Sony Betamax Model SL-5000


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Vintage Sony Betamax VTR Model SL-5000


Sony Betamax SL-5000 Information


Sony Betamax SL-5000. Introduced in 1981 with a price tag of $899. This is the first front loading VCR ever. Tapes loads on right as all Sony SL-5000 series do. 1-event, 1-day timer. Offered BI BII and BIII Playback and offered BII BIII recording,  These units have defects. To get these going again you will need to replace the blue Sanyo electrolytic capacitors on the service board, if they haven't been replaced already. The SL-5000 series Betamax VCRS do not have automatic Rewind at end of tape, unlike the previous models and the models after these. These were considered stripped down compared to previous models. Capacitors can be purchased at Also most likely the belts will need to be replaced. Belt kits are available at



Common defects:


Bad Sanyo Blue Electrolytic Capacitors Results: Off speed playback and record. Unstable audio (Fluttery) Lines in picture, or no picture with fuzz.


Bad Belts Results: Ejects tape seconds after inserted. Weak rewind/fast forward.