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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 9:51:49 PM on 3 March 2019.
Pitchersj's avatar
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I have picked up an nice English portable record player from Perth WA.

It's an EAR, Electrical Audio Reproducers of Islesworth London.

Not very common here in OZ I would suspect. (It has a Garrard auto changer and still has it's UK plug !)

I have a little information on it from Radio Museum.

Does anyone here have any experience with them or information they could share ??


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 10:04:26 PM on 3 March 2019.
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Which model?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 10:23:09 PM on 3 March 2019.
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GTC

It is a Music Maker De Luxe

Pye record player


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 10:40:01 PM on 3 March 2019.
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Transformer-less. Careful as you go with that.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 4:42:54 AM on 4 March 2019.
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GTC

Thanks for the tip.
In that case I think I will leave any repairs to an expert.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 6:14:03 AM on 4 March 2019.
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There's not many of us that repair, in particular valve stuff, left around here. At one point we had several here, now we have perhaps two.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 7:51:41 PM on 4 March 2019.
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Marc

Would you repair vintage record players ??

I know a couple of repairers in Melbourne. My Pye reel to reel is with one of them at the moment.

Regards

Steve


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 10:40:50 AM on 5 March 2019.
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Generally I hate turntables however, I have to resort to fixing them occasionally, like there are two radio grams sitting behind me and I found spare part under one's turntable (what area did they fall out of). Some of them seem to have been designed during a drunken orgy.

Mechanically most of their issues are lubrication, or a broken belt (if it has one). So that's easy to work out. Just a case of looking.

Marc


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 11:01:30 AM on 5 March 2019.
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Yes generally the Grease dries causing issues.
Because the Grease contains soap! The soap dries out and the mechanisms play up!
First thing I do is heat the Turntable up with hair dryer or a low heat gun etc etc, that melts the grease again.
Then wash it all out and put new grease and oil in there.
That will fix most, but it will still need to have the specs set back to original...mostly you can get the specs still


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 2:26:43 AM on 6 March 2019.
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 5:31:49 PM on 6 March 2019.
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Thanks Brad


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 5:38:19 PM on 6 March 2019.
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Received the record player today.

Whilst it works okay the turntable mechanism seems a bit stiff, which I presume means that the grease is probably a bit old.

Probably just needs a once over to check and a service of the Garrard record changer.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 5:53:01 PM on 6 March 2019.
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Grey fleck Grill cloth! Nice unit ... re gold strip.. yep I'm sure I would have some its very thin, The wide is harder to get

Pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 6:11:39 PM on 6 March 2019.
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Pete

Gold strip length is 35.5cm

Width 5mm


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 11:34:28 AM on 29 July 2020.
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I just wanted to say thanks to Vintage Pete & Ian Robertson for helping me identify the on/off & volume control switch required for this record player.

Pete gave me instructions on how to remove it and then Ian identified it straight away.

Ian found some from Tube Depot in the US
It's Taiwanese made but they are the only one still making them.

I've ordered 3 (good to have spares) plus I have 2 of these record players

Thanks again !!!!!


 
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