Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by Uncle Ants » Wed Feb 17, 2010 20:29

tonieee wrote:
caramarydaisy wrote:yes! i have managed to get the plate off and the belt bappears to be a quite large rubber band?
That's the one. If you take that to a hi-fi shop and the model of your turntable then they should be able to sell you a replacement - I got mine from Moorgate Acoustics. I don't know if there a way you can tell if it's a problem with a belt without buying a replacement - do you know Uncle Ants?
not easily, no. It's an old model and most audio shops won't help. These guys:

http://www.musonic.co.uk/

Will be the best bet for a belt. But before going there I think this model has a strobe light to let you check and adjust speed. A light on the side and dots on the side of the platter. Is that right Cara?
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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by caramarydaisy » Wed Feb 17, 2010 21:11

yep thats right..
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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by Uncle Ants » Wed Feb 17, 2010 21:34

When it's spinning does it say it's spinning at the correct speed?
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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by caramarydaisy » Wed Feb 17, 2010 21:40

Uncle Ants wrote:When it's spinning does it say it's spinning at the correct speed?

stupid question.. how am i meant to know/find out that?
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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by Uncle Ants » Wed Feb 17, 2010 21:51

There are 4 rows of dots on the side of the platter. You can forget about the bottom two. It's the top two that matter. The top row is for 45 and the second one is for 33. When the deck is set to 33 and the speed is correct the dots on the second row down will appear stationary, and when set to 45 the tp row will appear stationary. If they don't then the speed is out. Set it to 33 amd if the dots on the second row move sideways, use the pitch adjustment to adjust the speed until they stop moving back or forth.
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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by caramarydaisy » Wed Feb 17, 2010 22:19

Uncle Ants wrote:There are 4 rows of dots on the side of the platter. You can forget about the bottom two. It's the top two that matter. The top row is for 45 and the second one is for 33. When the deck is set to 33 and the speed is correct the dots on the second row down will appear stationary, and when set to 45 the tp row will appear stationary. If they don't then the speed is out. Set it to 33 amd if the dots on the second row move sideways, use the pitch adjustment to adjust the speed until they stop moving back or forth.
i always wondered what those dots were for, figured it was something useful like this! i will have a play and let you know..
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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by Uncle Ants » Thu Feb 18, 2010 07:45

If you would it's a good place to start. Things to check are:

1) is it running at the right speed and if not can it be adjusted so that it is ?
2) if it can be adjusted does it stay that way after switch off and on ?
3) does it stay that way after it's been on for an hour or so ?
4) does it stay at the right speed when a record is playing ?
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Post by caramarydaisy » Sun Mar 07, 2010 13:42

right i think ive got the speed set properly using the pitch wheel so that its good for 33s and 45s. but to my ear it still sounds a little distorted somehow. so maybe it is the needle?

how do i find out how much for my record player would cost to replace??
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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by Uncle Ants » Sun Mar 07, 2010 20:12

If it sounds a little distorted rather than a little off speed hen yiu only need to replace the stylus not the whole thing.
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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by caramarydaisy » Sun Mar 07, 2010 21:29

Uncle Ants wrote:If it sounds a little distorted rather than a little off speed hen yiu only need to replace the stylus not the whole thing.

yeah, i meant to ask how much specifically the stylus would cost to replace.. i wasnt thinking of replacting the whole player!!
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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by Uncle Ants » Sun Mar 07, 2010 23:16

Look on the cartridge/stylus for a make and model. I can look it up.

Edit: Looking at the manual - it's what's known as a P Mount cartridge - which means the cartridge on there is almost certainly what it was originally supplied with. This is the stylus it ought to be:

http://www.musonic.co.uk/eps34cs-stylus-p-11973.html

If it looks like the one on yours then this'll be it - £15

If you want I can send you the copy of the manual I have here (PM me) - it tells you how to change the stylus.
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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by Colin » Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:40

After years of giving my records a cursory wipe with the cleaning cloth that came with my glasses I've decided I should probably get one of those carbon fibre brushes.

Uncle Ants (or anyone else) - can you recommend one?

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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by tonieee » Sun Jul 03, 2011 23:24

Colin wrote:After years of giving my records a cursory wipe with the cleaning cloth that came with my glasses I've decided I should probably get one of those carbon fibre brushes.

Uncle Ants (or anyone else) - can you recommend one?
I got one from Richer Sounds made by Vivanco for about 4 quid. It seems to do the job pretty well.

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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by Colin » Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:03

Thanks tonieee!

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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by indiansummer » Sun Jan 06, 2013 16:43

my record player has stopped working :(

i've had it it for about ten years and can't remember the model offhand, but some brief googling suggests it's a Sony PS LX250H (i think)

i've checked/changed the fuse and there doesn't seem to be a problem... the belt's not come undone. and when it's plugged in it hums softly, so that suggests power's coming through

but the start button does nothing, nor does lifting the arm and moving it towards the record. basically it just doesn't respond

any ideas?

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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Jan 15, 2013 19:55

We were given an old turntable. It's lovely and it is plugged into the stereo, but it is very quiet and distorts at low volumes. Do I need some sort of preamp?

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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by Wheatabeat » Wed Jan 16, 2013 00:03

bullyhuff wrote:Maybe it's time for an upgrade? http://www.catacombosoundsystem.com/
That's crazy. Can you just imagine. You've 20 grand or so left to your name. Sod inheritance, blow it all on that! The marketing video on that site looks like it's off Little Britain or something similar.

Oh, Jayen Aitch. It sounds like a phono stage is what you need.
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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by jayen_aitch » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:08

Wheatabeat wrote:
bullyhuff wrote:Maybe it's time for an upgrade? http://www.catacombosoundsystem.com/
That's crazy. Can you just imagine. You've 20 grand or so left to your name. Sod inheritance, blow it all on that! The marketing video on that site looks like it's off Little Britain or something similar.

Oh, Jayen Aitch. It sounds like a phono stage is what you need.
Interesting, I shall learn about these via google, and of course any advice people here have... Does anyone have any?

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Re: Hi-Fi Hardware - Turntables, Valves & Tapes

Post by tonieee » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:17

Does your stereo have a phono input or are yet using a general line in?

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