My grammophone
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Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #106

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So, the cassettedeck in my 'tower' was seldom used, and I went looking for a good turntable/recordplayer, with us called pick-up. After a few weeks of looking on our Marketplace, comparing prices and quality, I managed to buy a good one: a Sony PS-11. The seller said he tried it out with a Tina Turner record and it was working fine. I asked him if it also worked with the Beatles, but he did not have any records of them, so it was a slight gamble.

I talked to Kevin about it and he agreed that it was a good quality. So when it came in I adjusted a few things, installed it, and indeed it works fine. First one in was Penny Lane, and the sound is great!





This is so cool!

Last Edit: 3 years, 8 months ago by Keesie.
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Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #107

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Fits in there like it was made for that turntable, Nice.

Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #108

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Thanks Jim, as you can see it is dark grey, and the other stuff  is black. I think I will tie those cables together in the rear.

Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #109

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Now then, the new turntable is half-automatic, which means you have to place the arm on the record yourself, and when the record is played the arm comes back automaticly, and the power shut off. The cupboard is ok from the outside, and placing a longplay album is no problem, but placing a 45 you cannot see where to place the arm, because it is too dark. Therefore I glued a small lamp standard upside down on the shelf above the turntable. You can see this in the picture. That lamp costed 1 euro.
Last Edit: 3 years, 8 months ago by Keesie.

Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #110

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I had seen the lamp and thought it was a good idea. I had the same sort of set up years ago and had the same problem with the darkness. No lights that small available back in the 1970's and 80's so I used a small pen light flashlight. Easy enough to hold in your mouth when you needed two hands, one to hold the lid open and the other to place the record. I later removed the hinges and just took the top off when playing and put it back when finished. That worked really well.
Cables could be tied up better but it all looks like it belongs.

Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #111

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Thanks Jim, back then you did not have those small lamps indeed. Using a small pen-light did it back then, but still, as you said, you had to keep in your mouth.......

 
I am always looking for 'actions' that do not cost extra efford or time. The little lamp fits just in front of the dustcover, and the on/off button is on top of the lamp. This way opening the lid and using the light takes a few seconds, and still nothing in your hands......

You said it, one hand for the record and one to hold the lid open. Again not really 'handy', and you took the lid off.

Been talking to Kevin about this. Now look at my cupboard again. Not much space above the lid......
Last Edit: 3 years, 8 months ago by Keesie.
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Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #112

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Be careful when tying cables together, so here are a few tips...


1, Ideally keep mains cables seperate from signal cables.


2, Do not coil mains cables, keep them lose.


3, Speaker cables should be of equal lengths. If one speaker is Three feet away from the system and the other speaker is Nine feet away, both cables should be Nine feet lengths.


Rollerman.
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Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #113

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Thanks Kevin. Indeed there can be problems with cables, but I never had any. The cupboard in which the system is, has been in use like this for 21 years now, and I never had any problems, apart from a speaker sometimes not working because a wire became loose, which should be in the rear of the amp.

This cupboard and shelves were made by a woodmaker according to my wishes. Because especially the amp has to be moved out completely sometimes to make a connection, the wires I use are quite long. In the rear of every shelf a large hole was drilled to let all cables through.

Explaining the length of the cables is quite 'delicate', especially in my situation. You see, there is NO current behind that cupboard. I had to lead it there from the other side of the room.. Then there are TWO DVD-recorders in the set. One is for USA-DVD's, the other one plays EU-DVD's and MP3's. The TV-signal is not near that cupboard, so it comes from the other side of the room, and back again to the TV. For thid I needed a switchboard, which you see just above the amp.

And then the living is L-shaped, so not easy to create an ideal situation for surround-effects, and not for stereo anyway. As I have four (Wharfedale) speakers, I am glad the system works.......
Last Edit: 3 years, 8 months ago by Keesie.

Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #114

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Final part. How to keep the lid open?

Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #115

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It looks like the lamp is close enough to rest the lid onto it, is that possible Kees.


Rollerman.

Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #116

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Kevin, the lamp is in front of the lid, so when open the lid does not touch the lamp.


You were thinking to attach the lid to the lamp?  No, the lamp is too small and to weak to support it in any way.


Last Edit: 3 years, 8 months ago by Keesie.

Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #117

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For you Keesie, I suggest a linear actuator, for anybody else a block of wood.

Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #118

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Thanks Terry, I had to look that up, ......a linear actuator. I did not have a clue what you meant, but I bet you mean this:



It is a device you use when a door has to stay open or closed, or evne better, to keep the hood of a car open. I have them on my car. Clever thought, but I then have to drill a hole in the dustcover.........


Why will I be the exception? I mean, everyone else a block of wood?
Last Edit: 3 years, 8 months ago by Keesie.

Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #119

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Hi Keesie,
I suspect you have hydraulic rams on the car to hold the hood open. The linear actuators are electrically driven, so you MAY have one as an electric (push button) handbrake.
Block of wood is not good enough for a tinkerer .
Have fun

Re: My grammophone 3 years, 8 months ago #120

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Yes, the car has hydraulic rams on both sides.


Anyway, a good idea Terry, and indeed a block of wood would be a bit too simple. Still, using a linear actuator would probably damage the cover in a certain spot.


You probably figured I found the solution, but I will let you guess for a while. The cover will stay open completely, no buttons or electrics, or high tech.