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Gabriel
Tuesday 9th February 2016
7:57 pm U.K.

Nospam@mymail.com

Frandid,

First thing you can check is an inner fuse inside the solenoid. It is neccesary to cut slightly the blue cover and find a white fuse. Sometimes it opens. If so, try to an equivalent fuse (thermal type I guess).

K lambert
Tuesday 9th February 2016
7:09 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Frandid.

I believe there is a resistor or diode (not sure ) with the solenoid that may have gone bad. Hence your current issue.

I have seen this on a Sony C20. It was a while ago so sorry for my uncertain diagnosis.

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

Frandid
Tuesday 9th February 2016
1:57 pm U.K.

duckstar@free.fr

Hello. My french betamax is looking for some help. Thanks very much for going to this page : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgqobvHbcyQ

K lambert
Monday 8th February 2016
12:47 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Nicholas.

Most are opposed to any type of cleaning tape here as they DO cause more wear and in some extreme cases the material of the wet type wraps itself around the capstan motor.

I had to sort a guys out who's 'cleaning tape' did just that damaging any tape he tried to play in it. Also some of the nylon fibres wrapping themselves around and inside the head disc slot.

Good luck with your search for them but I personally cannot and will not recommend their usage.

....Kevin

nicholas
Sunday 7th February 2016
1:49 am U.K.

nicholas719@outlook.com

wanted cleaning tapes

K lambert
Friday 5th February 2016
8:56 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Ross.

Also have you checked the black loading belt,or the pulley centre for cracks?

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

K lambert
Friday 5th February 2016
8:54 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Ross

Mine got worse until the silver door would not go down and I found out the inner plastic arm at the top broken off. Luckily I had a spares c9 to replace this with. The c9 is a great machine but has so many falabilities. Usually around plastic parts.

Does the tape slot in level or does it seem to go in one the side. If so maybe the metal brackets with a black rubber band over the end may be out of kilter. They need to be at a perfect 90 degrees. So when you push the tape in the slot lightly, just before you have to push it to engage the switch, it doesn't have any resistance left side or right.

All these things may seem trivial, but it would seem important for the life of this mechanism.

.....Kev

Ross Willett
Friday 5th February 2016
4:12 pm U.K.

rosswillett69@hotmail.com

Hi Kev

What happens if I just leave this?

Will it just continue doing what it's doing? Or will it get worse and either break my machine, or maybe just not eject the tape at all?

Thanks

K lambert
Friday 5th February 2016
12:15 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Ross:

Check each side of the cassette lifting mechanism. In particular the pale yellow plastic arms .They have a tendency to crack where the pin slots at the top. Especially the inner one. Mine did that a month or two ago, and started off doing what yours is now.

The silver door then wouldn't slide up either.

Some have a tiny screw and small washer fitted. This seems to help prevent this.

...Kev

Ross Willett
Thursday 4th February 2016
6:40 pm U.K.

rosswillett69@hotmail.com

SL-C9: Not sure why but, now have a problem ejecting tapes. Once I finish watching a tape, stop and rewind but when I eject, it gets stopped half way up. I have to put my finger in to lift the tape the rest of the way, before it finally ejects. Why is it doing this? Can it be fixed? Thanks!

Nick Phipps
Sunday 31st January 2016
1:12 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Oh thankyou again would that make there be no picture,it has definitely had erasing head replaced poorly has its slightly melted by the soldering iron,so im going to try source some heads in worse case senario,what would a reasonable price to pay for a defunct machine if one could be found eBay seems ridiculous, thanks again i answered email before I saw this site's response thankyou again kev for your time and assistance throughout best regards nick

K lambert
Saturday 30th January 2016
11:00 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Nick:

I don't know of anywhere that has new HF950 heads. You may have to source some from a spares one.

As for the normal sound being low. They are set up like that so the difference between that and the Hi-Fi is even more dramatic. You can check alignment and also slightly increase the output.

Let's hope it's not the heads.

From what you are describing it sounds more like a electronic set up fault (mono audio).

....Kev

Nick Phipps
Saturday 30th January 2016
8:06 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Hi kev if you let me know what the price for new heads also if these can still be bought please so I have an approximate idea how much I need to save lol thankyou.:)regards Nick

Nick Phipps
Saturday 30th January 2016
1:39 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Thankyou once again I think it's more likely that its electronic as well as picture heads possible worn damaged,as the sound is shallow in volume turning tele up helps but not quite the right pitch possible speed related,all motors appear running and clean no wear in bearings of reel torque motor,but still would like to get another tape to rule out magnetic damaged tape,the sound remains constant no matter of switches switched,and soon as stop is pressed hifi green light returns obviously this being early none hifi.but the black screen with tear markings no picture or even close switched to super makes more tear marks accross centre of screen sound constant as stated above,many thanks regards nick

james
Saturday 30th January 2016
2:53 am U.K.

brandonjames.yanez@gmail.com

Whats a Sony POWER HAD EX? MY SON LEFT THESE BEHIND AND ME AND MY HUSBAND DECIDED TO SELL THEM I HAVE 4 WHAT'S A FAIR PRICE?

K lambert
Friday 29th January 2016
2:52 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Nick

If their is a Hi-Fi track on the tape you play that green BETA HI-FI light will illuminate. BUT if the heads are shot you will hear no sound until you set the Beta Hi-Fi switch to normal (from Auto) and it will play back the mono standard edgetrack sound.

Sanyo had a different approach. With their Beta Hi-Fi models the BETA HI-FI light would illuminate ONLY when the Hi-Fi heads were tracked in and good. If they were worn or not tracked in then the mono edgetrack sound would automatically play. No need for switching it over.

Another test you can make with the hi-Fi models when working OK.

Is record something on the tape,then play it back.

Move the tracking to the left and too the right and see when the Hi-Fi light goes out (Sanyo) or the sound goes off (Sony).If those heads are in great shape you should be able to get the tracking all the way both sides without the sound dropping off or being affected.

As those heads wear down the tracking range will get shallower until you will just about be able to pick the Hi-Fi sound up, set at it's centre, and you will either get noise that you can't clear, or the sound will come and go when they are really worn.

Hope this helps............Kev

Nick Phipps
Friday 29th January 2016
12:09 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Really intend to use mine,more character in these old mechanical marvels,I do think I have a very poor quality film to try.so looking out for a better quality super beta original film.as the hifi light is on umtil play is pressed Oh and my stop button led is out haha

K lambert
Friday 29th January 2016
11:30 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Ah yes, I tend to forget so many don't utilise PC's or lap tops anymore.

All mobile phones............

A good job we are'nt all like this otherwise the older technology wouldn't stand half the chance :)

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

Nick Phipps
Friday 29th January 2016
2:32 am U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Thankyou kev much appreciated don't think hover over name works on mobile so I'll crack the lap top on

K lambert
Friday 29th January 2016
12:47 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Nick

If you want to send it my way feel free.

If you hover over my name my e-mail address is there.

We can discuss this further.

Cheers.................Kev

Nick Phipps
Thursday 28th January 2016
11:36 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Just a little thing here,so reel torque I think is ok,ive had the chassis in peices and there seems to be there micro thin plastic washer in there i cleaned and lightly oiled bearings,the plastic static sheild is also fitted.im thinking not only the heads to be at fault but possibly an electronic issue,but quite possibly not to rule out also deterioration on the cassette.im really sorry for all the messages many thanks for all your help and patience with newbie here trying to diagnose problems without a clue.not sure if you or anyone here wishes to have a look at this machine obviously im not expecting this free gratis,and here I can see your knowledge of this particular and im sure all betamax machines is second to none best regards novice nick

Nick Phipps
Thursday 28th January 2016
10:07 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Hi again guy's me again,so checked Hall sensor least I think I have is it the one under the head motor you have to realease the nut on the bottom of the head motor to get to it,also line tearing seems the better dyognosis black screen with slightly right shifted lines flash on but the sound speed isn't quite right either very low in volume and tone different,its begining to look like a possible one for the experts if im truthful.just noticed switching to super beta creates more lines on the screen,cant see any obvious split or leaky caps or burned risistors maybe some dodgy looking soldering,also a sensor with a number on top 6703 has signs of being soldered in or resoldered its located rear of the head dont think but couldnt be sure that the motor bearing or coils are in need of attention,

Nick Phipps
Thursday 28th January 2016
8:33 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Think the play speed is a little slow also as Arnold as a low voice lol

Nick Phipps
Thursday 28th January 2016
8:31 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Thankyou kev messing as we speak lol,the sound does sound muffled lower in tone and volume and no picture at all black screen 98percent of the time then just white flickers across the centre horizontally no discernable picture at all,many thanks for your time and patience

K Lambert
Thursday 28th January 2016
6:42 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Nick

It's difficult to diagnose things sometimes, like this.

You may well have a electronic issue.

As for the sound have you got it set to AUTO.

If you hav'nt set it to AUTO and then see if any Hi-Fi comes through. You'll have to make sue you have a Beta hi-Fi recording though. If the tape you play only has mono edgetrack sound it will automatically play the mono standard Beta sound.

If it doesn't chances are those heads could be knackered. If it does then you may well have issues on the video processing board or damaged video but not audio heads.

With these Hi-Fi models and with PAL they have two sets of heads two for the video(sometimes three for a clear still frame) and two for the Hi-Fi.

They will wear down at the same rate (no, one set doesn't retract like someone first thought).As the Hi-Fi penetrates deeper into the tape ,with the video being skimmed over the top at a slightly different angle then the Hi-Fi audio will drop out well before the video picture shows bad signs of wear.

I have seen a bad set on a 950 and what happened was ,no Hi-Fi (playback or recording) and the video picture had a huge mess or colour and distortion to the centre of the picture, especially near white or bright objects. You could see a playback picture of sorts though.

Have you looked at the faults page for the 950 on this site? There's quite a few issues that could be similar to yours.

Also if you clean then be really, really careful they can be damaged so easily.

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

Nick Phipps
Thursday 28th January 2016
1:52 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

But I do think the heads are finished any idea where and how much these would be,if you have any.i would be interested in buying from you.the fact that there is no picture apart from regular pulsating white flash of a screen then black.when flashed white is also with horizontal broken lines just in the centre of the screen sound remains constant

Nick Phipps
Thursday 28th January 2016
1:01 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Im sure it's going to be a easy fix will try and clean all rollers and sensors of any contaminants and get back to you,thanks again

Nick Phipps
Thursday 28th January 2016
12:59 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

There doesn't feel any up and down movement in the top half of the heads,if that's where the spacer needs to be shimed up

Nick Phipps
Thursday 28th January 2016
12:56 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Asuming that the original hercules in new York isnt corrupted in anyway of course

Nick Phipps
Thursday 28th January 2016
12:51 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Hi again guys to try and pic your brain's here plays video. With sound little shallow in volume but otherwise not distorted in anyway picture however is.its black then intermittently flashes with broken horizontal line's so im asuming heads are mucky or completely worn out.fast forwards and rewinds loads unloads tape counter and audio display all seem to work fine any help in this matter much appreciated regards Nick

K Lambert
Wednesday 27th January 2016
11:09 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Nick

By all means, we love the format and I love the machines too.I always was a huge supporter of the format back then,Even in the video mags.

Post away if you get stuck...................Kev

Nick Phipps
Wednesday 27th January 2016
9:47 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Hi my friends it looks as thou you have been very busy over the years,fixing these wonderful and now historic machines,and looking at what I can see here,it looks as thou the only little thing about betamax video players.is what you don't know,so I'm sure if my player doesn't work I'm at the right place here for it to be fixed. Regards Nick

K Lambert
Wednesday 27th January 2016
3:32 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Gabriel:

Was it a top loading machine in silver with a smooth front and the only controls were for the tape functions.

There was one offered on E-Bay a few years ago and I remember the seller stating it was offered to the rental shops just before the release of their best selling VTC 5000 (15% market share in 1982/3).It was to promote this new lighter style of machine and indeed the Beta format.

I did bid on it but was outbid.

An interesting machine for sure as this too had no tuner.

.......Kev

Gabriel
Wednesday 27th January 2016
3:26 pm U.K.

nospam@mymail.com

To all those Sanyo Betacord enthusiast,

I didn't know the existence of a model called VTC-1500. Interestingly, it lacks the tuner controls and Line In so it is a playback only machine. I think it might be the direct rival for the Sony Betamax SL-P20CH, (an SL-C20 without tuner).

This Sanyo machine recalls me the VTC-NX10 / NX100 model, much more common to see.

Regards,

Gabriel

Nick Phipps
Wednesday 27th January 2016
12:48 pm U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Thankyou very much for your speedy and very helpful response I have looked inside,and can see what I presume is a after market repair where as there is a diode on the bottom of underneath circuit board.still waiting on tape to try has scart socket which is a bonus.fingers crossed at most hoping to get away with just heads need cleaning.but a little concerned that the green meter led seem to be going up and down without any form of signal,only plugged in by scart if I turn display off they redpond to this,the man says he's bringing me the remote and instructions when found,also I have noticed what maybe water or damp damage to inner metal chassis and slightly swollen very edge of bottom circuit board,but looks as thou all tracking on board remains intact,would like to see this up and running as I loved my betamax in the early 90s.many many thanks will keep you up to date regards Nick chesterfield derbyshire

K Lambert
Wednesday 27th January 2016
12:36 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi NIck:

What you have their my friend is pretty special. One of the best Sony ever made for the UK.

One area that will need sorting soon though are the caps in the PSU area. I've seen a few with damaged transistors,fusible resistor down to many caps going high ESR.

As a matter of fact I've just finished sorting out one myself. It had a bad capstan/head drum IC and a leaky diode (preventing any picture or the tape counter to operate.)

Luckily for me too the audio level LED's were all fine (a few have failed segments).

The Hi-Fi and picture heads are also fine as well.

Another are that will need checking on these is the height of the reel motor magnet. So many have worn bearings making this magnet rub on the coils.

You can shim this with a tiny washer to raise the height. Also remove any glue on the head motor hall effect sensor BEFORE it fails .Some don't have glue or already has had it removed.

The rail at the back of the skating mechanism can break. I have one here like this from a n E-Bay purchase that was never mentioned. I am going to rig up a metal bracket for that part. I can see that becoming common in the future as that plastic ages.

There you go,quite a list but if you need any help give us a shout.

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

Nick Phipps
Wednesday 27th January 2016
10:07 am U.K.

Nhckphipps@googlemail.com

Hi newbie here i had betamax video as a teenager in the early 90s.so just had a sl hf950 givern to me but without remote,still waiting on eBay purchase to see if tapes play,seems that all skate operates and tuner if channel's available would work,just wondering if this is a decent machine if working and one that is of any other uses other than playback only any help in this matter appreciated im located derbyshire UK regards and many thanks in anticipation of anyones response Nick

K Lambert
Tuesday 26th January 2016
9:56 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Gabriel:

I appreciate that and will take you into account next time.

As for bad condition Sanyo's .I've seen a few usually VTC 5000 models .A couple were completely rusted inside all over ,full of cobwebs too.

Another one was covered in a brown dirt ,but surprisingly when I cleaned it all up and refurbished it out it looked MINT.

It all depends on who owned them and whether or not they have been stored in loft's or outside in cold sheds and then discovered by another, only to get on E-Bay.

The sheer amount of them on E-Bay described as 'working order' but no mention of a service or overhaul, is one hell of a risk. Especially the high prices some are asking.

Still it's nice to get them working great again and I too like them cosmetically as perfect as possible.

Cheers again....................Kev

Gabriel
Tuesday 26th January 2016
6:45 pm U.K.

nospam@mymail.com

Kevin,

If you need a specific component, just let me know. I have some Sony beta scrap boards just in case.

And yes, it is also the first time I come across this issue on a Sanyo machine. But this time I think I've been lucky. On the other hand, the VCR is in really bad condition, full of scratches, front flap missing and the like. It's not really a drama because this machine will be for a relative, but I prefer repairing a mint one.

Regards,

Gabriel

K Lambert
Tuesday 26th January 2016
1:33 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Gabriel.

To be honest I hav'nt had to change many diodes.As it's an later upgrade to this vcr finding info on it was difficult.

I managed to see one with a exact colour and rating on one of my Sanyo syscon boards so got the number from that.

You are correct though as another enthusiast has just told me the same about the equivalent being 1N4148 and is sending me some:)

Interesting too about your Sanyo head motor caps.I've never come across that on the hundreds I've worked on either.

At least we've both had a great result.

......Kev

Gabriel
Tuesday 26th January 2016
9:57 am U.K.

nospam@mymail.com

Kevin,

I don't quite understand what you really need. Maybe the schematics containing the modification or the diode itself? I've been having a look and that diode seems to be equivalent to the ubiquitous 1N4148.

By the way, I succesfully fixed the issue on the VTC5000. I just replaced the four 1uF/50V capacitors inside the head motor and now it works fine, no image shakings. It's a little bit tricky because the space is quite reduced and you need to solder everything in a small area. Otherwise the rotating magnet will rub the leads once assembled.

Kind regards,

Gabriel

K Lambert
Monday 25th January 2016
1:43 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Guys

Hopefully someone can help me :)

I've found this fault on a Sony SLHF950 vcr and thanks to someone posting this issue and solution has led me to the culprit.

For no playback picture with the tape counter stuck, check for CTL (control track) pulses at Pin 15 of IC302 on the SS50 (Servo) board. If these are missing, check under the SS50 board for a modification diode added between D311 Cathode and Q305 Collector (REG 5V) which may have gone leaky.

The diode in question I believe is a DS442 type.

The problem being I cannot seem to find anywhere that has these.

Anyone out there know of anywhere that does/

Cheers in advance.................Kevin

Gabriel
Friday 22nd January 2016
10:43 pm U.K.

Nospam@mymail.com

Kevin,

Yes, these adjustment trimmers are really sensitive (I normally mark their original position).

A bad servo IC might be a possibility, I can also check that.

I'll post news as long as I discover more things on this classic VCR.

Thanks a lot,

Gabriel

Edward Martinez
Friday 22nd January 2016
9:37 pm U.K.

edwardm@bak.rr.com

Hello,

I restore betas for fun and I' stomp on one issue. I have been searching online and seem

I can't find the reason why capstans on a Sony sl-s600 stop working and if is posslbe

to restore them?

I came across a few sl-s600 vcrs thinking the capstan's capacitor need changing. I changed it

with a new 47uf smd, the traces seems intact, did not help. I installed the capstan in my other working sl-s600 thinking

maybe it is the vcr,same symptom; did not work.

please any ideas

thanks,

ed

K Lambert
Friday 22nd January 2016
9:31 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Gabriel:

You do know the settings of those trimmers for the capstan and head forward motion is pretty critical,sensitive especially the head speed one.It could be a bad servo IC.

...Kev

Gabriel
Friday 22nd January 2016
12:45 pm U.K.

nospam@mymail.com

Dear Kevin, thanks a lot,

I have also changed the heads (as a cautionary action) with no results. Image is slightly better on color/sharpness but it is still shaking. Needless to say that I have cleaned the heads twice or three times (the old and the "new" ones).

These "new" heads give a better reading on my head meter so I would not blame them. They come from a scrap machine.

What I am thinking about is the head motor itself. Maybe it is not able to keep an accurate speed and so the image shakes. An approximation would be connecting the CRO to the "SERVO" terminal on this motor so as to see the signal and compare with the statement on the service manual.

I feel more confident servicing Sonys. Think I have much to learn about Sanyo machines.

Kind regards,

K Lambert
Friday 22nd January 2016
12:11 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Gabriel:

Sounds like it 'could' be dirty heads but without any image hard to say.

If you can get a small video of this fault to me then maybe I can help further.

...Kevin

Gabriel
Friday 22nd January 2016
11:53 am U.K.

nospam@mymail.com

Dear betaphiles,

I have an issue with a VTC-5000 machine: image is not stable, rapidly flckering up and down.

What I have performed on this machine:

-Changed all electrolytics on PSU

-Changed all electrolytics on servo board

-Cleaned the whole tape path

-Pinch roller swapped with a well known one

-Tried to adjust "Mh FWD" and "Mc FWD" trimmers with no improvement

Any clue is always welcome.

Thanks in advance,

Gabriel

K Lambert
Thursday 21st January 2016
7:08 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Tim:

As far as I'm aware (and I could be wrong) there weren't any PAL ED Beta vcr's, that I've ever seen or heard of. I do know NTSC ones were made.

I remember a magazine article in the UK were informing Betaphiles about the ED beta models and stating a UK release will no doubt be on the cards. They got that wrong.

It was to counteract JVC's SVHS..

Very happy for you about the VTC 5000. It should not give any further issues there for quite some time now.

........Kev

Tim Dyson
Thursday 21st January 2016
1:00 pm U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

Hello All,

Thanks to Kevin's help the Sanyo VTC 5000 tape chewing problem has been fixed after the R49 & D6 mod.

I read this on the Tape section of the Pal Site: 'PAL ED-BETA machines are now only to be found in the middle eastern markets in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Israel'.

Is this true? Were there ever any PAL format ED Beta machines released anywhere in the world? I've never seen of photograph or review of such a machine...

Tim

K Lambert
Wednesday 20th January 2016
1:37 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Karl:

If you look to the left of this page you will see a Betacam link.

I feel your needs will be better served on there as they specialise in that format.

Good luck

.....Kevin

Karl webb
Tuesday 19th January 2016
10:52 am U.K.

Webby179@hotmail.com

Hi,

Just purchased two Betacam SP format cameras

1 Sony DXC 537 with a PVV1 backend

2 Sony UVW 100

Can you advise me of where to find Batteries, rain covers and viewfinders.

Thanks :)

jiri
Monday 18th January 2016
7:19 pm U.K.

srst@seznam.cz

Hi Noel,

many thanks for you advices and offer stk. i found stk on ebay, now i wait to delivery. i will see at cracks on board on weekend

best wishes

Ross Willett
Monday 18th January 2016
1:12 pm U.K.

rosswillett69@hotmail.com

Hi JPKELZ, I have emailed you about the V2000 players. Thank You.

T Plaister
Monday 18th January 2016
11:50 am U.K.

tomplaister@gmail.com

JP Kaz.

I would be interested in collecting if you live near Sheffield England

Thanks Tom.

Noel Higgins
Monday 18th January 2016
8:04 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Jiri,

I have some of those power supply regulators here in Australia if you have trouble sourcing them there.

Another source of issues I have found is breaks in the base board from being dropped during transit.

The rubber support in the base actually presses into the base board and cracks it across the circular hole in that board.

If this has happened, since it a double sided board you need to bridge over breaks in tracks on both sides of the board.

regards Noel

JPKelz
Sunday 17th January 2016
5:56 pm U.K.

paul.kelman@btinternet.com

I have four V2000 machines, all Philips, VR2020, VR2022 (x2) & a VR2023. The VR2023 used to work with the remote but I haven't tried any within 10 years. I also have sealed blank tapes. Is there any interest in these otherwise they're going to the recycling centre.

jiri
Sunday 17th January 2016
12:11 pm U.K.

srst@seznam.cz

Gabriel:

thank you very much. fuses are ok, i try order new stk5441

Gabriel
Saturday 16th January 2016
6:36 pm U.K.

Nospam@gmail.com

Jiri,

Problems regarding full/blinking/erratic display and no operation on F90 betas are usually due to a faulty main PSU regulator IC. It is a STK type (if memory serves me a STK5441).

You can also check all the "IC link" fuses on the main board. They are located near the connector coming from the PSU.

Hope this helps,

Gabriel

jiri
Saturday 16th January 2016
10:18 am U.K.

srst@seznam.cz

Hi k Lambert, thanks, i try it

jiri
Saturday 16th January 2016
10:16 am U.K.

srst@seznam.cz

Can anybody help me with sony sl-f90? After switch on light up only clock and after cca 0.5 second lights up all segments of display. No buttons responds.

See this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEddYtfbNI8

Thank you very much

K Lambert
Friday 15th January 2016
8:01 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Tim:

If you hold the cursor over my name my e-mail addy will appear.

Contact me further there.

Thanks................Kevin

K Lambert
Friday 15th January 2016
8:00 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Jiri:

Not familiar with that model.

I would first get the capacitors checked over in the power supply first.

Usually with Sony's a few are going high ESR.

I would then check the front circuit board for damage or cracks ,Especially around the power button.

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

K Lambert
Friday 15th January 2016
7:58 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Tim

Are you in the UK?

If so I can send you the two items for a very small fee plus P&P.

Let e know.

Kind regards..................Kev

jiri
Friday 15th January 2016
5:07 pm U.K.

srst@seznam.cz

Can anybody help me with sony sl-f90? After switch on light up only clock and after cca 0.5 second lights up all segments of display. No buttons responds.

See this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEddYtfbNI8

Thank you very much

Tim Dyson
Friday 15th January 2016
4:33 pm U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

Hello Kev,

Yes, i'm UK based. Yorkshire to be precise!

Tim

jiri
Friday 15th January 2016
3:33 pm U.K.

srst@seznam.cz

Can anybody help me with sony sl-f90? After switch on light up only clock and after cca 0.5 second lights up all segments of display. No buttons responds.

See this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEddYtfbNI8

Thank you very much

Ross Willett
Friday 15th January 2016
2:04 pm U.K.

rosswillett69@hotmail.com

Hi Noel. Yeah, I am in Scotland. I always forget to mention that. It's just that, because the page always says UK next to the poster, I always assume the people are from the UK. Thanks.

K Lambert
Friday 15th January 2016
1:49 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Tim

Are you in the UK?

If so I can send you the two items for a very small fee plus P&P.

Let e know.

Kind regards..................Kev

tim dyson
Friday 15th January 2016
1:45 pm U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

Thanks Kevin,

Does the Wattage of the replacement components matter?

Tim

Noel Higgins
Friday 15th January 2016
9:57 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Ross,

Re the tapes, where are you located? I expect more likely UK than Australia.

regards Noel

Roderick
Thursday 14th January 2016
9:49 pm U.K.

nospam@chatpage.co.uk

Mark,

Probably better if you posted that question on the U-matic page...

It is also good to let people know where you are, these pages are read by people around the world - I am in Sydney - and shipping U-matic machines can be very expensive.

Be aware that there are only low-band multi standard machines for Umatic.

If you have hi-band or SP tapes you'll need two machines.

Mark
Thursday 14th January 2016
7:32 pm U.K.

tdc@woh.rr.com

I am looking for a U-matic tape player in great condition that plays both NTSC and PAL formats. Looking for help to get a reliable seller and unit.

Ross Willett
Thursday 14th January 2016
3:28 pm U.K.

rosswillett69@hotmail.com

Hi Kevin. I just meant, that I am looking for more Betamax tapes to watch. The store bought prerecorded ones, not blank tapes. "As for Brand new tapes, I have came across several blank ones that are still shrink wrapped, have a few myself including prerecorded ones. I have loads of brand new V2000 tapes but yes, VERY hard to find now." Thanks

K Lambert
Thursday 14th January 2016
2:17 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Chris:

I would try E-Bay I've seen similar things come up at times.

Ross:

You say NEW pre recorded tapes.

I think you'll find that hard now.Unless you meant blank ones?

..Kev

Chris Gregory
Thursday 14th January 2016
11:39 am U.K.

chris@thameside.tv

Hi

I am currently looking to buy a RTI VT3100 tape demag restorer

Many thanks

Chris

Noel Higgins
Wednesday 13th January 2016
11:50 pm U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Kevin,

You should add those suggestions to the Sanyo technical page at http://www.palsite.com/5000tech.html

cheers Noel

K Lambert
Wednesday 13th January 2016
8:53 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Tim:

You are experiencing a very common issue with the Sanyo VTC 5000 /5150 in that despite renewing the reel drive components the motor lacks torque ,more than likely down to age.

What you will need is an upgrade to the diode (D6) and also fusible resistor (R3049).

D6 needs upgrading to a 3.3v Zener diode type and R3049 needs changing from a 2.2ohm to a 1.0ohm fusible type.

This will cure that issue.

Also refresh the small grooves on the lower part of the reel spools. Running your finger over them before and then on the ones you refresh will demonstrate the effect nicely

A small sharp object (needle) works nicely there and helps that new idler tyre to grip better for longer,but don't make them too big like I witnessed on a M10 once.it was done in such a way it made all functions really noisy and lumpy,as they'd hack sawed the grooves .....shocking! .I kid you not.

Hope this helps...................Kev

Ross Willett
Wednesday 13th January 2016
8:18 pm U.K.

rosswillett69@hotmail.com

Hello, I am looking for new prerecorded tapes to watch. Please let me know if you have any. Thanks.

Tim Dyson
Wednesday 13th January 2016
7:42 pm U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

Hello,

I've fitted the new Reel Drive Pulley to my Sanyo VTC 5000 which has cured the poor rewind and picture search. The one remaining issue is that

the take up spool doesn't rotate when the machine goes from play into into stop mode leaving all tape lose inside by the threading ring. Any tips

would be appreciated... Not always but 4 times out of 5!

Tim

Tim Dyson
Tuesday 12th January 2016
12:39 pm U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

I'll email the images through later.

I'd taken my original 950 into SES to have a new set of video heads fitted and they were unable to complete this to my satisfaction. The picture suffered

grey dropout like flecks and after 5 months of trying they told me i'd get a replacement machine. By this time the 950 was no longer stocked by Sony's domestic

devison and they found my current 950 which had been used by Sony Broadcast at Thatcham for research of some kind. I think the RS422 port had been

fitted by hand rather than in production...

Tim

Martin
Tuesday 12th January 2016
9:18 am U.K.

martin.evans@palsite.com

Tim, send me the RS422 installation images to martin.evans@palsite.com and I will check the account, it is normally full of spam so it is not often checked.

Noel Higgins
Tuesday 12th January 2016
4:50 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Martin,

That's good progress. I trust everything has settled down and is going OK there now.

Tim,

I suggest you send the pictures to Martin directly so he can consider if they can be added as supplementary information about the SLHF950.

Your machine sounds like a very late model variant. The modification reminds me of the SLO420 variant on the SLC9 although that removed the tuner option.

regards Noel

Martin
Monday 11th January 2016
10:53 am U.K.

martin@palsite.com

The good news is that I have managed to port the Betacam, U-Matic and V2000 chat pages over to the PALsite system. Unfortunately though, recent posts have been lost due to a hack attack on the server over Christmas, these might be able to be recovered at some later date but we will have to wait and see.

In the meantime, I have also added a permalink system to all posts. If you hover over any post on the left hand side, a small paragraph symbol will show. This contains a link to the individual post, so if you want to quote an old post, this can be used to jump straight back to that post, e.g. right click on it and select 'copy link location' or whatever your browser uses.

K Lambert
Monday 11th January 2016
2:36 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Michael:

Just looked through my postal receipts that would've been around 2008?

.........Kevin

K Lambert
Monday 11th January 2016
2:35 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Michael

Yes I still do full overhauls to these classics.

I'm just trying to place you.How long ago would that've been?

If you'd like to send a message to my e-mail address (hold the cursor over my name to reveal) we can take things further.

Regards...................Kevin

Michael W
Sunday 10th January 2016
8:22 pm U.K.

michael.wincott@gmail.com

I have a Sanyo VTC-M40 and a Sony SL-C20 In need of servicing. Both got the same problem. They won't eject properly and retain some of the tape. Does anyone here do servicing in the UK. I think Kevin might have helped me in the past?

Tim Dyson
Sunday 10th January 2016
2:56 pm U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

Hello Noel,

I've managed to get a few pictures of the RS422 installation in my 950, where would you like them sending? Need to break the unit down further as i can't see when the cable go as yet...

Regards,

Tim

Tim Dyson
Sunday 10th January 2016
2:54 pm U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

BMC-500P update:

I've had this in bits and repaired the case as best i can. Managed to locate the 2 broken cassette door lugs and have re-attached this to the camera. Just need

at carrying handle as that is beyond repair.

The PSU arrived this week, it powered up and the cassette compartment opened and i fed it with a spare BTC-30G betacam tape and, miraculously, after probably 27 years of being

laid up and heavy handling by MyHermes, all functions work fine! Can't set the internal clock past 2009 though which is a blow... It could do with a new loading belt as this sometimes sticks

and looks worn, (3-681-424-00).

The recording are better than i expected played back on my 950. Just need to keep my eyes open for a battery!

jiri
Saturday 9th January 2016
4:05 pm U.K.

srst@seznam.cz

Can anybody help me with sony sl-f90? After switch on light up only clock and after cca 0.5 second lights up all segments of display. No buttons responds.

See this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEddYtfbNI8

Thank you very much

Noel Higgins
Friday 8th January 2016
7:30 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Tim,

It would be good to get a picture of the SLHF950 control modifications on your machine for Palsite.

cheers Noel

Tim Dyson
Thursday 7th January 2016
12:53 pm U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

Hi Kevin,

I'm similar. I have Sony SL-C5, SL-F1, Sl-HF100, SL-HF950 and now the BMC-500. All are in full working order, (apart from the audio LED's on the 100 & 950 ). The 950 is unusual in that it has an RS422 port on the back, it was a replacement

machine that Sony UK supplied me with after SES in Leeds botched a repair to my original 950.

I don't have a lot of Sanyo experience but am currently servicing a VTC-5000 which a friend was going to skip! I think i may buy an NTSC machine at some point. I was always envious of the NTSC ED Beta machines so may go

down that route at some point.

Regards,

Tim

K lambert
Thursday 7th January 2016
12:49 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Tim:

No problem.

I have Sony SLHF100, SLHF950 (Superbeta) ,C30, C9 and SLF30.

Sanyo I have VTC 5000mk11, VTC6500 ,VTC 5150, VTC ,VTCM10, VTCM20 ,VTCM30, VTC M40 (X2) VTC NX100 and VCR7250 SuperBeta (NTSC) all in mint shape with all accessories and fully refurbished by myself most with their original boxes too.

.......Kevin

Noel Higgins
Thursday 7th January 2016
12:10 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

ALM?

In the video of the SLT30ME, do you mean the problem with the system control, apart from the fact that the video drum assembly, audio heads and load ring are missing?

From my point of view that is a parts machine now.

regards Noel

alm7rom
Wednesday 6th January 2016
7:51 pm U.K.

alm7rom_15@hotmail.com

can anybody help me in Sony Betamax SL-T30ME

see the video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxXJMrK-ybc

Tim Dyson
Wednesday 6th January 2016
7:10 pm U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

Thanks Kevin,

I think this is going to turn into a long running project! I got funny looks taking photographs in Dartmouth in the summer on my 35mm Olympus so can't wait for the looks the Betamovie will get!

As a matter of interest, what other Beta gear do you have...?

Tim

K lambert
Wednesday 6th January 2016
10:41 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Tim:

No sadly I do not.

I did have to order those batteries from the US though. I believe they are discontinued now. The ones I obtained.

here's some info I gained of the internet some time ago.

You may find this useful.

It's what started me on the path to renew my own.

The batteries I obtained were NI-MH types made by Sanyo.

Powering Sony BetaMovie Camcorders

All Sony BetaMovie Cameras—the BMC 100 /110 , 200 /220, 500/550, 600/660, 1000, and the GCS-1—were designed to use the same rechargeable NP-11 battery pack (Ni-Cd 9.6 volts, 1000 milliamp-hours). However, NP-11 battery packs are no longer available, so providing long lasting portable power for any Sony BetaMovie Camera (BMC) is a considerable problem. Most BMC owners have a Sony AC-M110 Adapter and Battery Charger, and plugging the AC-M110 into an AC outlet can power a BMC, but this is not a portable solution. It is still possible to use the AC-M110 to recharge any still-functional NP-11 battery, but these are few and far between. Furthermore, even a fully charged NP-11 provides only a relatively short duration of power (less than an hour) because the BMC draws a lot of current (average 800 mA, with transients approaching 2000 mA). Currently, no battery producer makes a compatible replacement for the NP-11, so the purpose of this tip is to briefly outline some alternative solutions.

1. Rebuilt NP-11 battery packs: This option requires the old battery, because it must be rebuilt in the same case. Packs rebuilt with either nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) or nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) cells can be recharged with your Sony AC-M110 charger!

2. Battery Bank: This place (www.batterybank.com) will do an NP-11 rebuild for $43, including shipping.

3. Ni-Cd Lady: Grace (at www.nicdlady.com) can rebuild the NP-11 with 2150 mAh Ni-MH cells (more than twice the power of the original Ni-Cd cells) for $42 plus shipping.

Build your own: If you desire, you can buy eight 2150 mAH Ni-MH cells (about $4.25 each) and build it yourself. This saves a small amount of money (mostly shipping, but you have to “crack” the cases open too. You can use a vise to fracture the case along the longer edge, and then work a flat blade screwdriver around the perimeter.

Tim Dyson
Wednesday 6th January 2016
12:50 am U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

Thanks Kevin,

Its a shame as this unit was in excellent condition. Haven't been able to see if it works as yet as i have a power supply in the post... I'll keep my eye on eBay for another machine.

Have you any experience of the NP-11H batteries offered by Mr Betamax in the states? If the camera works i may be tempted!

Tim

K Lambert
Tuesday 5th January 2016
1:05 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Tim:

Sadly that is all too common.

Sony unwisely made the casing for the BMC500 with a very fragile plastic.

I too won a BMC500 on E-Bay and when it arrived the carrying handle was in about eight pieces, which I did successfully glue back together. It also had the small macro lock knob broken off (seen that on a few Betamovies too)

Having successfully put it together again I found even with a good battery inserted it would not do anything so it still sit's here.

I also have a friend who also had his BMC500 damaged in transit ,including the tape door and I still have all that in pieces too which also does not work.

Strangely though I have three BMC200p 's two Sanyo and one Sony and they all work fine 9although the focus ring is quite stiff on one Sanyo and it won't autofocus because of this , the bodies are far stronger and internals generally more reliable too.

I have also successfully rebuilt a NP11 battery with Sanyo batteries that last a lot longer than those poor originals and won't suffer the 'memory issues' from the older style either.

Sadly the cost is quite expensive to do and you have to tape the casing back together as the newer batteries are a tad too wide to allow gluing it back.But if fits and works very well indeed.

Hope this helps...................Kevin

Tim Dyson
Tuesday 5th January 2016
7:43 am U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

Hello,

I recently bought a BMC-500p on eBay but MyHermes have managed to damage it in transit. Would anyone out there have either a spare detachable carrying handle and/or cassette door cover or even a dead donor camcorder for sale? This is the second

one of these that has been damaged in the post in the last few years...

Thanks in advance.

Tim

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