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 Post subject: Re: Early Wrecked suitcase home S/N 1789 found at UK auction
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:35 pm 
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Wow! an 1897 MODEL!! :o That does it. As soon as I finish buying the Reel To Reel tape deck I want, I’m saving up for an 1890s machine!! That’s my 2020 goal!


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 Post subject: Re: Early Wrecked suitcase home S/N 1789 found at UK auction
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:04 pm 
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She's a runner!

(Double-click the video above or click this link to watch the video on YouTube in HD.)



On a full wind it must have ran for a good 8 minutes, the fault in the motor lay in the locking pin within the main winding gear, this had been sheared off inside, a new pin, a bit of oil and a belt and she coughed into life, is's a bit rattly still, but I think it can be forgiven for now, being 122 years old and having spent much of it's life likely in a shed, once I've got all the parts and the mandrel is repaired I'll do some fine tuning on the motor.

I've cleaned the bed plate and the finish isn't good, all the clear coat has gone, as well as all the pin striping leaving only the black undercoat, so I reckon I'll have to repaint the bedplate and re-do the pin striping, though the cabinet has shined up, leaving the stains behind, but I like that


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 Post subject: Re: Early Wrecked suitcase home S/N 1789 found at UK auction
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:04 am 
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Dang!! Great job!!

How long did it take for you to take it apart, get the mandrel unstuck, and put it back together??


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 Post subject: Re: Early Wrecked suitcase home S/N 1789 found at UK auction
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:17 am 
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Old-timer brought back to life. FANTASTIC! Put any modern electronics in a shed for 122 years and see how long that might take to bring back to life!


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 Post subject: Re: Early Wrecked suitcase home S/N 1789 found at UK auction
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:07 pm 
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Solved the mandrel issue, I carefully got the shaft out, unsoldered the end of the mandrel, carefully hammered the worst of the denting out then made a tapered former to fit inside the mandrel and help bring it closer to its original shape, as you can see, it’s fit for purpose again, now to find a carriage and a lid!

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 Post subject: Re: Early Wrecked suitcase home S/N 1789 found at UK auction
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:20 pm 
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:o Wow -- that's impressive work! Congrats.


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 Post subject: Re: Early Wrecked suitcase home S/N 1789 found at UK auction
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:33 pm 
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Bravo, Alex! Keep this up and soon Wyatt will be asking YOU for tips! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Early Wrecked suitcase home S/N 1789 found at UK auction
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:02 pm 
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Very impressive and ingenious mandrel repair! Thanks for sharing. Steve L.


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 Post subject: Re: Early Wrecked suitcase home S/N 1789 found at UK auction
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:25 pm 
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Nice work! Compared to that mandrel, the carriage and lid should be a breeze... :)

George P.


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 Post subject: Re: Early Wrecked suitcase home S/N 1789 found at UK auction
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WOW... looks great.
"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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