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 Post subject: WANTED: Mello-Phonic tone arm
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:38 pm 
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Even though the Mello-Phonic phonographs are considered "off brands", I find the console cabinet to be very nice looking with inlay veneer/wood. I'm considering picking one up to bring it back to life but it has a broken tone arm.

Does anyone have a Mello-Phonic tone arm or another one that would fit?

Thanks!

AR


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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Mello-Phonic tone arm
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:10 pm 
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I am glad there is somebody else with an appreciation for the good ole Mello-Phonic off brand. I am actually putting the finishing touches on a console restoration and it has turned out pretty darn good. When I acquired it a year ago, some would have thrown it in a dumpster, it was literally that bad.

As for the tone-arm, somebody had replaced my machine's original arm with a later portable tone arm at some point in its history. I don't think there is a specific "Mello-Phonic" brand tone arm, so I may settle for a period appropriate off brand tone arm, anything from one of the parts suppliers of the late teens through the twenties (see ads in Talking Machine World) will be alright.

I know the off brand phonographs don't command the high value, but I think they're kind of fun... Good luck with the hunt for a period appropriate tone arm, I will keep my eyes open.


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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Mello-Phonic tone arm
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:56 pm 
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Thanks for the reply. It's great to hear that you truly rescued the phonograph and restored it to a nice condition. The one I'm considering is in pretty good shape and hopefully a replacement tone arm will pop up soon.

AR


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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Mello-Phonic tone arm
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:28 am 
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Posting a picture of the broken arm on your machine would be of help


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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Mello-Phonic tone arm
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:49 am 
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Here's a photo of the broken tone arm for reference...

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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Mello-Phonic tone arm
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:53 am 
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Since the pieces are all there, you could likely at least make it functional with some JB Weld and a bit of patience until you're able to find a replacement. I've certainly seen much worse.

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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Mello-Phonic tone arm
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:55 am 
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I would bet that was made by Jewel Phono Parts.

It might be possible to fit another popular brand of arm like a Heineman, providing the length is the same. Judging by pictures online they weren't consistent in the style of arm used.


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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Mello-Phonic tone arm
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Here's another picture of a tone arm on a Mello-Phonic phonograph for reference. Does this one also look like one made by Jewel Phono Parts?

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AR


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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Mello-Phonic tone arm
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:34 am 
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apruizii wrote:
Here's another picture of a tone arm on a Mello-Phonic phonograph for reference. Does this one also look like one made by Jewel Phono Parts?

Thanks,

AR


Well, it's not a Jewel Phono Parts product, but I have that exact tonearm in a box somewhere in my house. If you're interested, I can send some photos.
PHONOGRAPH, n. An irritating toy that restores life to dead noises. -Ambrose Bierce

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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Mello-Phonic tone arm
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:22 pm 
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Roland,

Yes, please send me a PM with the photos.

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