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Noel Higgins
Tuesday 27th January 2015
10:22 pm U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Derek,

I can help you with some spares for your machines if the postage costs are not too high.

See betaheaven.com

regards Noel

K Lambert
Tuesday 20th January 2015
10:20 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Rumen:

From your description it sounds like you have solenoid issues for the pinch roller and maybe eject mechanism and also the forward tension is maybe too high,back tension too severe or the pinch roller needs replacing,causing your damaged tapes.

.Kevin

Derek A
Wednesday 14th January 2015
12:53 pm U.K.

datatag@gmail.com

Hi Kev

I've bought some "new, old stock" parts already (including and idler & pinch-rollers) just in case, and I'm keeping my eyes peeled for any other bits including machines for "scrap". I now have over 150 tapes which I'm slowly archiving and indexing - which is definitely a labour of love...! At least once I've got them transferred to PC I can skip through them digitally to archive the content, rather than having to play and use search (thereby wearing my machines out even more!). Derek.

K Lambert
Tuesday 13th January 2015
1:13 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

DerekA:

You will have to search long and hard.Most genuine parts will be new old stock.You can still obtain belt's and some parts are around usually owned by those getting out of the repair business on E-bay.

Good luck...........Kev

Derek A
Saturday 10th January 2015
12:43 pm U.K.

datatag@gmail.com

Hi I'm in the UK (Cumbria) and now have 5 working Betamax machines including a couple of Sony SL-HF100s, a couple of Sony SL-F1UBs (with TT -F1 Tuner/Timers and HVC-2000 and HVC-4000 cameras) and a Sanyo VTC-9300P. I've had the VTC-9300P since the late 80s but the others are recent acquisitions that have all required work - including full PSU overhauls for the TT-F1s amongst other things!! Once I get sorted, I'll post details of the repairs I've had to do to get these up and running. The SL-HF100s both have faulty VU meters so I'm thinking of designing a replacement for these, but I'm also looking at sources of spares. I need a clock timer display for one of the TT-F1s as the vacuum pip was smashed off mine in transit, plus are video heads, belts, idlers etc still available? Any help or advice welcome!!

Derek.

Matt
Thursday 8th January 2015
3:01 pm U.K.

matthew_churchett@hotmail.com

Hi guys, I've got a VTC5000 Sanyo Betamax player for sale. It originally came from Kev in 2010 and it's worked flawlessly for me ever since. I've even lent it out to people to copy their tapes.

Only looking to sell because I need the cash. Offers around 120

K Lambert
Wednesday 7th January 2015
4:45 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Jeff:

I have e-mailed you regarding the Sanyo parts.

.....Kev

jeffoldbean
Wednesday 7th January 2015
1:35 pm U.K.

jeff0ldbean@btinternet.com

Hi kevin having taken a closer look of the piccys, on the F30 page.The transport mech seems to be the same.That Left gear is intact.The "Tray"that the cassette sits on was Slightly out of square.I adjusted it by taking of that Left hand gear and moving the tray into the right Posn.Then put back the gear.The tape know loads into the machine OK.But there this delay before the threading starts.

jeffoldbean.

K Lambert
Wednesday 7th January 2015
1:24 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Jeff;Whatever you do DON'T open the side cover to the geared tape insertion mechanism.It takes some time to get the alignment right if you put it out.TRUST ME.

I have never seen inside the F25 so don't know if it's the same as an F30 or C30. I would vere towards the F30. The tape loading would be identical I would think.

.....Kev

jeffoldbean
Wednesday 7th January 2015
1:18 pm U.K.

jeff0ldbean@btinternet.com

Hi Kevin I will look into This.I didn't Know about The F30 Piccys.This machine is the SLF-25UB.They have a common Transport.Also I didn't want to take a look inside the gear box.How do you remove the shiny metal top plate.There is a lip on it, that helps to hold the gear box cover on.Which is held with black plastic "sprigs" Lugs?

jeffoldbean.

K Lambert
Wednesday 7th January 2015
1:02 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Jeffoldbean.

AS for your F30 you will need that gear replaced or repaired. The broken tooth is common on that model.That could be why you have the hesitation before loading.

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

jeffoldbean
Wednesday 7th January 2015
1:02 pm U.K.

jeff0ldbean@btinternet.com

Hi Kevin,I live in Leeds "ENGLAND".

jeffoldbean.

K Lambert
Wednesday 7th January 2015
1:00 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Jeffoldbean:

Where abouts are you?

.....Kevin

jeffoldbean
Wednesday 7th January 2015
12:13 pm U.K.

jeff0ldbean@btinternet.com

Whoops!!!! Very sorry Kevin Lambert.Not Keith.

jeffoldbean.

jeffoldbean
Wednesday 7th January 2015
11:43 am U.K.

jeff0ldbean@btinternet.com

Hopefully Keith Lambert. May Know where I can get a set of belts for a Sanyo VTC 5000. Maybe a pinch roller, and a pendulum assy.My friend Who I have stayed with over the holiday period has this machine.It played tapes with good sound and vision.But the one inch main drive belt.Snapped after 28 yrs, say.Hence my post.

jeffoldbean.

jeffoldbean
Wednesday 7th January 2015
11:35 am U.K.

jeff0ldbean@btinternet.com

SL-F25UB sorted out a loading problem.By adjusting the position of the lefthand cogged lever of the Loading mech.It was out by a tooth.Throwing the casstette out of square.However when the tape is in the machine. The Threading Process does'nt start immediatley.Sometimes there is a clicking noise, from the threading clutch assy.Before the thrading motor starts.Any ideas.

jeffoldbean.

K Lambert
Sunday 4th January 2015
9:56 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

David:

The 'bullet noise' you describe i take it is 'drop out'.(Small white horizintal flashes).If it was static noise you would see it all over the screen sporadicly.If it's 'drop out's' then that part of the tape is missing oxide so the vcr tries to cover this up with it's "drop out compensator" and are random flashes.You can slightly adjust these to remove more of the white flash but be careful as if you do it too much the picture can jump at any sign of excessive drop out or be totally obliterated by correctitive compensation.When you deliberatley off track the recording the white noise you see should be thin and not have fold over or comet tailing at all.If the picture jumps when offsetting the tracking control ,it's slightly too much compensation.

As for your comment on the Sony SLHF950. Sony added a plastic oblong stip that touches the top front of the drum and also the cassette housing flap,that was it.

What make of Beta vcr do you have? Some are slightly better at covering up 'drop out's' than other,but you can get them all to do a pretty decent job.If the early tapes you are using are excessively worn ,there is'nt much you can do to make them look perfect.

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

K Lambert
Sunday 4th January 2015
9:54 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

avid:

The 'bullet noise' you describe i take it is drop ou.(Small white horizintal flashes).If it was static noise you would see it all over the screen sporadicly.If it's drop out's then that part of the tape is missing oxide so the vcr tries to cover this up with it's "drop out compensator" and random.You can slightly adjust these to remove more of the white flash but be careful as if u do it too much the picture can jump at any sign of excessive drop out or be titally obliterated by correctitive compensation.When you deliberatley off track the recording the white noise you see should be thin and not have fold over or comet tailing at all.If the picture jumps when offsetting the tracking control ,it's slightly too much compensation.

As for your comment on the sony SLHF950. Sony added a plastic oblong stip that touches the top front of the drum and also the cassette housing flap,that was it.

What make of Beta vcr do you have.Some are slightly better at covering up 'drop out's' than other,but you can get them all to do a pretty decent job.If the early tapes you are using are excessively worn ,there is'nt much you can do to make them look perfect.

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

Roderick
Saturday 3rd January 2015
9:08 pm U.K.

nospam@chatpage.co.uk

David, I am not familiar with the static electricity issue you are experiencing but can only assume it may have something to do with friction between the tape and a static object in the machine.My first suggestion would be is to wind and rewind every tape a couple of times and see it that works. Secondly, test that all metal parts in the machine are 'grounded'.And what do you mean by 'bullet' noise?

David van Kemenade
Saturday 3rd January 2015
3:13 pm U.K.

david@van-kemenade.net

Hi everyone,

I am transferring old Betamax tapes (1981-1989). I have noticed a build-up of static electricity while playing back the oldest tapes, leading to excessive bullet noise. Newer tapes don't seem to have this problem. At the beginning of a tape, little bullet noise is visible. As the tape progresses, bullet noise increases.

I have read this is a known issue in the SL-HF950: http://www.palsite.com/950tech.html#static. Sony supplied an earth kit to solve this issue, but it's no longer available. Does anyone have any further information about this so that I can replicate this solution?

As an alternative, would it help to put old tape into a new cassette housing? Newer Betamax tapes from Sony are grey rather than black. Does this help to avoid static build-up?

Many thanks in advance for any help!

Thanks,David

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