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 Post subject: Mind your fingers!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:59 am 
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Victor IV
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Winding a machine with a defective ratchet catch can have painful consequences :


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 Post subject: Re: Mind your fingers!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:43 pm 
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Recently my regulator clock kicked back and gave me the clock equivalent of a Ford fracture on my thumb. Still have the bruise and a slight scuff from it. I can't imagine how much fun of phonograph crank would be.


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 Post subject: Re: Mind your fingers!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:00 pm 
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colmike1 wrote:
Recently my regulator clock kicked back and gave me the clock equivalent of a Ford fracture on my thumb. Still have the bruise and a slight scuff from it. I can't imagine how much fun of phonograph crank would be.

It HURTS. Ever since I experienced it I always make sure the ratchet pawl has caught properly before letting go of the crank. Pain is a powerful teacher.

Andreas


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 Post subject: Re: Mind your fingers!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:40 pm 
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That happened to me when I first started collecting. Fortunately, I pulled my hand away and didn't get hurt. But the motor sure did!!! Had to get new springs in the motor, and other repairs. In the cartoon, it looks like the little scamp kicked Pa, and Pa jumped away :o . I hope Pa gave this kid a dose of his own medicine!!! :lol:
Harvey Kravitz


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 Post subject: Re: Mind your fingers!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:35 am 
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alang wrote:
colmike1 wrote:
Recently my regulator clock kicked back and gave me the clock equivalent of a Ford fracture on my thumb. Still have the bruise and a slight scuff from it. I can't imagine how much fun of phonograph crank would be.

It HURTS. Ever since I experienced it I always make sure the ratchet pawl has caught properly before letting go of the crank. Pain is a powerful teacher.

Andreas


Had an Edison crank unload on me once and it still hurts thinking about it. I'm with you alang ....... Bill K


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 Post subject: Re: Mind your fingers!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:41 pm 
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Collectors should be careful and definitely keep their reproducers far away from these... :? :lol:
"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."
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 Post subject: Re: Mind your fingers!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:28 pm 
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colmike1 wrote:
Recently my regulator clock kicked back and gave me the clock equivalent of a Ford fracture on my thumb. Still have the bruise and a slight scuff from it. I can't imagine how much fun of phonograph crank would be.
My mantle clock key whacked my thumb when the clicker failed. About the same as hitting your thumb with a hammer... several times in a row rapidly!


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 Post subject: Re: Mind your fingers!
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:53 pm 
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Number One offender: 1904 Edison Standard A. Who would have suspected such big issues from such a small crank?
Number two offender: 1914 Victrola. Sounds like an old car running, kicks like starting one. Now much safer with a shot of oil on the click.


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