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 Post subject: Elac Miracord 40a. Platter removal?
PostPosted: Mar Sun 02, 2008 4:43 pm 
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I've got this Elac Miracord changer that has a rhythmic thump every revolution. I need to remove the platter to have a look but I can't figure out how. I suspect I'm missing something obvious. Any ideas?
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I have a miracord 10H, If I recall you take off the platter mat after removing the spindle. You have to get the idler wheel out of the way while pulling straight up on the platter.

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Thanks for the reply. It makes sense because there are a couple of fair sized access holes in the platter. Does anyone recognize if this is low end or what quality stuff? It is pretty heavy.
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The Miracord 40A was a very high quality auto turntable from the early to mid 60's. If I remember correctly, the the 40A has an induction motor and the 40H has a hysteresis.
As the other poster said, you need to move the idler
out of the way thru the hole in the platter, but you must
first remove the very small retaining ring at the center hole. It is not a typical c-clip, look closely and you will see it.


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Miracords were and still are high quality changers, mainly because of the heavy platters and good German engineering. They will play anything thrown at them, when other ultra-fi turntables throw up their tonearms in disgust.

If you collect 78's they are awesome.

The best cartidge match for them seems to be Shure. With the Shure you can get one cartridge and two styli, one for lp/45's and one for 78's, just remember to adjust tracking and anti-skate accordingly.

Your Miracord may have a flat spot on the Idler (drive wheel) Or the platter may be slightly canted and needs to be reset on the spindle.

Elsewhere on here are instructions for re-rounding the rubber idler. While you have the platter off a few drops of light machine oil in the bearing lubrication holes cant hurt.

If you don't feel comfortable doing this, check you local phone book or the web for Miracord specialists.

Enjoy!

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