Showing posts with label professional turntable. Show all posts
Showing posts with label professional turntable. Show all posts

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Components Corporation - Professional Turntable

From the generically named Components Corporation the Model 70 studio console.

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Silent Partners Part 1 - July 1958

I love these old turntables and tone arm articles. This one is from 1958. The first part is turntables and the second part is tonearms.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rek-O-Kut LP-743 Project

I've been pretty happy with my system and haven't tweaked anything in a long time. I thought it was time for another project to keep me busy and hands off the current system. I've been putting single bids on various turntables and won this ROK LP-743 last week. I've been asking lots of questions about it and am now trying to get it whipped into shape.
The ROK design is very compact. It is easy to take apart and put back together. I'm not a fan of the on off switch or speed control but I'll get used to it.

A single idler and double idler. That is alot of rubber. I've been using rubber rejevenator since they don't look too bad.
Look at how little there really is to this ROK.
The motor is a little funky. I've cleaned it up pretty well. It works but would be cool to have a new one. There seems to be a bit of vibration and heat when run even on its own but after talking to others this is normal. Any advice is appreciated.

The grommets may need a little tweeking.
This is the sort of effort that gives me hope for the ROK.
I'm starting to look for a vintage tonearm. I can't believe how much they have gone up in value. Anyone have a tonearm not being used lol....

This post originated at retro vintage modern hi-fi

Monday, May 16, 2011

Popular Electronics Oct 1956 How to Pick the Right Turntable

These old articles are great. The best seem to be from 1955-1956. Most of this is still true today.

This post originated at retro vintage modern hi-fi

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bourdereau French Broadcast Turntable

I'm in love with a Frenchie. This machine is superbly made.
Check out the undercarriage. The motor is huge and the quality of construction is great. The hour meter is a nice touch. When I found my Garrard 301 it had an hour meter built into the console.

This post originated at retro vintage modern hi-fi

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Scully Lathe

Just file this under irrational techno lust. The skully lathes are so cool.

The above may actually be a Neumann lather.

Thanks for the comment wbhist.

The Scullys of the 1950's and '60's (as on the 4th and 5th pictures shown) are my preferred variant. Lead-in grooves had spacing dimensions of 32.3125 and 7.625 lpi, with some having a "medium" spacing of 15.583333... lpi and most others' "medium" spacing being 14.7291667... lpi. Such lpi dimensions also applied to "spread" grooves that transported between one "band" and another on an LP record; and the 32.3125 and 15.583333... (or 14.7291667...) were used for "catch" grooves that came after the lead-out but preceded entry into the locked groove (this, I'm told, for the activation of automatic record changers). As for lead-outs, depending on what lathe was used by which studio, there were "slow" and "fast" moving turns, grouped as follows: 4.62 and 2.3 lpi; 4.17 and 2.14 lpi; 3.92 and 2.04 lpi; 3.83 and 1.98 lpi; 3.69 and 1.92 lpi; and 3.48 and 1.83 lpi. Those are the lathes with the knobs that turned anywhere from 70-400 lpi, or 105-600 lpi, or 140-800 lpi. Lathes as so constituted appear to have been manufactured as early as 1950, so I'm told.

The earlier lathe with a gear box as at photo bottom, its design dated back to c.1938. The lpi dimensions as shown were 88, 96, 104, 112, 120, 128 and 136 lpi. In this configuration, there were other sub-classifications. Columbia in New York had a lathe (in use from c.1939 up to August 1966) that had groupings of 150.1875, 163.6875, 177.1875, 190.6875, 204.1875, 217.6875 and 231.1875 lpi; while Aardvark Mastering's ancient Scully's finer grooves are 178, 194, 210, 226, 242, 258 and 274 lpi. Then there are even finer groups, with the "coarse" being 132, 144, 156, 168, 180, 192 and 204 lpi (plus, on Columbia's aforementioned cutter, 225.28125, 245.53125, 265.78125, 286.03125, 306.28125, 326.53125 and 346.78125 lpi).

As to the lathe on the top photo as originally on the cover of that Electronics World magazine: Looks suspiciously like a Neumann AM-32 to me.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fairchild Turntable Tonearm Cartridge System

If I could have a dream mono system it would be a complete Fairchild TT system with a Fairchild 260 amp and 245 preamp. I've never seen Fairchild equipment outside of an audio museum so I base this solely on appearance and reputation..

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

1926 Western Electric Turntable 2A

I have been looking for good pics of this turntable for ages. This is the first 33 1/3 turntable used for radio and movies. An amazing museum quality piece.

This appears to be an early WE TT in action.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

1955 Popular Electronics Professional Turntables For Home Use Part II

It seems pro turntables in the home is not a new idea. This article has the best turntables from 1955. I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did.