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 Post subject: sears silvertone record changer
PostPosted: Mar Mon 05, 2018 9:23 pm 
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Hi
I have a Sears Silvertone model 1274 stereo. I need to know how to adjust the tone arm pressure and indexing. The stereo chassis number is: 528.59800. The changer number is:
528.57310. The changer might be a Warwick. If anyone can help, service manual, etc. it would be appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: sears silvertone record changer
PostPosted: Mar Mon 05, 2018 9:48 pm 
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I see you already have a standing offer from Bugman for a free manual. :?
http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/vie ... 1&t=336742


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 Post subject: Re: sears silvertone record changer
PostPosted: Mar Tue 06, 2018 4:29 pm 
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Most Silvertone changers were made by Crescent.

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 Post subject: Re: sears silvertone record changer
PostPosted: Mar Wed 07, 2018 3:55 am 
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I found the manuals in needed.


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 Post subject: Re: sears silvertone record changer
PostPosted: Mar Sat 10, 2018 4:24 pm 
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Thanks for all the responses. I read that if the number on the silvertone changer started with
"528" the changer was made by Warwick.???


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 Post subject: Re: sears silvertone record changer
PostPosted: Mar Sat 10, 2018 6:39 pm 
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The Sears source number of 528 (and 529) indicated products manufactured by Warwick, which was owned by Sears at that time and later sold to Sanyo. Sears sold such a huge volume of consumer electronics in those years they felt it was necessary to control the manufacturer in order to get things built to their price point and specs. The easiest way to get that control was to buy stock in a manufacturing company they had a working relationship with, and was located geographically in a convenient place.

Warwick could have subcontracted some assemblies they didn't want to build to other small independent companies like Crescent. One thing for certain the changers seen in Silvertone products that have 528 source numbers are unique to those sets. They are also often not equal to the quality of other consumer grade brands like VM which were the most popular found in department store phonos.

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 Post subject: Re: sears silvertone record changer
PostPosted: Mar Sat 10, 2018 7:35 pm 
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Thanks for the information!


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 Post subject: Re: sears silvertone record changer
PostPosted: Mar Sun 11, 2018 4:14 pm 
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on most changers the indexing does not get "out of adjustment" easily, although there is a way to adjust it. Most examples Ive seen of improper indexing were due to the size sensing mechanism being gummed up, and not operating properly, or people trying to place a single record on the turntable, then starting up the changer. Most changers require that the record drop from the spindle for the mechanism to sense the size of the record as it falls. Ive lost count of how many VM changers Ive run across where someone cranked the adjustment all they way over to get the changer to set the needle down on a 12" record, when the record changer is really in the 10" mode. Then they wonder why it sets down the needle in the middle of a 45 or misses the record completely if a lp drops from the spindle. Another common cause of indexing issues is slippage in the indexing mechanism, most changers have a slip clutch on the tonearm movement, and it wont work if someone lubricates it by mistake, or on Webcor changers the cork clutch pads fall off.


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