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Robin Clayton
Wednesday 13th October 1999
6:06 pm U.K.

TWINTURBO@COMPUSERVE.COM

Oh and anyone wanting manuals for any of teh following is welcom to a photocopy (At cost)

Sony SL-C7 UB Sony SL-F1 UB Sony TT -F1 UB Sony HVC4000P

Rob

Robin Clayton
Wednesday 13th October 1999
5:50 pm U.K.

TWINTURBO@COMPUSERVE.COM

I have found yet another machine at work in need of a little TLC, a SLC6. The picture flickers every so often but is otherwise clear apart from an ocaisonal blur straight across? Any body got any ideas, if it's the heads / motor is a C7 or C5 assembly the same? I could just do with this macine working as I have so many VHS players stacked up on top of each other it's a bit of a pain having a top loader any way I am down to two working C7 's from 5 in one week! The darn history department keeps watching beta tapes.

By the way on a less interesting subject, does anyone know if heads for GEC vhs videos are available.

Thanks all.

Rob

R. Thibault
Wednesday 13th October 1999
11:49 am U.K.

jera@auracom.com

I have a Sony SL-2700 VCR. I cannot load a cassette in the door because one of the little plastic cog wheel at both ends of the door is broken . Where do I get parts for this machine? Thanks.

Chris
Wednesday 13th October 1999
4:24 am U.K.

KiddoBeav@aol.com

Please help!!!! I have a SL-HF1000 and i lost the manual!!!!! I need the BetaMax for editing purposes and i don't know how to use it for editing!! I would be extremely grateful if someone could help me out here or tell me where i can download or read the manual!

Thanks for your time!

Sven Svensson
Wednesday 13th October 1999
1:32 am U.K.

sven6@usa.net

No, it couldn't be Microvision. This tape was made in 1984. The pictures doesn't always scramble, only certain parts do the pictureget messed up or "jumps". The odd thing about it is that if I recordvhs to vhs, there's really no problems. I guess because the tape istoo old and too worn out.

Martin Evans
Tuesday 12th October 1999
12:06 pm U.K.

martin@browns.co.uk

Johannes, I do remember one small trick on these style of mechanisms (eg the SLC9 ). Do the reels appear to 'twitch' at all just afterloading the tape? If so I may know a solution.

Martin

Aaron J. Girardin
Sunday 10th October 1999
2:52 pm U.K.

telefonbil@aol.com

Hello all,

a few weeks back I bought a Betamax Hi-fi off of ebay auction site. I was told it was a "Preformance Beta HI-FI". when I got it there was no instruction manuel or anything of the sort to tell me what brand it was. I looked on the Back it said it was made by sears model number 562534442350. I don't no much about the model and would like to get any information( Instruction booklet?) I can because there are some features I do not no how to operate. Thanks for the help, Aaron

Johannes
Sunday 10th October 1999
10:51 am U.K.

matra@ihug.co.nz

Greetings to one and all. I have just two technical questions to ask regarding things of aslightly 'Beta' nature. Please don't be alarmed if you've seen thesequestions posed on WWW before as I've been 'off-line' for a while andas a result, missed many responses given on the subjects. Sorry aboutthat, Chief!

Sony SLO1700 Industrial duplicator.

A superb machine in every respect, except that is, one.... Thereappears to be very common fault among this breed, and it mightpossibly affect other models that have the same sophisticated tapetransport (mechanism). After years of valiant service, most of the SLO1700 's that I've known seem to suffer from a peculiar ailment, their tape transports no longer wish to function.

Symptom: When a tape is loaded and successfully wound around the tapetransport (suggesting that the loading motor still operates), thereis no tape movement when one tries to 'FFwd', 'Rew', 'Play' or'record'!! When any of these functions are tried, one can hear variousnoises from the tape transport's mechanics such as the video headsrotating, but no tape movement at all. "The eyes move, the ears twitch, but mister brain appears to have long since departed" (A slightly modified quote from Lord Blackadder II -me thinks?) I do not wish to align the above quote (describing Lord Percy's'intellectual' disposition, or lack of it) to that of my SLO1700, however, that does seem to perfectly describe the machine's currentdisposition rather well... I have three of these beautiful machinesand would to prevent this happening to the remaining two. Any ideasanyone????

Sony PCM-501ES Digital processor.

By utilising the SLO1700 deck with this unit, one would assume thatall should work well. A Sony product connected to another Sony product(A 'PCM' unit connected to a 'BETA' unit), however, all is not as itshould be...

Symptom: After about half an hours use, the PCM-501ES suddenly goesinto a 'Play Back Mute' mode!! That is to say it works fine up untilit switches itself to 'Play Back Mute'. When you switch the unit (thePCM) off and leave it off for a few minutes, then switch it back onagain, the unit runs fine again... well, for a few minutes at leastbefore that old familiar 'Play Back Mute' does its thing. I posed thisvery question on the 'DAT HEADS LIST' a while back and got a very unfavourable (almost spiteful) response . Can anyone here shed anylight as to what's happening?? If it's a temperature related fault,then what component might be responsible? I have too many ' F1 'formatted Beta tapes to loose if a solution can't be found.

N.B. On the subject of the F1, does any one out there have a PCM -F1 (in good condition (working)) complete with adapter and batts. for sale???

Robin Clayton
Sunday 10th October 1999
7:59 am U.K.

TWINTURBO@COMPUSERVE.COM

Well I am still waiting for any information on TT -F1 portable tuner power supplies, does anyone even own one?. Another question for anyone able to help. One of our C7 's developed a fault during a lesson on thursday. When you start to play any tape the picture wobbles for about 40 seconds and then settles down. I have cleaned the heads but that has not helped. If anyone needs a copy of the Sony CV2100 Reel to Reel video recorder service manual or operation manual (Not that it's difficult) then I could provide Photocopies. I know it's not a betamax machine but at least it's not VHS. The quality is amazing for a 25 year old machine. Does anyone use U-Matic? We have one as well. It's dam heavy.

Thanks Rob

Pepse
Sunday 10th October 1999
6:28 am U.K.

jmsekola@win.bright.net

In reference to Sven's problem of copying vhs to Beta if the music videos are from around 1988, when the movie people were into the second phase of macrovision, there were some movies that wouldn't copy to Beta worth crap. Good Morning Vietnam is a prime example from my experience. As I had read back then the Macro was so good that if you played some movies on a very good high end vhs player the macrovision was very noticable. This being the movie or whatever you bought at the store. I just recently copied Star Trek 8 First Contact, from an old Fisher 2 head Hi-Fi (Circa 1988) to my Sony SLHF860D (Circa 1988) and I experienced no problems what-so-ever I recorded in B II. On a similar note does anybody know if the old Miami Vice tv series is available on tape? If not I am looking for a particular episode from season 2 entitled: Out where the busses don't go. I wore out my only copy a few years ago and sure do miss that episode in particular. If somebody has a copy I'll pay for the tape and shipping/handling. Beta or vhs. Later.

Darren
Sunday 10th October 1999
4:58 am U.K.

124869@one.net.au

Sven That could be Macrovision you are encountering although I thoughtmost Betamaxes were immune to Macrovision. Do you have a late model perhaps?

Amy Polk
Saturday 9th October 1999
11:37 am U.K.

amypolk@ntr.net

HELP!!! I URGENTLY need a copy of the owner's manual for the Sony SL-5800!!! If you could scan and send to my email address, that would be wonderful! If you know of a web address where I can print it off or download it, that would be wonderful as well! Thanks!--Amy

daniel
Saturday 9th October 1999
11:32 am U.K.

daniel_sampson@hotmail.com

My god I did not realise that there were so many of us left!

I am looking for a (cheap) hi-fi stereo beta machine.

Can any one help me?

My current stock of working betamax videos include a Sony C6 (bought for 1 in a car boot sale) and a Sanyo 9300 (works occasionally).

Graham Atkinson
Saturday 9th October 1999
9:07 am U.K.

grahamatkinson@hotmail.com

A friend of mine needs to buy a betamax video, where can he get one.

Sven Svensson
Saturday 9th October 1999
1:16 am U.K.

sven6@usa.net

Problems with copying VHS to Beta.

I tried to make a copy of music videos that were in VHS onto my Beta.However, when I played the Beta copy, the pictures were scrambling.What could be wrong? There's nothing wrong with my Beta, it's a brand new tape, and the VHS tape doesn't show the pictures scrambling.

Anothing thing I want to bring up, even though this doesn't relate to Beta. Does anybody know or have any RockAmerica videotapes? If so, PLEASE e-mail me.

ERNIE
Thursday 7th October 1999
7:46 am U.K.

magicm@net1plus.com

I HAVE BEEN IN THE VIDEO BUSINESS FOR MANY MANY YEARS. WE STARTED SELLING BETA FIRST WHEN SONY HAS THE SL5600 TOP LOAD WITH A WIRED REMOTE COMTTOL THAT USE TO SELL FOR OVER $1200.00. WE STILL HAVE AGREAT LIBRARY OF PRERECORDED VIDEO MOVIES IN BETA FORMAT. WE SHIP THESE MOVIES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY FOR 15 FOR $30.00 PLUS SHIPPING.THERE ARE WAY TO MANY TO LIST SO WE SELL THEM BY DRAMA, COMEDY,HORROR, SCI-FI, CLASSICS, SPORTS, MUSIC, ETC. YOU NAME THE CATAGORYAND WE'LL SHIP IT VISA, MASTER CARD, AND DISCOVER OR C.O.D E-MAIL ME AT magicm@net1plus.com

Ray Glasser
Thursday 7th October 1999
6:15 am U.K.

videoholic@earthlink.net

The Sony SL-HF750 Superbeta that I advertised here recently has been sold.

maroni
Wednesday 6th October 1999
8:59 pm U.K.

lassa@recyclermail.com

Free to you - toploading Toshiba Beta. Needs some repair. Also some blank and some pre-recorded tapes. Negotiable.

John
Wednesday 6th October 1999
2:02 pm U.K.

jsp@iaccess.com.au

hello there, this is the usual "anyone got a hifi beta for sale" message.

once again I post, but alass I realise no answer is to be expected.

anyways, seeking working sony slhf-100's sl-800 's slhf-150's sanyo vtc-m50 's

working or not sony slhf-950 's

but heres the catch, in AUSTRALIA, preferably either South Australia or Victoria, you poor guys with no gas LOL

thanks for your time! John

Bill B.
Tuesday 5th October 1999
4:45 pm U.K.

wm.blackwell@mcione.com

I have a Sony SL-3030 VCR that hasn't been used in about 6 years.I would like to dispose of it to a good home. Anyone interested?The last time I recall using this unit, it would play but had someproblem with recording. May just need a good cleaning.

I also have several new and used Beta tapes.

Martin Evans
Tuesday 5th October 1999
8:03 am U.K.

martin@browns.co.uk

Charles, great news indeed! It makes me think though just how many old or 'junk' machines end up in straight in the bin. They are a great source of parts.

Leigh
Monday 4th October 1999
8:59 pm U.K.

LeighMo@aol.com

All the tapes offered in the above message are now spoken for. (Wow, that was fast!)

Glad they are going to be used rather than clogging our landfills!

Charles Joly
Monday 4th October 1999
4:51 pm U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

My friend Martin ! Let me share a fine experience with you. You know about my SL-HF1000's tracking problems. Well, having tilted the head to the maximum and almost stripped all adjustments screws, I knew I had to have the ACE replaced. If the upper drum was to be worn enough to be replaced, I figured so was the ACE.

So, I faxed Sony with a request for a quotation for a new ACE. They sent me back bad news: The new ACE costs $170, and would be back-order for a couple of months here in Quebec. As I found this price ridiculous, I was about to give up on the machine.

Then, two days ago, a women came to my workplace (I work in a service center), with a SL-2300. She hadn't operated the unit for perhaps ten years because of the VHS predominance, and asked $10 for the unit. I obviously procured the deck, and I discovered, to my great pleasure, that it uses the same exact ACE head !! but with very low wear. I just replaced mine with this one and adjusting it was a breeze.

So now I own a treasured SL-HF1000 in perfect working order and saved $160. There's a permanent smile in my face !!

Leigh
Monday 4th October 1999
4:16 pm U.K.

LeighMo@aol.com

I'm posting this for a friend of mine. If interested, please e-mail her, notme, at sbs@world.std.com

Beta tapes, free to good home!

She has 25 L750 tapes, from various but all "name" manufacturers (Sony, BASF,Scotch, TDK, etc.) A couple of the tapes were used a lot, but the vastmajority should be in near-new condition: recorded, watched once, and thenset aside. Free to anyone who has a use for them and is willing to coverpostage costs. (She'd prefer to ship the lot at once, but if a couple ofpeople want half or so each.....)

Patrick Walsh
Sunday 3rd October 1999
8:23 pm U.K.

dpwalsh@nf.sympatico.ca

I'm looking to buy a broken SL-HF 300 and a broken SL-HF 400 for parts. Please e-mail if you have either one of these to get rid of. Thanks.

Patrick Walsh

Robin Clayton
Saturday 2nd October 1999
3:58 pm U.K.

TWINTURBO@COMPUSERVE.COM

Hi Folks,

I have just Started working at a school as the AV and computer bod. Among our collection of junk (broken equipment) was a pair of SL-F1ub portable recorders, a TT -F1 tuner, and 3 cameras (Working) whilst I have managed to fix both the SL's I am having trouble with the TT. Does anyone have a Service book, circuit diagram or any useful information on how to fix the PSU. I have gone through 10 1.6 amp fuses in a day and am on the verge of giving up. Has anyone got any spare parts or other useful bits for these portable systems.

This is my first real experience of beta, we have about 2-3 hundred tapes in our collection.

Any help very much apreciated.

Ta Rob.

Keith Fairley
Saturday 2nd October 1999
10:34 am U.K.

keith.fairley@unn.ac.uk

Is there a WORKING Betamax HiFi deck for sale in the North of England?(Newcastle area would be ideal.....)

Keith Fairley
Saturday 2nd October 1999
10:32 am U.K.

keith.fairley@unn.ac.uk

Can anyone tell me if there's a way to put the Sanyo VT6500 intoBlack & White mode?? Or does it do it automatically with a B&Wbroadcast??

Jim
Saturday 2nd October 1999
1:52 am U.K.

JIMBOEM@concentric.net

Can anyone tell me where i could find a Betamax in the USA?

MARK
Friday 1st October 1999
7:40 pm U.K.

LANGENMC@VTG.COM

Hey, i have a Toshiba V8500T Beta unit and i am havingproblems with it. is there a website where i can get specs for this model so i can fix it my self??? (everything works but when i hit play it turns on but the tape does not move) any suggestions would be appreciated.

Paul Kadanec
Friday 1st October 1999
12:48 am U.K.

kadco@msn.com

Hi! I need help. I need a source where I can purchase a Beta HiFi unit, preferably a Sony. I had a SL2710 that died several years ago. Sony refused to repair the unit so I trashed it, I know, stupid! Can anyone help?

Paul

Andy Pidsley
Wednesday 29th September 1999
7:06 pm U.K.

anbpidsley@compuserve.com

HiIs any one interested in a Sony PCM -F1 digital audio encoder, I have a mint condition example which I don't use often enough. Complete with the AC adaptor charger.Any Offers ?Carriage can be arranged anywhere in UK.

Paul
Tuesday 28th September 1999
9:43 pm U.K.

wct@ifb.co.uk

It's cool to see everyone still chatting. I'm a Beta collector and have an HF 100 -UB, SL-F1 and an SL C5 UB. If there is anyone in Scotland who's willing to sell any Beta's in Aberdeen or Glasgow, send me an email and tell me about it. I'm after all sorts including accesories and tapes especially the film 'Real Genius' starring Val Kilmer.

Jan H.Pedersen
Tuesday 28th September 1999
7:33 pm U.K.

bcc16571@vipcybercity.dk

HI Out there.Im a betacollector in DenmarkI lokking for ed beta camera are there somewon there have one to sale Please emaill me Jan H.Pedersen

Skinner
Tuesday 28th September 1999
1:01 pm U.K.

skinner_13@hotmail.com

SL-HF750 for sale with remote, buyer pays shipping. Excellent shape and works perfectly.

GCS-50 for sale, buyer pays shipping. Excellent shape and works perfectly.

Mario (Italy)
Tuesday 28th September 1999
12:15 pm U.K.

trib.tec@siet.com

Does anyone know if an HF-2000 exists in PAL version ?

Ray Glasser
Tuesday 28th September 1999
7:06 am U.K.

videoholic@earthlink.net

Here we go again!! This time I'm selling my original SL-HF750, which I bought about a year and a half ago, for $525 firm, plus shipping. In MINT condition, works perfectly with 4 1000s now, I no longer need it. -- Ray Glasser

Steve
Tuesday 28th September 1999
2:19 am U.K.

Lorefam@worldnet.att.net

I have a superbetamax for sale great condition rarely used!

Steve Becker
Monday 27th September 1999
8:42 pm U.K.

southern@brinet.com

I am looking for help with Betamax machines in need of repair in the S.E. United States.Any referrals you can give would be appreciated.

Steve Becker(the piano wrecker)C/O southern@brinet.com

Alan
Monday 27th September 1999
6:57 pm U.K.

aj@bolland.force9.co.uk

If any one is interested I have the following Beta video recorders fordisposal 2 x Sanyo VTC9300P, Sanyo VTC5000, Sony SL8080UB, Toshiba V9600B, Sony SL-C7 Also some old VHS Videos Sharp VC8300HSharp VC7300H, Ferguson 3V22. Plus a Pye/Philips VR2021. Any offers considered.

John
Monday 27th September 1999
5:58 pm U.K.

Ben@swalbe.demon.co.uk

i'v just brought a SL-HF100UB and when i putin a cassete it refuses to play. i opened it up and watched, when i pressed play the top of the head began to move and stopped. i realy need it working so if anyone can help Please do. Thanx

Gitane
Sunday 26th September 1999
6:54 pm U.K.

gitanes@webtv.net

Just found this place the other day. Does anyone know where there is a web site that deals in used BETA equipment. I've been surfing and can't seem to find anyone. Can anyone help me. As I posted the other day. I'm looking for another SL HF1000.

GitaneOr even a 900, or 750

Gitane
Sunday 26th September 1999
12:14 am U.K.

gitanes@webtv.net

Hi, I'm interested in purchasing another SONY SL HF1000.If anyone has a line on one in "EXCELLENT" shape please e-mail me at once !! "THE CASH WILL BE THERE IN 24 HRS."

Gitane

Keith McHugh
Saturday 25th September 1999
8:26 pm U.K.

jk.mchugh@ukonline.co.uk

Anyone got a Betamax for sale in the UK ?

Prefer a front loader / Beta Hi-Fi.

thanks,

Keith.

Richard Reynolds
Friday 24th September 1999
9:31 pm U.K.

R31rich@aol.com

I am based in the UK and am desperately in need of a Super Beta SLHF950 VCR, preferrably low mileage with remote control. I am prepared to pay a good price for a machine that is in good condition.

If anyone is interested please e-mail me.

Stewart
Friday 24th September 1999
7:25 pm U.K.

bel@clara.net

WARNING: I am thinking of buying either a DVD or laser disc player. I thought I had better warn you as you can be sure that the format I select will be the one to perish. For example:I purchased Beta for the super quality etc and still use it all the time.I began PC life with an apple mac.I bought the Philips CDi thinking it to be a real winner. Need I continue? I shall of course inform you of my purchase so you may all safely purchase the alternative and be assured of years of tons of films etc.long live Beta!

Josh Schimek
Friday 24th September 1999
2:09 pm U.K.

schimekje15@uwwvax.uww.edu

Hello, a little off subject here, but thought that it was worth a shot if someone could help out. I am looking for a stereo CED Selectavision player for sale that plays the old RCA Selectavision CED video discs.If you have one that you might want to get rid of, give me an e-mail with the model number and asking price. I am also looking for any movies anyone might have for this format too.

Thanks alot!

Skinner
Friday 24th September 1999
11:43 am U.K.

skinner_13@hotmail.com

I have the following for sale

Mint** SL-HF600 (SuperBeta Hi-Fi) with remoteMint** SL-300 (SuperBeta) without remote

Realistic Model 22 (SuperBeta Hi-Fi) without remote. Works greatSAnyo 4500 without remote. Works great

Sanyo 4400 without remote. Minor work neededSanyo 4000 without remote. Minor work needed

Sony SL-5400 works great but needs a new capstan motor installed (I have the new part just needs to be installed).

Sony SL2400 Qty (3). First works great, second and third record great but needs adjustment on playback.

Sony SL-HFR30. Needs minor work.Toshiba V-M41. Needs minor work.

I will take the best offer on each piece.

Kelly
Thursday 23rd September 1999
6:14 pm U.K.

parker_k@infowest.com

I would like to buy a super Beta-Max Hi-Fi VCR and beta movies.

Todd Flynn
Wednesday 22nd September 1999
10:49 pm U.K.

tfly1@banet.net

I'm looking to sell a Sony Super Beta HiFi model # SL-HF 400 and 60-100 tapes(blanks with movies from various sources).NO remote Anyone interested , make me an offer (tfly1@banet.net)

Lycos
Wednesday 22nd September 1999
10:05 pm U.K.

Eoverbay@AOL.com

I do a lot of taping, sitcoms, and need a format that can auctually look good. Anyone have a machine for sale? Contact me.

Mario
Tuesday 21st September 1999
12:08 pm U.K.

trib.tec@siet.com

I have found an HF 950 almost new (few hours and last years production) for the equivalent of $400. Is it too expensive ?(Italy)

Tiago
Tuesday 21st September 1999
1:12 am U.K.

tocaf@mail.teleweb.pt

I have a second hand SL HF950 but I dont't have its owner's manual.Can someone tell me where can I find one, so I can learn about all its features?Thank you verry much.

Mario
Monday 20th September 1999
9:41 pm U.K.

trib.tec@siet.com

Hello, i'm italian (near Milan), i am 26. Don't look my english !! (i know only a few words and grammar).In Italy Betamax is dead and forgotten since much years, but i know its quality and don't want renounce it. I have bought a second hand Sony SL-HF 100, how can i test the condition of its meccanic calibration?Does anyone know where i can found a new or used Super High Band beta or, better, an ED-Beta PAL?How can i import it myself?Can an EDV machine record in superbeta or super high band beta whit normal cassette ?I have contacted the principal Sony' head-office of italy (it is in Milan) and no one know the ED Beta system !!! All only know the professional Betacam.Can someone help me?Thanks to anyone which answer my question or write me.

John Winterbottom
Monday 20th September 1999
4:16 pm U.K.

70374.744@compuserve.com

Sony SL950 Super Beta machine - my machine has developed a very poor picture quality, I assume the video heads have worn out, however the still picture and fast picture are OK! Where can I get replacement heads, and is it possible to fit them yourself - I do have some electronic engineering experience, but no access to special tools or equipment ! Any help much appreciated. Email direct please. Thanks! Birmingham England

Charles Joly
Monday 20th September 1999
3:07 pm U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

Martin: I did as you told me... I borrowed a scope, an alignment tape and a service manual for my 1000, and checked out the tape path... Surprisingly, waveforms were almost bullseye with those in the manual, as for the entrance side (before the drum), as I was almost sure it was.

As I was sure, the problem relied on the ACE assembly. I managed to get some great results, still the tracking doesn't center for all speeds. It's a big time hell to adjust !! So I'll endure it this way for now, and someday get it accurately adjust by someone who has more experience than I do..

Rick: As for many aging Betamaxes, your upper drum might have got worn. Therefore the tape sticks to it, causing too much tape tension, making it jitter over the ACE and making it impossible to adjust. Upper drums are still available from Sony, head discs are seldom. You can install cloned heads with good results. I personally had ASTI heads installed in my SL-HFR70 with excellent results. You can also polish the drum with fine steel wool to get it gliding again.. Perhaps you can also turn all guides 180 degrees so the tape will travel on their unused side. After that, you should be able to adjust the ACE much more easily...

Sean: Check for a defective capacitor in your unit's power block. It looks like your capstan motor doesn't turn at the right speed...

Sean Gallagher
Monday 20th September 1999
7:30 am U.K.

dblexsg@ulster.net

Hello,I have an interesting problem with my SL-2401. When I playback a tape, the picture will start jumping around, and the sound gets fuzzy and it also slows down. This also seems to be affecting the tuner because when I put a regular channel on, the sound makes cuts in and out rapidly and the color is all messed up. Does anyone know what can be affecting this? I'm stumped.

E.N. Hunt
Monday 20th September 1999
6:43 am U.K.

ekmail@aol.com

Looking for a door for the front panel of a SL-HF900 Betamax.Also in need of paper boxes for beta tapes. Thanks...Beta is Better.

Ron
Friday 17th September 1999
6:49 pm U.K.

rosenro@mail.northgrum.com

For sale: Sony Betamax Model SL-5400 Weekend Programmer with instruction books. Excellent condition (rarely used). Best offer. Call (516) 575-2469 or email anytime. Thanks.

Rick
Friday 17th September 1999
5:36 pm U.K.

RDsmyrna@aol.com

Sony SLHF-400 Beta: The Atlanta, GA (US) Sony repair station just informed me they can't get a drum to repair my SLHF-400. Any suggestions? My unit records a great picture, as is, but the control track is not being recorded correctly (my guess). Therefore, the unit can't follow the control track and display a stable picture, without going to black. E-mail me.

Benjamin Wisely
Friday 17th September 1999
5:28 pm U.K.

Ben@swalbe.demon.co.uk

I'm intrested in a Super Betamax VCR if anyone nows were i can bye or get hold of one please mail me.

Bruce DeBeck
Friday 17th September 1999
11:06 am U.K.

bdebeck@galaxy.gov.bc.ca

I've died and gone to heaven. I just acquired an almost-new SLHF 1000.It seems to be working OK but it didn't come with an instructionmanual. Have you seen the remote for one of these things? More buttonsthan all my other remotes combined!

Do you know anyone who has one of these models that I could contactabout getting a copy of the instruction manual? I would gladly pay forany photocopying costs.

Thanks.

Bruce

Martin Evans
Friday 17th September 1999
7:18 am U.K.

martin@browns.co.uk

Charles, Yes of course you are right in your case it sounds likeit would not have been worth it. Not all machines heads though costthat much and for the cost of a cheap 'copy' head, it is usuallywell worth it. It also depends on how worn the drum was. I havehad a lot of experience where the change resulted in a significantdrop in quality and the customer would not have excepted the repair.

Charles Joly
Friday 17th September 1999
1:14 am U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

Bruce, I can get you a brand new SL-HF1000 instruction booklet, or if it's no longer available, I can get the service manual, which contains the operating instructions. Get in touch with me by email, and I'll be glad to help you.

Martin, If my heads were worn, then I'd need to change the upper drum as well. But if the heads are ok and the drum is worn, which is my case (heads have been replaced three years ago), then there's not really a need to change the heads as well. Of course there'll be a slight drop in picture quality but is it worth $350 ?? I think not...

John M. Paul
Thursday 16th September 1999
2:20 pm U.K.

johnpaul@videotron.ca

A collection of approx. 400 quality NTSC pre-recorded beta movies being offered singlely or as complete. All movies in very good to excellent playing condition with most in original boxes. Most boxes very clean except for removed stickers. List availible on request.

Martin Evans
Wednesday 15th September 1999
1:15 pm U.K.

martin@browns.co.uk

Nigel, regarding your DC-DC problem. The capacitor you refer to willonly fix the new version of DC-DC convertor (polished case). Thiswas never fitted to any of the original units but was availablefrom Sony for a short time. Both the original part AND this newversion are now discontinued.

Take a look at http://www.palsite.info/pcat_dcdc.htmlThis page shows the old style convertor.

If you do have the new version, then open up the unit (which is nottoo easy) and replace the capacitor with a similiarly rated one. Youdo not need a 'Sony original' here :)

Martin Evans
Wednesday 15th September 1999
1:03 pm U.K.

martin@browns.co.uk

Charles, in response to the question regarding tracking. I'm afraidyou are going to have to realign the tape path. After changing a wornupper drum the tape path is almost always affected causing 'hard' tracking problems (cannot be corrected using the tracking control).You are definately going to need to use an oscilloscope to dothis. A TV and test tape is definately not sufficient.You will also need a well recorded tape, prefereably pre-recorded but definately NOT one from just before you changedthe upper drum. You will then need to observe the output from oneof the test pins on the pre-amp board adjusting the wave output byadjusting the tape path guides until a flat response is obtained. Ideally you should obtain aproper Sony alignment tape (http://www.palsite.info/gtapes3.html)

The output should look something like a long rectangle althoughit is quite difficult to obtain a perfectly flat response. It is bestto rely 90% on the results form the oscilloscope as a seeminglygood picture can hide some serious tracking errors.

If you have changed a worn upper drum then you should also changethe heads as these wear at the same rate. Replacing just the upperdrum will cause a big drop in picture quality as the heads no longer protrude past the new upper drum.

(If you are not sure how to do this don't attempt it)

Martin

ps whilst carrying out this procedure, the 'test tape' will almostcertainly get damaged. Never rewind over any damaged parts as it willclog or damage the heads.

Tom Howe
Wednesday 15th September 1999
11:07 am U.K.

howet@ohsu.edu

I'm looking for PAL CED VideoDiscs, which sometimes turn up with PAL Beta Tapes. These CED VideoDiscs come in a 13 x 14 inch caddy that is blue or white in color. The whole caddy is slid into the player, which automatically extracts the disc. The players came from Hitachi and GEC McMichael. Does anyone have any of these discs for sale or know of any establishment that does?

Pepse
Wednesday 15th September 1999
6:37 am U.K.

jmsekola@win.bright.net

Hi all. I need a little help. I need a remote for my recently purchased Sony SL-HF860D. The Original Sony remote number is: RMT160. Or if anyone has a Radio Shack 5in1 remote from about 1993 (or the 6in1 from the same era) those are good for just about anything Beta. The Model number for the Radio Shack 5in1 is:15-1908. I'm rather disappointed with the newer remotes on the market, mostly all they do is the basic vcr functions or might turn on the PIP but not off or no swap. Anyway if somebdy can help I would be happier tha Heck. Now for the next problem: I don't get "over the air" stations after Ch. 13, which means UHF. I had noticed this same problem with my SLHF900 when I was checking it out. Thought the HF900 problem was because the unit sat in storage for a long time but, now that I have the same problem with my 860D it makes me wonder what the Heck is going on with these Sony VCRs. Or, am I just unlucky lately? I don't hurt too bad because I have a Big dish for everything but Packer and Viking games. Well that's it for now. Good Day. Pepse.

Charjol
Wednesday 15th September 1999
1:12 am U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

I'd like to correct something about what I've just wrote. I had one answer about a technical question. Coming from Alan Barnett. Sorry Alan !

Charjol
Wednesday 15th September 1999
1:07 am U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

Nigel...I wonder what odd sort of capacitor isn't available anymore from Sony. Perhaps you meant converter. I've had a similar experience with Sony here in Canada finding replacement part for my SL-2710 power supply. I've waited about 6 months to get told that the part was no longer available.

I think the best solution would be to find another C9 just like yours, where everyting could be defective except for the power supply. Then you'd just have to switch power blocks from one machine to the other. Otherwise, if you have some electronics knowledge, you can build another supply. That's what I did. It looks cheesy, because I had to hook up another printed circuit board to the deck, but I sure works :-)

While we're talking technical matters... No mean to be rude, but I wonder where are the real beta experts. I mean, all I find here is very basic troubleshooting information. On every technical question I've asked here in the past, I've never had an answer.

As time grows, all our cherished beta decks starts showing signs of aging. I think it would be important to help each other get the most out of what we've got. I don't want to end up buying a SL-HF2000, if it is (unlikely) still available.

Nigel
Tuesday 14th September 1999
6:15 pm U.K.

nigele@rural.gov.uk

I have a dodgy Sony C9 - the dc to dc capacitor as I've just discovered from the beta website, also discovering that it's no longer available from Sony - anyone any ideas on where I can get one?

Al Bruchas
Tuesday 14th September 1999
4:56 pm U.K.

Al.Bruchas@Wichita.BOEING.com

ATTENTION: NORTH AMERICAN BETA SEEKERS: In order to minimize damage from transport by car, and to create a more centralized point to find BETA machines, I've run my inventory ofextra machines to my friend's camera shop to combine them with what healready had on the shelf. MOLER's CAMERA SHOP (316) 685-1114 , WICHITA, KANSAS.They all have Sony remotes (except the "wired" TOSHIBA unit), maybe not the onesthey originally came with, but ones that will work. Sorry, I don't have anySUPERBETA units amoung them I know enough to keep what few I see of them for myself.Toshiba V -m40 w/ owner's manual and wired remote $85.00SONY SL2000 + ZENITH VRT9850 $95.00SONY SL-HFR30 (HI-FI READY, NO ADAPTER) $100.00SONY SL-HF300 (Hi-Fi) $125.00SONY-HFR90 w/HFP -200 (tape unload, out of door isn't always right, that is, you may have to help it "eject", by centering tape,on some cassettes...) $175.00 $175.00The camera shop has UPS pickup everyday, so they can ship quicker,than, "yours truly", could anyway. I hope this helps........

E.N. Hunt
Tuesday 14th September 1999
1:12 am U.K.

ekmail@aol.com

I have fun at my job with all the customers who come in and when we end up talking about video and the topic of Beta comes up how many of them say the same thing...Beta is better than VHS. Many of them had a Betamax and got rid of it when the nation went to VHS. But it is just amazing to me how many of them know the truth...Americans got dupped.But the bottom line is that for those of us who still use Beta its just fun to watch a video taped of cable without the eye strain you get from VHS. I won't even discuss "SLP". Let me close by just saying the standard..."Beta is Better!"

Jim
Sunday 12th September 1999
8:16 pm U.K.

JimK1234@aol.com

I have a Sanyo Betamax VCR 6300 that I have barely used plus 10 Beta tapes to go with it, probably some old television footage on there. Last time I used it was around 1980, but I'm pretty sure it all still works. Would any of you Beta enthusiasts be interested in buying this or know someone who would? Drop me an email and let me know. JimK1234@aol.com

Edouard
Saturday 11th September 1999
10:51 pm U.K.

edouard@pathcom.com

All SLHF-860 D Super BETA HI-FI posted abobe for sale no longer available.Edouard.

Larry Plummer
Saturday 11th September 1999
4:50 am U.K.

llplummer@yahoo.com

I have a Sony SL-HF550 with no remote, no manual. It works well. I am moving and need to sell it. I am asking $100 + shipping.

Larry PlummerLittle Rock, AR

Charjol
Saturday 11th September 1999
3:19 am U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

Hi everyone...I'm experiencing difficulties with fixing my SLHF1000 and request some support. My unit had a tape chewing problem. I figured the capstan shaft wasn't accurately vertical. So I adjusted its verticality using Sony's parallel plate SL-0657, then changed the pinch roller, as well as a worn upper drum assy.

Now the unit doesn't chew tapes anymore, but I can't get my tapes tracked. I tried adjusting the ACE height and azimuth but I only get hardly fair results (it would track, but without the tracking knob being in the center, and completely goes off track as I try another tape. Betascan and special effects are a disaster.). Since I already spent several hours turning screws with no good result, I figure there is some kind of procedure to achieve this task. I don't have an oscilloscope at home, but I think an alignment tape and a TV set would be enough.

If anyone knows how to do the job, can (s)he please reply back ? Thanks a lot..

Charles

Alan
Friday 10th September 1999
9:51 pm U.K.

alan@elektratec.demon.co.uk

No there is no such adaptor.

Lauren Z.
Friday 10th September 1999
8:29 pm U.K.

runner@idsonline.com

I saw this question in the chat archives but I don't know if there is an answer.Is there an adapter to play beta tapes on VHS? The heads on my betaare shot.

Martin Evans
Friday 10th September 1999
9:43 am U.K.

martin@browns.co.uk

Al, there is a remote control gallery at:http://www.palsite.info/gremotes.html

...it's a start?

Al Bruchas
Thursday 9th September 1999
4:57 pm U.K.

Al.Bruchas@Wichita.BOEING.com

With all the attention to machines, we don't always discuss REMOTE controls, enough. I often find machines, but can't find the original remotes, or it's been lost or destroyed, by the previous owner's kids.I've been luck, by having almost esclusively SONY gear, that they are mostly interchangeable, even to the point of the older ZENITH models, that were build by SONY, so many years ago. I hope to start using SONY's fairly inexpensive,sort of "cone shaped" universal remotes in the future. Has anyone had success with any particular type of UNIVERSAL remote controls that are out there?

PHIL SKINNER
Thursday 9th September 1999
2:10 pm U.K.

skinnerpj@nampak.co.za

I HAVE A SONY SLHF950mk11 WHICH REQUIRES A NEW HEAD DRUM ASSY. LRC VIDEO IN THE UK ARE OFFERING THESE AT POUNDS 450.00. IS THIS A REASONABLE PRICE AS IT SEEMS VERY HIGH TO ME. DO I HAVE ANY OPTIONS? I WOULD LOVE TO KEEP THIS SUPERB MACHINE RUNNING AND CERTAINLY DO NOT WANT TO HAVE TO CONVERT TO THE "INFERIOR" SYSTEM.

Martin Evans
Thursday 9th September 1999
12:50 pm U.K.

martin@browns.co.uk

New repair centre online!

There are now 24 new pages on PALsite containing loads of information relating to servicing and fixing Betamax machines. Thisincludes a detailed guide on head cleaning.

http://www.palsite.info/pcat_index.html

Ray Glasser
Thursday 9th September 1999
1:44 am U.K.

videoholic@earthlink.net

I've got two more Beta rewinders to sell. These are Kinyo brand, new in box, with warranty. $20 each including shipping. E-mail me if interested!! Thanks, Ray.

charjol
Wednesday 8th September 1999
4:21 pm U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

Lee, try cleaning video heads. Sometimes with an old or damaged cassette, the magnetic coating detaches from the tape and clogs one of the heads.

If you can't get rid of your problem by cleaning or if it comes back often, then your heads are worn and need replacing.

I've also seen this caused by a worn upper drum, as the tape sticks tighter to it, causing a greater physical contact of the tape with the head. But if your upper drum was worn to this point, you'd experience other tape transport problems.

Regards,Charles

Alan
Wednesday 8th September 1999
2:18 pm U.K.

alan@elektratec.demon.co.uk

Lee, I think it's more likely the video head is worn out and willneed replacing.

Lee Morrisey
Wednesday 8th September 1999
11:29 am U.K.

lee_morrisey@hotmail.com

Hi thereI have a sony sl c5 that suddenly one day developed a poor picture (white horizontal distortion lines) which was worse with a white picture, with the sound remaining OK.

I have heard that heads may become magnetized.If anyone knows if this is possibly the cause and a probable repair, please could you mail me at the above address.

Thanks in advance.

Lee Morrisey

lee_morrisey@hotmail.com

Terrence Biles
Tuesday 7th September 1999
10:57 pm U.K.

tnbbiles@thezone.net

Have about 1000 hours of old TV movies and programming on Sony Beta Tapes, similiar to reel to reel tapes. Need to come across a machine that can view them on. Can anyone provide me with any information on machine needed or where I can get one. Thanks

Mark Shragge
Tuesday 7th September 1999
5:20 pm U.K.

mark.shragge@mci2000.com

I have a Sanyo Beta machine in perfect condition. I would like to sell it, as I also have a Sony Super Beta machine which I now use. Please contact me if intereste. I am in San Francisco. mark.shragge@mci2000.com

Denzil Hathway
Tuesday 7th September 1999
4:23 am U.K.

hathway@ix.netcom.com

Interrupted my message about my Istanbul wedding videotape problems by hitting the wrong button. To continue :-

Trouble is the bride and bridegroom, who would dearly love to get a copy of the tape, have a Beta machine which I believe is in PAL format. That's correct for Turkey ... right? I'm double checking on that. How do I get from Digital NTSC to PAL Beta? I could go through either NTSC Beta or NTSC VHS but I don't want to lose the inevitable downgrading of quality with yet another copying pass and, in any case, it is hard to find Beta in the US these days, leave alone PAL Beta! Denzil in Cleveland.

Denzil Hathway
Tuesday 7th September 1999
4:13 am U.K.

hathway@ix.netcom.com

I have a conundrum. I attended a wedding in Istanbul, Turkey, last month and have upwards of an hour of good footage recorded with a Sony Mini Digital Video Camera (DCR-PC10). Back home in Cleveland, Ohio, where I live most of the time, I have successfully made copies in NTSC Beta ( SL-HF300 and 360) and NTSC VHS and have broken out very useable stills on the computer.

Max
Monday 6th September 1999
2:31 am U.K.

maxoverkill@pobacourier.com

I just bought a Betamax and every time I put a tape in it gets spit back out, what can I do?

Paul Wood
Monday 6th September 1999
2:16 am U.K.

buddhawood@aol.com

i have a SLHF900 that I sent out for repair of the cassette mechanism and when I received it back (via UPS)the sound doesn't work in hi fi or mono on most tapes I tried but I did get mono sound on one tape. i have no idea what would make this one tape different, most of the tapes i tried including this one were recorded on this machine. Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong? The person I sent it to said (and i beleive him) that what he worked on could not have effected it in this way. Please help! I'm down to a slhf300 to get my beta fix!

Jeremy
Sunday 5th September 1999
7:38 pm U.K.

rathbujw@polaris.clarkson.edu

If anyone has a copy of it, there is a movie I have been trying tofind on BETA its a horrer movie which was released on video in the earlyeighties called "dawn of the dead" if anyone should have a copy theywould be willing to sell, please let me know.

Beta is better, always has been, always will be.

Linda
Sunday 5th September 1999
1:18 am U.K.

kendrick.23@osu.edu

For Sale Hundreds of original factory recorded Beta movies with boxes.Send e-mail request for a complete list. Some never opened. Rare and collectable titles. Some Disney and other children titles. Priced tosell. Individual collector selling out of Beta.

Alex Mikajlo
Saturday 4th September 1999
2:38 pm U.K.

alex.mikajlo@mailcity.com

If anyone living in Australia is looking for free beta video recorders(suitable for restoration, parts etc)Then they may be interested to know that I have a Sony SL-C5, Toshiba V-8600 and an older piano key Sanyo model to give away. Additionally I have 40 mixed length(L-500/L-750) beta tapes(used) for sale for $40. If Paramount is still issuing new releases in the beta format, does this mean that James Cameron's version of Titanic will be available( I believe Paramount is marketing it). I am soon to aquire an NTSC betamax(after looking in Australia for about two years), and so consequently if anyone can tell me the addresses of the American beta suppliers for new releases then I would be extremely grateful). Finally if anyone has any significant collections of PAL format pre recorded tapes that they would like to sell, please send me a list.

Edouard
Saturday 4th September 1999
11:56 am U.K.

edouard@pathcom.com

NEW SONY ES/L-500 extra superior standard rate video tape for higher picture and sound quality BI-1hour,BII-2hours,BIII-3hours. New DDL- durability,Dispenser, Lubrication binder system. New tapes.1 and up for $ 2.00, 10 for $ 15.00, 50 for $ 40.00 All prices in U.S.Dollars + shipping. Edouard 416-762-8551

Edouard
Saturday 4th September 1999
12:02 am U.K.

edouard@pathcom.com

SONY SLHF-860 D SUPER BETA HI FI FOR SALEno manual, no remote control,very good condition.P.I.P, digital memory, digital effects,strobes e.t.c,Great pair for SLHF-900.$ 250.00 U.S.Dollars

A. Choate
Wednesday 1st September 1999
1:59 am U.K.

alchoate@frontiernet.net

Kazz: have you recived my check for your Beta player? Also, have you sent me the Betamax? Please get back.- :o)

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