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 Post subject: Vanity Fair Model 1200 Repair???
PostPosted: Jun Sat 22, 2019 11:19 pm 
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Hello, I purchased this little phonograph as powering up but I didn't try it. After driving it over hill and dale to home, it doesn't power up. I am willing to put a bit of time in it and see what might be done, but I don't even know how to get in side. Does this require a special tool? I'm sure I will have lots of other questions but this seems to be a necessary one. :) Thank you. Oh, by the way...I am a woman with very little experience with these things.

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 Post subject: Re: Vanity Fair Model 1200 Repair???
PostPosted: Jun Sun 23, 2019 2:32 am 

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the two oddball looking screws on the front and back hold the motorboard in place. The best bet would be to take the unit to Home Depot and ask them what to use to unscrew them.

Do you hear anything at all from the speaker? Scratchy noises, low level hum?

The good-

It should be fairly easy to fix. Very simple transistor circuit and shouldn't need any real work such capacitors replaced. You can get a needle from Gary at (highly recommend needle and possible cart replacement) You can check the condition of the idler wheel by removing the "c" clip that holds the turntable and pulling straight up. However, the idler should be fine. Once the motorboard is up, follow the power cable from the plug through the power switch and on to the amp. Also please take pics as will help us troubleshoot

The bad-

Very low end child's record player with mediocre sound. Will destroy stereo records.

That being said, if this unit, for lack of better terminology, reminds of your childhood and you have a emotional attachment, then the best bet would be get a stereo cartridge and bridge for mono. This will protect stereo records.

Best suggestion-

Learn with this unit, then find a nice tube stereo phonograph and fall in love with vinyl ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: Vanity Fair Model 1200 Repair???
PostPosted: Jun Sun 23, 2019 2:35 am 

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Welcome to the Phono Forum.

Since you have no experience with electronics, here's the reality.
These little kiddie record players
are made very cheaply, and not always made for easy repair.

The motor, amplifier, and record platter are usually all one
unit riveted together on a fiberboard piece.
There are usually 2 or 3 screws holding the fiberboard
to the little cabinet.

There can be multiple problems with these players.
I strongly recommend you try to find a vintage radio club in your area,
and ask for in person assistance. You do have to be careful
with these little players, as they are connected to
AC household 120volt current.
With no experience, safety should be your first focus.

You can also post your general locale, to see if any of our
members are nearby, who might assist with a possible repair.

 Post subject: Re: Vanity Fair Model 1200 Repair???
PostPosted: Jun Sun 23, 2019 2:40 am 

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Hotwax speaks the truth.

 Post subject: Re: Vanity Fair Model 1200 Repair???
PostPosted: Jun Sun 23, 2019 2:43 pm 

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Location: NJ 08090
I've come across these strange 'fasteners' on many of the Kidde phonos....I guess they were meant to keep the kids out of the guts of the set and getting electrocuted. I have had luck using a Dremel cutter and slicing a slot into the screw top so a flathead screwdriver will remove it.
The previous guys are right about these sets being very cheaply made, and they always sound horrible. If you can get it apart, stop and check back with us first before doing anything. With your non-experience in electronics, You probably should just find a working record player, if you are just interested in having one to listen to...and not have to bother with repairs.

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