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 Post subject: Zenith 1966-1967 Record Player Help Needed
PostPosted: Jul Fri 26, 2019 1:34 am 
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I have what I believe to be a 1967 Zenith X560W1. It is a suitcase model with a fold down turntable.

The problem I have is that when the record drops down onto the platter, the tonearm will not lift up and come across to sit down on the record. In addition, when the tone arm gets to the end of the record, it is supposed to lift up and come back across to resting position automatically. It does not do this either.

Can you give me any help on how this can be repaired so that it works correctly?


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966-1967 Record Player Help Needed
PostPosted: Jul Fri 26, 2019 2:54 am 
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Typically the problem is old dried lubricants. The changer mechanism will need to be cleaned and correctly lubricated to function correctly. This usually requires disassembly of the changer mechanism.

Post a photo of the changer. Someone may recognize it and point you to service literature. If the changer is a Voice of Music product, parts and information are available from this website:

http://www.thevoiceofmusic.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966-1967 Record Player Help Needed
PostPosted: Jul Fri 26, 2019 6:18 am 
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Ed is correct, record changer will need complete cleaning,
motor cleaned, & new motor mount grommets.

Is this your Zenith ? If so, it should have a V-M (Voice of Music) made
changer. Models 1236, 1237, 1285, 1287, 1295, 1297.

We can verify when you post a photo of the record changer.

If you don't feel up to the task, post your locale, and an ARF
member may be nearby who will do the service.
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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966-1967 Record Player Help Needed
PostPosted: Jul Fri 26, 2019 4:28 pm 
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Hi, there is a picture of the machine on this website.

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/ ... -140672283


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966-1967 Record Player Help Needed
PostPosted: Jul Fri 26, 2019 4:30 pm 
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The image you posted is indeed my machine.

Here is a video of the record player I have.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry5Z0RUV8Hs


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966-1967 Record Player Help Needed
PostPosted: Jul Fri 26, 2019 9:39 pm 
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Okay, you do have a V-M record changer.

The tonearm has the Zenith 2 gram stereo cartridge.

Let us know your next move, or if more questions.

Good luck,
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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966-1967 Record Player Help Needed
PostPosted: Jul Sat 27, 2019 12:31 am 
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I am in Greensboro, NC. Do you know anyone who can work on it in this area? If not, do you know someone who can walk through the steps for how to get the tonearm to work correctly?

Also, do you have a source for instruction manual/service manual for this machine?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966-1967 Record Player Help Needed
PostPosted: Jul Sat 27, 2019 2:35 am 
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50sRock wrote:
I am in Greensboro, NC. Do you know anyone who can work on it in this area?
If not, do you know someone who can walk through the steps for how to get the tonearm to work correctly?
Also, do you have a source for instruction manual/service manual for this machine?
Thanks!

1. I would make a separate post requesting service help
in your area.

2. Do an internet search for antique radio clubs in your area.
Many times members also work on record changers.

3. I will be happy to send you the pdf file for the V-M changer.
Send me a PM with your email address.

4.Parts source: thevoiceofmusic.com
Gary at the V of M also can service these changers, but
he is in Michigan. The changer would be removed and sent
to his technician.

5. Here's what an earlier V-M 1200 changer looks like when
rebuilt. It is not a low learning curve without some in person
assistance. Your changer has some different changes in
design from this one, though.
Hotwax

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=186294&hilit=restoration+zenith


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966-1967 Record Player Help Needed
PostPosted: Jul Sun 28, 2019 2:46 am 
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Get in touch with Gary at Voice of Music. He keeps lists of people who can service VM changers around the country. He may have someone close to you. He will also have service literature. It would be helpful if you can get the exact VM model number when you contact him. The number is printed on the bottom of the motorboard. It is a long number, usually starting with 857.

You will have to remove the changer from the case to see it, but you are going to have to do that anyway to service it. Just keep notes or photos of what you do and don’t lose any parts. Label them and keep them in a ziplock bag or something similar.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966-1967 Record Player Help Needed
PostPosted: Jul Sun 28, 2019 11:32 am 
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I’d encourage the DIY route. At first glance changer mechanisms seem pretty complicated, but it’s all just levers and gears that, after some study, all make sense in a steampunk sort of way.

Cleaning: Old grease is tenacious, it’s basically slow set glue. Degreasing and re-greasing is not complicated, just have to remember where the parts go back :D

Here’s a couple YouTube videos of cleaning and degreasing different changers. Overall, the method and goal is the same.
Search on YouTube, you’ll find others.
https://youtu.be/4T_57hbHYJI
https://youtu.be/DkdXTELjcc4

As previously stated, fist things first, acquire specific info for your particular machine for reference, visit VM for stylus info etc, and go for it! In the meantime, don’t force any movement of platter, tonearm, etc. Any questions just ask. Best of luck!


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