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Wednesday 26th April 2017

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Vince
Thursday 6th April 2000
12:18 am U.K.

vgivens@bellatlantic.net

I have recently acquired a Sony SL-3030 and can't play tapes back when hooked up to cable (can't record from tv either). Machine works perfect when just connected to the tv. Cable people say their system is not at fault. Don't have this problem with my VHS machine. Is there something about Beta not being compatable with my cable system?

Mike
Wednesday 5th April 2000
8:33 pm U.K.

KShark28@AOL.com

Hey I'm from the US looking for a hi-fi Beta player, super beta if possible. Im willing to discuss pricing. Thank you. All I ask is that that the price is not too high, maybe around the $150 range. I have been to Ebay.com, and they sell things like this for that price, its just that I'd much rather be able to have a direct connection. Thankyou for replying.

Sam Dunston
Wednesday 5th April 2000
1:55 pm U.K.

sdunston@erols.com

For sale Near Baltimore Maryland, USA in US dollars

New sealed kodak 750 beta tapes asking $1.50/each have ~50

Sony slhf-860D superbeta digital, Original owner, includes original remote and original manual $350 firm +shipping ; works great

Sony slhf-300 black case, stereo non-superbeta, no remote, works fine asking $75+shipping

Sony slhf 600, stereo superbeta with remote, video heads probably marginal as it has moderate streaking (firing lines during playback)which are removable with the tracking adjustment. $175/obo

thanks Sam

ANTHONY VACCARO
Wednesday 5th April 2000
1:13 pm U.K.

ANTHONY_VEE@YAHOO.COM

I AM INTERESTED IN PURCHASING A PORTABLE T-2000 PACKAGE OR IF NOT THAT THEN A PLAYER.

A. Choate
Tuesday 4th April 2000
11:07 am U.K.

betaphile@yahoo.com

I didn't see anything that said no NTSC vcr's thanks Alan for pointing that out.

A. Choate
Tuesday 4th April 2000
10:46 am U.K.

betaphile@yahoo.com

Looking for SL-HF450 reel motor assymbly or equvilent

Ian
Monday 3rd April 2000
9:16 pm U.K.

ian@alices.freeserve.co.uk

Er, sorry about the two notices above which look similar. In fact, they are - just made a cuppa and pressed the post message button pre and post cuppa.

Just looking through the notices and there seem to be some people posting non-pal messages here - claiming this site is for all Betamax fans. However, it does in fact say BetamaxPal at the top of the page.

Regards,

Ian.

ian
Monday 3rd April 2000
9:02 pm U.K.

ian@alices.freeserve.co.uk

SLHF100UB

hi-fi Betamax [with simulcast] machine and many Betamax tapes for sale. Excellent condition, good working order. One owner since new - used as a 3 hour audio recorder - part of a hi-fi system. No reasonable offer refused.

Patrick Walsh
Monday 3rd April 2000
1:40 pm U.K.

dpwalsh@nf.sympatico.ca

Well, I don't want to, but my collection is getting to big.

For Sale:

Sony SL-HF 300 beta hi-fi. Perfect working condition. No original remote, but will include a RCA universal that works. The only cosmetic problems are that the front door over the controls is missing (no big deal) and there are several big scratches on the top from other vcr's being on top of the unit. It functions perfectly, and was serviced recently. I'm looking to get about $ 200 US. I'm located in Newfoundland Canada, but will ship anywhere in North America for $20. Please e-mail if interested.

Thanks,Patrick Walsh

Nick Cole
Monday 3rd April 2000
12:57 pm U.K.

nec10@cam.ac.uk

In addition to BETA (Super & HiFi), U-Matic Low Band and VHS, I'm now able to transfer to/from S-VHS, So if anyone needs BETAMAX conversions done (UK PAL Only), please contact me via email.

Nick

John
Sunday 2nd April 2000
11:48 am U.K.

jsparkin@bigpond.com.au

hmmmmmmmmm a little pushing about for positions on the beta chat page I see ;)

ok not mine I post all I see for sale : slf30as, slt7me ( no tuner )with CORDLESS remote (dont see that on these machines often), sanyo 7250 (silver NTSC) sanyo vtc-9300 's...as always and a vtc-m20 without remote drop me an email if you have any questions

Must agree with Alan...some of then new SVHS stuff is fantastic...love my new deck...my old one died...was gonna cost 120 bucks more to buy a new one than reebuild the old jvc...goes with my grs-707...best domestic svhs camcorder I ever did see..personnaly that is LOL

one more point...I thought I asked NICELY for help with my m40 power supply problems...no HATE mail please...and you know who you are

Hope this is of some help

John

John
Saturday 1st April 2000
10:09 pm U.K.

john116@ozemail.com.au

Hi - wondering if anyone has a copy of a SL-HF150 user manual they could send me, or a photocopy of it. I am in Sydney, Australia, and of course am happy to pay for this. Thanks, John.

Fred Chaffee
Saturday 1st April 2000
6:39 pm U.K.

fchaffee@keck.hawaii.edu

I have a large collection of Beta tapes that I'd like to be able to watch directly or translate to VHS if necessary. Looking for any information on where I might buy a new or used Beta VCR at a reasonable price. Any suggestions would be welcome. aloha

Alan
Saturday 1st April 2000
8:44 am U.K.

alan@barnett.org

I think an ultimate machine would be a cross between a C9 and 950. The mechanics of the C9 and drum of the 950. If would have to have NICAM/PDC etc of course! Off tape RF outputs like the 1700 would be nice and maybe a U-matic dub connector or even a component output - Better than S-Video:)

DVD is great I have to say. I'm even impressed by some of the new JVCS***S decks. Particularly the 9500 - S-VHS, NICAM, Dynamic drum and a built in TBC all for around 400 quid. Amazing! I wander whatBeta would be offering if it were the predominant format?I'd be interested to hear what JVC is bringing out in the US market?

Martin Imber
Friday 31st March 2000
1:11 pm U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

So why is Martin on in big batches then nothing?

At work we have ISDN and I need to check the emails every few hours. I also visit lots of computer sites, particularly anti NT ammo! (I'm a computer programmer).

I just like good quality home entertainment stuff, and have always been a Beta fan since my dad bought a Sanyo VTC6500, and I soon discovered Sony Sl-F1s and C9s, I bought a S/H SLF1 outfit (I still use it) Beta HiFi was fantastic - remember the demo - James Bond etc.

We were recommended to wait for a cross between 100 and C9 but my dad bought a discounted Sanyo M40 as the 950 went to 1000, he later bought a Panacronic NVD80.

I bought a 950 when re-released at 800, and converted to NICAM when guarantee expired, try explaining drilling holes in a dismantled video recorders back plate.

I aquired the Panacronic very cheap when my Dad bought an SVhs deck and a few weeks later given the M40 when he finally defected.

The Panacronic is unreliable (hence cheap) and has been used mainly as a duplicator and for occasional tapes I've been bought. But the two Beta HiFi decks have been used daily ever since. My wife had never seen Beta before she met me but she really likes the 950, and understands why I am such a Beta fan.

DVD is a great reason to resume the attacks on vhs. When recordable comes out and is cheap enough I'll copy any prerecorded vhs across and mothball the Panacronic.

The only (non design age) problem with 950 is the skate loading, it is great fun for 1 year olds to open and close. Conventional flaps are good places to hide Tellytubby toys.

Alex Mikajlo
Friday 31st March 2000
10:44 am U.K.

aushosp@chariot.net.au

I don't care what Martin wants to talk about. At least what he says is relevant to PAL users. The majority of messages tend to be bland American NTSC service-related requests, so anything thats not can only be refreshing!

Alan
Friday 31st March 2000
10:12 am U.K.

alan@barnett.org

Hi everyone,

just to restate what I said a while back this page is intended for theuse of all Beta fans not just those with PAL machines. There's more than enough room for everybody to contribute.

PALsite concentrates on PAL machines and that's because there aremany other sites which cover the NTSC VCRs in great detail not to mention I don't have enough resources to include them.

Martin Imber
Friday 31st March 2000
9:26 am U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

I know yet another message.

The Americans campaigned Sony to get a new Beta video recorder, lets start hassling Sony for a limited edition PAL machine, especially as vhs is on its last legs HA HA HA.

I would definately buy one if its got the features.

Martin Imber
Friday 31st March 2000
9:20 am U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

Is NTSC keeping to subject?

Martin Imber
Friday 31st March 2000
9:18 am U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

I have not got a superiority complex! Just that DVD was knocked and I was stating how good I found it, I generally do keep to subject, so do you want a NICAM card for your Beta HiFi video?

Whats wrong with having a 950, it was a hard slog paying for it, it still is the best 1/2" uk video, I aquired the M40 when my dad gave up the fight.

Video shop closing down due to Beta demise

He was doing both formats but he couldn't afford to take on the big rental companies with vhs. I think he went belly up rather than fight them. But he did have a better selection on Beta than vhs, entering the rental game is very expensive, and he had the equivalent of starting again. Video 2000 just down the road only survived a bit longer and they were V2000 and vhs, but again had too much money tied up in V2000.

I find it interesting to see how people are getting on with new technology, and I'm sure a large number of users of this chat page will go DVD - well if it kills off vhs great!

The help I do need is as such, I hope to get a new TV next year and I want to use seperated Y/C or S-Video, any idea how to mod a Beta deck to get it out?

I want to buy a new Beta deck, do you? I just listed some useful features, I don't want a rereleased 950, I want a modernised 950 <g>

Ray Martin
Friday 31st March 2000
6:14 am U.K.

rayNOSPAMmartin@usa.net

Martin Imber....I have been watching this page and helping out people as much as I can for a few years now...and never have I seen a person posting with such a superiority complex as you, yes great you have dvd and 950 's please just keep in tact with the chat page and post relevant helpful information, one example being I find it hard to believe a video rental store owner closed down simply because he didnt want to stock VHS tapes saying they arent as good. Please martin, get your hand of it.

Ray.

Reinhart
Friday 31st March 2000
1:56 am U.K.

lasernut23@aol.com

I know this chat page is for PAL machines only, but I have an NTSC SL-HF750 (European equivalent is the SL-HF950 ) that needs a new video head disc. Sony is no help since they are asking over $ 200 for a replacement head disc. I need help! - Reinhart

Martin Imber
Thursday 30th March 2000
7:52 am U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

NICAM decoders, I have 5 pre orders, another 5 please before I can get a batch ordered.

Don't knock DVD - it's a way of getting films without using vhs, I have a player and its brilliant - vhs is dead!

I can copy to my 950 with only peaked verticals and noisy colours to show, and that is a macrovision disc. vhs forget it!

I have been hassling local video rental shops to rent the discs, telling them vhs is dead, but the luddites won't stock them - I have even hassled the area manager of blockbusters, saying "vhs is crap so stock DVD".

I have worked out I have NEVER bought myself a prerecorded vhs tape, and only rented 3, yet have about 30-40 Beta, but only 4 DVD. I have resold more vhs blanks than kept, (selling railway videos - shot on SLF1 edited on SLHF950 - duplicated on Panacronic and Sanyo M40 )

I will be glad when I can bin my vhs deck as my Sanyo has just been overhauled (12 years on first heads) and the 950 will be ran indefinately.

My DVD player is a Sony 715, build quality is similar to other top of range Sony goods, and it is really nice to use.

I used to rent a lot in the good old days, the video library owner had a 950, he shut down rather than just do vhs, honourable?

If anyone from Sony is reading.

SuperBetaHiFi, analogue tuner with NICAM, either a DVB tuner or the ability to control a Sony DVB box

Flying erase head, unlacing for FAST rewinding (I have proof about head wear Sony 6 years, Sanyo 12 years), Remote timer, insert edit, similar trick play to 950.

S-Video in and out, multi SCART, at least 3 inputs.

If you can do similar on crappy format I know it can be sold for under 1000

Nick
Wednesday 29th March 2000
8:32 pm U.K.

ncdalz0@pop.uky.edu

Hello BETAFANS!!! So glad to actually see someone who SUPPORTS BETA!I have two machines, a realistic model 10 beta hifi, and a sanyo BETACORD.I've tried to tell the unbelievers in my electronics class, but all they responded with to my approx. 5 reasons beta is better..., they said:VHS RULES, BETA SUCKS! This sucks!!! They never even seen a beta!!!all they grew up with was the Very Horrid System!!! My teacher is in onit! He says that beta isn't better because they lost the war. Can someonehelp me get this through their thick heads??? They are putting signs onmy windshield saying their love for VHS!!! Even the tape wear truth about VHS doesn't work!!! Email me at the Email address above!

Signed,

a supporter of the beta format.

BETA LIVES FOREVER!!! DVD DOESN'T DVD lovers: Just wait until your discs start skipping!The end of DVD is here--the beta format is just beginning!

AL BRUCHAS
Wednesday 29th March 2000
5:05 pm U.K.

al.bruchas@wichita.boeing.com

As far as supplies of blank BETA tapes, we amateur musn't forgetthat they are wholesalers out there selling to the TV stationsthat are sitting on supplies of new blank BETA tapes & Betacamtapes,which they are happy to sell RETAIL to the public. I typicallypay 3.99 each and can even get the short length tapes (usually 3M/SCOTCH pro series)by the case.In Wichita, Kansas, USA, we have Professional Studio Distributors1059 Porter, Wichita, Kansas 67203 PHONE:(316)267-1573FAX (316)267-1701 "Nancy"I used to go in an ask what "odds and ends" they were trying to move, and would buy up (usually AMPEX) new tapes that had beenin storage (temperature controlled, as far as I could tell, becauseI have had no problems...)PSD is in an old grocery store in the middle of a residential areaof the city, so their overhead is pretty low. Look for a supplierin a similiar situation in your geographic area, and you will probably find they are will to help you out.

Michael
Wednesday 29th March 2000
3:47 am U.K.

TforTxmaw@aol.com

Hello Beta fans.For those who are looking for blank L-750 tape in the US, I have found tape at Wal-Mart, Target and Radio Shack. There are too many pros and news crews using Beta. It's out there.As for Macrovision. VHS uses timing signals for tracking, etc. What Macrovision does is it adds a bogus signal that makes the VHS confused if recording. Beta doesn't use these signals and ignores them completely.I have a Sony slhf-360 and I have just located video heads on-line that I would like to replace myself. I am looking for a service manual or some coaching on how to replace the heads and any special caution or info you could help me with.

Ray D. Glasser
Sunday 26th March 2000
3:52 pm U.K.

videoholic@earthlink.net

To our friends in the States, looking for an SL-HF1000: I have one up on the eBay auction site right now, it ends on Tues. March 30th. This unit is virtually LIKE NEW and does have new video heads. Here is the link:http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=82169595 Thanks for looking!

John
Sunday 26th March 2000
10:44 am U.K.

jsparkin@bigpond.com.au

ohh I should have added...the stk 7217 voltage regulator ic is located on the PW2 board, the smaller of the two power supply boards...

John
Sunday 26th March 2000
10:40 am U.K.

jsparkin@bigpond.com.au

hello there...

sony hf-450 for sale...in AUSTRALIA...wierd..not mine I pass on all I see

also I ask a favor, does anybody have the tech manual for the sanyo vtc-m40, or the ntsc versions sanyo 7200 or sanyo 7250,

if so, I am after the pin outs of the stk-7217 chip, or if you have a listing of these pinouts from else where...as for reasons I have the wish to make this chip up out of components...due to the number I am going through and the cost involved in aquiring them....I have a fair few m40 's out of business now..

thanks for your time,

John

Michael O. Weathers
Sunday 26th March 2000
3:53 am U.K.

mikew@harborside.com

Hi: Iam Abeta Lover {Ntsc} Looking for a newer Model presently haveSLHF500 {1985} looking for newer One!

Marcus Voyles
Sunday 26th March 2000
1:02 am U.K.

astrosmash2000@pipeline.com

Hello All! I have a small problem with my SL-HF300. I'm not sure, but I think I've developed a small tracking problem. I was watching a movie recently and all the sudden a weird noise came out of the tape port. It sounded like the plastic tape reel in the tape clicking against something rapidly. As this happened, the picture got a bunch of static-like lines and quickly turned to black and audio disappears. However, if you press the FF-button the picture comes back. But when released, the picture gets static-like and goes black again. After about a minute, the picture clears up and audio is restored. It happens about every fifteen minutes. Is this a common problem with this model or is it just the tape? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Charles
Sunday 26th March 2000
12:10 am U.K.

Charjol@hotmail.com

Sam...

I'd be glad to scan power supply schematics for SL-HF1000 and send them to you via email.

The 1000 has a rather simple power supply built around a STK-type regulator. When the PSU is faulty, it's 99 chances out of 100 that you have to replace that single part.

Sam Dunston
Saturday 25th March 2000
4:56 pm U.K.

sdunston@erols.com

I would like to buy (as many others would) a repair manual for a Sony SL-HF 1000. orPerhaps someone could/would photocopy the power supply module schematic including the voltages and send it to me. PLMK.

TIA

Sam

Stewart
Saturday 25th March 2000
7:51 am U.K.

bel@bmax.freeserve.co.uk

FOR SALE Sony C9 stereo betamax (Not working) good condition case, bright clock and flaps, with original manual and over 70 tapes. Offers. Essex.

Charles
Saturday 25th March 2000
3:31 am U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

MAX !!!

I bet your machine stops after playing 4 secs. because it goes into emergency stop mode. This occurs because of a lack (or absence) of torque from the reel motor; tape becomes slack between capstan and take up reel, the machine detects this slack and stops everything to prevent tape spilling inside the mechanism.

Look for a worn reel motor, a worn pendulum (idler) assembly, broken reels, well, everything that is reel related.

Also, before replacing a part, look for a potentiometer labeled FRD.TRQ. on some PC board. Sometimes, motor wear out is making it require more electric energy to spin as it is supposed to.

Give me some feedback !

Charles

Marcus Voyles
Thursday 23rd March 2000
9:51 pm U.K.

astrosmash2000@pipeline.com

Doug, I don't know where you're from, but the last time I was in the Radio Shack where I live, they were only $5.99.

beta supplier
Thursday 23rd March 2000
4:08 pm U.K.

sarah@bcn.net

Anyone looking to buy old beta movies?i have alot of old titles!price's are going cheap!

Doug
Wednesday 22nd March 2000
11:22 pm U.K.

pdbragg@charm.net

Sears has a hotline number in the US for people wanting replacementparts for ANY electronic device. I called and quoted the model number of my Beta VCR and they had belts in stock, cheep. Call Searsfor the number.

Radio Shack sells Beta tapes - in stock, at 6.99 a pop.

MAX
Wednesday 22nd March 2000
6:37 pm U.K.

MRBARELA@SPRYNET.COM

I AM HAVING TROUBLE WITH MY SL-2000 VIDEO CASSETTE RECORDER. WHEN THE PLAY BUTTON IS PRESSED IT WILL PLAY FOR ABOUT 4 SEC THEN STOP. DOES ANYONE HAVE AN IDEA WHAT THE PROBLEM IS?

Skinner
Wednesday 22nd March 2000
2:21 pm U.K.

skinner_13@hotmail.com

Just out on ebay last Friday from Andy's Beta Repair.

Sony GCS-50 Pair w/ RM-E5O SuperBeta Package

SONY GCS-50 and RM-E50 Controller FEATURES: SONY GCS-50 SUPERBETA EDITING VCR: Pro-4 Videohead with twin flying erase heads Beta HIFI Recording and Playback Superbeta HI-Band Recording and playback Audio or video insert editing Jog Dial for special effects playback Shuttle Ring Index Scan/Index Search Independent L/R Audio Level Input Controls Control L Port BIs/BII recording, with playback in all three BI/BII/BIII speeds SONY RM-E50 EDITING CONTROLLER : Assemble and Insert Editing Jog Dial/SHUTTLE ring for finding edit points easily and quickly Automatic program editing (assemble) with up to 64 programs memory Editing rehearsal "PREVIEW" Quick Edit Independent LCD display for player, recorder and editor Other Information: This GCS-50 pair have been completely refurbished to operate as new, by Andy's Beta Repair of Modesto California. These units have various cabinet scratching on the top and side of the covers (due to stacking). The Front Faceplates themselves are still very presentable with only minor scratches/scuffs. This package comes complete with all necessary control L cables, copies of the manuals for both the GCS-50/RM-E50 Controller. Everything you would need to do some serious editing is here!

http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=80311103

Martin Imber
Wednesday 22nd March 2000
2:19 pm U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

Macrovision protected DVDs, copied really well to SuperBeta, quite well to normal BetaHiFi, but VHS was totally useless

Tobias Lloyd
Tuesday 21st March 2000
11:35 pm U.K.

tjlloyd@sdf1.com

Can anyone tell me where I can find info on a beta player, make/model: sanyo 4400?please reply to my email. TIA!

Tobias

TONY
Tuesday 21st March 2000
3:02 pm U.K.

yaptony@aol.com

Do you know where I can purchase a betamax video player in the US (Los Angeles area)? I have some old beta tapes with family scenes that were taken in the early 80's in the Philippines and can no longer find said players here or in the Philippines. Can someone share some info? Thanks.

Dave
Tuesday 21st March 2000
4:28 am U.K.

hammer0501@yahoo.com

Hi Guys!Have just inherited a Sony SLO340 with a dead battery. This is the portable machine made in '79. I also got an old , but working tube camera, also Sony. How does the quality of Betamax compare to VHS and also to say, Hi8 camcorders, and also to Betacam quality?I am an aspiring independent filmaker, and want to know if this portable machine has any advantaages over taping on VHS, Betacam, or C-VHS. Thanks! Also, is this a rare machine?

John
Monday 20th March 2000
10:23 pm U.K.

john@bournagain.freeserve.co.uk

My machine is a VTC9300, bought with my first month's pay packet after I left school in 1980! It's given sterling service until recently, but the fastforward drive has been getting temperamental for a while, spooling out tape when I eject. Tonight it has failed completely, so I can't rewind/fastforward/play tapes. The repair manual on this site suggests repairing this could be a long and complex job. Any idea if there is anyone left in the North-East of England who repairs Beta machines? The other alternative would be to try to get a "new" machine but I'm loathe to give up on my trusty old VTC9300, which has been a good and faithful servant over the years. All suggestions and advice gratefully received.

Stewart
Sunday 19th March 2000
6:47 pm U.K.

bel@bmax.freeserve.co.uk

Please note that e:mail is bel@bmax.freeserve.co.uk

Stewart
Sunday 19th March 2000
6:45 pm U.K.

bel@bmax.co.uk

FOR SALE:Sony Betamax SLUB C9 not working. Powers up, bright display, sometimes loads tape down but fuzzy picture. Good case + over 70 tapes- Offers. (ESSEX) ((ENGLAND))PS - also with original manual.

Stewart
Sunday 19th March 2000
6:41 pm U.K.

bel@bmax.freeserve.co.uk

FOR SALE:

James Carpender
Sunday 19th March 2000
12:59 pm U.K.

jim@swissmail.com

Greetings,

I have a Sony SLO-1700 for sale. It's rather mint, as I only used it to record and play back audio.

Noel Castley-Wright
Sunday 19th March 2000
4:35 am U.K.

n.castleywright3@gte.net

I will Pay best price for sony pal Betamax SLHF 950, SLHF 100, SLHF 150, or SLO 1700.

Charles
Sunday 19th March 2000
1:45 am U.K.

Charjol@hotmail.com

Ray...

Does your tracking control has no effect at all or if it has an effect but you can't get a noiseless picture ??

If it's totally dead, then perhaps the tracking pot. itself is defective...

I think you should dig in a little farther before ordering service litterature... :-)

Charles

Joe blye
Saturday 18th March 2000
7:45 pm U.K.

joeblye@webtv.net

I am desperately seeking any model beta machine.Though desperate, can only afford max.$150 obo.If anyone can help please e-mail me at above address.THANKS,Joe.

Ray Marullo
Friday 17th March 2000
1:59 pm U.K.

ramon@stratos.net

Need repair advice for a SL2405 unit. The tracking control has no effect. The tapes record fine and play back on a second vcr without any problems. Does anyone know what could possibly be the problem and does anyone know where I can get a circut diagram for the Sl2405?Thanks

markus beer
Friday 17th March 2000
11:01 am U.K.

mbeer@fct-electronic.de

I am searching for a flourescent-tube, typed FL101, which fits to a SLC9xx-betamax:1-519-269-00 FL101 indicator-tube, flourescent

This tube displays time, date and tape_counter and got worn out.

However this is a discontinued line by Sony and no longer stocked therefore no more available.

For this ugly circumstance the inquiry is attached here: Does anybody superflously file a device such like this or know a similiar type still available?

Have a nice day

Martin Imber
Thursday 16th March 2000
9:46 am U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

Putting black bars on via a PC - wierd. My TV is getting dodgy even though the picture is still very good (25" Sony), I am considering an IDTV I think the DT outputs Anamorphic but I don't really know, (IDTVs can supply a video).

Sony 950s - any idea if I can remove simulcast and wire to scart in instead, also any ideas on S-Video. I have manuals but I am not an electronics expert.

Stewart
Thursday 16th March 2000
7:55 am U.K.

bel@bmax.co.uk

I have a 32" Panasonic 100mhz widescreen TV. I use my 950 and 100 with the set all the time. However, if I record a widescreen film (recently recorded daleks invasion earth) the 100 always records the correct widescreen picture of which is displayed by the tv.(The word WIDE appears when I play the tape) but sometimes the 950 does not. Any ideas?

Alan
Wednesday 15th March 2000
10:41 pm U.K.

alan@barnett.org

Just to clarify. Martin and I have no objection to people posting NTSC related material on this page. After all we have a lot in common.

I think for the benefit of all it hepls if such material is clearly identified.

John
Wednesday 15th March 2000
10:17 pm U.K.

jsparkin@bigpond.com.au

to martin Imber

I have used beta with wide screen without a problem, I feed it through my editing PC which outputs it to tape by putting the black bars on top or bottom and literally squashing the picture, the letterbox or windowbox effect? looks fine on normal tv and my sony widescreen has a function for clipping the back parts of to fill the whole screen in wide screen mode.

I hope this is of some help, John

Martin Imber
Wednesday 15th March 2000
2:45 pm U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

My TV seems to be on its last legs, it was repaired last year, (blown resistor or capacitor - 42 mainly labour)and it now makes funny noises, its only 9 years old so I'm a bit confused.

Anyway, has anybody bought an FD TV yet, and also anyone tried the Integrated DVB version yet?

Anyone tried using Beta with wide screen?

Martin Imber
Wednesday 15th March 2000
2:32 pm U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

Broken Gears - if you are desperate enough try the following, repair broken gear with car body filler. Take a mould with Silicon sealer, and use Glass Fibre and Resin, it might work!

Andrew
Wednesday 15th March 2000
8:29 am U.K.

tina_sparkles@hotmail.com

Just wanted to voice my concerns about the amount of NTSC related chat there is on this page.

The site is called "PALSITE" with no reference to NTSC whatsoever.

Placing ads for sale of NTSC format tapes here should not occur.

Rob C.
Tuesday 14th March 2000
10:58 pm U.K.

Badlands-95@worldnet.att.net

List of Beta pre-recorded movies, concerts; etc. Go to the following URL: http://home.att.net/~badlands-95. All tapes are in excellent condition, and reasonably priced. New Jersey, USA

Thanks.

Alan Barnett
Tuesday 14th March 2000
6:50 pm U.K.

alan@barnett.org

Nick,

the answr to the F1 head problem isd maybe! If the drum is well worn then by replacing it you will prevent the tape touching the tape and hence need to replace the head as well. On the otherhand you may be luck and need just a minor alignment. Try it and see:)

Alan

Nick Cole
Tuesday 14th March 2000
12:02 pm U.K.

nec10@cam.ac.uk

I managed to pick up an SL-F1UB with TT -F1UB and HVC-2000P camera recently and wondered if anyone has had any success finding the NP-1 battery pack in the UK. Of course, now I'm looking for a PCM -F1 to complete the set :-) . I did get all the user manuals if anyone wants copies in the UK (ditto for my HF950 ). The SL-F1 has the tape sticking to drum problem. If I replace the upper drum with the fixed version, will the head need realigning ?

Thanks, Nick

Bill Peponis
Tuesday 14th March 2000
3:56 am U.K.

pascodis@best.co

I am looking for anyone that has a Beta VCR on the West Coast. I live in San Jose and would also like to know of anyone in the the area that may have rebuilt Beta VCR's.

graham
Monday 13th March 2000
5:38 pm U.K.

OPACMAN@HOTMAIL.COM

SONY SLO-1700 IN PERFECT WORKING ORDER SWAP FOR SLHF950 ANY CONDITION CONSIDERED,SPARES NEEDED.VARIOUS SEALED BETA TAPES SWAP FOR PRO-X TAPES USED OK.

charles
Monday 13th March 2000
6:33 am U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

Bob... Your SL-2700 gear part number is 3-670-007-00. But I'd be surprised if it's still availabe.

Jorge Garcia
Sunday 12th March 2000
6:50 pm U.K.

fortee9er@yahoo.com

I just bought my first Betamax a Sanyo VTC9100A. I need the owners manual can someone help me. Also I would love to hear any information on/ or about this machine. I still don't know if it works because I don't have any beta tapes to play.Thanks for your helpJorge

Bob White
Sunday 12th March 2000
6:08 pm U.K.

b_white@ix.netcom.com

I have a Sony SL-2700 Beta front-loading deck. The small plastic (grrrrr!) gears that work the tape loading mechanism have broken. Does anyone have any gears, know of part numbers, etc? Everything else seems to work fine - I just can't get tapes in and out <g>!

Thanks for any help!

Bob

Charles
Sunday 12th March 2000
2:05 am U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

About the new tapes...

Well, I didn't find the anyest problem with these tapes at all. I bought several of these a while ago when my SLHF1000 started showing signs of head wear, you know when they will clog every 5 minutes with old, higher passes tapes, and even with that machine condition I've had great results.

Also, I use HG tapes, which supposedly wear faster than standard tapes.

Anyway, I've used them for rec / playback on four different decks and didn't see any premature dropouts or audio problems.

BTW, 20 to 30 passes may be about the normal life for magnetic tape. I wouldn't get startled seeing dropouts after that.

Rob Orizino
Saturday 11th March 2000
6:06 pm U.K.

master.artist@usa.net

Greetings! I'm looking for a copy of the movie called "Mixed Company" starring Joseph Bologna. It could be beta or vhs. It's a gift for a very good friend. Please direct all info to my email adress, which is:

Master.Artist@usa.net

Thankyou very much for your time, Rob Orizino

jamay addo
Saturday 11th March 2000
11:54 am U.K.

jamay69@hotmail.com

All beta lovers,

Looking for a new or used beta vcr that can play tapes recorded on a SL250 system. Have over 500 movies on beta that I do not want to throw away. Any assistance will be of great help. Willing to pay for shipment to my location.

Thanks.

jamay addo
Saturday 11th March 2000
11:51 am U.K.

jamay69@hotmail.com

All beta lover,

Looking for a new or used beta vcr that can play tapes recorded on a SL250 system. Have over 500 movies on beta that i do not want to throw away. Any assistance will be of great help.

Thanks.

Martin Imber
Saturday 11th March 2000
10:01 am U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

Tapes - The current Sony tapes gold/blue wrappers appear to be in two forms, traditional 1 hole, and PRO-X like slot hole. The round hole type seems to wear quickly, but both types will work in SuperBeta Pro mode whereas earlier white boxed tapes won't. I would like to get some more PRO-X tapes as they were the best we had, but I am concidering using SVHS tape in some shells with worn tape.

The SL-HF950 has a 6 head disc not a 4 head.

Any more NICAM decoders?

Andy
Saturday 11th March 2000
2:03 am U.K.

baltimora@psu.edu

I'm interested in buying any broken Sony SL-HF750, SL-HF900 (pioneer VX-90), SL-HF1000, SL-HF2100, or any ED Beta decks. I'll take them in absolutely any condition even if they are certainly beyond repair. I'm also looking for working or broken (in reasonable cosmetic condition) remotes for any of these machines. Please e-mail me with the model #, condition, and price (including shipping to PA).

Marcus Voyles
Wednesday 8th March 2000
3:19 pm U.K.

astrosmash2000@pipeline.com

I've also noticed something about the new beta tapes. Not so long ago, I purchased a brand new tape, and recorded on it. When I played it back, the first half of it had no audio. It also seemed a little hazy on the screen, unlike my other Sony's and TDK's, which are definetely much older.

Martin Imber
Wednesday 8th March 2000
11:46 am U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

The tapes I have had problems with are recent Sony 750s, in my Sanyo they only seem to last about 20 record/plays before dropping out.

Marcus Voyles
Tuesday 7th March 2000
9:50 pm U.K.

astrosmash2000@pipeline.com

Hello all! The new box is up! Snafu97 is no longer active. my new box astrosmash2000@pipeline.com is up! mail sent to snafu97 will not be recieved. Thank you.

John
Tuesday 7th March 2000
11:13 am U.K.

jsparkin@bigpond.com.au

in regards to the new betamax tapes produced by Sony, the ones which I think come in gold/blue shrink wrap?

I have a 750 which has been used in a sanyo m20 how many times I dont know to record the same show on friday nights at 8pm for ages...its gone through at least say 30 half hour tapings on the front end...and thus at least 30 playbacks...that was all the m20 was used for...(my mothers at the moment) and havent had a single problem, I feel the large window is better than the older cirle ones, but funnily enuf I have a tape kicking around its a fuji I think and it has viewing windows like a vhs tape

hope this is of some help

John

Dan H.
Monday 6th March 2000
10:54 pm U.K.

gato77@aol.com

Looking for a threading block asm. front A6751-315A for a Sony Betamax SL-HF1000. Been though Sony. Now it's up to you guys.

Helen
Monday 6th March 2000
10:00 pm U.K.

KARON5555@webtv.net

Anyone know a Beta repair person in the Chicago area?

Charles
Monday 6th March 2000
9:51 pm U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

Martin..

I bought about 50 L750BTHG tapes. Are these the ones you're talking about ?

I used about 30 already and they don't show any sign of premature wearness. In fact, I don't know about the tape quality itself, but I must say I find the shell of these cassette of great quality. I like their full windows and none of them squeaks as many of my other cassettes do.

To John...

It *may* be achievable to hook up a Hi Fi processor on any beta deck but you'd have to go through several modifications of your unit. You'd better find a VCR that's already Hi Fi, or equipped with the processor interface.

To Andy Sanchez..

My HFR70 ACE is worn... In order to have it picking up CTL signals, I had to slightly lift the guide right after the drum. I was able to keep a fine image, but there's this hum in Hi-Fi audio, you know when it's not exactly tracked...

How can I save myself from giving all my money to Sony ?? Do you know a way to rejuvenate ACE head.

Marcus Voyles
Monday 6th March 2000
3:10 am U.K.

snafu97@pipeline.com

Hello Betafans! I am changing my e-mail from snafu97 to astrosmash2000@pipeline.com. It hasn't taken effect yet, so e-mail me through voyles@pipeline.com. Thank you.

john
Sunday 5th March 2000
4:58 pm U.K.

jattong@yahoo.com

need info about Sony HiFi processor HFP-100

was wondering if unit can be used as an encoder/decoder with astandard cassette deck to take advantage of Sony's HiFi sound format?

or is the multi pin interface a necessary part of the processingcircuit?

Sebastian Romeyn
Sunday 5th March 2000
2:23 pm U.K.

romy@xs4all.nl

Dear Betalovers,Can anyone help me find a HF 950 Beta-deck?Greetings,Sebastian.

Martin Imber
Sunday 5th March 2000
1:02 pm U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

I am finding that the new Sony tapes are wearing out quicker, anyone else notice?

Charles
Sunday 5th March 2000
5:50 am U.K.

Charjol@hotmail.com

Donna..

You've never seen such a cartridge because it never existed.

Phisically, the spools don't have the same spacing as VHS, so the cassette won't fit unless breaking the shell in two.

Electronically, both formats use different specifications, rendering them totally incompatible with each other.

You must recall having seen a VHS-C adaptor... Or perhaps one of these battery-operated 4-tracks to 8-tracks audio cassette adapters. (That was a brilliant invention!)

Eric Ringrose
Saturday 4th March 2000
6:38 pm U.K.

eric@erichigh.demon.co.uk

My email address was incorrect on my previous message 3rd March 10.11 should be as above.!

Paul Griste
Saturday 4th March 2000
4:27 pm U.K.

pgriste@worldnet.att.net

I have a NEC VC-N40EU Beta VCR and 50 betatapes and 25 VHS tapes. I am selling it for $ 200. 00 if anyone is interested. It is a well built heavy front loading VCR with remote. It works great and has a good picture. I also have a NEC Surround Sound Processor [Dolby Pro Logic. This is a processor only [No amplifiers]. It has 4 preouts: 1 front channel, 1 center channel, and 2 rear channels. It is a high end processor and excepts an analog input from any VCR. This was a $1000.00 deck when new and also comes with a remote [$250.00]. I can send pictures of both upon request.

Donna Hare
Saturday 4th March 2000
12:40 pm U.K.

wabbitz@hti.net

I would like to buy a cartridge that holds a beta tape and plays in a regularvhs machine. I have seen this product in the past, but I am now unable to find one.any info leading to me finding and buying one would be appreciated.thanks.

Khaled Monib
Saturday 4th March 2000
12:02 pm U.K.

kmonib@yahoo.com

Wanted: Cover flap for SL-F1. Anyone know where I can get hold of one?

Martin Imber
Saturday 4th March 2000
11:40 am U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

I need to get S-Video (not composite) in and out of my SL-HF950, has anybody any ideas of what mods are required, and if it is possible. I am not adverse to soldering or drilling holes in it but I am not an electronics expert.

I do have a manual - NICAM decoder fitted.

Martin Imber
Saturday 4th March 2000
9:27 am U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

To Eric - you will have to use an official dealer 950s are a special case with their 6 head disc.

475 is not bad but my last heads were 290

Martin Imber
Saturday 4th March 2000
9:26 am U.K.

100732.1474@compuserve.com

My DVD player is good, I have also copied to tape quite successfully, well 10 minutes to test. What does Macrovision do? It has no effect on my copy whatsoever.

News for Yanks!

A new law over there forces manufacturers to obey Macrovision, suffering a fine of $500,000 (@ 300,000) and a 5 year prison sentence for a first offence. Since I think Beta videos are immume, I think that next May will be the end of Beta in the US, thank your government.

Just as worrying, all digital thingies are being built with Macrovison anticopy built in, including DVD, DTT, and DS in the UK and all boxes abroad, (I don't know what there is abroad)

Eric Ringrose
Friday 3rd March 2000
10:11 pm U.K.

eric@erichigh@demon.co.uk

I have a Sony SL-HF 950. Sony tells me it needs new heads and drum assy + pendulum and state it will cost approx 475 to repair!!Does any one know of a reliable person who could do this at a reasonable price. I live in North Hampshire. I understsnd the spares are available. The mistake I made was to use a video tape cleaner of dubious source. How difficult is to replace the drum and heads- and what gear is needed to ensure accurate alignment.I also have the full Workshop manual for this model.

Mario Amen
Friday 3rd March 2000
6:19 pm U.K.

Marioandmarcia@webtv.com

Hi,Anyone out there know where we can get parts for a SonySL2500 Beta Machine? Also does anyone have the ScamaticDrawing for it? Looks like the transformer went on it andwe are having a hard time getting parts. WE have over 160 tapes and sure do not want to get rid of them.Thank you for any help you can give us.

AL BRUCHAS
Friday 3rd March 2000
6:16 pm U.K.

al.bruchas@wichita.boeing.com

You may have to have some old one's rebuilt. It usually cost about $50 each.I have some extra dead ones, if need be, and I have a local battery place that willrebuild them for you. I believe they can put nickel hydride cells in them insteadfor a little more than $100 each, which would last longer.BATTERY OUTLET 1016 W. 31 SOUTH, WICHITA, KS. 67217 (316) 522-0525Talk to them an d let me know if I should drop some off for them to rebuild for you. Let me know if you want to rebuild them near you andyou can pay the postage to ship some dead cells to you!

Jason S.
Friday 3rd March 2000
3:00 am U.K.

KRSHnBRN5@aol.com

Ok,i have a Betamovie BMC-550 camcorder & i was wondering where I could bye some NP-11 Battery packs or if any1 of you have any that you would like to sale,please e-mail me!!!

Khaled Monib
Thursday 2nd March 2000
10:54 pm U.K.

kmonib@yahoo.com

So how much should I be looking to offer when I find a SL-HF950? ?

RYAN
Thursday 2nd March 2000
5:37 am U.K.

LDUSTAN@AOL.COM

Does anyone know where I might obtain a couple of NP-11 batteries for a Sony BMC220 camera. I have one now but it's so far gone that it can't hold a charge.

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