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 Post subject: Re: EWC Phonograph carriage restoration
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:51 pm 
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Next challenge was to install the sliding middle piece and to position it properly relative to the lever.
The first attempt showed that the gap between the lever and the piece was too big limiting therefore its movement.
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So a big filing session after I managed to make the left leg of the body thinner allowing a much bigger movement.
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With this sorted it was time to install the small stud that stops the movement of the lever. The slot of the lever has a tiny bump to hold it on the down position so it was necessary to install it with the correct diameter and very accurately. I succeeded and the feeling of the lever reaching the bump and locking is very satisfying.
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So with this done it was time to focus on the sliding tube and its bearings.
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I also drilled and tapped the hole for the retaining screw and checked that all slides smoothly.
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With all this installed I was able to install it again on the phonograph and measure accurately the position of the front roller. As usual I died in blue the surface, measured, draw some lines, drilled, tapped, and when I was checking the fit of the screw it snapped...
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So after watering the terrace plants to calm down I managed to drill out the broken screw and do an exact replica of it.
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(Yes, the saw is even older than the phonograph)
So here it is, roller installed and turning smoothly.
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And with this, the body of the carriage is finished appart from the retaining crew and tab that will hold the swivelling arm.
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Stay tuned for more updates!

Regards,

Pedro Martínez


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 Post subject: Re: EWC Phonograph carriage restoration
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:21 am 
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Pedro, fantastic work ! Sorry to hear of the accidents but glad you are back in action again .


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 Post subject: Re: EWC Phonograph carriage restoration
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:40 am 
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walser wrote:
So after watering the terrace plants to calm down I managed to drill out the broken screw and do an exact replica of it.

:lol: I'm also one of those that need to count up to 10 like Donald Duck before reacting to the accidents of life!


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 Post subject: Re: EWC Phonograph carriage restoration
PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:38 pm 
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Big step for the humanity!

It works. Smooth as silk.

Still needs the stops of the swivelling arm shaft and nickel plating.

The horn is my 3D printed one that I use for tests.

(Double-click the video above or click this link to watch the video on YouTube in high quality.)



Enjoy!

Pedro Martinez


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 Post subject: Re: EWC Phonograph carriage restoration
PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:49 pm 
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Pedro, Fantastic job ! Great to see and hear it play properly after all this time. You must be proud of your workmanship in getting another machine back into playing condition !!


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 Post subject: Re: EWC Phonograph carriage restoration
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:34 am 
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It's done!

I did the 2 little plates and screws that stop the head shaft, stamped my signature (M) and nickel plated it.

As you can see, I've left on the body some toolmarks and the finish is slightly dull because all the pictures of different machines showed this kind of finish and didn't want to make the piece look over-restored.

I've enjoyed every single minute of this project. Now it's ready for another +100 years!
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Pedro Martínez


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 Post subject: Re: EWC Phonograph carriage restoration
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:46 pm 
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What an impressive job - as you say, another machine has been rescued and will play on for many years to come !!


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 Post subject: Re: EWC Phonograph carriage restoration
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:16 am 
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Congratulations, you have amazing skills!


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 Post subject: Re: EWC Phonograph carriage restoration
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:53 am 
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Pedro,
Thanks for posting this completed restoration, as it is very inspirational... You did a beautiful job!

I always learn a lot by seeing the restoration process from start to finish and I totally understand the feeling you get from accomplishing a difficult job successfully...
"The phonograph† is not of any commercial value."
Thomas Alva Edison - Comment to his assistant, Samuel Insull.

"No one needs a Victrola XX, a Perfected Graphophone Type G, or whatever you call those noisy things."
My Wife


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 Post subject: Re: EWC Phonograph carriage restoration
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:27 am 
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Very nice work, Pedro, as always.

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"Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while" - the unappreciative supervisor.


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