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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Apr Tue 16, 2013 4:16 pm 
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lynnievu wrote:
hi Lynnster - (what a coincidence, my name is Lynn too!). Your console restoration looks amazing!! I just recently purchased a Zenith YT960 from the original owner. The wood is in perfect condition but the tuner and record player are in need of some repairs. Would you happen to know where I could find a repair manual for it?

Thanks so much!
Lynn


Hi Lynn! Congrats! Once you get it up and running, you'll be delighted with it!
No clue about repair manuals, but Sam's https://www.samswebsite.com/ has photofacts that have parts info that can be very helpful.
I have a guy in CT who repairs these specific tuners & changers. You'd have to ship it out to him, carefully packed (if the spindle of the changer breaks, you're sunk!) Email me at LynnLav@aol.com if you want his contact info.
Best,
Lynn


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Apr Tue 30, 2013 4:33 am 
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I have one of these that I am starting to restore. The first thing I am looking at is the record player stopped working. We know what is wrong with it, a tensioner is not working properly, which to me it would just be easier to replace the record player all together. Where did you find the new one for yours and about how much am I looking at just for the record player itself?

Thank you,


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Apr Tue 30, 2013 5:54 am 
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Nice work!


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Apr Tue 30, 2013 10:21 am 
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Bigbill, the 960 series uses a belt drive changer, what do you mean by tensioner? Do you
mean belt? If so, Gary Stork at thevoiceofmusic.com has them even though it is not a
VM changer.
It will also need the usual clean and lube, if you can't do it yourself, send it to someone
who can, don't replace it, it is a very high quality changer.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Apr Tue 30, 2013 11:25 pm 
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bigbills63 wrote:
I have one of these that I am starting to restore. The first thing I am looking at is the record player stopped working. We know what is wrong with it, a tensioner is not working properly, which to me it would just be easier to replace the record player all together. Where did you find the new one for yours and about how much am I looking at just for the record player itself?

Thank you,


Hi Bill,
Not sure if you were asking me about a replacement changer because I never replaced ours..I had ours repaired...This changer is pretty rare to find, so might be best to get it repaired.

All the Zenith 960 consoles had this changer; it's their top of the line changer & was made "in-house" by Zenith, so if you do get another one, be sure it's the same one ( with the "looking glass" shaped record holder arm & the pop-up 45 spindle built into the platter....It's really worth fixing imho as just to unique!

If you want to get your changer repaired, email me at LynnLav@aol.com so I can give you my repair guy's email address.

Good luck!
Lynn


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: May Mon 06, 2013 7:47 pm 
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No its not the changer. When you lift up the plate that the record sits on you can see the pulley and belt, those 2 are fine. Next to it is like a little brass piece that is connected to a cone shaped piece of metal on the bottom that can be moved forward and back, when moved all the way forward then the record moves at normal speed, or you can push down hard enough on the brass piece. I will take a picture of it and post it but I do not know the exact name of the part.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: May Tue 07, 2013 4:02 am 
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bigbills63 wrote:
No its not the changer. When you lift up the plate that the record sits on you can see the pulley and belt, those 2 are fine. Next to it is like a little brass piece that is connected to a cone shaped piece of metal on the bottom that can be moved forward and back, when moved all the way forward then the record moves at normal speed, or you can push down hard enough on the brass piece. I will take a picture of it and post it but I do not know the exact name of the part.



By "changer" I meant the record player itself (it's typically called a "record changer" or just "changer") Check out these photos. Do you see the part in any of them? If so, I might be able to get the part name/# for it once it's located. This is the underneath of a 1968 Y960 - our first of 3 we've had. This one is our 30 yr old daughter's & the reason I then had to get my own!!


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2013 3:28 pm 
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very nice !!!!!!

I am also in Connecticut...

I have a Z966 in waiting / to do pile

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2013 5:14 pm 
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adamc wrote:
very nice !!!!!!

I am also in Connecticut...

I have a Z966 in waiting / to do pile


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Jun Sun 30, 2013 1:33 am 
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Congratulations on nearing the end. I've just begun work on a YT960. Most everything is functioning but will need to get some work done on the TT. My biggest challenge is that someone had removed the R2R and I'll now be on the hunt for someone parting one out. If anyone has a lead I'd really appreciate it. The 57Z is going to be a tough find, but the YT960 was no piece of cake to locate.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Jun Sun 30, 2013 4:17 pm 
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There was a Zenith reel deck pulled from a 960 on the bay a few weeks ago, it sold for about 70.00.

The 960 is a great console, I will never give mine up, enjoy it!


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Jul Fri 05, 2013 4:13 am 
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That's about the timeline that I usually miss something I'm looking for by. I've been keeping a look out there and looking for any other potential sources. Talked with a guy in ME who has a Wollensak badged equivalent, I think I'd rather hold out for the Zenith original. I don't plan on ever selling it, but would like to have a restoration. Any leads to op or service manuals would always be appreciated. Have picked up a lot of good info here.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Jul Mon 22, 2013 9:34 pm 
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I have one like this and I need to work on the turntable. How in the heck do you remove the platter? I cannot figure it out for the life of me.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Jul Tue 23, 2013 5:01 am 
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See my answer in phono section.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Sep Fri 06, 2013 11:26 pm 
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Your project sounds awesome (and I hope I'm not too late to the crowd to ask a question). Do you happen to have a detailed photo of the crossover cap (with measurements) and wire setup? I am this close to pulling the trigger on purchasing a MN2670 locally, and I wanted to upgrade the 15" woofer to mimic the __960 series that had the Jensen woofer with independent air suspension.

In a previous post, Lynnster1952 mentioned that "The 15" woofers original part is listed as #49-1073; the Jensen replacement is listed as 15N8; the Quam replacemt is 15C12L" and orthophonic had mentioned that "The X model came out in 1966 and was the first all solid state model, and featured a sealed air suspension speaker system now using 15" Jensen Flex Air woofers with the same horn and tweeter compliment." orthophonic - if I ended up getting a MN2670, could I just drop-in the newer spec'd Jensen" with the existing crossover and horn/tweeter combo?


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Sep Sat 07, 2013 5:08 pm 
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rupnok- I think these are the crossover caps but not sure what the difference would be on an earlier model without the R2R, if any. I'm not an audio techie at all, so you might have to get this info from one of the pros on here. I began to add photos here but there is a limit so look for more posts to follow. These are the YT960 & I've included the diagrams that are glued to the cabinet floor:


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Sep Sat 07, 2013 5:13 pm 
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more photos: these are the ones prior are from the YT960. Not sure if the diagrams will help but included anyway..
-Lynn


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Sep Sat 07, 2013 5:17 pm 
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Pics of Y962 (not to confuse anyone, the "2" only denotes the cabinet style; the guts are the same as the 960's) This one did not have a R2R:


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Sep Sat 07, 2013 5:18 pm 
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last 2 photos of the Y962 that couldn't fit on prior post:


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith YT960 restoration almost finished!
PostPosted: Jan Mon 13, 2014 6:58 pm 
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DO YOU KNOW HOW THE POP-UP WORKS?
OR DO YOU NO ANYONE WHO MIGHT KNOW HOW IT WORKS?
& DO YOU HAVE A PICTURE OD THE INERS OF THE POP-UP?
THANKS Shawn. hope to hear from you soon.


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