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 Post subject: Adapting HMV 5A soundbox for small tonearm
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:24 pm 
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A while ago when I was wanting a simple gramophone just so I had a way to play my 78s I bought a tatty HMV 145 gramophone from facebook marketplace, I got it cheap and I mainly wanted the HMV 5A soundbox that was on it, I've since upgraded from the 145 so took the soundbox and listed the machine for sale cheaply then set about adapting the 5A, it would obviously only fit on the large bore HMV tonearm, and the rubbers in the back were rock hard, I had a spare rubber meltrope collar and found that it fit's fairly comfortably inside the 5A, so even just a loose fit it will go on the expert tonearm snug, and airtight, I only gave it a quick go but it seems to sound very good through the big horn, it also seems to be a much lighter soundbox than the Expert and Meltrope soundboxes

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 Post subject: Re: Adapting HMV 5A soundbox for small tonearm
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:50 pm 
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You were lucky or clever to have removed the old fitting without damaging the fragile pot metal back plate.
I have seen many HMV soundboxes ruined by attempts to change their back fittings.


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