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Gabriel
Sunday 17th April 2016
10:17 am U.K.

nospam@mymail.com

Matt,

What kind of alignment do you exactly need for your machine?

Regards, Gabriel

mike McBride
Saturday 16th April 2016
11:07 pm U.K.

mcbrid2000@yahoo.com

Hi folks,

Sorting out the loft and I just found a wired remote off the old SLC6 Betamax I had. Its the RM-72.

Does anyone want it or shall I bin?

Just pay postage.

Cheers

Mike

Matt
Saturday 16th April 2016
11:04 pm U.K.

spextrum46k@alice.it

Hi at all.

Anyone know if exhist, a tenchnical notes, to a correct alignment

for the Front Loading mechanism of the Toshiba V-9600?

In the Service Manual, is not elencate,

any sort of mechanism alignment.

Any info?

Thanks.

Matt

mike McBride
Saturday 16th April 2016
11:23 am U.K.

mcbrid2000@yahoo.com

Hi folks,

Sorting out the loft and I just found a wired remote off the old SLC6 Betamax I had. Its the RM-72.

Does anyone want it or shall I bin?

Just pay postage.

Cheers

Mike

K Lambert
Sunday 10th April 2016
4:11 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Frandid/Hellwyn:

The reason for this too is sadly with Sony,very early Sanyo ,Toshiba and NEC Beta's is the always laced up does exerbate the tape wear and obvious oxide shedding (those tiny magnetic particles) where there is high friction.

The Sony's will cause no picture output ,like you state, if the control track head get's blocked.

The Sanyo's do not.

Also some like the idea of Q tips for cleaning.I personally don't as that cotton is liable to come off anywhere.

There are special made cleaning stocks available from CPC and similar outlets specifically designed for cleaning tape mechanisms. They are blue plastic flat sticks with a angled head with a yellow soft material wrapped over this,which you use the alcohol on.

Also isopropyl alcohol is fine for cleaning the pinch rollers if used on a cloth.NOT to soak the roller in.It removes the accumulated tape debris(usually visible with a high glossy surface) very nicely.

.......Kevin

Frandid
Sunday 10th April 2016
10:36 am U.K.

duckstar@free.fr

Hellwyn did you also clean the A-C-E stationary head ? On the stationary ACE block you will find the fixed audio head, the audio erase head and the signal control head. If the control head (same head as the audio but one is on top edge and the other on bottom edge) is dirty the video signal can completely disappear. It happened to me recently on with my SL-C9 F and my SL-T50ME. I played tapes untouched for more than 30 years and some are losing oxyde more than others, it can be seen as little black dots everywhere on the tape path. I tried cleaning carefully the video heads it did not improve anything, then I cleaned the ace head and the picture came back. The fixed ACE head is not fragile so you can use a q-tip soaked in isopropyl alcohol. Do not use alcohol on the pinch roller and do not use a q-tip on the rotating heads unless you perfectly know what you are doing.

Joe Erfurt
Saturday 9th April 2016
1:55 pm U.K.

joe.erfurt51@yahoo.com

Thanks Hellwyn - most appreciated.

Hellwyn Ballard
Saturday 9th April 2016
12:25 pm U.K.

ibex_t@hotmail.com

Joe - another way would be 3 x phono to phono, with a BNC adaptor at one end, and a Scart adaptor at the other (if your TV has Scart input). If you go this route get a scart adaptor with an In/Out toggle switch on it, and set it to In when connecting up.

You can get all this easily at electronics places like Maplins, or eBay/Amazon is awash with them. You can get them for under a fiver online, but I find you do get what you pay for.

Hellwyn Ballard
Saturday 9th April 2016
12:16 pm U.K.

ibex_t@hotmail.com

Joe - what analogue inputs does your TV have? Hopefully either 3 phonos (usualy coloured Yellow/White/Red) or a Scart?

Get either a 3 x phono to phono lead plus a BNC adaptor if you TV has phono inputs, or 3 x phono to Scart (plus a BNC adaptor still).

The BNC adaptor slides onto the yellow phono lead and that's what you connect to the VCR's video out.

Joe Erfurt
Saturday 9th April 2016
8:54 am U.K.

joe.erfurt51@yahoo.com

Have just inherited a Betamax SL-C9UB without any interconnecting cables. The unit powers up and runs but without the cables I am unable to determine if it works. Can anyone let me know cable ref and where it can be obtained from? Thanks, Joe in UK

Jose Carlos
Thursday 7th April 2016
7:07 am U.K.

jcvfabogado@gmail.com

Finally My Sanyo VTC-NX10 is back to life.

After many months, better said, after some years finally the VCR are in my house and it Works fine .New heads and new belts and pinch roller too.

i plug the betacord in a Toshiba 32xv505dg LCD and the picture quality is not bad for an old beta tapes. Obviusly the resolution is not the same as broadcasting tv or DVD or something like that but the picture quality is better than my LG VHS, i am not sure but i think betamax has more resolution than 333x576i that has the vhs.

I will try to calibrate the tv to get best results, i am sure i can make a Little better configuration to see the picture but at least i can see my old tapes.

Now i am waiting for the two M40, i am sure that the picture quality in this VCR will be better than i have in NX10 and also the hi-fi system will improve the quality.

K lambert
Thursday 7th April 2016
12:21 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Also do not apply ANY pressure to the instrument used when doing this either.

..Kev

K lambert
Thursday 7th April 2016
12:20 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hellwyn.

They protrude very slightly from the slot around the head drum on a disc.You have two for picture and two for the hi-Fi each set being adjacent to each other.

You will need some isopropyl alcohol and a cleaning stick.Some say use office paper with the solution on it works just as good.

Soak the instrument or paper and then gently apply it to the right side of the drum,flat with the drum surface and then turn the disc with the top screw clockwise only so each head sweeps over this solution about twice each head.Do NOT move the cleaning stick or paper up and down but keep it dead still.If you do move it up and down you risk breaking the head made out of a ferrite chip material and the M40 ones are like hens teeth to get new.

So be real careful.

Also look around the tape path and you will see if anything has come off the tapes(mould) that are causing your issues.

Let us know how it goes and above all take your time and be VERY careful.

...Kev

Hellwyn Ballard
Wednesday 6th April 2016
6:16 pm U.K.

ibex_t@hotmail.com

Hi Kevin,

I've played a couple of good tapes all the way through. Hasn't solved the picture at all. :(

Do you have any advice on cleaning? When you say one has to be really careful, what might a rookie do to damage them?

K lambert
Sunday 3rd April 2016
4:28 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hellwyn.

There are four heads on the M40 head disc.If you have never cleaned any before you have to be real careful.They are easily broken.

What I would do first is play a really good quality tape and let it play or even forward search to the end.It may just do enough to save you having to clean them manually.

..Kevin

Hellwyn Ballard
Sunday 3rd April 2016
3:33 pm U.K.

ibex_t@hotmail.com

Hi Kevin, I checked the tapes and no, thjere's no ceration or damage to them, and like I said it's happening even with tapes I know are good. I checked them again after playing a short section and still no damage to the part that got played through.

Do you think I could manually clean the suspected dirty parts you mentioned? Are they easy to get to?

Will I be able to see the dirt on them or could it just be a bit of dust?

Thanks!

K lambert
Sunday 3rd April 2016
11:12 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hellwyn:

Also light dirt contamination to one head or dirt on the tape path near the hear drum entry will also cause the picture to jump and jitter as it's interfering with the control track pulse recorded on the edge of the tape.

....Kevin

K Lambert
Sunday 3rd April 2016
12:15 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hellwyn:

What you have there is dirt or contamination that is affecting the control pulse at the beginning of the head sweep.

No doubt from poor/damaged or worn tapes.

Look along the tape edge, is it creased, serrated?

This is also typical if the entry tape guide has been badly adjusted.

But I wouldn't touch that....!

Let me know...................Kev

Frandid
Saturday 2nd April 2016
6:51 pm U.K.

duckstar@free.fr

Thanks very much K.Lambert, I filed the corner of the plastic part you mentioned a little bit and now the tape is correctly ejected. Gabriel I might be interested by some parts of your spare T50, you can email me at duckstar@free.fr.

Hellwyn Ballard
Saturday 2nd April 2016
3:14 pm U.K.

ibex_t@hotmail.com

Hi - I've been playing some admittedly ropey old tapes through my Sanyo VTC-M40, and now even good tapes have a very jittery picture.

Please see video: https://youtu.be/FiGqgge2FKM

Is it just dirty heads, or something worse? Usually with dirty heads I find the picture is snowy, and clears after a while, but this is very different. Almost like the picture cable is faulty (I tried a different cable and result is the same).

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