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 Post subject: A VM changer rant---has anyone else ever seen this?
PostPosted: Jul Sun 08, 2018 7:01 am 
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One of my favorite things to do is service VM changers---you know the drill, tear down, clean all of the old gunk out and reassemble. But on more than a couple of occasions, a previous owner decided that a non-working changer can be fixed by dumping prodigious amounts of oil into the mechanism. Of course this never works.

I just got done servicing a '57 vintage with a paper towel under it to sop up all of the oil (which looks suspiciously like motor oil) running off of the motorboard, and the motor/switch wires are covered in it.

Have you ever run into this?

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 Post subject: Re: A VM changer rant---has anyone else ever seen this?
PostPosted: Jul Sun 08, 2018 8:28 am 
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I haven't seen that yet, but I have seen a few BSRs where the grease turned to cement, locking the platter up tight, and ham-fisted individuals forced the platter so hard that the whole center spindle rotated on the motor board. :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: A VM changer rant---has anyone else ever seen this?
PostPosted: Jul Sun 08, 2018 11:08 am 
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Not specifically for record players, but there certainly is a mind set that says "if oil is good, then MORE oil is better." Part of the problem is that certain parts of these mechanisms want NO oil.

The same person that put that oil in there also owns a good supply of friction tape and 50-50 acid core solder.

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 Post subject: Re: A VM changer rant---has anyone else ever seen this?
PostPosted: Jul Sun 08, 2018 2:36 pm 
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The same person that put that oil in there also owns a good supply of friction tape...

Just finished working on a radio where the PO used about 1 foot of electrical per splice (non-soldered, to boot) on a replaced AC cord. :roll:
Thought I'd never get all that tape off.


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 Post subject: Re: A VM changer rant---has anyone else ever seen this?
PostPosted: Jul Sun 08, 2018 5:24 pm 
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pixellany wrote:
Not specifically for record players, but there certainly is a mind set that says "if oil is good, then MORE oil is better." Part of the problem is that certain parts of these mechanisms want NO oil.

The same person that put that oil in there also owns a good supply of friction tape and 50-50 acid core solder.


Oh, I have no doubt of that :lol:

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