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 Post subject: General Industries 700F (?)
PostPosted: May Thu 30, 2019 3:35 pm 
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I have an Emerson console I was given about 15 years ago that's been in storage for ages, and which I recently thought I might try to get going again to put in our basement office. The turntable is this, which seems to be a General Industries model but I'm not entirely sure which one - seems to be the 700F but it has 45 speed, and the service manual I've found for the 700 series doesn't mention 45.

There's an article from Billboard in 1949 about them adding the 45 to their units, so I'm wondering if this is one of the earliest iterations. Does anybody recognize this? And is it worth TLC-ing back into life?

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 Post subject: Re: General Industries 700F (?)
PostPosted: Jun Sat 01, 2019 2:49 am 
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Listed by Sams as... MIRRORTONE Series 700F33/45

Photofact Set-75 Folder-11 (eight pages).
There should be one or two copies on ebay, I haven't looked. Lol

I think this is the same deal?
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ref: https://www.samswebsite.com/en/photofac ... msid/75_11


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 Post subject: Re: General Industries 700F (?)
PostPosted: Jun Sat 01, 2019 4:44 am 
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It is indeed, thank you! The motor does work on mine and actually turns the platter somewhat but I went ahead today and ordered new motor mounts (mine are totally gone) and an idler and belts and will give this the once over when I have the parts. The changer mechanism on mine doesn't seem to want to work at all but not sure if that's just lack of lubricant or something more serious.


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 Post subject: Re: General Industries 700F (?)
PostPosted: Jun Sat 01, 2019 2:36 pm 
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99.5% the cartridge is bad if it was original...replace with a modern ceramic one if you can. You may want to check that out now, in addition to the mechanics. Watch the tracking weight too, if you plan to play any stereo records it shouldn't be above 5-6 grams, just as a general high end estimate.


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 Post subject: Re: General Industries 700F (?)
PostPosted: Jun Sat 01, 2019 3:31 pm 
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I'd planned on replacing with a MM anyway, which is what I've done on the past couple of vintage turntables I've worked on. I don't sweat that much VTF using a modern DJ/conical stylus, and if it's wired for mono usually the sound isn't awfully bad. And in the case of my RCA 45J 45 player, I've been gobsmacked at how good it does sound, maybe the best I've ever heard old 45s play, especially if they're clean.


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