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Susan Phillips
Saturday 17th March 2001
1:02 am U.K.

susphillips@compuserve.com

Hello. My neighbor has a collection of over 200 beta tapes from the early 70's in various subjects including Judy Garland concerts, Dean martin and other topics including religious sermons and lectures. Anyone interested? I am about to go help her catalog her library. will get more specific later, but wanted to start getting this out. Anyone looking for a library or specific topic? Susan

Clive James
Friday 16th March 2001
11:22 pm U.K.

Clive@bigpond.com

Martin Imber:

Your 950 and m40 for that matter, will last many years if you seal hem in a box and put them in storage.

Sam Hawcroft
Friday 16th March 2001
8:52 pm U.K.

s.j.hawcroft@english.hull.ac.uk

FUNNY STORY...

Hi, I've got a funny story to tell. Well, not that funny for me. On a recentbitterly cold winter's night, while burning the midnight oil on writing amagazine piece for a deadline the next day, I had the electric fan heater onfull blast, fatally near my mum's much-loved old Betamax video machine I'dborrowed. I didn't notice it slowly melting away into something which moreresembled a modern art sculpture than a VCR. It's an interesting andoriginal way to break something, I guess. My mum can no longer play all herfavourite old tapes and I feel like such a git. Please does anyone out therehave a Beta video that they're willing to sell to me? I know they're worthpeanuts now, but I'll pay up to 30 - I'm in Hull, East Yorks., UK. I'd be eternallygrateful, and of course will pay for transport of the video machine. Tillthen, I'm off to melt another treasured appliance.

Charles Joly
Friday 16th March 2001
1:42 am U.K.

charjol@hotmail.com

To You Know Who...

I experienced similar problems on a Sony SLHFR70 and on a SLHF1000. In both cases, the problem was related to a worn ACE. The thing would still read the control track but output a weak signal to servo circuits. The most minor glitch in the track would disrupt the signal from the ACE completely.

Compensating a mechanical weakness with an electronic adjustment (i.e. potentiometer) is never a good idea.

Steve
Thursday 15th March 2001
11:45 pm U.K.

steve@srowley.fsbusiness.co.uk

Wanted: Sony SL-C9 and/or HF950 video recorders (PAL, working or not). Thanks.

ALESSANDRO DI FIRENZE
Thursday 15th March 2001
10:16 pm U.K.

Marconi1@monrif.net

Hallo. I'm looking for italian people with betamax machinesGrazie

KENNETH KNAUFF
Thursday 15th March 2001
3:07 pm U.K.

theknauffs395@juno.com

DOES ANY ONE HAVE A BATA CAM CORDER THAT THEY DON,T NEED AND , HAVE BETA TAPES THEY DON,T WANT? I AM A DISABLED MAN WHO COULD SURELY USE THEM. WRITE TO KEN KNAUFF 395 MILLBORO SPRINGS DRIVE BATAVIA OHIO 45103

Colin Johnson
Thursday 15th March 2001
1:34 pm U.K.

colinguyjohnson@yahoo.co.uk

Sony C40 (works sometimes, but sulks sometimes - something is sticking) plus 100 or so home recorded tapes of classic films (Marx Bros, Will Hay etc). Small offers accepted from a loving home - buyer collects from Dorset coast.

the owl
Thursday 15th March 2001
8:25 am U.K.

claus.bachmeier@gmx.de

To Kendrick, the problem with the audio dub could be a slack microswitch, on the pcb behind the front panel. Remove the panel, locate the microswitch for audio dub, (should be printed on pcb)gently press the switch. If operating propperly You should feel a slight resistance when pressing the switch, like You have to overcome a mechanical threshold. There should also be an audible tiny click. When there is no resistance, no click, either unsolder the switch, no problem when You don't dub, or replace the switch. We quite often had this kind of problem with the c5 and c7. There should be no problem to round up this kind of microswitch. You could even rescue on from an "outmustered" modern VHS VCR.( it is easy to kill a VHS for a transplant for a BETAMAX. Only, make shure the length of the plastic knob on the switch has the same length as the original. Too long, permanent audio dubbing, to short, permanent NO audio dubbingGood luckcb, the owl

You know who...
Thursday 15th March 2001
2:47 am U.K.

DasImperator@aol.com

Just got this sweet Sanyo 4670 4-head that gives perfect slo-mo and still frame (I could read an article by Tooey Elsworth - in "The Fountainhead" expounding his new favorite architect Peter Keating).

As a preventative maintainance measure, I decided to replace the wear prone two-tired idler/reel drive system with a more reliable gear and tire assembly from my Sanyo 4400 (which got the 4760's idler/reel drive system in return). (You not only have to replace the idler and reel hubs but you have to replace the brake plate assembly as well or it won't work right) I also stuck in a tuner can from a defunct Sanyo 7200 so that I could get the Discovery Channel.(Channel 37)

Unlike Sony, Sanyo makes it fairly easy to make major system rebuilds and cross-transplants. Sony though keeps the tape threaded on the reel and gives you two extra channel preset.

Just one fly in the ointment, however. If there's a minor glitch in the control track of a BIII recording the VCR reads that as command to switch to BII for the length of the glitch creating a "slippage" effect. My Sony doesn't do that, My Sanyo 4400 doesn't do that but a Sanyo 6300 I used to have did that so I'm thinking it's a VCR system ROM problem (Sanyo might've changed the firmware or something) and more or less unfixable. I also suspect it might (hopefully) be a worn pinch roller or an adjustable pot setting. At any rate it's only on some of my very bad tapes and I know where those are so unless one of you comes up with a workable fix I'm done tinkering with it.

Has anybody else experienced this minor but pesky glitch? Any ideas?

Madness
Thursday 15th March 2001
1:12 am U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Follow-Up: I forgot to mention that the A/V *inputs* are all functional. I connected a DVD player up to it an made a Superbeta copy just last night. No problems there. So the dead video out jack is really the problem as far as I know.

Madness
Thursday 15th March 2001
1:07 am U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

Alan (And Vintage Tar): Sorry, I didn't mention that I had set the input on the TV, I just thought that was obvious since I mentioned that I was only getting audio and a black screen when using the A/V's. I connected one of my other beta decks to the same set of cables and it works fine (to rule out a bad cable). I also ran the 550 to my PC which has a v-in/capture card to see if I could get a signal on there; still no go.

I was also checking eBay today and noticed that some dude had put up a whole bunch of service manuals (HF350, 860D, SL700, HF1000, etc), but alas, none for the HF550. If I could get one of those, I might be able to either mess around abit myself or bring the deck and the manual to some good repairman (if I can find a good one in the Boston area). But lack of the necessary test equipment might make the former option fruitless.

Mark
Wednesday 14th March 2001
11:20 pm U.K.

uklondon@lycos.com

above email address

Mark
Wednesday 14th March 2001
10:07 pm U.K.

uklondon@lycos

ok. No takers on repairing my C9 dc dc converters. Any tips on how to get the bloody things open without melting everything inside?

GARY
Wednesday 14th March 2001
7:16 pm U.K.

garstev@garstev.screaming.net

BETA EQUIPMENT FOR SALE.I HAVE A SONY SL-F1E PORTABLE BETA RECORDER.WITH SONY TT-F 1UB TUNER TIMER UNITALSO JVC COLOUR CAMERA WITH ELECTRONIC VIEW FINDER +SONY HVM BLACK&WHITE CAMERA.ALL LEADS FOR PLUGGING IN CAMERA,S.METAL CARRY CASE FOR COLOUR CAMERA.80-100 VARIOUS VIDEO,S I WOULD LIKE TO SELL AS A PACKAGE.ALL OFFERS CONCIDERED.I AM IN THE WATFORD AREA.

Martin Imber
Wednesday 14th March 2001
4:37 pm U.K.

martin@jotika.com

New deck needed in UK

How long will my 950 last?

Aj
Wednesday 14th March 2001
1:44 pm U.K.

Ajm@lava.net

Hi I am looking for old used beta tapes with original networkprogramming on it from the mid-1970s-1983, i.e. TV Shows, TV Specials,Sporting Events, etc. preferbly with original commercials.

Please email me if you have any or know where I can perhaps findthem. Thanks! Aj

Jay
Wednesday 14th March 2001
12:40 pm U.K.

MetzFan00@aol.com

I just have a question. How do beta cassettes differ in size to regular VHS tapes? Are they bigger or smaller? I would appreciate any help I can get, I am trying to settle a bet with my father.

Marc Huber
Wednesday 14th March 2001
12:18 pm U.K.

mahu@gmx.ch

For sale: Sony SL-HF100EC. .........

Bob Hoban
Wednesday 14th March 2001
6:39 am U.K.

hoban@home.com

I have several Cubs highlight tapes (and some games) and about 75 othertapes that I would love to see (from '78 to '86). If you have a workingBeta HiFi for sale please email. Thank you. (By the way, for a short timeI co-managed the first "Video" store in a large city-back in 1978, and wewould only play cartoons on VHS recorders for demos of said machines(JVC and the dreaded RCA products) as we saw that only animation looked decent on the slugs.

Rowena
Wednesday 14th March 2001
6:01 am U.K.

rowyhall@ihug.com.au

I am thinking of selling Sony SL-HF100AS vcr w/manual and partially working remote. BMC-100P Betamovie camera in original LC-720 case also AC-M100UB AC power adaptor / battery charger. also 3 NP-11 battery packs for use with the camera. All the original manuals and sticker sheets (almost complete) are available with the camera. Please email any offers, thanks. BTW, Location is SYDNEY AUSTRALIA.

Allan A. Smith
Wednesday 14th March 2001
2:41 am U.K.

allasmit@hotmail .com

March 13,2001 9:41 P.M. est.

Please excuse me in my last message, the 2nd part was for Graham not Stewart! Sorry Al.

Allan A. Smith
Wednesday 14th March 2001
2:37 am U.K.

allasmit@hotmail .com

March 13,2001 9:18 est.

Dear Madness; Congratulations on a noble effort now you have some idea why repair shops charge so much! Try hooking another machine up to the TV (Vintage Tar has a point!) Otherwise don't throw your boards away put everything back together and then If you still want to pursue repairing the unit I have 2 suggestions 1st find yourself a good tech who has the equipment and let him do the diagnostic (in the U.S. the fee for this usually runs between $25.00 and $40.00 and can be applied to the cost of repair if you so desire). Secondly if you are strapped for cash and still have lots of energy call around to the vcr repair shops- most keep a library record of schematics for the machines that they have repaired and ask the boss if you can purchase a xerox of the schematic for your model the chances are good that if you can locate the schematic that because its an old Beta that the owner will do you the favor. Yhis is normally a favor that is normally refused. If you can get the schematic you can probably trace the Video Out circuts but does not eliminate the problem of needing some sophisticated test equipment. If you get this far let me know and I'll have some more things for you to try. Again KUDOS for your effort!!

To Stewart; I havn't forgotten you I've just been busy. I'll contact you within the next 2-3 days but I don't think I can be of much help as the problem may be caused by many different things.

My Best Wishes to you both; Allan A. Smith

Stewart
Tuesday 13th March 2001
4:13 pm U.K.

bel@bmax.freeserve.co.uk

Hi all, usual problem with a C7 I own. The timer has started to behave strange. I come in the other day and the clock was counting 1-24 on its own. I know this is a normal problem on these machines. Does anyone have a timer in an old scrapper they don't want if so e mail me.Cheers

Vintage Tar
Tuesday 13th March 2001
3:04 pm U.K.

vintagetar@earthlink.net

To: Rob Turner Re: Beta Rewinders in the US

Rob, Last year I found two on eBay. They were new, not NOS either.Somebody is making them. I don't remember if they are available in50hz 220v, but they are in 60hz 110v here. Great thing about rewinders:they don't care if they are PAL or not! I just looked at mine. Thebrand is KINYO and there is a 110/220 switch on the bottom. Good luck!

Vintage Tar
Tuesday 13th March 2001
2:56 pm U.K.

vintagetar@earthlink.net

To Madness:

I'm gonna ask a really, really dumb question. When you hooked your Betato the TV via the video out rather than the RF, did you flip the setting onthe TV to INPUT mode? If it remained in RF (Antenna or Cable) mode, thereis NO WAY the vid out will do anything. Most TVs have this settingavailable either directly on the remote or in a menu. Have you establishedthat you can see anything put into the Vid input on the TV from another,known-to-be-working source? The reason I ask this is that you never saidthat you did that.Good luck!

Pepe Loeches
Tuesday 13th March 2001
1:39 pm U.K.

MUSIGRAM@TELELINE.ES

Hi, I'm looking for a couple of DC/DC converters for my Sony Betamax SL-C9E PAL, (This message cancels the previous one)Any help? Gracias.

t
Tuesday 13th March 2001
12:59 pm U.K.

tgreicius@eaglecreek.com

Does anyone know where I can get a device that allows me to play Beta tapes on a VHS machine?

Pepe Loeches
Tuesday 13th March 2001
12:21 pm U.K.

MUSIGRAM@TELELINE.ES

Hi, Im trying to get a couple of AC/DC converters for my SONY BETAMAX SL-C9E PAL. Can anybody help?

Gary Malone
Tuesday 13th March 2001
7:25 am U.K.

gm2001@netscape.net

Hello fellow Betamax Fans. I have 2 used Beta VCRS that don't work. The first is my first Beta, a SLHF400 I have had it since brand new, the loading mechanism is messed up, and have been unable to fix it. I fould a SLHF300 at a garage sale, and attempted to install the loading mechanism from it into the other. It worked for a week or so, then started acting up like before.I have since put both of them in the closet and purchased a SLHF860D, and I am in Beta Heaven!!if anyone would like to purchase the two non working beta vcrs for parts, email me and let me know.I don't want much for them, and would like to see someone get some use out of them!

Jerry
Tuesday 13th March 2001
5:59 am U.K.

jerrymouse42579@cs.com

FOR SALE: Sony SLHF1000... mint condition, everything<<including manuals, original box>> NO REMOTE.$750.

Steve Goulding
Monday 12th March 2001
8:20 pm U.K.

trialsrider@netscapeonline.co.uk

Looking for a working Betamax video player or a repairer for a Sony Betamax player. Any advice please.

David Hadaway
Monday 12th March 2001
6:34 pm U.K.

dbsystems@attglobal.net

To David FYou need to set the Beta to "line in". This is usually betweenchannel 68 and channel 2. Then make the L,R audio and Videoconnnections on the VCRs-- VHS outputs to Beta inputs.David Hadaway

kendrick
Monday 12th March 2001
12:17 pm U.K.

kendrickmagic@aol.co.uk

HOW DO YOU GET THE AUDIO DUB OFFA SONY

Bernward
Monday 12th March 2001
11:21 am U.K.

joerges@medea.wz-berlin.de

Hallo,I have two old (almost 20 years?) betamax tapes which I want to convert to VHS. Commercial companies tell me that the tapes are NTSC and they can't play them with the machines they have. Has anyone experience with this type of problem and where can one find batamax/NTSC machines?Thanks for any tip or suitable information,Bernward

David F
Monday 12th March 2001
3:09 am U.K.

shorrtstack@prodigy.net

HELP........1. I have a working Sony Betamax that plays well, will copy from the TV, but will not copy from a GE VHS. What am I doing wrong? How should I cable in and out to accomodate the VHS, Betamax and Cable TV?(Alternate daytime e-mail is davidf@bayou.com). ........ 2. Where can I purchase blank Beta tapes?

Thanks in advance.

Madness
Sunday 11th March 2001
11:41 pm U.K.

madness.elf@verizon.net

TO: Allan A. Smith

Regarding the 550: 1st of all, that machine is quite a chore to get apart to even access the circuit board w/ the video out circuits! I had to remove the top cover, bottom cover, faceplate and rear panel. There are *3* boards arranged in a 3-stack (like a 3-floored building). But I got the middle board (w/ A/V I/O jacks) and can't see any cracked traces or bad solder joints. I'd love to just find a junk or partially cannibalized 550 and do some board swaps. If anyone has one, I'll buy the 3 boards.

Leslea Tivis
Sunday 11th March 2001
10:53 pm U.K.

tivislr@hotmail.com

Does anyone have any estimates or can anyone tell me how much I could buy a Sony BetaMax SL2000 for? Also a Trinicon Camera(HVC 2200) that goes with it? Please e-mail me with any information.

ericka
Sunday 11th March 2001
6:12 am U.K.

ericka98@hotmail.com

Looking a manual for a Sony Model# CCDFX330 to downloadThanks Ericka

Kirsty
Saturday 10th March 2001
10:13 pm U.K.

k2d316@hotmail.com

Hi There,

Just wondering if anyone can help me! I'm looking for someone, somewhere in the north of England who could maybe fix a 'Betamax C7 ' for me.It was my Grandads video player before he died and we have a lot of home videos with him on and we can't play them at the moment. I would really love to play them again and see him the way he was.If anyone can help I would really appreciate it!Thankyou in anticipation,

Kirsty.

Renton
Saturday 10th March 2001
9:29 pm U.K.

rentondude@usa.net

Hey guys, I just acquired a Sony GCS-50 deck from a video production house that was unloading it for cheap. It works perfectly, but I can't get a remote to work with it! I don't even see a remote sensor on the front of it. But it does have this funny-looking plug on the back, with a ton of holes, marked "remote." So does it require some kind of wired remote?

ronnie
Saturday 10th March 2001
9:15 pm U.K.

mach5now@aol.com

Help! Can anyone give me advice on where i can get a Sony betamax repaired in the U.S.A,or who has a beta format vcr for sale. E-mail me please

Barry Dinnage
Friday 9th March 2001
3:56 pm U.K.

dinn@powernet.com

I have about 50 Maxell L750 new unused tapes still in shrink wrap, in boxes of 10. Make an offer... Also have a number of L250 and L125, no cost, user pays for postage.

A.Choate
Friday 9th March 2001
1:56 pm U.K.

Betaphile@yahoo.com

Beta tranfers and Beta parts cheap!

Tape tranfers for $.25 plus shipping!

Video heads for $.50 0nthe disk plus shipping

A. Choate creator and editor of the BetaLore II webpages

VITTORIO
Friday 9th March 2001
12:08 pm U.K.

VITTORIOCBSSB@AOL.COM

ABOVE E-MAIL ADDRESS POSTED WRONG CORRECTION IS IN THE TEXT. BUT SHOULD READ VITTORIOCBSSB@AOL.COM

VITTORIO
Friday 9th March 2001
12:05 pm U.K.

VICTORIOCBSSB@AOL.COM

WANTED ANY GOOD QUALITY SUPER BETAMAX OR STANDARD BETAMAX USA NTSC SONY MODELS SUCH AS SL-8600 OR SL-HF300 OR LATER MODELS FOR THE USA CANADA MARKET. ALSO INTERESTED IN UK STARDARD SONY MODELS SL-C9 AND SL-HF950. WORKING OR NOT. EVEN JUST THEIR REMOTE CONTROLS OR MANUALS. WILL PAY A FAIR PRICE. E-MAIL ME AT VITTORIOCBSSB@AOL.COM

Alan
Friday 9th March 2001
10:58 am U.K.

alan@palsite.com

John,

AFAIK new switches for the SL-C7 are available. Try ringing some of the advertisers in "Televison" magazine such as Willow Vale.

Alan

John McCabe
Thursday 8th March 2001
11:45 pm U.K.

john@assen.demon.co.uk

I have a Sony SL-C7 with a duff timer/programmer unit. If anyone has a spare programmer module I may be interested in buying it from them.

Please let me know.

Alan Cornforth
Thursday 8th March 2001
11:10 pm U.K.

nicknox@netcomuk.co.uk

WANTED: SLHF950, SLHF100 or other Hifi betamax machine for use in the UK. I have a collection of over 300 videos from the 80's and i would love to watch them again. Hope someone out there can help?!

TIA Alan

Paul Ryan
Thursday 8th March 2001
10:15 pm U.K.

pryan@dtn.ntl.com

Hi, there Beta fans! I've got a Toshiba V-31B, and it's great. I'mlooking for tapes for it. I've go quite a few tapes, but the more thebetter. Where can I get new tapes. I found http://www.audioviz.demon.co.ukdo them but I'm looking for more places. The person I bought the videooff (for 20 quid with some tapes) says Dixons still do them. Do they?

Paul

Chris Garrett
Thursday 8th March 2001
9:40 pm U.K.

chris.garrett@bigfoot.com

Sony Betamax equipment for sale all with boxes. C7 video SL3000 portable recorder, batteries etc, 3000 colour camera with two 5m ext cables, black and white camera with external sync for titling. mixer and titler. various betamax tapes and other bits and pieces. Looking for good home, any offer considered. Chris Epsom Surrey UK.

maria
Thursday 8th March 2001
7:26 pm U.K.

strickly@strayduck.com

hi fellow beta fans i have about 400 betamax tapes for sale 50p for L500 . L750 75P.ALSO have a sony c9 100.sanyo betacord none remote 50.

Martin R. Fletcher
Thursday 8th March 2001
2:36 pm U.K.

MRF@SanMarcos.Net

yes i have two betamax recorders one is the sl 300 andthe other is sl8600 the 8600 works fine and record in beta.2the sl300 records in both b2,b3 but i'm looking for the beta slfh 2000or slfh 2100 if any one has one and wants to sell please let me know!the sl300 don't work the sl8600 works good will sell thanksMartin

Emil Jensen
Wednesday 7th March 2001
8:51 pm U.K.

ebzen@mail.dk

Does anyone have a Service Manual for the Sony SL-C9E, scanned in PDF??I need it, just in case of a break-down!

Best Regards

Emil Jensen

Jordan Baldwin
Wednesday 7th March 2001
9:15 am U.K.

the_jacket_18@yahoo.com

I have an SL-2000 and a HVC-2200 video camera. I heard there is an accessory to let me take the SL-2000 underwater and I was wondering where I could find this and if there was also the same for the HVC-2200. If anyone knows where I could find these items, email me.

Mark
Tuesday 6th March 2001
11:17 pm U.K.

uklondon@lycos.com

Can anyone local (London E4) fix 3 ORIGINAL C9 DC to DC converters?

Marcus Voyles
Tuesday 6th March 2001
8:22 pm U.K.

astrosmash2000@mindspring.com

I have a problem with my SL-100. There is a line that goes across the screen from top to bottom constantly. Is this a head problem? I tried cleaning the heads, but that didn't work. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Alan Morton
Tuesday 6th March 2001
5:31 pm U.K.

adm22@Epguides.com

A friend of mine in the Uk asked me to post this since he does not access internet. He was wondering where in the UK is a good palce to get new blank tapes at a reasoanble price. the place he had been buying them from ran out and siad they don't want to order anymore since they only had a couple customers who boiught them regularly (He got about 10 a month). Mail order would be OK. Almost cost effective for me to but in America and post to him.

Alan

graham.
Tuesday 6th March 2001
4:53 pm U.K.

gsh38@ic24net.

I have a sony c7 vcr.It plays o.k .picture is good but it jitters about 6mm from side to side.can any one give advice how to fix this.many thanks..

Wulan NDP
Tuesday 6th March 2001
1:32 pm U.K.

reuben@dnet.net.id

Hi, i have a Betamovie camera, BMC200P. In perfect condition, complete with 3 battery and charger and in original trunk/case.And i wanna sell it. Is anybody interested? Please mail me. BTW I live in Indonesia.

Paul Wright
Tuesday 6th March 2001
12:31 pm U.K.

paul.wright@awgroup.co.uk

I have several Betamax tapes but unfortunately no player to play them on. Does anyone know of someone who can re-record these on to VHS for me. UK Preferably!!!! Cheers

Tim
Tuesday 6th March 2001
9:44 am U.K.

alkali@youpy.com

Nothing much...

ken king
Tuesday 6th March 2001
1:22 am U.K.

brabinger@sprynet.com

I am looking for a Sony C7 pal betamax recorder in good working order. I can't find on in the USA. Let me know the price and avalibility.

Jim C
Monday 5th March 2001
11:14 pm U.K.

_Zeus@yahoo.com

I have a sony slhf900, I was told that it needs record heads. Themachine plays fiine but records snowy. Does anyone know a shop that repairs beta's?

Robin
Monday 5th March 2001
11:06 pm U.K.

robin@epimp.com

just realised that my question about wet or dry being better is answered above! duh

LUCREZIA
Monday 5th March 2001
9:17 pm U.K.

lucrezia galaxy@aol.com

WANTED SONY BETAMAX TAPE REWINDER WITH AUTO CANCELLING WILL CONSIDER OTHER COMPANY'S MODELS BUT MUST INCLUDE BETAMAX . SUCH AS REALISTIC MODELS ALSO CONSIDERED.

David Hadaway
Monday 5th March 2001
8:54 pm U.K.

dbsystems@attglobal.net

To: DWIFridays1. Betas with jog shuttle controls will play reverse video.2. Only the GCS-50 will play reverse audio on the linear track.3. New Betas and ED betas are still available in Japan. Here onlythe SLHF-2000 may or may not be available depending on whom you talkto.4. Only Beta movies can be played on a Beta machine.4. Only Beta tape can be used in a Beta machine.

JM
Monday 5th March 2001
8:22 pm U.K.

jmichno@aol.com

I have a box of betas. I found them cleaning my parents garage. They appear to be 2 or 3 old Star Wars movies, and some Japanese or Chinese movies, judging by the handwritten script on the covers. You can have them for shipping and handling, plus a nominal fee to cover my time. There are roughly 20-40 betas. I will count them to get an exact number for you. Shipping would be from California.

Stewart
Monday 5th March 2001
9:39 am U.K.

bel@bmax.freeserve.co.uk

TO LUCREZIA, I would like to see some of the old beta adverts you have. If you have a tape you can copy them on to I will pay for the tape and postage etc. Please mail me.

Lourdes Trofeo
Monday 5th March 2001
2:49 am U.K.

ltrofeo@probusiness.com

I have about 40 or so Betamax cassettes that are all family home movies. These videos capture the early days of our family and are very valuable. Our betamax player is no longer operational and we have no way to watch these precious memories. Does anyone know where I can go to get the movies converted to VHS or DVD????

DWI Fridays
Monday 5th March 2001
1:05 am U.K.

sdfastmower@webtv.net

I dont have a Betamax, but I may buy one if I can find out what they can do exactly. So, I have a few questions and I and this looks like a good place to ask them. 1. Will a betamax play a tape backwards? and can it play the audio on the tape backwards? 2. Are betamax machines available new, are they still being manufactured? 3. can I watch regular rental movies on it like a vcr? And finaly.4. Do I have to use betamax tapes to record with it, or can I use regular blank tapes? thank you

Alicia Riffie
Sunday 4th March 2001
10:14 pm U.K.

buffyangel6666@aol.com

I have a Sony SL-HF 300 Hi-Fi Beta machine. It is black in color, and it is in very good shape, except for one little door is missing on the machine. It comes with a remote control, but not the original. Also, have the service manual for the machine. It also comes with about 135 original beta movie tapes, Beta Tape Rewinder, and Head Cleaner. It is USA compliant. I do have the original box. Most of the tapes are Horror/Sci-Fi Genre, and will be sold AS IS. I am asking $325.00, including shipping and handling.

Allan A. Smith
Sunday 4th March 2001
9:02 pm U.K.

allasmit@hotmail.com

March 04,2001 3:43 P.M.

To Robin; Cheap head cleaning cassettes can ruin your machine for a number of reasons. I don't recommend putting a VHS cassette cleaning tape if only for this reason(there are others) Video Heads are very fragile and the less pressure and/or tension you put on them the better your chances are of not breaking off the head! For this reasonI recommend a dry head cleaner designed specifically for BETA (for example a Sony ?cl-125(I think thats the code number) or there are other brands) versus a wet head cleaner. This is what I would tell a rookie! I understand that a Beta Dry cassette head cleaner is now hard to come by, but you still see them occasionally advertised on EBAY! IF you do buy one make sure its' never been used. Alternatively- the best way for someone with a little experience to clean a Video head is to buy some liquid video head cleaning fluid and some foam swabs, open up the machine to expose the Video Head(s) dip a swab into the fluid and very, very gently &lightly stroke the video head with the swab several times from side to side. you can also place the wet swab tip just over (but not touching )the head and squeeze out a few drops of fluid onto the head. While you're at it you might as well clean the tape path as well! As too why you've lost your picture I would need to know what is currently happening when you load a tape and press the play button (if it still functions to that level).

Best Regards ;Allan A. Smith

Steve Whelan
Sunday 4th March 2001
6:21 pm U.K.

Stevewhelan_MCR@hotmail.com

For sale: Sony SL-HF100UB.

Due to timewasters not getting back to me, I have a Sony HF100 machine for sale with all bits intact but a few segments out on the level meters. If you're truely intersted in buying this machine, then call me 07976 418 169. I don't check this site or e-mail to often, but if you think calling a mobile phone is too expensive, then don't bother replying.

Also, I have a Technicolor CVC portable - this is a wierd machine which takes almost audio cassette style tapes, and can record from a camera for 1 hour. It's a portable, as new with power pack, one tape, new battery, earpiece, all leads, but no camera. It looks like it's only bean used once or twice, and was made in 1981! There's a picture and more details on one of the links of this site - total rewind I think. Anyway - cost is 60 quid. And it does work...

Next, a Sony C7 cassette changer, brand new and boxed - so havent got a clue if it's OK or not, but every thing is there in bags and the booklet, so assume so. Price - 15 quid.

Finally, Sony VDP100 video printer - I know it's not betamax, but this is just as much an 'old sony and sanyo stuff' site, so it might be of interest to someone. Basically, hook up a composite vide signal. Hit the print key, and outcomes a monochrome image. Not great resolution at all, mainly suited to teletext type screen capture. It's only a tenner, so come on, you know you want to add it to your collection......

Please call on 07976 418 169, or you might be waiting for a week for a reply.

Thanks.

Robin
Sunday 4th March 2001
1:04 pm U.K.

robin@epimp.com

I read the stuff above about putting a vhs tape in a beta shell, and although that does not work, I was wondering if it would be effective to put a vhs tape head cleaner into a beta tape shell?

I was copying a tape with my beta machine (Sanyo VTC 5150 ) when the picture from the beta suddenly broke up and I haven't been able to play a tape since! Will head cleaning sort this out or is it a more serious fault? Please help me! I'm desperate!!

Roland Pickett
Sunday 4th March 2001
11:34 am U.K.

rpe@sitesource.co.uk

"If you have a Sony Pal Betamax video recorder you'd like to sell, please inform me"........There are some for sale on the eBay site.

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David Cafe
Saturday 3rd March 2001
9:14 pm U.K.

deecee@zeta.org.au

Sony SL-HF100 tuner drift/stereo reception & setting up AFT

While the reception in my area is OK, I have had trouble getting the VCR tuner's audio to remain in stereo(2 leds ON). I once had the machine serviced (that's another story) and this was eventually was fixed for a while but has gradually got worse again. Not wanting to fork out another $150 to a shonky repairman I dived in (sans service manual)and starting tweaking the little ferrite grub screws on the 6 trimpots in the shielded AFT board. After managing to ruin the reception totally, hours of tweaking later I finally got a reasonable picture back, but still the audio is unstable. Can someone please advise how to set up the AFT properly, and why the stereo drops in and out. Thanks and regards,David Cafe

LUCREZIA
Saturday 3rd March 2001
7:03 pm U.K.

lucrezia galaxy@aol.com

Look guys I have a large amount of betamax C9 parts and boards, also lots of tapes both pre-recorded and blank. I also have some video cameras and know a excellent repair man for betamax videos. As you can see I been interested a long time. I also have a SONY PORTABLE SL-F1UB and TT -F1UB (SLIGHT FALUT BUT WORKS). IF ANY OF YOU ARE INTERESTED E-MAIL ME. BY THE WAY FOR THE ONE OF YOU WHO IS INTERESTED IN BETA ADS I HAVE WHOLE TAPES FULL OF OLD ADS RANGING FROM BETA TO BABYCHAM.

Steve
Saturday 3rd March 2001
6:38 pm U.K.

steve@srowley.fsbusiness.co.uk

Hi, has anyone got a Sony SL-950 (PAL UK version) that they are willing to sell? Also looking for a Sony C9 dead or alive and a remote for the same. Thanks.

Rich Auerbach
Saturday 3rd March 2001
12:48 pm U.K.

richa2@msn.com

I have a Sony BMC 110 and need battries for it. It takes a np 11. I need about 3 of theses.Thanks in advace for the help

Richard Gillespie
Saturday 3rd March 2001
6:41 am U.K.

gman@iolt.com

I'm looking for any copies of NFL or college football games recorded in the 70's or early 80's by a Beta enthusiast.If you or someone you know has even one game please let me know.These games are getting harder to find.I will pay top dollar for some games.Thanks so much.

DON SAUNDERS (AUSTRALIA)
Saturday 3rd March 2001
2:40 am U.K.

donsaunders@ozemail.com.au

I AM A BETA FAN,BUT HAVE HAD TROUBLE WITH MY (MINT CONDITION)SONY BETAMOVIE MODEL BMC-200P CAMERA. LOCAL SERVICE DOES NOT SEEM TO BE ABLE TO FIX PROBLEM. THE SONY SMF TRITON TUBE ONLY SEEMS TO LAST A FEW HOURS AND THEN FAILS. HAS ANY ONE HAD THIS PROBLEM? HOW DO YOU FIX IT ? ANY COMMENT APPRECIATED.

Bryce Thompson
Friday 2nd March 2001
11:35 pm U.K.

Bryce37192@cs.com

I'm looking for a copy of a video called "Country Comfort." It dates (I think) from the late '70s or early '80s. Long ago, I saw it in Beta format, and I've not seen it since in any format. I'd pay a premium for this video. It features Rhonda Jo Petty.

Gary B
Friday 2nd March 2001
11:22 pm U.K.

gbcoms@btinternet.com

Anyone got any 70's or 80's Betamax Music videos (E.G Now thats what I call music! collections)

Regards

Gary

Gary B
Friday 2nd March 2001
11:18 pm U.K.

gbcoms@btinternet.com

Looking for Sony NP1 Batteries for SL-F1 Betamax and also Sony SL-F1 Repair Manual (Cant see picture after recording. Playback ok!). TT -F1 Tuner also keeps blowing internal fuse.. Any ideas?

Much appreciated if anyone can assist

Gary

Mark
Friday 2nd March 2001
8:43 pm U.K.

uklondon@lycos.com

Any C9 DC DC Converters going yet?

Tim
Friday 2nd March 2001
8:26 pm U.K.

plotboy@anti-social.com

Still can't find this page till I post...

Martin Imber
Friday 2nd March 2001
2:11 pm U.K.

martin@jotika.com

No problems with a Sony 950 or Sanyo M40 and a Wega TV

I need a Smartlink compatible video (PAL) - any ideas.

Where is the rumoured new deck hinted at?

ALEXANDER HAWKESWOOD
Friday 2nd March 2001
12:43 pm U.K.

alexhawkeswood@yahoo.co.uk

If you have a Sony Pal Betamax video recorder you'd like to sell, please inform me

Andre Kleyn
Friday 2nd March 2001
7:38 am U.K.

kleynaj@telkom.co.za

Betamax for-ever: Since Beta is no longer made for the commercial market, why don't Sony do what Volkswagen did!!! By re-introducing the Beta at one of the major electronic shows to see what is the re-action. Let's face it, according to this messages on this and other Beta pages, there is still an enormous loyal Beta followers out there. So come on Sony, if the new Beetle is such a success, why cannot the same be done for Beta!!!

Allan A. Smith
Friday 2nd March 2001
3:42 am U.K.

allasmit@hotmail.com

March 01,2001 10:19 P.M. est.

Dear Madness; Sorry I couldn't get back to you earlier but I have been ill. I don't have any easy solution to your problem unless your video out jack is seperate from your audio out jack (in which case there are a couple of relatively simple things you can try). If you have 1 output for both video and audio (I don't mean the RF/cable line output)then it will probably be close to unmanagable to locate the problem because you would need some sophisticated equipment (like a signal tracer -for example) plus prefferably the schematic for your machine in order to locate the problem. O.K now that I've told you this here is what I would do if I had alot of time in order of the easiest to the most timeconsuming and boring- 1.) often times the hole where you plug in your jack becomes corroded, so try taking a jack and pushing it into the plug about 8-10 times this may remove the corrosion. 2.) If this fails remove the top cover of the VCR and view the connection point fron the circuit board to the jack. If there are any loose wires resolder them, likewise if you see any cracks in the circuit tracings in the area of the jack. 3.) If no response yet try replacing the tuner. 4.) Finally if you have a couple hours to spend and nothing else has worked, try visually tracing all of circuits leading away from the jack looking for breaks or cracks in the solder(and/or a discoloration of any soldering point) and/or a I.C. thats loose in its socket. Its a long shot at best. I'm sorry I can't be of more help but like I said you really need some sophisticated equipment to do the job right.

Best Wishes ; Al Smith

kendrick
Friday 2nd March 2001
1:35 am U.K.

kendrickmagic@aol.co.uk

Wanted betamax video player.I have 2 sonys and 2 sanyo,s complete but not workingANYONE INTERESTED IN THEM

kendrick
Friday 2nd March 2001
1:32 am U.K.

kendrickmagic@aol.co.uk

i have a sony c5 it playsbut the audio dub keeps comming onanyone any ideas ?

ALEXANDER HAWKESWOOD
Thursday 1st March 2001
10:27 pm U.K.

ALEXHAWKESWOOD@YAHOO.COM

If you have a Sony Betamax Pal video recorder you'd like to sell, please contact me. It must be in good working condition

ALEXANDER HAWKESWOOD
Thursday 1st March 2001
10:18 pm U.K.

ALEXHAWKESWOOD@YAHOO.COM

Does anyone have a Sony Betamax Pal video recorder they'd like to sell? I want one in good working order

Tim
Thursday 1st March 2001
10:02 pm U.K.

plotboy@anti-social.com

Why isn't the latest chat page more accessable?

Jeremy
Thursday 1st March 2001
8:46 pm U.K.

jeremy@zodiacspco.co.uk

Hi, does anyone know where I could buy a working betamax player in the midlands ? please advise.

Thanks.

Sheree
Thursday 1st March 2001
5:50 pm U.K.

sparke4@excite.com

I have a Sony BetaMovie camera and a Sanyo betamax video recorder for sale. If you're interested, email me and we can discuss pricing. I'm just looking for a fair value for them.

lucrezia
Thursday 1st March 2001
5:41 pm U.K.

lucreziagalaxy@aol.com

HELLO AGAIN. LOOKING FOR NTSC BETAMAX AND NTSC VHS USA VCR RECENT MODELS PLEASE. ALSO NTSC BETAMAX PRE-RECORDED US VIDEOTAPES.

THANK YOU

Mike
Thursday 1st March 2001
1:14 pm U.K.

franchuk.mike@canada.com

Sony SL-HF300 BetaHiFi Betamax FOR SALE (NTSC - USA/Canada)

c/wRemote control (nice shape)and manual (ok, but some child has crayoned the cover)

The machine is black in color. Cosmetically it has light scuffing caused by other stereo equipment being moved across it's top. The front panel is in good shape, but is missing the flip down panel that usually covers controls on the bottom right.

The machine had been in storage for quite a few years (original owner) and required a good cleaning inside and out.

I had to replace the video drum motor, as well as the capstan pinch roller assembly in order to get the unit to operate to my satisfaction.

I recorded four tapes (2xBII, 2xBIII), and watched four other tapes that were made on different machines, before deciding the unit is A1.

I'm asking $185.00 US, including shipping within the 48 states.

Payment must be received before shipment, money order ONLY (bank or postal).

Any questions, or if you wish to make an offer, please drop me an email.

franchuk.mike@canada.com

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