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Rich
Wednesday 11th October 2017
2:14 pm U.K.

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P.s.

The recordings on the vtc6500 play back perfectly fine on my other betas with no interference.

Rich.

Rich
Wednesday 11th October 2017
2:12 pm U.K.

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Hi Frandid.

It's definitely the vcr. I've got it hooked up to my LG 3d led tv along with my Sony slhf100, Sony slc9, Sanyo vtc9300 and none of those have picture interference.

I also have a Panasonic plasma which interferes with beta vcr pictures.

I've connected the vtc6500 to 3 different tv's including an old trinitron and it still has those white sparkley dots 😡😡

Regards

Rich.

Frandid
Wednesday 11th October 2017
12:32 pm U.K.

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Hi Rich

Are you using a modern flat TV (Plasma LCD LED)or a vintage TV ? That looks very much like the kind of interference I discovered between my former plasma TV and my SL-T50ME / SL-HF950ES and SL-C9 F. I wrote older posts about this problem here in the past you can still find them. Now I almost dont' have this trouble anymore since I replaced my Plasma 45 LG TV for a new Samsung 75 3D LED TV. (Yet I had to place the 3 betas not too close to the TV otherwise it reappears, at least 50 cm).

There is one easy way to be sure these white lines stripes and dots are not an interference with your TV : Play a tape and record it on an other modern VCR (if possible a HDD, DVD, USB, Blu-ray...). when the recording starts put the TV off for one minute, then put it on again and watch your recording : If the interference has been recorded while the TV was off it's a genuine technical problem as Kevin and Gabriel suggest, if it hasn't been recorded there is no problem, it is only a strong interference with your TV as I had with my plasma, you'll just have to place the VCR away from 3 or 4 meters at least from your TV set and the white lines and dots will disappear.

Rich
Monday 9th October 2017
12:24 pm U.K.

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Hi Kevin.

Thank you for your reply. I'm still waiting for the contact cleaner to arrive so I can try what Gabriel suggested.

I'll let you know the outcome.

Many thanks

Rich.

K lambert
Monday 9th October 2017
11:22 am U.K.

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Hi Richard:

As Gabriel has correctly informed you the reel motor on some Sanyo's have high miles and will be either clogged with debris from the brushes debris or the brushes will be severely worn. When that happens you WILL get sporadic and uniform white flashes on the tv screen that cannot be erased. They won't be like random drop out's or tracking 'noise' and will only appear when this motor is turning. In the Sanyo's even when in 'PAUSE' mode the reel motor still turns and the clutch slips to the take up spool. The capstan motor stops moving the tape. In the Sony's the solenoid pulls the pinch roller away from the tape and the reel spool motor stops.

Also occassionaly on the Sanyo Reel motor the commutator can suffer with one spot having it's coating worn off.This will cause the reel motor to stick. Especially from stop.

Parts can be interchanged inside these motors too as some will have worn items and not others.

It is quite rare though.

If a reel motor has been changed out on the Sanyo 'M' (10,20,30,40) series it's usually down to high mileage.

The reel motor size for the 5000,5150,6500 and 5300 and 5400 is slightly bigger than for the 'M' NX 100 series. I've seen a few M40 's with the bigger one installed and usually the hi-Fi heads are getting quite worn by then.

Hope this helps...................Kevin

Rich
Sunday 8th October 2017
3:40 pm U.K.

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Hi Gabriel.

I've just ordered some electrical contact cleaner. When it arrives I'll try what you suggested and let you know.

Many thanks

Rich.

Gabriel
Sunday 8th October 2017
2:44 pm U.K.

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Hello Rich,

If you think you need one of those motors, I have some of them in good condition for my spares. I could sell one of them at a reasonable price.

Just make sure yours is faulty and please let me know.

Kind regards,

Gabriel

Rich
Sunday 8th October 2017
11:36 am U.K.

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*good used one* (damn little keyboard) 😂

Rich
Sunday 8th October 2017
11:17 am U.K.

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Hi Gabriel.

Thank you for the reply. I really appreciate it.

If the motor is worn, do you know anywhere I can buy a good used on release?

Regards

Rich.

Gabriel
Sunday 8th October 2017
10:48 am U.K.

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Rich,

According to the symptoms you describe, it might be due to a worn motor which is injecting noise spikes into the electronics.

I would first try to spray contact cleaner the motor (it is sometimes a temporal remedy) in the underside. You shall remove a small sticker covering the access to the brushes.

This motor is easy to access, just flip the video down and open the bottom cover. It is a black motor driving the tape.

Just give it a go to discard other issues.

Regards,

Gabriel

Rich
Saturday 7th October 2017
8:20 pm U.K.

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Hi all.

I just received a Sanyo vtc6500 that I won on flebay, very surprisingly it all seems to be working fine apart from a band of white sparkley dots which moves slowly from the top of the screen and gradually moves down to the bottom and back again. I've done a recording on it and played it back through another beta vcr and no sign of those white dots. They are also moving up and down the screen when the picture is paused also.

When I first tried it after plugging it in the colour was really bad with lots of white squiggles on all of the colours, that has gone now. I don't know if that's connected?

Any suggestions would be great.

Thanks

Rich.

Gabriel
Saturday 7th October 2017
8:53 am U.K.

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Hi Misha,

Now I better understand your needs. I know there are some american machines with selectable mains voltage. For example, the SL-20 was built in two variants (type 1 and 2, one of them was voltage selectable).

I haven't seen such a feature in that "HiFi-ready" model, but as long as they share chassis with the SL-20, it might be a possibility. However, looking at Google images I haven't seen the rear switch.

Other (dramatical) solution would be using a step down autotransformer.

Sorry not being more specific but my knowledge on American players is limited.

Regards

Gabriel

Misha Berghege
Saturday 7th October 2017
6:16 am U.K.

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Hi Gabriel,

To be exact I'm trying to find out if the power supply parts are interchangable, so that I can modify a 100V machine to work on the European power system. I mentioned the wrong model though, it's a HFR30 I'd like to convert...

K lambert
Friday 6th October 2017
7:45 pm U.K.

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Hi Russell.

Could be a few things.

I suspect you have a bad reel motor. Or a dry point on the comutator.

Try turning it on and off a few times without a tape inside it.

Does the reel motor advance every time for a bit. It should. If you have a bad motor contact it won't move. Make sure you leave at least two seconds between each try.

It could also be dirt on the reel take up LED sensor.That too will trigger stop if it cannot read those pulses.

There is also a cassette down switch ,Which you gain access to underneath. If those contacts are not clean it will play up in that area too.

Let me know how it goes...................Kevin

Bnthree
Friday 6th October 2017
1:04 pm U.K.

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@k.lambert or anyone else who may know...

I have a Sanyo VTC 5000 that needed new belts, idler etc. I replaced all these gave it a bit of a clean etc and everythings perfect... for about 3 seconds anyway, then it stops playing, it doesn't stop properly and wind the tape back it just stops dead mid play as if a safety feature has kicked in, any ideas?

Thanks

Russell

Gabriel
Friday 6th October 2017
12:29 pm U.K.

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Misha,

Unless you were 100% interested on the NTSC subsection of that machine, you might have a look to the SL-F30 service manual. They have a lot in common.

Kind regards,

Gabriel

Misha Berghege
Wednesday 4th October 2017
2:34 pm U.K.

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Not a PAL machine, but I'm looking for a service manual for the SL-20 (Sony used to have it online for free)

France
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
10:48 am U.K.

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Hi guys

I would like to buy an update matic video tapes

Rich
Friday 29th September 2017
3:45 pm U.K.

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Frandid.

Yes it's a UB. The front of the unit is fine apart from the missing flap on the right. Even all of the LEDs in the level meters work 😱

K lambert
Thursday 28th September 2017
6:23 pm U.K.

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I agree it's a HUGE risk.

ALWAYS ask them to try it out first and if it's down to 'no tape available' offer to send them one to check it out or only pay a small price for it, if you are still tempted.

Mine always come fully checked over and fully refurbished and that does not mean new heads. Most I see are in fine shape.

When you've been burned a few times you learn from it.

...Kev

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