Electrical Contractors Licence No 71364
2017 BOWMAC Electrical
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ASTOR Model KK 1949
This 1949 Astor model KK was brought to me in a non working state. After doing the general service and making the radio safe I thought I would try my luck at the first Gramophone repair. After a clean up I tested the motor that operates the turntable and then applied power with no luck, so I stripped the motor down and cleaned / lubricated all the moving components and also found that one of the wires to the motor was broken away. Eventually I got it all back together and applied power and it still didn't work, so then I removed the turntable and cleaned / lubricated the center shaft and put it back together. After applying direct power to the motor it was working. Then after a few hours on the mechanics, when the front door panel is opened and a record inserted and the door closed it tilts the mercury switch that operates the motor on/off. This has no speed options only for "modern" 78s with the run off track in the center of the record.
I removed the volume / on off switch "with a center tap" as the on/off wasn't working correctly. After a good clean and lubrication it was like new again.I re-felted the board between the Gramo and chassis.