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Vance
Thursday 11th November 1999
3:27 pm U.K.

vance@intersphere.com

I have been trying to find a source for a couple of BETA cleaning tapes. My last cleaning tape died and our VCR needs cleaning.If any one has a source, please let me know.

Bill B.
Thursday 11th November 1999
12:22 pm U.K.

wm.blackwell@mcione.com

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

I also have several new and used Beta tapes.

If no one is interested, I'm going to donate to charity.

Darin Nakamura
Thursday 11th November 1999
12:14 pm U.K.

dsn@hi.net

To a good home and someone who is willing to do some repairs. An SL-5800 and (2) AG-300 BetaStack Changers for sale. While checking the 5800 (which had been in storage for years) it suddenly won't play or rewind. I suspect one of the belts broke. The 5800 is in fair cosmetic condition with new heads installed before I put it in storage. I have only one cable and power rewind. It occurred while I was testing the remote (which works, but is in cosmetically poor condition). It happened during slow motion supply and while they both will insert a tape, they have problems with ejecting or changing. One Betastack is used and the other unused (my understanding is that it was a showcase demo unit). I'm hoping someone can get at least one perfectly working changer out of the two. Shipping will be from Honolulu, Hawaii, so factor this in to the price you'd be willing to pay. E-mail me or we can chat on this page.

John Grieve
Thursday 11th November 1999
9:50 am U.K.

john116@ozemail.com.au

SL-8000E help. Can anyone suggest why my SL-8000 would have the following problems:

1) Whenever turned on, motor is on continuously, except when cassette cover is in open position.

2) Cannot push rewind lever down - with or without loaded video cassette in place. Seems to be a lever/arm in the way in the internal mechanisms preventing the rewind key being depressed.

Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

John

Sam
Wednesday 10th November 1999
10:35 pm U.K.

SAMS-YER-MAN-1@patterson4444.freeserve.co.uk

Hi EveryoneI am looking for a Sony SL-C9, in good working condition, if you've got one please reply.Alan Mosely i have tried to contact you and have left messages on your answer machine, but i have not had a reply, is your SL-C9 still for sale?

Edouard
Wednesday 10th November 1999
4:35 pm U.K.

filmco@sprint.ca

SONY SL-HF 900 Super Beta HI FI For sale.No remote, no service manual. Very good shape.Working perfect $ 350.00

Edouard
Tuesday 9th November 1999
11:09 pm U.K.

filmco@sprint.ca

I will trade one or few SUPER BETA MASHINES for oneBolex reflex 16mm movie camera

Tom Saknit
Tuesday 9th November 1999
8:56 pm U.K.

saknit@linkline.com

We are now listing our last Extended Definition Beta unit for sale.

The ED-V7500 is the Consumer version (I believe the Japanese had the EDV-7000 and the Canadians had an EDV 7200 or 7300).

The unit is in 9+ physical condition with a small scratch on the top preventing me from listing it as a 10.

The Unit is being auctioned on eBay internet auction and will close Sunday, 15.Nov.98 at 8:25pm.

If you are interested, please have a look at the following address

http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=40951438

Thank you,

Tom SaknitSigma A/V

Victor
Tuesday 9th November 1999
8:21 pm U.K.

Hansel2@hotmail.com

SONY GCS-50 SUPER BETA HI FI. These machine were just checked out in the shop by a Sony certified Tech. $ 350.00 5 available

Ken Mullett
Monday 8th November 1999
8:14 pm U.K.

Ken @kamul.freeserve.co.uk

Hi, I am looking for a few Sony Betamax L750 tapes and an instruction manual for a Sony Camcorder BMC200P either to buy or to copy on my copier and then return. If anyone would like to contact me to discuss price I'm availble all day any day on 01225 703667 Wiltshire. SUN. 8th.Nov.98 Ken

Sam
Monday 8th November 1999
4:24 pm U.K.

SAMS-YER-MAN-1@patterson4444.freeserve.co.uk

Hello Everyone,I have just found this site, i have a Sony SL C9 that has a problem, i have not used the machine for a few years because it has a hole burned in one of its boards (due to a power surge i think) and i also think the loading mechanism is a little iffy, anyway i want to know is any one out there interested in buying it or would it be worth my while fixing it? I await your knowledgeable replies.

John Ferguson
Monday 8th November 1999
3:03 am U.K.

sheila.ferguson@mcione.com

This is a multi-part message. I inherited a Sanyo Model "VCR 4030 Betacord" VCR. The VCR part works. The display has this problem various segments and function indicators strobe through from left to right and it doesn't display what is actually going on with the VCR.Part 1) Does anyone have a service manual for this VCR that would be willing to Fax me the page(s) concerning the display board/tuner select board section and the power supply section?Part 2) Does anyone have replacement parts for these 2 interconnected boards?Part 3) Is anyone interested in buying this unit?

Edouard
Sunday 7th November 1999
8:26 pm U.K.

filmco@sprint.ca

I have a SONY remote commander RMT-317 and I sold a fewGCS-50 SLHF-900 SLHF-860D SLHF-840D and SLHF-750 lately.I am not shure whitch Beta mashine this remote belongs to soif any of my clients have mashine for this remote controlplease e-mail me and you can have it for the shipping cost.I did not find it on remote gallery page http://www.palsite.infohttp://www.palsite.info/gremotes.htmlRemote has following battons: VTR,AUX,Channel - and +,STEP,1/10, 1/5, X1, X2,SWING SEARCH, freeze, , , rec, pause,on/off, power, play, rew, f.forw,Edouard FILMCO

Steev H
Sunday 7th November 1999
3:40 pm U.K.

steevh@csi.com

Hi,

Has anyone out there got a Betastack (AG-09) for the Sony C9 that they want to sell. Condition unimportant. Id just love to see the thing moving about.Steev

Alan Mosley
Sunday 7th November 1999
12:40 pm U.K.

a@b.c

I still have the C9. Please phone me as I am using a friends webbrowser to send this.

Robin Clayton
Saturday 6th November 1999
5:13 pm U.K.

TWINTURBO@COMPUSERVE.COM

TO Alan Mosley

Regarding the SL C9 for sale, Do you still have it? If so then E-Mail me at the above address as I am interested.

Cheers

Any one else with any beta machines for sale in the UK please E-mail me

Ta

Rob

Jerry
Friday 5th November 1999
2:23 pm U.K.

Jearbear25@aol.com

Anyone out there have a Sony SLHF-750 they want to sell?

Edouard
Friday 5th November 1999
8:35 am U.K.

filmco@sprint.ca

SONY SL-HF 750 $ 350.00 1 availableSONY SL-HF 840D $ 250.00 2 availaleSONY SL-HF 900 $ 350.00 1 availableSONY SLO-1800 $ 100.00 3 availableSONY SL-2500 $ 50.00 1 availableSONY GCS-50 SUPER BETA HI FI $ 350.00 6 available

John Grieve
Friday 5th November 1999
3:34 am U.K.

john116@ozemail.com.au

Hi,

Writing from Sydney, Australia. Looking for any service or user manuals for a Sony SL-8000 Betamax. Am happy of course to pay postage and any other costs involved.

Also, looking for any Australian compatible machines to buy - if any Aussies out there read this page?

Dave Belleau
Friday 5th November 1999
2:10 am U.K.

belleau@advdata.net

Hello all.I am in the market for a Superbeta HIFI unit. I am located in Michigan,Please e-mail with model number and price.

Thanks.

Jerry
Thursday 4th November 1999
8:19 pm U.K.

Jearbear25@aol.com

This is for "Charjol@hotmail.com":

I have the items you need(Sony SLV-R1000 or JVC HR-S9500 S-VHS decks) to trade for the Beta SLHF-1000. Please e-mail me for more information on them or to just let me know if the Sony Slhf1000 is still available to trade.

Martin Imber
Thursday 4th November 1999
12:58 pm U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

PAL ED-Beta - what happened - are there any machines, if so how do I get one for UK use

Also any chance of Full Monty as my wife wants it - pref Super Beta

Charjol
Thursday 4th November 1999
4:21 am U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

Will trade a SL-HF1000 with original remote commander for a SLV-R5 or R1000 or JVC HR-S8000 or any other equivalent SVHS edit deck. State the model in your reply.

Matthew Quinlan
Tuesday 2nd November 1999
10:21 pm U.K.

mattyq@skyia.com

SL-HF1000 For sale. In mint condition with the original remote, manuals, box and packing materials. Best reasonable offer or I will list it on ebay.

Jerry
Tuesday 2nd November 1999
6:31 pm U.K.

Jearbear25@aol.com

Anyone out there have a Sony SLHF-750 they want to sell?

Alan Mosley
Monday 1st November 1999
8:43 pm U.K.

a@b.c

SL-C9 for sale. South East England. 0973 458 722

Robert Box
Monday 1st November 1999
5:15 pm U.K.

r.box@virgin.net

32 assorted Betamax tapes used once only.Sensible offers invited.There are 3 holders available with tapes

Charjol
Monday 1st November 1999
2:54 am U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

Rinehart.. :-) I guess you own a 2710 with a bad power supply. I own one myself which sustained major voltage peaks.. Everything smoked up. Of course, most parts for 2710 (as a growing number of betamaxes) are no longer available. Do as I did, build up a new power supply.. I have the service manual if you need some specs.

Rinehart
Saturday 30th October 1999
9:50 pm U.K.

ebwells@aol.com

I am looking for an NTSC standard Beta hi-fi deck. Working or not.Sony SuperBeta models, the SL-2710, and Aiwa models are preferred. For SuperBeta, I am looking for anything from Sony, Pioneer, NEC, and/or Toshiba. Machine doesn't have to work, but can't have power supply problems. Thank you for reading. - Reinhart

Jonathan Blaine
Saturday 30th October 1999
2:25 am U.K.

JonBlaine@aol.com

Hi folks.... I'm looking for some technical answers. Please e-mail me directly if you can help me trace down the problem, or if your Sony machine experienced anything similar.I have a EDV -9300 (the Canadian version of the 9500) that, well, freaks out... The local Sony authorized dealer here in Louisville wants $90 just to say "Yup, it's broke." I described the problem, and he said that it could be one of 20 components that have gone bad, and wouldn't even give me a price for the 2 biggies that I suspect (either the computer or power supply), or even if they're available. I'm supposed to give him $90 just to let him tell me the parts aren't available? I don't think so.I even sent the machine to Sony in Chicago, but of course, the problem didn't occur while they had it for a week. It seems the problem occurs only when it's plugged in for several days. Here's the info:Sony EDV -9300 ED-Beta machine (serial number A000204). I believe the problem is in either the power supply or computer. The problem progresses in the following order after the machine has been plugged in for several days. The problems usually dissipate after the unit has been powered up for an hour or more. Also, it seems to work OK for a while after being unplugged for a few days:1. Display panel lights dim and brighten, while the machine loses synch in recording and playback. Video image on screen flashes on and off while this is happening.2. Remote sensor becomes inoperative. Unit can still be operated by keys on machine.3. Keys on machine become inoperative. Unplugging the machine for a minute usually fixed the remote sensor and keys, but this "fix" is becoming less and less reliable, and as of today is almost a non-fix unless I unplug it overnight.4. Finally, the machine will stop working altogether. The only thing left on the display is the clock (which works), without the blinking colon (:) shown, and the "tuner" icon is lit. Or, the lights will stay on, and the machine will change channels all by itself, like going from 0 to 1 to 125, etc., then eventually completely locking upAny ideas????Thanks!Jonathan Blaine

Larry Roussarie
Friday 29th October 1999
11:50 am U.K.

larry_roussarie@wlae.pbs.org

I put in the wrong E-Mail address on my previous Message. Please send replies to:larry_roussarie@wlae.pbs.org. Thanks

Larry Roussarie
Friday 29th October 1999
11:45 am U.K.

larry_roussarie@wale.pbs.org

I would like to know to how to set CATV channels on a Beatmax SL-250 (USA). I cannot tune in any channels. I could really use the help. It will tune in (very badly) two UHF channels. PLEASE HELP!

Bob Kikkert
Thursday 28th October 1999
11:53 am U.K.

bkikkert@cnwl.igs.net

Does anyone know where I might get a motor for a Sanyo Betamax VCR, Model VCR6100. The motor in question is labeled as follows:

SANYORM-11V10800B830419A066

I would also be interested in getting another VCR6100 for spare parts. I am in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada....

Sean Napper
Thursday 28th October 1999
2:36 am U.K.

wsnapper@creative-net.net

A friend of mine is looking for a wired remote for his Sanyo 6400.Anything compatible will do. Can anyone help?

Mary Anne
Wednesday 27th October 1999
4:06 am U.K.

maryanne@ecis.com

I have 2 machines for sale: Sony SL5100 and Sanyo VCR 6800 BII/III.I have the manuals. Both are in working condition.

Clay Stimeling
Tuesday 26th October 1999
9:45 pm U.K.

clay@msys.net

Hi there ! I've recently found one of the first Beta Camcorders (Sony),not ones with their own power supply, and own tape deck, but the onesthat hook up to the recorder. This camera is in like-brand new condition, and I would like to put it to use, but I don't have the slightes clue on what kind of recorder I need, or what cables I need to hook it up to. By the looks of things, it might work on my VHS player, but I would rather use Beta. Any help would be appriciated !-C. Stimeling

Victor
Tuesday 26th October 1999
1:17 pm U.K.

Hansel2@hotmail.com

Sony GCS-50 Beta and Superbeta Hi-Fi Editing VCR with the following features:High-band resolution, crystal-clear variable speed playback accurately tracks all three speeds of BIs, BII, and BIII. Records in either BIs or BII.Precise Assemble/Insert Editing utilizing the Jog/Shuttle knob with linear time readout, Professional 4 head, Video Insert Edit, Audio Insert Edit (Ch. 1) Audio Insert Edit (Ch. 2) Electronic Tab Marker Indexing, regular and slo-motion tracking controls, headphone jack with volume control, microphone input, Auto rewind, Dub mode, Controllable through a control L port. Dual video BNC outputs and dual gold plated stereo audio outputs. Ideal for program origination or multi-generation editing Rack mountable List for $2550 (new). Asking $350

Carl Groth
Tuesday 26th October 1999
9:58 am U.K.

carl@netinfo.co.uk

I'm looking to buy a second hand Betamax Video recorder ASAP....I need to know where i can get hold of one in the next couple of days...preferably in the Chester area??? Can anyone help????

Jerry
Tuesday 26th October 1999
2:32 am U.K.

jearbear25@aol.com

I have a Sony SLHF900 and a SLHF400. I tested both recording qualities by recording one of my dad's DVDs onto two sony ES L-750's on beta II. On the 900, I get faint blue lines in about 1 inch intervals. On the 400, it is not as much but they're still there! Note: there is no sound distortion (often heard when your heads are worn). Could this be Macrovision or poor tape quality? Any other possibilities? I'm almost ruling out Macrovision because I tried recording the same movie on vhs and it was totally clear! But these lines occur towards the end of the 105 minute movie. Any ideas on the cause?

Doug Young
Monday 25th October 1999
6:51 am U.K.

mrdoug@netcomuk.co.uk

Where is the best place to look for a betamax format video recorder in London (UK)?

pacman
Sunday 24th October 1999
12:19 pm U.K.

opacman@hotmail.com

sony slhf 100 vgc,remote,1st to see will buy.300 uk

Joe Wolfe
Saturday 23rd October 1999
5:17 pm U.K.

nerval@feist.com

Sony SL-2300 for sales $69.95 (no remote included)Call (316) 685-1114 Moler's Camera Shop, Wichita, Kansas, USA9 TO 6 CST Monday thru Saturday. Also have many other units, includingBETA HI-FI units and some cheaper, non-remote control Sanyo Betacords..

Charles Joly
Saturday 23rd October 1999
2:30 am U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

FOR SALE : Sony SL-2001 portable VCR w/ TT-2001 tuner/timer unit. Works fine, except for a display segment which stays lit all the time, and may need a new pinch roller. My price is your best offer, plus shipping.

Matthew Quinlan
Friday 22nd October 1999
9:24 pm U.K.

mattyq@skyia.com

The following Sony Beta VCRS are for sale. SL-HFR50 hi-fi ready with original remote and manual $120.00. SL-HFR60 hi-fi ready with manual and aftermarket Sony remote $130.00. SL-20 EZ Beta with original remote and manual $95. SL 2710 Hi-Fi Beta with original remote and manual $160. All units are in excellent working and physical condition. Shipping on all VCRS is $15 additional. Payment is by money order only, see my feedback on ebay as mattyq@skyia.com. Forward any questions you may have. Thanks...

Frank Haebel
Friday 22nd October 1999
6:09 pm U.K.

frank.haebel@pironet.de

Hi yall !I had two C5s plus a younger stereo frontloader, but the C5s diedand I sold the frontloader because I didn't want to watch TV anymore.But I kept alot of good tapes, and now, while exploring this great pageI'd like to buy a Beta again. Does anyone sell a 1988 or younger stereo, HiFi,SuperBeta machine. If so, please let me know. Thanx.

Jan H.Pedersen
Friday 22nd October 1999
5:46 am U.K.

bcc16571@vip.cybercity.dk

Hey out theerIm a betacollector from DENMARK for about 12-13 years.and im are in the repaier buisnis if you have a problemsmaby I can help but thats are nost pal models i now.are there others there will cominicate? send me a letter. I wonder, maby there are somewond there have sony manualsthey dont need anymore, for slhf860D, slo1800, gcs-50, edv-9500.maby for others machinetype ? (I wil give a fair price) Please emaill mee Thank you ps its a great pal site

Richard Percival
Thursday 21st October 1999
10:43 pm U.K.

percy@percy46.freeserve.co.uk

Hello any one want to talk?

bytor
Thursday 21st October 1999
11:54 am U.K.

jcbryant@gateway.net

I have a large collection of beta movies. Recently my beta machine died and I haven't been able to find a replacement anywhere. I'm interested in new or used. can any body help?

A. Choate
Thursday 21st October 1999
1:29 am U.K.

alchoate@frontiernet.net

Dose anyone have the SL-5200 manual I'd like a copy thanks. alchoate :)

Ann
Wednesday 20th October 1999
6:13 pm U.K.

annvkelly@hotmail.com

Does anyone know where to get a lift carriage for a beta player? The repair man here says that the part is not available. Thanks for your help.

Pepse
Wednesday 20th October 1999
12:59 am U.K.

jmsekola@win.bright.net

Hi all, Re Matt Jurcich's letter. As I recall they need at least 30 comitments for Paramount to run the Beta version. Just thought I'd put in that little addendum. Later, Pepse.

Sebastian Sekinger
Tuesday 19th October 1999
10:04 pm U.K.

redrum@sekinger.demon.co.uk

Hello! Firstly I would like to say That I'm very pleased to have found the Betamax sites on the web. I have found them to be both interesting & very helpfull. The pal site helped Me to remedy a number of problems that I've had with my machines & I would like to thank everyone involved for putting together such a great site. Secondly I was wondering if anyone can help me. I'm trying to get hold of some service manuals for Sony recorders....the model numbers I'm interested in are as follows- SL-C9, SL-F1, SL-C20, SL-C7, SL-3000 (& CV 2000/CV2100, these two are not Beta rcorders, they are very early Sony open reel decks, however someone out there may be able to help me.) Please email me if you any info on afore mentioned machines or service manuals that you would like to sell me.

Matt Jurcich
Tuesday 19th October 1999
9:00 pm U.K.

mattj@invisix.com

Hey,

Would you like to buy the movie Titanic on Betamax? Send Terence Maliga terence.maliga@stearnswheler.com a message that you're interested. He's interfacing with Absolute Beta, who in turn is interfacing with Paramount to get a run of Betamax tapes through. Cost will be about $25.

Do not e-mail me about it, e-mail Terence Maliga terence.maliga@stearnswheler.com ....

Thanks much for your support of the betamax format!

Neal Dressler
Tuesday 19th October 1999
4:39 pm U.K.

StudioNAD@AOL.COM

(I have symptoms- do you have explanations?)On a SANYO VCR7200 BETA HI-FI MODEL (CIRCA 1985) MY LOADING IS SLUGGISH AND THE TRACKINGIS SPORATIC. Any ideas as to the cause(s)?

Also, My SONY SL-2400 will function in BETA III speed, but not in BETA II.What would account for this?

Martin Evans
Tuesday 19th October 1999
8:05 am U.K.

martin@browns.co.uk

Johannes, the reason for the 'twitching' on my machine was because the rubber 'breaks' underneath the unit had worn. These are two verysmall 'o' shapped pieces of rubber about the same size as the letteritself. This doesn't have to be the problem on your machine. The reasonfor the twitching is that when the unit starts up, it tries to determineif a tape is loaded. It does this by making the tape go taught so thatit touches the tape sensors better. In my case, the breaks were stopping thisfrom happening correctly. Another possibility is that the sensor isnot working correctly or the back tension is set incorrectly. The endresult in all cases is that one sensor says there is a tape present andanother says there isn't, so it shuts down. I hope this helps.

Aaron J. Girardin
Monday 18th October 1999
7:24 pm U.K.

telefonbil@aol.com

Hello, I was wondering if anyone could photo copy the Toshiba VS-36 betamax VCR instruction Manuel. I would be more than willing to cover the cost of doing so.

Thank you, Aaron

Stephen Cordi
Monday 18th October 1999
1:38 pm U.K.

scordi@flash.net

I still have a number of NTSC prerecorded Beta titles I'm offering for sale at $2.00 each (free shipping in the U.S.). The list is posted at http://www.flash.net/~scordi/Betasale.htm

Edouard, e-mail correctons
Saturday 16th October 1999
8:53 pm U.K.

filmco@sprint.ca

A few GCS-50 available for sale.Very good cond,$ 350.00 each +shipping 1 -800 -476-9775 Edouard filmco@sprint.ca or edouard@pathcom.com

Alan Barnett
Saturday 16th October 1999
6:53 pm U.K.

alan@elektratec.demon.co.uk

An excellent set of books on VCR repair, service and principles arewritten by Eugene Trundle. Titles include:

Beginners guide to Videocassette recorders

Videocassette recorders

Servicing TV and Video equipment.

I think it'll be great if regular readers of these pages wouldshare with eveybody their favourite titles.

Tim
Saturday 16th October 1999
6:42 pm U.K.

aztc@psn.net

I have an old Zenith Beta Video system. The Sony equiv is SL2000. It all works and I have the manuals and case for the portable part. I am looking for the 12V Car cord. It hooks to a round 5 pin receptacle. Even knowing which of the 5 pins carries the 12V would help. Thanks for any input.Tim

greg shankie
Saturday 16th October 1999
1:50 am U.K.

friendlyford@tdi.net

NOTE: FOR ALL WHO ARE LOOKING TO BUY AN INEXPENSIVEBETA MACHINE.

I have a Sony SL-2700 that I would like to sell. If you are interesteddrop me an email. I'm sure it will be a good deal for you.

Robin Clayton
Friday 15th October 1999
4:48 pm U.K.

TWINTURBO@COMPUSERVE.COM

Thanks for the info Alan, I will give it a try in the next few weeks (If i get a chance). I was looking through the Machine guide and spotted the Sanyo VTC-M20. We have one in the geography department, I have not used it yet and did not realise it was so rare. Anyway i was given some probes for my ocsiloscope and my boss said I could have some money to buy some technical books, I don't know a great deal about Video repair but I am desperate to learn the tricks of the trade. Does anyone know of a realy good book that covers Video and TV repair?. Especialy one with some references to beta machines. If I don't get proficient soon then I will have the dreadful task of transfering the hundreds of Beta tapes onto VHS(AAARRRGGGGG).

See you later.

Rob

Alex Fernandez
Friday 15th October 1999
2:31 pm U.K.

graphlove@yahoo.com

It feels good to find a site like this!

Two things:

You can convert the SLHF900 to record Beta I speed using the service of a fellow in Modesto, CA. He is highly regarded because of the quality and prices of his repair services in Beta machines, according to what I have readin other Beta sites. Right now, he has one of my VCR's being repaired.Here's his e-mail address: andysbeta@yahoo.com

Also, if you are interested in Beta VCR's (he has several models for sale),check this page: http://www.equipmentcenterwest.com/nu.htm

Call Roman, he has a 800 number at the end of the page, he has more Betastuff than the ones in that page.

Hope my info is useful to some of you guys.

John Flanagan
Friday 15th October 1999
2:11 am U.K.

jflanagan@hasbro.com

Great site!! found it by surfing. I have two (US) SLHF-900's and would love tolike to trade them for a 1000. Also does anyone have info on the modificationto these units(900's)to achieve the beta 1 speed?

Thanks

Charles
Friday 15th October 1999
1:03 am U.K.

Charjol@hotmail.com

Here's a cue for you Al. Open up your deck and play a tape at normal playback speed. Then gently push the back tension arm to add some more tension to the tape, and see if you can get a clear image. If so then suspect a worn ACE head.

Regards,Charles

Al Bruchas
Thursday 14th October 1999
4:37 pm U.K.

al.bruchas@Wichita. BOEING.com

My SL-HF900 is having recording problems on BETA II and III speedsgiving me the "snowstorm" effect over the image in normal playback. When I punch it to playback at "2X" the image clean up perfectly.What am I seeing here? Is something in my "slow speeds" controls going?

john homme
Thursday 14th October 1999
11:29 am U.K.

john.eirik.homme@oftedal-skilt.no

Hi there! I'm a Beta-collector from Norway, and first of all i would like to say that this is a great web site !! I just discovered it today, and I've been browsing around now for almost 4 hrs. I've been collecting Betamax-machines for almost 10 years, and although I rarely use them, they are among my most treasured possessions. I have around 25 different machines (all Sony's, although I do have a Sanyo VTC-9000 -it was the first VCR my family ever owned), all in mint condition, and i even have the BetaStack units for both the C7 and the C9. They're really fun to watch while they're operating. I also have a SuperBeta machine which was bought i Malaysia around 1989 - SL-8800P (It's a playback-only machine.). Are there any other Beta-collectors in Norway, I wonder -please let me know. Be seeing you !!

Alan Barnett
Wednesday 13th October 1999
8:49 pm U.K.

alan@elektratec.demon.co.uk

Johannes,

Re 501 question,

I think you need to identify if the 501 is at fault. Can you connectit to another VCR? These PCM decoders tend to suffer from PSU problems these days. The sysmptoms often occur more when the unit gets hot. Could you try covering/uncovering the 501 and seeif the time before failure changes? If it does I suggest you lookfor large electrolytic caps in the power supple. AFAIR there area few 78/79 series regulators which suffer as well.

Alan

Alan Barnett
Wednesday 13th October 1999
8:42 pm U.K.

alan@elektratec.demon.co.uk

Rob,

the problem with the SL-C6 is that the capstan servo is not locking up. This is a very common thing and is almost certainly due todried up caps in the servo circuitary. If you take the bottom coveroff you should see some pots labelled CAP FREE, DFS etc. I suggest youstart by replacing the caps in this area. Begin with the bi-polarones, then move onto the electrolytics. Last time I worked on a C6 the fault was traced to a 0.47uF cao next to the servo chip.

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

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