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 Post subject: Victrola XVI (Electric Option) Questions
PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:14 pm 
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Hello everybody! I am going through my inventory of antique music machines and just got the plug replaced on my XVI Electric today. The light works but the motor doesn't... This is a little out of my area of expertise. I noticed there is a wealth of info available on repairing spring driven machines but not so much on these electric versions.

Does anybody have recommendations of any repair companies that could tackle this or trouble shoot for me? I am in NC, by the way.

I flipped the switch to get the turntable going and nothing happened, no sparks (LOL), no humming, nothing at all.... maybe something simple? Any expertise or pointers would be appreciated.

It's a beautiful machine, definitely worth a little time and effort in my humble opinion.

Thanks in advance!


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola XVI (Electric Option) Questions
PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:00 pm 
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If you're able to do a little electrical detective work before sending the motor off for repair, I'd suggest checking the current where the power wires connect to the motor via the bakelite plug.
There's an excellent small motor repair company in West Virginia that I've used three times with fine results. They're fine with these old phonograph motors and they did a nice rebuild of my VE-XVI universal motor. Service was fast and friendly.

Biedler's Electric Motor Repair Inc.
194 Hack Wilson Way
Martinsburg, WV 25401


Phone: 304-263-9995

Good luck with your motor. My VE XVI is one of my daily players!
Bob
"Comparison is the thief of joy" Theodore Roosevelt


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola XVI (Electric Option) Questions
PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:56 am 
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I'm assuming the auto brake also switches the motor off on these, yes? If so I'd look there first.


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 Post subject: Re: Victrola XVI (Electric Option) Questions
PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:58 am 
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Check the resistor bank in the back to make sure it is set up for 120V AC. If this were configured incorrectly it'd be logical that the light wouldn't work either but you never know. Also check the wires going from the resistor bank to the motor to make sure there are no breaks in the cable.

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 Post subject: Re: Victrola XVI (Electric Option) Questions
PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:45 pm 
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Some great tips here! Thanks for the advice, I think I have a starting point and a great lead for repair should I need to go that route, due to the replies.


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