Looking to Rebuild some Turntables

Discussion in 'Vinyl Nutjob World: Turntable and Related Gear' started by Mshenay, May 17, 2017.

  1. Mshenay

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    I got to meet with an old friend of mine today to consign some old game consoles of mine, while there he shared his collection of old/non working Turn Tables. Were both looking to rebuild or repair them. My question is, where would you guys start? Aside From Googling, where do you guys like to source your replacement parts for older Tables?

    I've got a few Pictures too as well as the model numbers, ideally I'd like to get them all up and running and start to see how each the sound quality of each differs. As I'm most likely going to keep one for my self, still he's offered me free reign to tinker around and get them working! A fun project I think,

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    Though I'd imagine you guys have a better idea of which of them will offer the best quality. So, if these were yours were would you guys start?
     
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    Here's a link to a source for belts and other parts, but many can be found many places (you may very well do best by turning to Google to look for other sources more local, cheaper, etc). On the missing cartridges or needles, you'll probably need to check the specific cartridges, but many are probably just more cost effective to replace outright. Also, I'd probably suggest replacing the belts on all of them regardless of whether they're missing or not.
     
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    Yea new belts for all of them makes sense, but the needle's are where I was unsure. Though they seem to have everything! Once I figure out what part's they each need, I can hunt for the best price on each.

    Brand wise, what do you prefer? I've heard good things about Technics in the past, but I have no real experience
     
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    I don't have experience with any of those. I would pick the Dual 1019 due to my experience with a Dual 1219. I bought the 1219 new around 1972. As I recall, they seemed similar at that time with the 1219 having a 12" platter and the 1019 a 10" platter. (The 10" platter never seemed right to me, but for free - that's different.) This 1019 does not look like the 1019 that was available when I bought the 1219. Actually the platter and the base are the only things that are of the same style. This 1019 looks more "old fashioned" aesthetically.

    I never used the record changer spindle. The auto return was convenient. That was the only turntable I have owned with that feature. That may have the fold down front on it's base which holds accessories. If so, there may be a short spindle and maybe the cartridge alignment jig in there. Also, a spot to store the long spindle, just for the heck of it. Mine was easy to set up. I only kept it 7 years before I got the bug to trade it in on a Thorens TD165C with an Ortofon M15E Super, so I never had to deal with repairs/restoration.

    Back in those days, it was common for the sellers to throw in a decent cartridge for free or for 1 penny. That was on top of also discounting the turntable. I got a Shure M91E. It turned out to be a fine sounding cartridge on that turntable/tonearm. I have a few cassettes that I made back when I had these turntables. I listened to them a few years ago. I was surprised at how good they sound now. At the time, I thought I had really upgraded from the Dual/Shure to the Thorens/Ortofon. I now think it was a bit of an upgrade, but more of a side grade.

    (It had the ability to play 78 RPM. I never could play the "Just Like Gene Autry: A Foxtrot" track from the 'Moby Grape - Wow' LP after I traded the Dual.) :)
     

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