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Thursday 11th April 2024
3:06 pm U.K.

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I found the service manual of Sony SL-F1E here:


Thursday 11th April 2024
2:48 pm U.K.

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Keith Wyattd do you has a multimeter for measure the 12 volts and if has enough current the power supply?

For measure the current use a lamp of 12 vols and 20 to 30 watts with the multimeter serially

(I don't know the maximum power of the power supply but in the specifications appears that the vcr consumes 8,4 watts without camera)

Here there are more solutions: https://www.palsite.com/slf1tech.html

Thursday 11th April 2024
2:29 pm U.K.

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Somebody knowns some about of the Toshiba V-8600B?

I found the service manual of the Toshiba V-8600 and V-8700 but nothing about the "B" version

Martin Evans
Wednesday 10th April 2024
3:48 pm U.K.

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We're currently doing some admin on the site. Please let us know if you are experiencing any problems.

Keith Wyatt
Tuesday 9th April 2024
10:45 pm U.K.


My Sony sl-f1 is dead.the tuner won’t turn on and no lights showing.the recorder is also dead the same no lights when using a separate power supply any help please.thanks

Fivos Sakellis
Tuesday 9th April 2024
2:03 am U.K.

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Paul. I have that belt but it's from an SL-T30ME which is a 711B chassis machine. The F25 uses the 711B2 chassis. That being said I don't know if they are interchangable I wouldn't mind sending it off to you.


Sunday 24th March 2024
3:14 pm U.K.

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Hello all.

I’d like some help please.

I have just acquired a Sony SL-F25 and inexplicably the loading/timing belt is missing!

It’s the toothed rubber one part number 368426401

Does anyone know where I can buy a replacement please?



Jacqueline Burkitt
Wednesday 6th March 2024
10:51 pm U.K.


I have a Grundig RP75 LCD video recorder in excellent working condition along with remote control. Although purchased 35 years ago this has hardly been used and looked after in a smoke free home. I am open to any offers made and collection will be required.

Harri Asunta
Tuesday 23rd January 2024
2:36 pm U.K.

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Hi, I am selling some great beta stuff on https://harriasunta.com/item/vintage-video-recorders/

And I have more, including rare SL-HF77 and SL-HF99 Pal Super Betas that were not sold in Europe, but these are not functioning, can be repaired with parts from other models though

Tuesday 23rd January 2024
2:16 pm U.K.

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Hello everyone. I just made this video to explain the problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnsrQgHcuzg.

Its a vtc5000 who makes noise only in the ring loading and not in unloading. The rest of the funtions are working nice.

I oiled every part wich hold the ring and all the belt zone white gears but i dont know whats is causing this noise.

Any help is wellcome. thanks.

Martin Evans
Friday 12th January 2024
10:11 am U.K.

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There is a link to the old Molgar catalogue on the PALsite directory page, but I have added the new link just in case:


Happy New Year everyone

Wednesday 10th January 2024
6:33 pm U.K.

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Noel I didn't think that these models that I told you are PAL or NTSC, only that has the same heads and mechanics

Noel Higgins
Tuesday 2nd January 2024
4:19 am U.K.

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Thanks for the heads up. I am surprised that I am also still occasionally finding models I didn't know existed. I recently saw a Sanyo NTSC machine that was using a tape loading mechanism the same or almost the same as the Sony SL-C9.

Martin Evans is the one who updates Palsite so hopefully he can glean some information and pictures if possible at that link location. There was quite a bit of Re-badging going on with the marketing names Titan and general it seems to me.

regards Noel.

Sunday 31st December 2023
10:59 am U.K.

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Noel I have new info about the Toshiba V-8600, V-8650 and V8700

I found a Spanish pdf catalog of heads, mechanics and list of VCRS with information of each head and mechanics

The mayority if for VHS but has Beta

In this catalog appears that these Toshiba VCRS have the head CV-044 and the mechanics Toshiba-102

This codes are internal for the company "Molgar" this catalog is old, actualy this company don't sell heads and mechanics

I searched in this catalog for to see what more VCRS have the mechanics Toshiba-102

And appears the Emerson VE-1002 already is knowed

But too appears these 3 VCRS with the same head and mechanics:

Fujitsu VG -200E

Funai VP-5000

General VG -200

I searched these 3 VCRS and I didn't find images and service manuals in google

You can download the catalog here for see: https://www.palcoelectronica.es/componentes/video/catalogovideo/Catalogo_Video_vol1.pdf

In this pdf somebody removed the first 38 pages where appears only straps but the rest is complete

Noel Higgins
Monday 25th December 2023
12:49 am U.K.

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Merry Christmas to all on Palsite.

Friday 1st December 2023
5:08 pm U.K.

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Just to confirm price for the slhf950 is 260 pounds

Friday 1st December 2023
4:57 pm U.K.

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I have for sale a Sony slhf950 turns on fine but playback has errors selling for £260 plus a few pounds for post.

Friday 3rd November 2023
11:12 pm U.K.

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Sony SL-C80


I have a Sony Betamax Sl-C80E, and it has some problems.

It was stopped for many years, and I turned it on again.

There was a problem with the cassette loading gear, but I've already repaired the gear.

However, the charging motor does not receive power.

I can load the cassette manually and all the controls work.

Can you help me to get power back to the charging motor?



Tom Emerson
Sunday 29th October 2023
8:27 pm U.K.

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Hi guys, this is my first post here, so please go easy with me!. I hope that this isn't too far off topic as it is regarding a NTSC machine.

I'm trying to find a reel motor and reel idler for a Sanyo VCR-7250 SuperBeta machine. This is the first one of these that I've encountered, and the deck mechanism is totally different from the British VTC-5000 series that I'm reasonably familiar with.

Could anyone let me know of any possible sources for these parts, or failing that is thise mechanism used in any other Sanyo betas?.


Barry Wilkes
Saturday 7th October 2023
8:28 pm U.K.

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I have a Sony SL-F25UB an am puzzled how to switch it to line in thanks for any help. cheers Barry.

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