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So I have started it,but unlike other models these fittings are fold back rivets so not come off,so I've carefully polished them in situe and re glued the  bubbling vinyl cover,considering it was rusty I'm quite happy.so now for main cab.in the lid you will see 2 holes in the cover,that is for felt pads that push inner plastic down.ive ordered some new ones that will do the job as old ones were knackered.keep watching

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work now fully underway,been stripping bits out.Got carriage out,side pannel to reveal amps and speaker,now im attempting front pannel and main chassis.Then ive got fun of removing 80 select pins,fitting o rings then cleaning and refitting.

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so now fully stripped,all selection pins removed and the chassis cleaned of all old grease.Now to polish each selector pin and re install with 2 o rings to hold them level in correct place.Also repainting inside cabinet now ive re glued all peeling cover material.

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So now all 80 pins cleaned and re installed with 2 o rings on each for correct spacing.everything so far now re assembled in cabinet.ive also repainted inside cab.Rear fuse holder was damaged so fitted one I removed from something  years ago and fits a treat.They are hard work but worth it.Now to start work on the carriage.Then final set up and fill it with records.

 

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Nice kb in background.ive done seven now.The guy that invented these was ingenious.one motor drives everything like scanning,selecting,playing.

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Wow ... thats sweet ... 

very nicely done buddy a great looking mech 

Correct me if im wrong ... but the bulb...  does that act as a current limiting device for the motor ... i have seen similar lamps for this purpose on juke boxes in that if the motor stalls tha lamp acts as a resistor to prevent the motor burning out ? 

great restoration 

A lot of time and effort to make this look good ... im sure like me you find these  restorations  enjoyable ... one of my personal favorites was restoring a Ditchburn Mk2R  still play it nearly every day 

looking forward to seeing the discomatic running 

Dicky

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9 hours ago, dicky wink said:

Wow ... thats sweet ... 

very nicely done buddy a great looking mech 

Correct me if im wrong ... but the bulb...  does that act as a current limiting device for the motor ... i have seen similar lamps for this purpose on juke boxes in that if the motor stalls tha lamp acts as a resistor to prevent the motor burning out ? 

great restoration 

A lot of time and effort to make this look good ... im sure like me you find these  restorations  enjoyable ... one of my personal favorites was restoring a Ditchburn Mk2R  still play it nearly every day 

looking forward to seeing the discomatic running 

Dicky

That looks great mate.very much like a 50s wurlitzer.bet it's great to watch.The lamp is to illuminate cabinet and selection playing.The kb which is the UK version had a small filament tube normally red.

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Thanks Warlord

ahhhh so the bulb use is as simple as that :)  there was me thinking that it had a more technical use .. 

The Ditchburn above was originally a 16 play 78rpm MK2 that was built in 1947, in 1958 it was converted to a 30 play 45rpm machine, the mech is based on the Wurlitzer Simplex mech and is facinating to watch ... like the discomatic it  does everything from one motor 

all the best 

Dicky

 

 

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3 hours ago, dicky wink said:

Thanks Warlord

ahhhh so the bulb use is as simple as that :)  there was me thinking that it had a more technical use .. 

The Ditchburn above was originally a 16 play 78rpm MK2 that was built in 1947, in 1958 it was converted to a 30 play 45rpm machine, the mech is based on the Wurlitzer Simplex mech and is facinating to watch ... like the discomatic it  does everything from one motor 

all the best 

Dicky

 

 

Lovely mate,great job,and so satisfying to enjoy when done.

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Now done,I've got it locking at left side as it should.cleaned up better than I I thought.Had some hassle with carriage on reassembly but soon sorted it.now just waiting for internal lamp then will do a quick vid.Ive also bought 2 x 4 ohm small book shelf speakers and it works with them too.Sounds awesome on it's own though.

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