Fixing a Record Player

Introduction: Fixing a Record Player

Now everyone is used to play music On their phones, mp3, or whatever.

However the other day I came up finding my grandma record player, to be honest the record player was abandoned, not used in decades. I hoped it would work with a vinyl I have found right before.

BUT IT DID NOT WORK!!

So I got to work, I found out this was a very common problem with the old record players, and it is really really easy to solve.

Let me explain you how to.

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Step 1: PROBLEM

The problem was that when I put the tone arm on the vinyl the turnable won't rotate (no move, no music).

You can watch the problem more graphically in the video I have uploaded.

Step 2: SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM???

After opening the record player I discovered the real problem.

What I called A in the picture needed to be pulled of by something in the arrow direction in order to move the motor.

A constant force was needed to be applied, a force like a spring.

Step 3: Supplies

To fix the record play you will need a :

  • A broken record player (obviously ...)
  • An empty pen (What we really need is the spring inside)
  • Scissors
  • Superglue
  • A hard surface like the cover of a notebook, cardboard,...

Step 4: Get the Spring Out of the Pen

As is shown on the video, get out the tip of the pen, and take out the spring.

Step 5: Making the Spring Box: PART 1

In the notebook (do not throw it ) draw 5 rectangles, they must have more or less 3mm more of high than the spring, and have to have 2 mm more of length & width (the spring is a cylinder) than the spring.

And cut them.

Step 6: Making the Spring Box: PART 2

Stick the faces to make a box (without the lid).

As you can see I had one exceed face, do not worry.

The one left, stick it to another face, we want the spring to have a minimum high.

Step 7: MAKING THE SPRING BOX: PART 3

Again with the notebook draw a square (5x5mm). cut it and stick it to the spring as shown in the pictures.

Step 8: MAKING THE STRING BOX : PART 4

Finally, stick the lid to the box with the spring.

Step 9: Stick the String Box

What we name A won't move because it has the stick in front, but when the stick move the spring will make the force it need to make the motor works.

Step 10: Put on the Turntable

Remember the record player works with rubber to transmit the movement, so take a tweezers or something similar to put the Turntableagain.

Step 11: MAKE SURE IT WORKS

It works perfectly!!!!

I wish you have enjoyed reading it the same I enjoyed fixing my record player.

I hope this post has helped you and please do not doubt to ask me any doubt you have.

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    4 Discussions

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    Kupus
    Kupus

    13 days ago

    In today's world of laser cutters and 3d printers, this repair has been strangely satisfying.
    I like it

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    2hess
    2hess

    Tip 6 weeks ago

    Nice 'ible! I will vote for you.

    Oh, and I'm pretty sure I can smell the old record-cassette-radio-player. It smells like childhood. Very nice fix indeed!

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    anonimoconhache
    anonimoconhache

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Thanks!!!
    I though I was the only one that detect that special smell on them, it is great to know that I am not the only one.