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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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