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Noel Higgins
Friday 15th March 2019
12:09 am U.K.

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I just read you posting on a "super beta" version of the SL800ME being available.

As you are probably aware, the multi-system versions were mainly sold in the middle east.

I don't really know if such a thing exists but the link only seems to show a normal black 800ME.

I have only seen three machines. Two were black and one gold in colour. (They may have come in other colours as well.)

The only thing I noticed special was that the front cover of the black versions came in a solid black plastic and also a smokey grey see through style.

regards Noel

Monday 18th March 2019
8:00 pm U.K.

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Dear Noel,

Yes, I am aware those machines were sold in the MiddleEast region. They are really hard to find and beautiful machines.

I recall having one of those SL-800 SuperBeta units among my machines (not much time to play with them lately). I will double check it is that series and eventually post a picture of it. It might also be useful for this webpage gallery (I would be proud of being able to contribute to such thing).

All the best,


Sunday 24th March 2019
3:23 pm U.K.

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Hello everyone.

Been renovating a couple of Sony HF950 machines over the past few months. One was very poorly, but all working now, thanks to Kev and Noel.

One question - is there a way of adjusting the drop-out compensator sensitivity on these beasts? I was hoping for a pot but the service manual does not seem to highlight one. Is this hardwired inside YV40.IC401 ? The picture is great on the best condition tapes, but I need to transfer some less-great tapes and the dropouts are significantly more noticeable than say a HF100.

Any tips?


Sunday 24th March 2019
3:56 pm U.K.

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ahh. just found it RV010 on YC40

Sunday 24th March 2019
5:34 pm U.K.

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(DOC now set more appropriately).

Last task. Has anyone successfully transplated new 0603 LEDs into the levels meter of a Sony HF950 ? Looking at my board, I can't even see the solder pads that the existing LEDs are connected to - let alone tell which is +ve and -ve.

I know my eyesight isn't 100% but the LEDs and solder pads are so small.

Any advice?


K Lambert
Monday 25th March 2019
11:34 am U.K.

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Hi Rob

I've never attempted that myself but there was someone selling these converted I remember on EBay. At a price though.

Funny how only the SONY LED VU meters went faulty as I've never seen or heard other manufacturers having this issue with any they fitted to their machines (VHS and BETA alike).

Good luck with sorting that.


Tuesday 9th April 2019
7:46 pm U.K.


I hope I've come to the right place.

I wonder if anyone can help in a problem I have with a Sanyo VTC5000 Betacord which I recently purchased off ebay a few weeks ago. The recorder I bought was said to have been reconditioned and fully serviced, including replacing idler, belts, etc, pretty much what was needed.

When I received the player via delivery it was well packaged in layers of rubble wrap and newspapers and a cardboard box, so the issue of being damaged in transit seems unlikely. I decided to connect the player up to a large modern TV using an RF aerial cable from the recorder to the TV, and a scart to composite cable to my laptop for recording to my laptop hardtop, using capture software.

My intention for the player was to transfer and digitise aload of old Beta recordings to my computer; the tapes have been stored in a box in the loft for about 20 years. When I finally played a tape all seemed great with all the functions (rw/ff, playback, top etc) working as expected. The only thing I noticed was a what I can only describe as a "static" buzzing kind of noise whenever the tapes were playing, but due to the age of the tapes (alot of em are badly worn) I just thought it was the tapes and dust etc. Over the course of a week or so, I able to record and playback a number of tapes. After a had finished a recording session, I unplugged the recorder and stored it away until it was needed again. After about 3 days of not using it, I decided to do some more recordings, but once I switched the recorder on, put in a tape, I noticed the tape wouldn't rewind, fastforward or play. Normally, as soon as you press play or rw/ff, the tape in the cassette container moves round the video head, but this time it wouldn't move.

I have no idea what could have happened, and as I said, a few days before the player was working fine.

Either the belt has broken or the heads have been damaged. The static noise/buzzing sound I kept hearing could be the problem, or maybe a static charge has gone onto the video heads from an old tape. I don't know. Speaking of static, but since then I have been digitising some home videos from my VHS player to my computer, and for some strange reason I am noticing the same static buzzing noise during playing and playback of the tapes, which as far as I know I have never noticed before of any of those tapes the previous times I've played them. Maybe when I had the VHS player sat on top of the VTC5000 it has somehow picked up the static charge and got onto the heads of the machine, or having the VHS tapes next to the Beta tapes has done the same.

Sorry for being very long winded here, but I'm trying to best describe my situation.

Would really appreciate if anyone can be of any help with this matter.


K Lambert
Wednesday 10th April 2019
2:21 pm U.K.

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Hi Davvy:

What was the seller of the VTC 5000 's E-bay ID?

Was this vcr guaranteed by them?

I do know some vcr's don't like modern digital equipment placed on top of them. They also don't like plasma TV's either. Both causing interference (usually picture) the buzzing could be this or a PSU issue.

I do have an idea what the issue with your non functioning with the Sanyo but if you can answer the above question first this would help.

If you want to contact me privately with those answers then my e-mail is under my identity.


K lambert
Wednesday 17th April 2019
9:42 am U.K.

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I guess he must have fixed his issue?????

Can I say one thing to new posters. IF you are coming here to find free help and anyone replies PLEASE have the courtesy to reply or update us on the situation.


Friday 19th April 2019
3:05 pm U.K.

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I was finally able to solve this overheating problem in my VTC5000. I first tried to swap the driver board with no success. It was eventually the motor itself the faulty component. I found one with low mileage and the machine is working as a charm. The heatsink is now slightly warm.

Thanks for all the advice,


K lambert
Saturday 20th April 2019
2:04 pm U.K.

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I though it would be.

Glad you've finally solved it though:)


Tuesday 21st May 2019
11:18 am U.K.

I'm trying to repair an SL-HF100 that only plays back a black and white picture.

It looks like CV001 on the YC board could be the cause.

Can anyone advise where I might source a replacement? The circuit diagram indicates the original is 8-20pF.



Friday 24th May 2019
4:32 am U.K.

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hi I have a Sony Betamax sl-8600 and SL-8200 USA it powers on lights up I put the tape its winds I push the keys none of the keys work only the reject tape key on both tape decks . Am I doing something wrong or how do I check and see if the keys are working at all if I open it up . thanks for any help you can give

Sunday 2nd June 2019
8:52 am U.K.

Hi all,

I have a problem with one of my Sony SL-HF100UB recorders whereby its own recordings are unplayable. The picture keeps rolling and doesn't track. Recordings made on other vcrs play perfectly fine on it however. I've changed the pinch roller and properly carefully cleaned the entire tape path with no improvement. The tape counter also doesn't advance when the picture is unstable, when the picture settles down for a few seconds then it does advance.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.



Sunday 2nd June 2019
8:59 am U.K.


Regarding your post for the loss of colour, I had the same problem with one of mine and I found a generic replacement on Ebay. I now have colour back.



Thursday 6th June 2019
7:28 am U.K.

I've found the culprit of my earlier post regarding the SLHF100UB.

It was the torque pot. It seemed to be set a bit too high.

Now I have perfect recordings again 😎


Wednesday 12th June 2019
8:22 am U.K.

Hi all.

Does anyone know the correct part number for the reel motor in a Sanyo VTC-NX100 please? The defective motor in mine looks like it's been previously replaced and the part number on that is V-10800D.

Just wondering if that IS actually the correct number of motor for this model.

Thank you.


K Lambert
Wednesday 12th June 2019
10:25 am U.K.

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Part no is V01100B.

You have the slightly bigger motor for the 6500,53/400,5000,5150 fitted.

I've seen that a few times too. Usually on a Sanyo M40 with high mileage.

They do work OK but are slightly bigger for those later 'M' and NX series models.

I prefer to keep things as intended.


Wednesday 12th June 2019
2:24 pm U.K.

Hi Kev

Many thanks for that. Now is the task of finding the correct replacement😱

Thanks again


Sunday 23rd June 2019
3:50 am U.K.

Hi all SL-HF950 experts out there.

I have been trying to fix a SL-HF950 that has a faulty FR-20 board. I know this as I swapped the FR-20 board from one of my working 950 units to it and the faulty 950 worked after that! So does anyone have or know of a spare FR-20 board I can buy?

Best would be to fix the the FR-20 board but the fault with it is quite strange as all of the resistors, diodes, transistors etc seem to measure OK as does the connectivity to, from and on the FR-20 board. The 44pin chip 7508HG-536 however did not measure right so I got a replacement from ebay 7508HG-536 but that had 90% of the same reading errors when in place on the board? The 16 pin chip SN74LS138N also measures strange but I think that is mostly because of its interaction with the 44pin chip? The D22 still led on the board is continuously on but all else on the FR-20 board is basically dead (and therefore most of the rest of the 950 unit)? So go figure????

Well any suggested solutions or FR-20 replacement suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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