their policy of using fragile plastic components continued.I also believe the issue of the worm gear cracking on the end was common to a few later Panasonic VHS models as well.Dirty mode switches (usually through a too thick manufacture type grease) is all too common on a lot of vcr's too.Once cleaned off, i've never had a failed mode switch.

.......Kevin

Gabriel
Thursday 20th February 2014
10:18 am U.K.

notreply@mail.com

Kevin, Logan,If I'm not wrong, SL-700ME and SL-500ME share the same (or quite similar) mechanism as SL-F65, F73 and F75. These are one of the latest chassis on Sony beta and they have some components in common with early VHS machines: the carriage assembly is driven by a thread worm and is prone to crack on its linkage to the motor shaft. In addition, they use a primitive version of mode switch, wich sometimes fails and mess the machine up.Apart from that, they used to be lightweight and reliable machines.

K.Lambert
Wednesday 19th February 2014
2:01 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Logan:

I regularly repair and refurbish Beta's to a high standard.(since 2002)Although those two Sony's models i have not worked on ,i don't see where they can be that much different in operation.If you want to send me an e-mail to discuss this feel free.

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

Logan
Tuesday 18th February 2014
11:01 pm U.K.

logan5@ntlworld.com

Hi Kevin,

Thanks for the response - it's good advice. The screw in question doesn't match any of the others (which I've removed), and no matter what size screwdriver I use it just seems to make metal filings with the screw head.

On another note, and just a general inquiry; I live in the South East (England) and I have 2 Multi-Region Beta's I might look to get repaired. They're both black Sony front loaders. The first (SL-700ME) worked fine for a while until it stopped keeping the tapes inside and just kept spitting them out, I haven't used it in a couple of years, but I don't see why if it was fixed and cleaned it wouldn't still work. The other I bought on eBay as a replacement for the first (SL-500ME), and although the seller said it worked it wouldn't play when I got it. I've tried a couple of local repair places, but they don't seem to know what to do with Beta's (or have the spares - understandably). Can anyone recommend someone that might be able to have a go at fixing these?

K.Lambert
Friday 14th February 2014
11:23 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Logan

I would suggest you getting those capacitors replaced.manufacturers have reason to put them there.SAFETY.I appreciate what you are saying but safety should always come first.As for the stuck screws.I've seen this over and over on ones i've worked on.ALWAYS make sure the screwdriver head is the EXACT one for those screws.They will un-tighten then, even if over tightened.Most use the first screwdriver (crosshead/Philips) they come across and succeed in wearing the head down.You can also drill the screws out or try to make a slot for a flat blade type.

Good luck and be safe.

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

Logan
Friday 14th February 2014
9:23 am U.K.

logan5@ntlworld.com

Hi,

I wonder if anyone can help me. I have Sony SL-T30 purchased recently, and although it played fine for an hour or so, there was a sudden pop and then a lot of white smoke near the psu. The video continued playing, and I've tried it since and it still plays fine. After checking the fault page for the model listed on this site I see the exact thing I encountered listed with this solution: "just remove, or replace the two 0,068f 250V capacitors, near the L1 in the power supply. You can just remove them without replacing, they are not absolutely necessary, they are here only for a basic filtering of the main AC." The question I have is; can the video be safely used without removing the capacitors, as one of the screws on the case will not come out and Im unable to get at them.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Graeme Key
Saturday 8th February 2014
12:24 pm U.K.

gkey@hotmail.co.uk

Hi all

Does anybody know where I can get an idler tyre for a Sanyo VTC5000. I have expanded my Beta collection this week !I found a tyre in my "bits" box but it is slightly too big in diameter so fights to drive take up reel in playback with gear wheel- causing this to jump in and out of mesh -then looses capstan lock.

cheers

Graeme

Roderick
Saturday 1st February 2014
9:35 pm U.K.

nospam@palsite.com

Kevin, I think David means that he records in colour but the playback is in black & white.

David, in record mode, is the picture colour or B&W?

K Lambert
Saturday 1st February 2014
2:32 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

My apologies, that message was to David B, NOT Graeme :)

.......Kev

K Lambert
Saturday 1st February 2014
2:30 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Graeme:

I think I understand what you mean.You are referring too coloured vertical bars like red,blue going from top to bottom about an inch each wide?I have seen that a few times with a Sanyo VTC 5000. Off hand I don't know but a check of all components to the colour reproducing circuits would be the only way to know.You would need the service manual for that too.Sorry I can't be of more help.

Good luck......Kevin

DAVID BRUNNER
Friday 31st January 2014
8:37 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

Kevin, I record 10 seconds and play in colour, but these 10 seconds in a video good appears in greyscale

DAVID BRUNNER
Friday 31st January 2014
2:32 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

I'm from Spain Kevin, I was searching the scheme but I not found, somebody knows where can I find?

Kevin Lambert
Friday 31st January 2014
12:49 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi david:

I'm not familiar with that Sony model.You must be overseas,USA maybe?The only thing I can suggest is getting hold of a service manual and checking your way through the colour processing circuits for faulty components or even dry joints.Something is obviously amiss.make sure too the recording isn't intended to be monochrome of course:)

Good luck.......Kev

DAVID BRUNNER
Thursday 30th January 2014
11:05 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

Hello, I have the Sony SL-F90, play in greyscale, do you know the solution?

Graeme Key
Wednesday 29th January 2014
5:41 pm U.K.

gkey@hotmail.co.uk

Hi Kevinthanks for your reply.I ve wound the mech by hand with power off.one guide on the loading ring works ok. The other guide seems as though the spring is off........need new eyes or big magnifying glass to see.....I was a kid when I got into C9 's Sanyo5000 and the like.the shuttle guide seems to slide freely in front of the loading ring but when unlacing the mech, it gets left behind as linkage is what broke in the past.

thanks

Graeme

Kevin Lambert
Wednesday 29th January 2014
2:08 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Graeme:The later mechanisms in the Sony's were very fragile.The problem you have I have sorted with anothers SLF30. The fist flick up guide was broken. I can see the only way that could happen is someone forcing something out or against it's will.You really need another machine to line this up with after replacement.It is a fiddly tricky job, but can be done.

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

Kevin Lambert
Wednesday 29th January 2014
2:04 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Helen:

Private individuals such as myself can to a very high degree.Companies I would think not.Most 'reputable service/repair busineses' don't want to know.Hence my decision too in 2003 offer what most 'still' want and desire.What country are you in?

.................Kev

"Spammers' it's not big or clever.........take a hike".

Helen
Tuesday 28th January 2014
10:48 pm U.K.

thebailey@live.co.uk

Are there any online websites or companies that can still repair Betamax players

Graeme Key
Tuesday 28th January 2014
5:53 pm U.K.

gkey@hotmail.co.uk

Hello everyone.I ve recently dug out my C9 units one of which works 100%. Not bad for something made in early 1980s.My other C9 however was retired after the plastic spring loaded rod foxed to the shuttle guide 2 and 3 snapped into 3 pieces.I have aquired another piece after 5 yr search but am at a loss as to why the original snapped.Also the second spring loaded guide on the threading ring does not "pop up" when loading cycle initiated.Does anyone know what I should be looking for before potentially breaking un replaceable parts.ps .I do have the service manuals somewhere.thanks in advance.

Martinh
Wednesday 22nd January 2014
3:22 pm U.K.

marty142@hotmail.com

I have now placed the Sanyo VTC 5000 on ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271380329617?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Thanks for your interest.

Martinh
Tuesday 21st January 2014
4:15 pm U.K.

marty142@hotmail.com

Hi, I have a Sanyo vtc 5000 to sell, it's New in it's original box which has never been opened and stored indoors for 30 odd years. so MINT. I didn't know the best place to sell, or just put it on ebay? Thanks for any help. btw I'm in the UK.

Kevin Lambert
Saturday 18th January 2014
12:05 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Noel:

Thanks for that.I now remember it was this limited output scart to three wires lead I was given. As it only had three leads on the other end it was output only. I first used that on the first Sony 950 I came across.

...............Kev

Noel Higgins
Saturday 18th January 2014
9:33 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Simon,

For the sound problem on your SLHF950 check the underside of the tuner board and see if the nicad backup battery has leaked and damaged (erroded) the wires on the underside of the board. I had this happen on at least three machines fitted with the round button type soldered in batteries. I jumpered wires across the damaged/missing tracks but it a tricky task to trace them all.

cheers Noel

Noel Higgins
Saturday 18th January 2014
9:29 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Kevin,

The scart connector on the SLHF950 allows both input and output of AV signals.

regards Noel

James
Friday 17th January 2014
12:33 pm U.K.

jlaing35@hotmail.com

Simon,

Some TV's will not show a picture or sound if there is no stable picture. I have seen your problem when the heads are dirty. Try giving the heads a clean to see if that sorts your problem...

James

Kevin Lambert
Thursday 16th January 2014
11:10 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Simon:

Basically make sure you are viewing the Sanyo recordings from the BNC to VIDEO OUT and PHONO AUDIO OUT.I would not recommend RF(yes I believe some still do).Sometimes on this model the EXT/TUNER switch get's oxidised.If you switch it up and down firmly about twice every second for about thirty seconds this usually takes care of that.As for the sound only in the TEST ON position and nothing when turning that off.I've never come across that issue.Try the TUNER/EXT method as I've stated and see what happens.Let me the results and we'll go from there.

........Kev

simon lincoln
Thursday 16th January 2014
8:13 pm U.K.

simonlinciln2@hotmail.co.uk

Hi Kevin,i have a similar problem with my vtc 5000. When pressing play there Is no sound and picturebut whien i switch to test signal the sound track suddenly appears,switch back to tuner and no sound,no picture.Any help appreciated many thanks.

Ross Willett
Thursday 16th January 2014
4:16 pm U.K.

rosswillett69@hotmail.com

I am not an expert on the names of the wires but:

I have tried a scart lead with wires on the other endI have tried wires with an add on scart on the other endI have tried wires from the betamax to the tv

(wires to wires)(wires to scart)(wires to add on scart)

I also put a brand new tape in the machine and pressed fast forward and play together, for the whole tape but nothing happened

What ever I use, I only get sound and no picture.

Thanks

Kevin Lambert
Thursday 16th January 2014
1:15 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Ross:

What connectors are you using to go from the Sanyo BNC video output socket to the INPUT on the TV?Make sure it's the correct BNC type bayonet screwlock type with a Phono female open end socket(if the socket is separate from the wire.It could also be the setting on the TV is not correct fro the analogue signal coming from the Sanyo.

If you can send pictures of your connectors/setup to my e-mail address I can assist you further.

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

Ross Willett
Wednesday 15th January 2014
10:45 pm U.K.

rosswillett69@hotmail.com

I just got a Sanyo VTC-5000. I have 400 tapes I want to watch. I have tried connecting the Betamax to my tv but all I get is sound and no picture. I dont even get a fuzzy picture. I have connected the red, yellow and white wires to the back to my tv via scart and also tried just wires to wires, but I get no picture. I have a new tv and not an old fashioned big bulky thing. I then use my remote control to put it to which action I need. I live in Scotland so its a PAL tv and machine. Thanks

Kevin Lambert
Tuesday 14th January 2014
5:27 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Simon:

I may be wrong but I believe the scart connection on the 950 is for OUTPUT only.Maybe I have the the wrong way (INPUT )only?Also the tuner would now be defunct as analogue is switched off?Not sure what country you are in?

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

Nina
Tuesday 14th January 2014
7:16 am U.K.

360ninaflowers@gmail.com

Kevin, thanks a lot for your explanation. I think it's worth printing this info and telling my local tech service because I'm not familiar with electronics.

simon
Tuesday 14th January 2014
5:03 am U.K.

workshop@ststech.co.uk

finaly got my 950 running with new heads however it has a couple of faults 1 no input via line in through scart and when in rf/tuner will only record video no audio!not standard or hifi although vu meters ok and e-e sound ok any ideas

Kevin Lambert
Monday 13th January 2014
5:26 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Nina:

It could be several things.Some caps may be going bad in the PSU (power supply).This is known to cause patterning interference on the C30 and F30. (C104 - 22uf)can cause this and poor tracking.That could be the culprit.I would get those checked out first.

Good luck...............Kevin

Nina
Monday 13th January 2014
6:24 am U.K.

360ninaflowers@gmail.com

Roderick, I really appreciate your help. I followed that tip but the machine still plays in B&W, even with original tapes, on aerial and BNC output. After two hours of continued playback the problem remains there.

James
Sunday 12th January 2014
11:37 pm U.K.

jlaing35@hotmail.com

Simon,

Check here http://www.palsite.com/pcat_diskassem.html

It may help you.

simon
Sunday 12th January 2014
10:13 pm U.K.

workshop@ststech.co.uk

i have a lovely slhf950 for repair that some idiot took the head apart took the head disk offthere is no instructions in the service manual the problem i have is the orientation of the disk relative to the intermediate assy and there are 3 wires to be soldered on old head they are red black green and oposite white black green the new head is red black blue and white black blue obvious the blue is the new colour to replace green the instructions with the head disk say to get the magnet in correct position but as the machine was dismantled i have no idea where it is supposed to be or where the 6 wires are to be soldered as on the intermediate assy there are 4 solder pads and each winding is labled 1 2 3 4 i have a photo of it if needed

any help appreciated simonsomerset technical services

Roderick
Friday 10th January 2014
8:53 pm U.K.

nospam@palsite.com

Nina, have you tried just playing a tape for half an hour or so?If you didn't use the machine for some years the heads may be dirty. Just playing a good quality tape for a while will often fix that problem.

Nina
Thursday 9th January 2014
7:31 am U.K.

360ninaflowers@gmail.com

Hello. Have a Sony beta machine, model SL-F30UB. Some years ago worked great, but now it only shows B&W picture with any tape I play. Is there any thing I could check? THANKS.

DAVID BRUNNER
Wednesday 8th January 2014
9:21 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

Hello, I have the Sony SL-F30, in EE mode works good, but when I play a original tape appear horizontal lines in movement only in parts with red colour, do you know the solution?

Dave A.
Wednesday 8th January 2014
4:55 pm U.K.

avideo99@yahoo.com

Still have a fully working Super Betamax Hi-Fi that I would like to sell. Sony SL-HFR70 + Sony HFD 200 - both units in original Sony factory cartons with operation manuals and the remote control. Selling both for $ 200. 00 + actual UPS insured shipping charges. USA sales only.

K Lambert
Monday 30th December 2013
11:31 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hope all had a great Xmas and wishing all video enthusiasts (especially Betamax ones) the very best for 2014.

Gabriel
Friday 27th December 2013
6:59 am U.K.

noreplythismail@gmail.com

*Merry Christmas to all Beta enthusiasts! All the best for this new year 2014.

/Gabriel

Noel Higgins
Tuesday 24th December 2013
7:41 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Merry Christmas to all the beta fans still out there.

regards Noel Higgins in Australia. (betaheaven.com)

Steve
Monday 16th December 2013
1:42 am U.K.

Stevented@gmail.com

Can I still buy a quality Betamax that works? When did they stop making them?

James
Wednesday 4th December 2013
2:58 am U.K.

jlaing35@hotmail.com

Maybe Moderators are needed?

Noel Higgins
Monday 2nd December 2013
12:35 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Thanks Martin - It is a difficult issue and a time waster.

Martin
Friday 29th November 2013
8:27 am U.K.

martin@palsite.com

In case you are all wondering, the new spam system appears to be working a treat. If anything it might have ruffled a few feathers, as at 06:40 GMT this morning there were so many spam posts in one go that all legitimate posts were pushed off. The board only shows about the last 60 posts, all had to be removed in one go.

I agree, it would be great to upgrade the system, but unfortunately this is not possible. If/when a new system is written/implemented, all that can be done is to turn this one off and use the new URL. I can assure you it is being considered, but as I am sure you can all appreciate, we all live busy lives.

James
Friday 29th November 2013
1:42 am U.K.

jlaing35@hotmail.com

You need to have an activation process to be able to post here, otherwise this spamming will not stop.

Roderick
Saturday 23rd November 2013
8:35 pm U.K.

nospam@palsite.com

2 days and the spammers have cracked the filter.....

I believe it is really time to change the forum software to something more secure.Maybe have a look at this: https://www.phpbb.com

It is free, fairly easy to manage once set up and will limit the spam easily.

K Lambert
Thursday 21st November 2013
1:24 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

CHEERS Martin!

ALL your efforts regarding spam removal/avoidance are very much appreciated.

...............Kev

Gabriel
Thursday 21st November 2013
8:13 am U.K.

urifrisk@hotmail.com

Keep our fingers crossed and hope it works.

Thanks a lot!

Martin
Wednesday 20th November 2013
3:27 pm U.K.

martin@palsite.com

The spam filters have had to be modified on a pretty much daily basis recently to catch all the weird terms being used. The new system will hopefully adapt better over time. Spam should hopefully be removed within about 5 minutes of it being posted. Fingers crossed.

Martin
Wednesday 20th November 2013
12:36 pm U.K.

martin@palsite.com

Currently upgrading the spam defences again, sorry for the outage. Please post if you are having difficulties.

Martin
Friday 4th October 2013
10:29 am U.K.

martin@palsite.com

Sorry, there was overnight loss of our spam filter server... it only took a short while before all the valid posts were knocked off.

Ivan
Thursday 3rd October 2013
5:38 pm U.K.

ivanfq80@gmail.com

I have a problem with a Sanyo videorecorder VTC-M20. The display is ok but when you press the Timer button the pilot light on but all the others switch off.

john Hoyusman
Wednesday 2nd October 2013
3:52 pm U.K.

Hoyu@aol.com

Good news, after reading the comments on here, CORBETA made a turn around and emailed me that he would pay shipping both ways and repair this Betamax that never worked.

I guess this guy reads this forum and decided to do the right thing..

Thanks guys for your comments and will keep you up to date if he really follows thru ..

Richard
Tuesday 1st October 2013
4:57 pm U.K.

rsleeman@live.Co.uk

Thanks Gabriel, also I forgot to mention that the sound is noticeably slow on some tapes but a quick search forward rectifies it for a few seconds. :/

Gabriel
Tuesday 1st October 2013
12:38 pm U.K.

pericochicote@hotmail.com

Hi Richard,

I don't think the capstan motors from F1 and F30 are interchangeable (the former is the model with "trick" options and some components may differ).First, try to check the pinch roller (rubber surface and inner bearings) and change the capacitors on the capstan board. That's a common source of problems on Sony beta players.

Richard
Monday 30th September 2013
2:50 pm U.K.

rsleeman@live.Co.uk

Hi everyone.I would like some advice please. I have a Sony slf1 portable recorder with warbling sound and rolling picture. Just wondering if it is the capstan motor and if so is a capstan motor from a Sony slf30 compatible? Thanks.Richard :)

fabrizio
Saturday 28th September 2013
5:46 pm U.K.

i4yfc.fabri@infinito.it

Problem with my Sony Betacam player BVW-20P:

I have found that the left tape tensioner roller no tends enough and so the image tearing. The defect disappears as soon as you push just a little-little tension on the tensioner roller which is on the left and pull the tape exiting from the left reel.I saw there is an electromagnet (blue) that pulls the tensioner roller and i think that the force of the tension is adjustable with a trimmer.The question is precisely about which card is the voltage regulator of the tape and which trimmer is ?Can anyone help me?thanks !!

**************************************Ho un problema sul mio Betacam player BVW-20P:

L'immagine strappa e ho notato che se spingo appena poco poco col dito, il rullo tendinastro situato a sinistra (quello che tende il nastro uscente dalla bobina di sinistra) l'immagine perfetta, Probabilmente il tenditore non tende abbastanza.Ho visto che la tensione avviene per un elettromagnete (colore blu)situato sotto il vano cassetta e che tira il tendinastro. Questo elettromagnete probabilmente ha una forza regolabile con un trimmer per cui vorrei sapere quale scheda e quale trimmer regola la tensione del nastro.Qualcuno pu aiutarmi ?Grazie

Gareth Williams
Friday 27th September 2013
11:16 am U.K.

garethceltic@aol.com

I have many Scotch VHS Tape Head Cleaners for Sale. Also BASF/EMTEC VHS Tapes in Bulk for Sale. 50/100 x E120 & E180 Tapes. Any Interest?

Ross
Thursday 26th September 2013
6:38 pm U.K.

rosswillett69@hotmail.com

Hi Tina I am interested. Thanks

john "JAck" Hoyusman
Monday 23rd September 2013
10:57 am U.K.

riteperspect@juno.com

tetr

Tina
Sunday 22nd September 2013
11:43 am U.K.

teaze-jenkins@live.co.uk

Unfortunately only found this site after disposing of Hubbys Betamax players, but have over 300 (closer to 500, I think) pre-recorded films, (many x-rental from when they changed to V.H.S.). Several recordable tapes. Various themes - comedy, war, etc. Think there is something for everyone. We are south west, U.K based. Shipping would probably be very expensive but if anyone would like them, please before they join the players. I want them away by end of October 2013. I'll consider delivering if you pay my petrol & upto approx an hour from where I live. Wish I had found this site earlier. Thank you for your time.

K Lambert
Saturday 21st September 2013
11:04 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi John:

As far as Cordbeta goes i have seen his vcr's and he does charge quite a premium , although these are listed as 'fully refurbished'.I do notice they are'nt always as clean as could be ( by his pictures) and some of his claims (judging by some feedback) is questionable.Justifying a high price it would have to be very well refurbished (not just belts and idlers!) and pretty much immaculate/clean and cosmetically and fully guaranteed , i would think.As i did my own i offer, with the standatory high quality leads/connectors,and owners manual.I note he also seems to retract his paltry (but legal) 3 months guarantee if you offer him a lower price?That i'm afraid is NOT ON.As i understand it all refurbished used items should come with a 3 month guarantee.PERIOD.For the prices he's commanding,even for basic vcr's, he should stand by his promise of being 'fully refurbished with guarantee' if they go wrong.

Have you had it long?

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

Justice Sods Law Live
Saturday 21st September 2013
1:35 am U.K.

spents@london.com

The jury may see tthe evidence here in the Betamx V'S The Internet. mass Media Court http://www.flickr.com/photos/highamsparkimagingdevices/

Noel Higgins
Saturday 21st September 2013
1:10 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Thanks for the continued De-spamming work Martin.

Noel Higgins
Saturday 21st September 2013
1:07 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Lambert,

The only help I can offer to your SLF1 problem at this stage is to say you really need a CRO and a service manual to see what signals are being provided to the servo circuit and the control IC. These machines are very hard to work on because of how they are constructed so compactly. Because they are portable they also get dropped resulting in obscure faults due to broken boards and mechanical damage.

The machine shuts down if it thinks it has a broken tape or even slack tape because the tape can otherwise just fill up the machine and jam it badly.

So you need to check out what the loaded and tape end sensor circuits are doing. Sometimes missing tracking pulses from servo inputs will result in the same problem. (The machine assumes no tape in the path and shuts off)

regards Noel

Noel Higgins
Saturday 21st September 2013
12:59 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

John,

I don't know you, the issue or what machine you are talking about and I assume eBay is involved because you mentioned feedback.

If you have an issue with Cordbeta about something you purchased through eBay then take it up with him. I only provide "after sales service" for the machines I sell or repair.

I am happy to provide any advice I can on problems and faults with Beta machines in general as the chat page was intended to do amongst enthusiasts, but I am not Judge Judy.

regards Noel

John Hoyusman
Thursday 19th September 2013
1:33 pm U.K.

Hoyu@aol.com

Has anyone heard of a seller on eBay called CORDBETA.

I had a problem with his unit and he said to talk to a NOEL?

Im tempted to leave Negative feedback , but will wait to tell Noel my problem if he knows this Cordbeta.

Thanks

Oswaldo Carvallo
Tuesday 17th September 2013
7:53 pm U.K.

ocarvallo@shaw.ca

My SL HF 300 is acting up...a black area appears and is distorting and "eating" a portion of the screen...see the following short clip:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzqjPq-iRbMAny ideas?

Best regards....Oswaldo

Justice Sods Law Live
Monday 16th September 2013
3:39 am U.K.

spents@london.com

It is good to give good acurate infomation about the Betamax and VHS formats as Google search is technicaly slander on the Betamax video, with miss infomation, and Wikipedia are no better still laying claim that Betamax lost out to VHS. So i had enough and put a flickr page together it only took a day to put together. called Betamax V's The Internet. Mass Media Court. Hoping this would set the record straight once and for all Betamax is supirior and the Case was dissmissed.

Lambert Dondorff
Monday 9th September 2013
2:06 pm U.K.

dondorff_lambert@hotmail.com

Hi Noel, thank you so much for your respons. I was not able to respond for now. The drumhead is rotating in fast forwarts and rewind . Also during playinf for 3 seconds. It seems it works everything but very short and as I wrote the drumhead is rotating in any position.

Thanks Lambert.

Noel Higgins
Monday 9th September 2013
5:15 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Really?

Noel Higgins
Wednesday 4th September 2013
6:51 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Lambert,

The first thing to check is to see if the head drum is rotating when you press play fast forward or rewind. See http://www.palsite.com/slf1tech.html half way down the page for more information on this fault.

regards Noel (betaheaven.com)

Lambert Dondorff
Wednesday 4th September 2013
12:49 pm U.K.

dondorff_lambert@hotmail.com

Hi Everybody, I am complete new on this Betamax Chat and I have a problem with my Sony SL-F1E. When I insert a tape and push the play button, the machine start to play and stopt after 1 or 3 seconds. Evenso with the fast forwarts and backwarts button. All the functions seems to work but for a very short time. Is there anybody outthere who can help me.

I am Dutch so my Englisch is not to good and I hope you understand my question.

Thanks in forwarts and hope you guys have the right answers for me.

Gabriel
Wednesday 4th September 2013
8:09 am U.K.

pericochicote@hotmail.com

Another clue on this faulty SL-C80:When plugged to the AC mains and the video is on Standby (Green led off), the main solenoid retracts and the reel goes on rewind by themself. This is after 25-30 minutes after connecting the machine to mains.This seems not to be related to switches nor sensors, but a supply issue. Next thing I'm trying is replacing the capacitors on PSU.

Regards,

Geoffrey Birch
Monday 2nd September 2013
11:35 am U.K.

geoffrey.birch@btinternet.com

I am looking for a replacement Cassette Housing Assembly for a Sony SL-F25 /UB Betamax Recorder

James
Monday 2nd September 2013
3:59 am U.K.

jlaing35@hotmail.com

If it simply the tone that is affected then it could simply be the pinch roller that needs to cleaned or replaced.

James

Noel Higgins
Sunday 1st September 2013
12:53 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Berrie,

Warbling audio is a different problem. Usually related to aging capacitors.

It changes the bias voltage setting of the capstan servo and also affects the tracking adjustment range. Replace the capacitors in those areas and reset the bias voltages should fix it.

regards Noel

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