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Mehrdad Hatami
Saturday 12th August 2023
12:56 pm U.K.


Dear Stephen:

thanks a lot for your reply and precious advice I wonder if you could help me to tell technical advice for improving the speed of ff on sl 700 mkII.

waiting for your reply in due time

Best wishes


Kevin L
Sunday 13th August 2023
9:38 pm U.K.

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Message for Simon

Sorry for the confusion.


Tuesday 15th August 2023
10:54 am U.K.

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I have a sony betamax sl-c7 where the 400v capacitors have been replaced (panasonic capacitors) and the 2sc2335 (were defective), the resistor and the known chip. now everything worked, but after 30 minutes, it was broken again, the 2sc2335 were broken again.

now i read that this happens more often, is there a solution for this?

greetings rob

Thursday 17th August 2023
9:10 pm U.K.


The SL-700ME has a slow fast forward in it's design. There is nothing that can be fixed. I think the specification in the user manual states six minutes for fast-forward/rewind of a L-500 length tape.

Regards, Stephen

Denise Varallo
Saturday 9th September 2023
10:54 pm U.K.


Hi, I live in Livermore, Ca and have two beta machines, and about 800 tapes. Tapes are free and would sell both machines for $100. They worked great last time I used them (been several years). Would like them to go together, family said I have two weeks to find them a good home. Would need to live somewhat close, no way to ship it all. Text me please if you are interested. First come first serve.

Saturday 16th September 2023
3:30 pm U.K.


I have an SL-HF300 Betamax in pristine condition that has been in proper storage since 1987. I have the manual as well. I would like to sell it. I am hoping someone in the Bay Area would like it as shipping costs are expensive. It was hardly used prior to being stored. I would like $300.

Monday 25th September 2023
7:06 am U.K.

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I purchased a Sony Betamax SL-800ME to convert my tapes to digital. A fantastic machine and all has gone well for twenty or so tapes and then suddenly after removing one tape and inserting another there is almost no sound (RF-out). It's not the tape and I re-inserted others that I had successfully copied and they too had no sound out. I tested the audio lead on another unit (DVD player) and that's fine also. It's definitely the Betamax.I tried cleaning the audio heads and the sound is still extremely low (About 5%).

Monday 25th September 2023
10:36 am U.K.


i am working on a sanyo vtc 5400p betamax

i would like to know where the capstan adjusting configuring or how to adjust the speed of the capstan so it doesn't run so slow or shut down every 5 seconds

i have replaced the belts and idler tyre

so far but still cant get it working

any help would be great

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.

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?.


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?



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

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Just to confirm price for the slhf950 is 260 pounds

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

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Merry Christmas to all on Palsite.

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
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.

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

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

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.

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

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