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 Post subject: WANTED: Replacement HMV 5A / 5B backs
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:29 pm 
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Does anyone still make/supply replacement backs for HMV 5A or 5B soundboxes? The fact that so many are swollen or showing signs of aging is worrisome. I knew there were aluminum replacements out there at some point, are they still available?

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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Replacement HMV 5A / 5B backs
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:36 pm 
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https://www.windupgram.co.uk/replacemen ... und-boxes/


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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Replacement HMV 5A / 5B backs
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:39 pm 
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epigramophone wrote:
https://www.windupgram.co.uk/replacement-backs-for-hmv-5a-5b-no-4-sound-boxes/


The shortcoming with these replacement backs is the absence of the place to fit the rubber ring. When connected directly to the arm, the compliance provided by the rubber ring is lost, creating a high load on the record groove (and increased wear), as well as eliminating the acoustic damping provided by the rubber ring. I have experienced the beneficial effects of the rubber ring everytime I replaced a hardened one with a new ring. The acoustic effect is clearly noticeable, as well as the reduction in record wear.


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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Replacement HMV 5A / 5B backs
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:58 pm 
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CarlosV wrote:
epigramophone wrote:
https://www.windupgram.co.uk/replacement-backs-for-hmv-5a-5b-no-4-sound-boxes/


The shortcoming with these replacement backs is the absence of the place to fit the rubber ring. When connected directly to the arm, the compliance provided by the rubber ring is lost, creating a high load on the record groove (and increased wear), as well as eliminating the acoustic damping provided by the rubber ring. I have experienced the beneficial effects of the rubber ring everytime I replaced a hardened one with a new ring. The acoustic effect is clearly noticeable, as well as the reduction in record wear.


This.

It's quite unfortunate that this replacement is made like this. Totally ruins the whole exercise.
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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Replacement HMV 5A / 5B backs
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:17 pm 
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Thanks for the info. Interesting.

Have no idea why it’s made all in one piece. Although, considering the back flange I have is completely rock hard, I’m still considering one, LOL.
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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Replacement HMV 5A / 5B backs
PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:10 am 
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I have one of these new backs and must admit that I didn't realize when I bought it that it didn't have the rubber isolator or a space for one. I have yet to fit it for the reasons highlighted above about sound and record wear. If you are going to the trouble of replicating the back it seems a huge oversight not to of incorporated it in the design in my opinion.
I am interested in all forms of audio media including: gramophones, phonographs, wire recorders, the tefifon, reel to reel tapes, radiograms and radios.


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 Post subject: Re: WANTED: Replacement HMV 5A / 5B backs
PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:16 am 
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Jwb88 wrote:
Thanks for the info. Interesting.

Have no idea why it’s made all in one piece. Although, considering the back flange I have is completely rock hard, I’m still considering one, LOL.


If the problem wih your soundbox is only the hardened rubber back, there are good replacements for sale. Removing the old one is tricky and requires patience, but can be done.


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