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 Post subject: The importance of reproducer rebuilding
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:51 pm 
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Victor IV
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I've owned my Amberola 1A for about 25 years. I always thought it sounded good, with a rich tone and a lot of bass, though a bit muffled. Still, compared to most horn machines it was impressive. I recently made a video which I was going to upload to Youtube but I wasn't happy with it. The reproducer had some tracking problems and it wasn't a great presentation.

I decided I should send the M reproducer off to Steve Medved for his expert touch. It turns out there were all sorts of issues with it, from air leaks to poor gaskets to cracked stylus. He worked his magic and I absolutely can't believe the difference.

Tonight I took the old video and intercut sections with a new video so the improvement can be vividly heard. Check it out:

https://youtu.be/PUrvA-hzzPI

I can't recommend Steve Medved highly enough. His work is amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: The importance of reproducer rebuilding
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:42 am 
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Steve does great work and is very thorough.

That looks like a Stollwerck on the mantle. Everyone loves checking out the phonos in the background of pictures and videos :)


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 Post subject: Re: The importance of reproducer rebuilding
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Amazing difference. Steve is the best!
Thanks for posting the video.
Ken


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 Post subject: Re: The importance of reproducer rebuilding
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That's astonishing!

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


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 Post subject: Re: The importance of reproducer rebuilding
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What a difference. Thanks for sharing.


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 Post subject: Re: The importance of reproducer rebuilding
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:45 pm 
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Amazing !

Thank you for producing that video !

:coffee:
De Soto Frank


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 Post subject: Re: The importance of reproducer rebuilding
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:07 pm 
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What a difference. The comparison was great. This keep Steve in the rebuilding business for 30 more years. I hope.. II have had a couple done by him and a couple done by Wyatt in Freeport Ca. and Steve's are just great. He has a vast amount of knowledge on them too. Tom


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