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A BETAMAX VCR
BETAMAX BLANK TAPES, PRE-RECORDED MOVIES, and/or ACCESSORIES
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BETAMAX MANUALS BETAMAX REPAIR SERVICE
I used to get a zillion e-mails a week asking where people can buy or sell new or used Beta VCRs, tapes, head cleaners, manuals, remotes, pre-recorded movies, etc. Here are some general suggestions!
There are lots of places on the Internet to buy or sell Betamaxes. For starters, try some of the on-line classified places, such as
This is a California-based service, with ads originating from California and Nevada. Most of these people sell these things real cheap, but many may not want to ship them, so you may have to sweeten the deal.
Two of the more popular auction sites. Usually eBay is overflowing with used Betas for sale! Sometimes the Betas start out cheap, but swell to high closing prices, often way out of line! You may find some really rare Betas here, but be careful of paying too much!!
www.misterbetamax.com and www.soadv.com both sell used Betas. Tell 'em we sent you!
A Beta-only store in Virginia that usually has used Betas, tapes, pre-recorded movies, and Beta accessories for sale.
IN GENERAL, do a word search for "beta," betamax," or "superbeta" in any of the above sites that has a box that says SEARCH. You might also try the normal Search services, like Hotbot, Yahoo, Excite, AltaVista, etc.
There are also some Beta-oriented sites on the Net, such as:
THE BETAMAX PALSITE CHAT
This is the famed BETAMAX PALSITE CHAT PAGE, where people post daily notices about Betas they're seeking or selling, repair problems, etc. Many of the contributors are in the U.K. A good page to bookmark!
A U.S.-based chat page about Beta, begun in Dec., 1998.
Scott Veazie/The Beta Informer Newsletter
This is a link to the e-mail address for Scott Veazie, who ran the on-line weekly Betamax newsletter, known as THE BETA INFORMER. It's filled with discussion about the Beta format, including machine reviews, machine repairs, where to find tapes, Betamaxes, accessories, manuals, remotes , etc. You can post a message here (without being a subscriber) and you may find what you're looking for. Many of the regular contributors are extremely knowledgeable about the machines.
BLANK BETA TAPES + PRE-RECORDED MOVIES:
You can find Beta tapes
and/or pre-recorded movie at the above sites, in most cases. Also, there
are some national chains that still stock Beta blank tapes, such as Radio Shack
(their tapes are made by Sony), Meijer's, and even some Wal-Marts may have some
Beta tapes left over from their clearance in 1997. Quite often you
can do word searches using the Internet Search engines (such as Yahoo, HotBot,
Go-to, etc) and find blank Beta tapes. Some of the on-line auctions
and classified sites have Miscellaneous sections that have used Beta tapes for
sale...eBay is usually a good place. Also, most TV stations
still use BetaCam and BetaCam SP tapes. The BetaCam tapes are simply L500s and
L750s, usually in high-grade formulations, that are used in industrial BetaCam
machines. The BetaCam SP tapes are metal tapes that work in the ED-Beta machines
(but not in standard Beta machines.) You can call their engineering
department and ask for names of suppliers of these tapes.
24529 Highway 408
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
Phones: 1-888-216-7159 toll-free or
Contact: Alex Torok
This company has over 4000 new, wrapped 3-M "Color-Plus" high grade L500 Beta tapes for sale, at $2.50 each. Discounts given for large quantity orders. Tell them you found them here!!
Prices are $3.08 for L750 (BT-A) Sony in 1-49 quantity, $2.93 for 50+ tapes. L750 (BT-HG) high grade is $5.25 for 1-49 quantity, $4.84 for over 50.
An on-line place that sells new Sony Beta tapes.
Jaro, from Sacramento, CA, has a ton of low-pass Scotch (3M) Color-Plus High Grade L500s for sale. His price is right; tell him I sent ya!
Michael Burton sends along these sites:
replacement batteries for the Sony BMC camcorders)
www.camaudio.com/index.html(mail order site for Beta, Betacam, and Betacam SP tapes)
Ohmega Electronics, Ltd (http://www.ohmega.nb.ca//on1.htm) e-mailed me and said Sony SL-HF900 and SL-HF1000 heads are available and prices were $244.14 (CDN dollars) and $373.81 respectively. That's about $168 and $260 US.
These guys stock some Beta parts
TOTAL MEDIA, in N.J.
carries Beta blanks:
AND, HERE ARE A FEW MORE THOUGHTS FROM MY GOOD FRIEND LINDA BUSHYAGER....THERE ARE SOME GOOD SUGGESTIONS HERE.........
Everything! - Absolute Beta has commercial videotapes, blank tape, used machines, head cleaners, cables, even BETA REWINDERS. They also do repairs and will do an estimate for $39 (cost goes toward repair). I haven't ordered from them, but several people I know ordered rewinders. You can join their club for $9.95 and get discounts or just order direct. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone 540-439-9780.
Sony - Sony will repair Betas, but their prices may be very high. They now have a flat rate policy on newer machines, but older ones are not covered. I wanted to get a SL750 repaired a year ago and the estimate was $700 (so I sold it to someone wanting parts and bought a SL2000). You can also buy item such as remotes, blank tape, cables etc. VHS and newer model Beta remotes can be used on old Betamax machines (if Sony brand) and should be able to do most functions. My Sony XBR monitor/tv has a remote that works fine with my old Betas, and I usually use that instead of the Betamax remotes. My new Sony VHS remote has a VTR 1/2/3 switch allowing it to be used with older Betas. If you don't have a Sony dealership near you, you can contact Sony's 800 number for help (Parts is 1-800-488-SONY; Repair 1-800-282-2848). They may still sell the Sony Beta Rewinder.
Other Stores - Check the Sunday New York Times for ads for various mail order video stores (most are in NYC) which may sell accessories and/or blank tapes
Thrift Shops/Flea Markets/Friends - You can often spot used Betas for sale in places such as your local thrift shop or flea market. Used beta tapes are sometimes piled up at low prices as well. Ask around, friends or friends of friends may have Beta tapes or even old machines they'd like to sell off. One of my friends GAVE me boxes and boxes of Beta tapes when he moved and decided he no longer used his Beta. I kept the high grades and sold off the rest for $2 each (they are all gone now). At a computer flea market a friend of mine found a box of used Beta tapes and bought it for $5. (Another friend recently went to a local flea market and when the market ended did "dumpster diving" to see what was thrown away and found a whole bunch of commercial VHS tapes - the subject matter was bad, but he covered over the 'protect' tab and used them as blanks.) I just went to a BIG computer flea market where one dealer had a lot of boxes filled with cables, connectors, odds and ends of all sorts. I found some nice gold-ended dubbing cables, and also Beta Head Cleaners (liquid-type)!! All for $1 each item, all brand new. Also phoning small local repair shops may turn up some used machines. I once did this and found that some of them sell trade-ins or refurbished broken machines, and some of these may be Beta. Another oddball source of tapes and machines is the POST OFFICE AUCTION of unclaimed items (or other such auctions). These are held in most large cities (ask your main post office). I used to go to the Philadelphia ones, and they always had lots of tapes and various machines (possibly broken), most were VHS, but you never know. Prices tended to be high for machines, low for tapes, but you never could tell until the auction occurred. Keep an eye out for sale ads in your local newspaper, even estate sales, as well as publications such as "Trading Times" or "Nifty Nickel".
Stock Up - You can also do what I did - when I heard high grade Beta tapes were being discontinued, I bought about 80 tapes (Fuji/TDK), and still have a lot of them. When I saw that Chris Geraud was selling SL-HF750 machines over the internet for $150 each, I bought 4 of them. I now have 6 Betas so I am in good shape until the day I die (I hope). Now that digital tape and recordable DVDs have arrived, we can dub our Beta tapes over to a better format, but stocking up when you can is still a good idea.
- If you are going on a trip to such places, you might be able to come
across various oddball models of Betas, blank tapes, etc. Japan is NTSC
standard, but their channels may be slightly different than ours (see the
Beta Tips and Tricks Page for details on this). Most of Europe may be
on PAL standard though, so those Betas would not be
-- Hope you find the above somewhat helpful.
Best -- Linda Bushyager ( e-mail: Misscraps@aol.com )
Here are some links to some manuals that you can access
on-line from Sony. These open up in Acrobat Reader.
Additionally, here are two good sources for service manuals for many Betamax VCRs. Try:
POB 386 Ambler PA 19002
Phone 215 540 8055
Fax 215 540 8327
Web URL www.agtannenbaum.com/
BETAMAX REPAIR SERVICE
31625 W. Eight Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48152
E-mail address: email@example.com
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Ask for Frank.
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Audio Visual Service Co.
589 Park Avenue
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Recommended by David Hadaway (firstname.lastname@example.org)
6608 S. Congress
Austin, TX 78745
Recommended by R. Zapata (email@example.com)
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