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 Post subject: Edison reproducer
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:16 pm 
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So my friends what's the best method to clean this beautiful reproducer?


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 Post subject: Re: Edison reproducer
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:36 pm 
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Try some ammonia on a clean rag. Jerry Blais


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 Post subject: Re: Edison reproducer
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:55 am 
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I agree with JerryB. Just gently wipe it. Don't rub. That finish is razor thin.


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 Post subject: Re: Edison reproducer
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:03 am 
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Personally, I would tend to leave it alone.


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 Post subject: Re: Edison reproducer
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:12 pm 
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Valecnik wrote:
I agree with JerryB. Just gently wipe it. Don't rub. That finish is razor thin.

I agree, and further, that looks to be a relatively early reproducer - given the gold plating is very similar in appearance to the earliest reproducers I've examined. Is it the version with a "screw-plate" that holds the stylus onto the floating weight?

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Fran
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 Post subject: Re: Edison reproducer
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:13 pm 
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yes it is 4 screws on bottom. Would you just leave it the way it is . Here's pictures. Little rough looking no ? Thanks for the help
Chris


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 Post subject: Re: Edison reproducer
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:21 pm 
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If it were mine, I'd gently clean it with ammonia as others suggest. Try it out on an inconspicuous place, first, and judge the results.

If you're not pleased with it afterwards, you can always look for a nicer one to display. A lot of these earlier ones look like this, so a historically correct replacement in better condition could be a challenge - and get pricey.

Out of curiosity, what model machine is it with?

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Fran
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 Post subject: Re: Edison reproducer
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The b-150 from the wayne show . Magnet to the label :D
Chris


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