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Anyone know how to reinstall the hinge/springs in a 2000s Sony Walkman Personal CD Player? Answered

I still use my beloved Sony Walkman (personal cd player ca. early-mid 2000s) with a cassette adapter in my 98 lumina, as well as w/ headphones on long family car trips. Sadly, this past weekend, I dropped it on hardfloor, and while it is otherwise unharmed, the lid and hinge-springs popped off. I was able to remount either just the springs or the lids, but not together. The lid will stay on and allow me to play, but I have to hold it open manually, which is going to be problematic later trying to keep it open to change CDs if driving alone. I know I should probably look at investing in an mp3 player instead, but I want to keep using my otherwise perfectly-good music player. Any suggestions for fixing the spring/hinge setup? Has anyone else ever had this happen?

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mpilchfamily (author)2013-05-17

Need to figure out how it all went together to start with. It will be easier to fix if you take the player apart. Otherwise your stuck with a lid you have to lift. It's happened to me a number of times in the 90's when CD's where the best way to play your music.

Personally i think it's time to spend $20 on a cheap MP3 player and join the rest of us in the 21st century. ;)

$20 will get you a basic 4Gb player that can hold 5 or 6 of your favorite CDs. Or you can stick with your favorite songs from collection and get 100+ songs on there.

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At CD quality audio (128Kbps), a 4GB MP3 player should store way more than 5 or 6 CDs worth of songs. It should store more along the lines of 1,000 to 1,500 songs at the very least.

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