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joe
Monday 21st April 2014
11:23 am U.K.

diezjackdaniels@gmail.com

I think i have good news.I found a guy who restores old Beta videos in Spain.He told me that if i can find heads and all things i need he can fix my video.Can you help me to find the pieces who i need to fix it?Otherwise, can you tell me excluding the expensive Sony´s, what is a good unit to buy if i can´t fix my Sanyo?i couldn´t see any tape this weekend, but only hear the sound of old tapes became me nostalgic to old times.Many Thanks to all

joe
Sunday 20th April 2014
12:02 pm U.K.

diezjackdaniels@gmail.com

this weekend i try to start my sanyo and i think i have a big problem, i try to clean heads following the tutorial in this web, but the video still dont working, the sound is very good but the image is impossible to see.i think i need new heads, but i am afraid it will be impossible to find it.If i try to use a old head clean tape, the video didnt pass the tape, is like the video has more resistance and the engine or something dont work properly, if i put normal tapes it works fine but i dont have imagecan someone help me?

Dave A.
Saturday 19th April 2014
2:54 am U.K.

avideo99@yahoo.com

Last chance to buy a fully functional Sony NTSC Super Beta Hi-Fi Recorder. The units for sale are a Sony SL-HFR70 and HFP -200. I am the original owner of both units; and both units are sold complete with Original Owner's Manual, Remote Control and the Original Sony Shipping Cartons complete with all packing inserts. I had my video engineer go through the recorder prior to packing; and everything works perfectly - all soft touch controls, lights, etc. Selling both units for $ 200. 00 + actual UPS or FedEx shipping charges. USA SALES ONLY and all sales paid for in US Dollars or USPS Money Order. I also have Professional Betacam SP and DV Cam units for sale as well. I'm in the Reno,Nevada area; but can deliver to the Sacramento or Bay Area for serious buyers. Both units will go to a commercial auction house in the next 10 days if not sold; so respond soon if you want these units.

joe
Wednesday 16th April 2014
1:59 pm U.K.

diezjackdaniels@gmail.com

Many thanks to try to help me.I agree that the Sanyo was very good,and i think i found a guy here in Spain who says me that they have some pieces for the video so maybe i can fix it.I will try to see what is wrong and then i will post it, and hopefully you can help meMany thanks one more time

Gabriel
Tuesday 15th April 2014
11:41 am U.K.

pleasenotreply@gmail.com

Joe,

Sanyo VTC-NX10 is a really good machine (and most Sanyo betas). It is worth repairing, but it seems that your local tech does not want to complicate himself too much. Normally, a new set of belts/idler, PSU checking, general and heads cleaning, and alignment (if needed) would bring your Sanyo to full specs.I specially like the NX10 because of its vivid colours and reliable operation.

Pd: a working, refurbished SL-HF950 may cost up to 300-350 eur on Spain. They seldom appear on eBay.

K.Lambert
Tuesday 15th April 2014
10:29 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi JoeIn regards to your Sanyo NX10 bwing impossible to fix, i find that interesting.Sanyo's are one of the easiest and most pleasant VCR manufacturers to work on.Their beta's in particular.Most 'service guys ' opinions with vcr's (especially beta's these days) is I don't WANT to know so i'll fob you off.I've been on the end of that a few times myself.Hence why i now do what id do.

A pity you did'nt live a bit nearer,i would be more than happy to help you out.

...................Kevin (UK)

Martin
Tuesday 15th April 2014
8:13 am U.K.

martin@palsite.com

FYI: I have just added the SL-F1 TV wiring diagrams to the site

http://www.palsite.com/slf1ovi.html

joe
Monday 14th April 2014
5:51 pm U.K.

diezjackdaniels@gmail.com

Hello from Spain, i have an old Sanyo VTC NX10 who are died and the tecnical service says me that there is impossible to fix it.i want to buy a good unit, if it is possible the best.Maybe the Sony SL-HF950 is the best betamax video to buy?

Gabriel
Monday 14th April 2014
5:21 am U.K.

pleasenotreply@gmail.com

Noel,

Yes, I read your comments about fixing the black loading gear. As you have correctly mentioned, I have never tried that kind or repair. Instead, I take a "healthy" unit from a scrap/donor video. On the bad side of things, betas are more difficult to get as time passes, so I should start thinking about repairing gears and broken teeth.

Is it possible to have a picture(s) of your labours regarding these fixes? It would help a lot. (I think you have my email from the past).

As always, thanks a lot in advance,

Gabriel

James
Monday 14th April 2014
2:43 am U.K.

jlaing35@hotmail.com

Hi guys,

Looking for belts for the old Sanyo 9300? Well I got lucky getting a belt kit for it at Star components

If anyone is seeking a kit then I suggest you email them for info at sales@starcomponents.com.au

You may even find other things there.

http://www.starcomponents.com.au

Regards,James

Mikey405
Saturday 12th April 2014
2:07 pm U.K.

mike.bennett@oldtechnology.net

Hi all.

Re: Sony SL-C7UB

I have a couple of questions although I suspect one of them has been asked many times before but I couldn't find any way to run a search.

My first question is regarding replacing the "Toko" press-to-make switches on top of my C7 timer panel. Are there any known sources of replacements for these switches? I have 4 machines and every single one has seized up. Somebody has suggested using some thin plastic-friendly lubricant such as Peco "Power Lube" but I'm not sure whether this will work or not. (I have some on order.) Some of the buttons are seized solid but one or two will "lift up" but have no springiness to them.

My second question is regarding the AG7 BetaStack. I was wondering whether there was supposed to be some kind of clip at the back of the unit as well as the one at the front. It works okay with only one clip but the whole unit lifts up at the back as it pushes down the cassette lift. There are a couple of little metal pieces which look like they might slide into something but they could of course just be supports.

Many thanks for the help everyone.

Kind regards.

From Mike.http://www.oldtechnology.net

Noel Higgins
Saturday 12th April 2014
4:28 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Gabriel,

Sorry I should have read your last email more carefully. I see now you have not tried it.The main issue is to get use a fast drill with the right size to match what you are using to pin the gear. Martin has asked me to do a few photos to assist explanation of how this repair is performed.

cheers Noel

Noel Higgins
Saturday 12th April 2014
4:24 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Gabriel,

Yes the black loading gears breaking and spinning on shafts are the main issue causing failure these days. I hope you have managed to repair them using my method shown at http://www.palsite.com/100tech.html

cheers Noel

Gabriel
Friday 11th April 2014
6:50 am U.K.

pleasenotreply@gmail.com

Noel,

I go along with your statements regarding F30 & F60 machines. They are prone to break the loading mechanism gear (the one with the lever). I haven't ever attempted to repair one of those gears, but I will remember your method just in case. Also, the small black threading gear is really a cause of malfunction in C20 /30 F30 /60 machines, not to mention the issue related to the tape end detector spring... Sony and their fantastic "plastic designs", getting worse with age.

Sometimes I prefer Sanyos: getting every belt/rubber changed, keep an eye on certain caps and that's all. Bombproof design.

Noel Higgins
Friday 11th April 2014
12:56 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Gabriel,

I have seen the black and white issue on SLHF950s and it came down to chroma adjustments getting out of whack. The main issues I get with F30 and 60s are the load mechanism teeth breaking (the last tooth in fact) which can be repaired by heat melting the tooth plastic to hold it back in place then drilling holes in it and the second last tooth and bending a pin into a square cutting it and inserting it to hold the teeth together like a bridge in dentistry.

The servo control boards are no fun either.

cheers Noel

Gabriel
Thursday 10th April 2014
1:36 pm U.K.

pleasenotreply@gmail.com

Noel,

Thanks a lot for your tips, I'm having a look for cracks/broken tracks on those boards. However, if I find something interesting I will post it here.

Regards,

Gabriel

Noel Higgins
Thursday 10th April 2014
12:30 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Gabriel,

The F30s and F60s are prone to damage in the centre of the base video board around the centre plastic support. if they are dropped the bakelite board cracks and tracks are broken. If you bridge over the breaks using teflon coated wire wrap wire then you can fix them. just soldering over the crack is not a long term solution.

cheers Noel (betaheaven.com) Australia.

Roderick
Wednesday 9th April 2014
9:52 pm U.K.

nospam@palsite.com

The lowlife is now also attacking the U-matic page.Could that be cleaned up too?

Gabriel
Wednesday 9th April 2014
2:17 pm U.K.

pleasenotreplymail@gmail.com

Dear Betaphiles,

Do you know a solution for F30s and F60s showing only black and white image? What I usually do is just swapping the entire "video" board, containing the Chroma Process. I have 3-4 scrap boards with this isuue so I would like to fix them.

Any suggestion?Thanks in advance,

Noel Higgins
Saturday 5th April 2014
10:51 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Kevin,

Have a look at the front panel repair kit for the Sanyo VTC6500 I have developed at http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=181368843366&ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:AU:1123

cheers Noel

DAVID BRUNNER
Saturday 5th April 2014
10:04 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

The spam disturb the palsite forums

Benja
Saturday 5th April 2014
3:59 pm U.K.

benja2350@hotmail.com

Hola, tengo el super beta SL-HF950 y necesito cabezas de video. ż donde puedo conseguirlas?

Hi, I have the SL-HF950 Super Beta and need video heads. Where do I can get them?

Noel Higgins
Friday 4th April 2014
11:10 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Paolo,

The C9 audio output Ch1/Ch2 output options can be selected by via a front panel switch.That is CHA to both outs, CHB to both outputs or normal out A/B position. This was used for multilingual broadcasts.

Check it to be sure the problem is not dirty contacts in the switch. If the switch seems to be working, it will indicate if the problem is output path related or source related (before the switch)

Ripples to the tape edge and dirty heads will affect playback performance but broken solder connections on the audio board are also a common problem on aging beta machines.

regards Noel

DAVID BRUNNER
Thursday 3rd April 2014
9:14 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

Hello, if I open my video and connect the luminance and chrominance output to svideo input, I will win image quality?

Paolo Forconi
Thursday 3rd April 2014
3:20 pm U.K.

paoloforconi@iol.it

Hi, I've a problem with my SL-C9E. When I play a cassette, I can listen only left channel, ch1. The right channel, ch2, produce only a few noises and then, silence. I want know if You can help me about components to change, Like capacitors and IC, in audio board. Today I'll try to clean and adjust azimuth in audio head but I don't think is that the solution, thanks, regards, Paolo.

Peter Simpson
Wednesday 2nd April 2014
11:31 pm U.K.

admin@sterlingcomputer.co.uk

I have a brand new hard case for a Sony Betamax F1 in its original packing which is looking for a good home. Any offers?

K.Lambert
Tuesday 1st April 2014
3:00 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

SORRY Betaphiles i COULD'NT resist :)

..............

K.Lambert
Monday 31st March 2014
4:52 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

spam, spam, spam, spam, spammy spam lovely spam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Martin
Monday 31st March 2014
7:03 am U.K.

martin@palsite.com

It is a bit weird why they mainly target the Betamax chat page, although the same removal system is in place on the other boards.

The problem now is that the size of the spam posts are forcing things out way too quick, it is a shame we don't have access to the source as it would be a simple matter of adding all these checks at the time of posting rather than afterwards.

Noel Higgins
Monday 31st March 2014
12:22 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

New posts?

DAVID BRUNNER
Sunday 30th March 2014
3:08 pm U.K.

DAVIDBRUNNERPICAZARRI@YAHOO.ES

Hello, If I put a Y/C inputs and outputs in Betamax video, I will win quality?

K.Lambert
Saturday 29th March 2014
11:20 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Why just the BETAMAX chatpage is being targeted i wonder.

A pointless exercise in wasting energies.Spammers go to a site worthy of your silly, pathetic, pointless efforts.

Thanks again Martin but seeing all posts removed is getting a bit tiresome.

...............

Noel Higgins
Saturday 29th March 2014
10:22 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Martin,

Thanks for your continued efforts.

regards Noel

Samir
Friday 28th March 2014
8:32 am U.K.

samirshubaily@yahoo.com

Good morning.Where can I buy a Sony multi-connector?I need it to connect my old Betamax video player to the HD-VPR to capture my old home movies.Thank you.

Gabriel
Monday 24th March 2014
6:45 am U.K.

noreplythismail@gmail.com

Nice job Noel, that Sanyo 6500 looks like new!If needed, I would contact you for one of those kits.

Noel Higgins
Sunday 23rd March 2014
7:19 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Kevin,

No problems. I used Excel to make the new labelsChanging the colour is easy.

What is hard is getting the red line to indicate record is used in conjunction with play but most people wont be using beta machines to record these days with the move to digital channels.

cheers Noel

K.Lambert
Saturday 22nd March 2014
2:07 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Noel:

Thanks for the heads up.I actually have a guy here in the UK who is creating something near identical but in silver for the UK models (we don't have the TV/VIDEO options just 12 tuner channels).If you ever see Sanyo's original advertising for this model they made those in silver.For some reason they went with a gold colour that deteriorates badly with age.I agree Noel, the 6500 should not be overlooked, it has a pretty special performance and features to match, unusual for Sanyo beta models at the time.I think most are put off by that membrane with the usual holes in it.Still it's nice to know some are trying to rectify that:)

Nice one................Kevin

Noel Higgins
Saturday 22nd March 2014
12:03 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Hello all,

For your information I have developed a replacement front panel cover for the Sanyo VTC6500 which except for this ugly problem is otherwise a very well featured and good looking machine.

See http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/181358116971?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

regards Noel (Betaheaven.com)

Emil Jensen
Tuesday 18th March 2014
10:01 pm U.K.

ejensen1981@gmail.com

Hi Graham

The fuses are located near the whole timer block. You should undo the top cover, and be able to locate them. I had a C7 that kept blowing that fuse, after a little while in standby. It never did it when switched on.

Graham Thomas
Tuesday 18th March 2014
5:48 pm U.K.

7777glt@gmail.com

I have a SONY CL7-E betamax video recorderbeen stored for many years......switched on ,ok for a few minutes ,then went dead.Can someone tell me were the fuse F006 is located

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 0,068µf 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 I’m 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.

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