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 Post subject: RCA Victor Console 1968 vintage
PostPosted: Feb Fri 23, 2018 8:17 pm 
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Took our old console out of storage and have placed it in our living room. I turned the radio on and it works like new except scratchy noises when dialing new station. Tried playing a record. No sound coming out of speakers? Changed record needle. Still no sound. Any suggestions on how to proceed to repair? Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Console 1968 vintage
PostPosted: Feb Sat 24, 2018 1:41 am 
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Aside from trying the standard fixes, cleaning and checking connections, cleaning input selector etc. Many but not all 1968 RCA consoles have an integrated circuit preamp
built into the phono cartridge (silver button on top of tonearm headshell). This has a power supply underneath the turntable platter and they often need to be recapped.

If not so equipped, it could be a bad cartridge or a problem in the phono stage of the preamp


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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Console 1968 vintage
PostPosted: Feb Sat 24, 2018 6:49 pm 
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I'm merely a novice here. I have some electronic experience however could I ask is there something previously mentioned or written here on how exactly to apply standard fixes, cleaning and checking corrections? Like it sounds we have to get down to the basics here for me to understand.
I have included some pictures. One is of the cartridge. Can you recommend a site where I could purchase a new one?
Any and all help is much appreciated!

Well I went through the process of adding pictures but nothing is appearing?


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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Console 1968 vintage
PostPosted: Feb Sat 24, 2018 6:50 pm 
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Here are pictures of the console. Front and back.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Console 1968 vintage
PostPosted: Feb Sat 24, 2018 7:13 pm 
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Here are the pictures. Originals were too big.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Console 1968 vintage
PostPosted: Feb Sun 25, 2018 3:13 am 
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It could be many things beside the cartridge. You should start with following the wire coming from the cartridge until they are connected to the electronic controls. Maybe there is a loose connection, maybe the switch that selects the phono is dirty, etc. If you touch the small connections at the rear of the cartridge with you finger while the volume is turned up you should hear some noise. If you do then maybe it is the cartridge. If you don't then the cartridge is probably fine.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Console 1968 vintage
PostPosted: Feb Sun 25, 2018 3:36 pm 
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I have a working Astatic exact replacement cartridge for your turntable. PM me if you are interested.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Console 1968 vintage
PostPosted: Feb Mon 26, 2018 12:28 am 
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I have restored sound to the record player portion. The turntable was slow to start so I gave it a boost and it took off. I played a record then shut it off. When I restarted the turntable again failed to spin until I assisted it. Being as old as it is I'm certain the drive belt should be changed. My next move is to locate a schematic or print on the drive for the turntable to see what all needs to be replaced. Anyone done this before?


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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Console 1968 vintage
PostPosted: Feb Mon 26, 2018 2:28 am 
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Troubleshooting + lubricating guide from Bill J.
viewtopic.php?p=2302765#p2302765
Remove any old hardened grease first. Lol
The Idler wheel and other perishable rubber parts may also need replacing.

Greg.

oh... Gary Stork at thevoiceofmusic.com is a good guy to deal with.
http://thevoiceofmusic.com/catalog/phon ... urrets.asp

with regards to the old part numbers...
example: today 1447-01 OD = 1.81" Replaces part 110040 from the above (linked) pdf
http://thevoiceofmusic.com/catalog/part ... ategories=

Let us know how you get on... :)


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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Console 1968 vintage
PostPosted: Feb Mon 26, 2018 4:24 am 
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Thank you for the valued information. I go back to work tomorrow so I will work on this as I find time. Thank you again and I will keep you posted on my progress.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA Victor Console 1968 vintage
PostPosted: Feb Wed 28, 2018 8:20 pm 
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I removed the turntable and looked over the visible parts. Since the unit was stored in a home nothing stands out as being bad. I played a record and the sound is not what it use to be. Perhaps a new cartridge might be in order? The singing voice sounds like its coming from a distance. Not good! Also the knob that switches from radio to phono has to be played with to get either working. Contacts dirty? Also the volume knob has to be played with to get it to play louder and softer. I'm not sure how to rectify that.


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