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William Bartkowiak
Monday 12th December 2022
12:49 am U.K.

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Has anyone run into a Sony SLHF series (I'm working on an NTSC SLHF550 us model that when mains are applied the Display shows the clock briefly ( 1 or 2 seconds) then all the segments and characters illuminate? No power up or other actions?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I'll rebuild/cap the Power supply tonight,STK5441 type regulator etc.

noel higgins
Tuesday 6th December 2022
2:50 am U.K.

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That was me. See https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/184959499080

cheers Noel

Wednesday 30th November 2022
6:58 am U.K.


Hallo There, I downloaded a Toshiba V9600 Service Manual, but cant find the timing settings. I accidentally loosen the wrong screw on the deck, and found out later that the timing is totally out. Who can help me to reset it, please.

Saturday 26th November 2022
10:05 am U.K.

Hi all

If I recall correctly a year or so ago there was a member on here selling some Sony C9 front loading gears that he makes himself? Is the member still on here, and do you remember who it is please?

Many thanks.

noel higgins
Thursday 24th November 2022
12:11 am U.K.

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The HiFi is recorded on the tape diagonally along with the video signal via a second pair of heads on the the rotating video head disc.

Because the HiFi is recorded deeper on the tape, when the heads wear HiFi is the first thing to drop out, but first you notice the range of the tracking control over which the HiFi works gets less and less.

The reasons for no HiFi playback are many apart from the front panel sound selector switch not set to auto so mono only sound is played.

Faulty/dirty heads, tape pass alignment, tracking control not set correctly, circuit board faults on the HiFi board.

First start with looking to see there is no damage to the heads and if not then clean the heads very carefully so as not to damage the heads.

I hope this helps. Sometimes it can be more obscure issues like the HiFi pickup coils at the top of the video assembly not being set correctly or having one pickup open circuit. (Yes it happened once to me)

regards Noel (Betaheaven.com - Australia)

Sunday 20th November 2022
11:26 am U.K.

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Hi, I have a Beta hifi machine model SL-HF100. it plays tape normally, but no hifi audio even playing tape that recorded in hifi. and when I tried to recording from EE, the hifi indicator is lit, but if I play it back the tape on this machine, it plays picture and audio, but still no hifi audio (hifi indicator off, only linear audio can be out).

What can I do for that kind of issue..?

Thank's for the advice.



Johannes -- Germany
Wednesday 16th November 2022
9:29 am U.K.

I am trying to digitize only two old Betmax Cassettes. As it is not worth to buy a Betamax player/recorder, I am looking for a company who rents players. I found one in Hamburg, but living near Stuttgart, this is also not possible.

Anyone reading here has an idea if there is a company around Stuttgart, Germany who is renting Betamax Players for PAL?

Thanks in advance, Johannes

K Lambert
Tuesday 1st November 2022
2:50 pm U.K.

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ANY resistor that is fusible MUST be the exact replacement. It's down to safety of the design and product/user.

The mains filter capacitor did fail regularly and took out the fuse. This was common to a few beta vcr's of that time.

The clock control capacitors are usually going bad now too down to how long these vcr's were left in standby and used.

What issues were you having,Sporadic functions or nothing at all?


Michael Gamble
Sunday 30th October 2022
3:17 pm U.K.

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My Sanyo VTC5000 (bought new in the mid 1980's) just having power problems. I am hoping I have sorted this out after replacing the STK7216 three times!!! It seems to be PSU R5207. I have bought replacement, but it is NOT "Fusible" Is this feature vital? All set to switch on - but having second thoughts!! 30/10/2022 Michael G

Wednesday 26th October 2022
5:39 am U.K.

Many thanks, Fivos!!

Fivos Sakellis
Monday 24th October 2022
6:31 pm U.K.

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Gabriel Grajales

An SL-C6 belt will fit the SL-5000 but you'll have to order it from Australia.


Fivos Sakellis
Monday 24th October 2022
4:22 am U.K.

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Hello Snarf. VC1001 is a 50pF variable capacitor.


Wednesday 12th October 2022
11:22 am U.K.


Would anyone happen to know the value of the VC1 trimmer capacitor on the Video board of a Sanyo VTC5000 please?

Many thanks.

Gabriel Grajales
Monday 10th October 2022
11:59 pm U.K.

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HELLO!! Do you guys have belts for a Betamax VCR Model SL-5000? I can't find them anywhere! Thank you so much, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Wednesday 5th October 2022
11:55 pm U.K.

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Iíve got a Betamax B35 video recorder which hasnít been used for over 30 years which I want to use to play some videos I recorded back around 1981-1984. It powers up okay and will fast forward, pauses, rewinds but when I press Play it plays for a short time then stops. No picture just all grainy and noise. Iíve tried cleaning as per you tube videos but no joy.

Any ideas ?

Sean McDonough
Wednesday 5th October 2022
4:49 pm U.K.

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We have a Sony SL-HF550 Beta player and are trying to figure out how we can connect it to our PC and record the Beta tapes. We do it with VCRs and video recorder, but the program we're using doesn't see the player when connected. When the VCR or Video cameras are connect to the computer, it sees it and we can play/record the tapes. Why doesn't the computer/program see the beta player? Do we have to have a special connection to the computer?

noel higgins
Sunday 2nd October 2022
1:50 am U.K.

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The Sony SLC9 is known for issues in the load mechanism - especially broken load gears. I supply replacements for these on eBay, but you can make your own.

See the PALSITE technical help area under the this models listing. If all else is OK then you might have an issue with the drive pulley having cracked at its bearing.

This, in conjunction with stretching/age hardening of the drive belt, means the belt slips under load and the machine eventually gives up. I don't think replacement pulleys are available.

Check/replace the rubber belt and use a scribe to score the smooth inside of the V pulley to give it extra grip and see if that helps.

There are lots of other things that can happen to stop tapes loading like the drive arm on the middle of machine side of the load mechanism coming off due to tape/gear issues such as the tape going in skewed and not matching up with the reel drives.

Good luck - they are a great machine if you can get them going.

The DC/DC driving the display is another common issue but the machine can still work without that.

regards Noel

noel higgins
Sunday 2nd October 2022
1:39 am U.K.

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The Sony SLC5 model requires a new belt kit as a minimum but that might not be enough. These machines are very old now and require electrolytics (the Sanyo light blue ones) on the servo booards underneath to be replaced and the circuits realigned for a stable picture.

Also the electrolytics in the power supply are likely to fail. Repair is a big job requiring at least a multimeter to reset the servo circuits.

regards Noel - Betaheaven.com (in Australia)

Thursday 29th September 2022
9:17 pm U.K.

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I bought a used SL-C9 and upon turning it on (without cassette) it goes straight to lacing, then unlaces along with some unhealthy sounds and the eject light stays blinking.

Can you please help me?

Monday 12th September 2022
8:06 pm U.K.

hello everyone I bought an old sony sl-c5e and I wanted to know if there are user manuals. I intrude the cassette, I hear noise but the play, stop, rew and ff buttons don't seem to work. The light comes on when the button is pressed but the cassette is stopped. Thanks in advance

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