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 Post subject: Rebuilding rubber idler wheels
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:38 pm 
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Victor Jr
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Those of us interested in the somewhat later 3-speed record player type machines have probably faced the issue of vulcanised idler wheels - where the rubber has gone rock hard. Some years ago I used a company in USA that did good work - http://turntablebasics.com/idlerwheels.html

I tried them again in 2020. I sent them an idler wheel from an HMV autochanger for restoration, pre-paid as per instructions on their site. I sent it in September. There has been no response, no wheel returned, no answers to emails. I conclude that they are no longer in business, but you cannot tell that from their web site.

I suggest that none of us use that site again, unless you can make contact with them in advance. They accepted my payment but I have received no refund.

Does anyone know of a firm that can and actually does refurbish these wheels? Unfortunately I do not have the HMV wheel, as it has not been returned, so I am going to have to modify something else. The HMV one had a built-on axle rod about 2" long, not like a normal idler.

Thanks if you have any suggestions.

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David Evans


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 Post subject: Re: Rebuilding rubber idler wheels
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:23 pm 
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Location: Syracuse N.Y.
condenser wrote:
Those of us interested in the somewhat later 3-speed record player type machines have probably faced the issue of vulcanised idler wheels - where the rubber has gone rock hard. Some years ago I used a company in USA that did good work - http://turntablebasics.com/idlerwheels.html

I tried them again in 2020. I sent them an idler wheel from an HMV autochanger for restoration, pre-paid as per instructions on their site. I sent it in September. There has been no response, no wheel returned, no answers to emails. I conclude that they are no longer in business, but you cannot tell that from their web site.

I suggest that none of us use that site again, unless you can make contact with them in advance. They accepted my payment but I have received no refund.

Does anyone know of a firm that can and actually does refurbish these wheels? Unfortunately I do not have the HMV wheel, as it has not been returned, so I am going to have to modify something else. The HMV one had a built-on axle rod about 2" long, not like a normal idler.

Thanks if you have any suggestions.

Regards


Try http://www.kenselectronics.com/lists/phonodrive.htm When I rebuilt a wire recorder for use at Syracuse University, this company rebuilt a drive puck for a Webster Chicago machine.


Best Of Luck !!!

David Evans


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 Post subject: Re: Rebuilding rubber idler wheels
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:15 pm 
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Hi David:

Out of curiosity, I did a little googling and found that the site's owner is Tim or Timothy Morse -- https://www.google.com/search?lr=&as_qd ... CAw&uact=5 -- and it appears that others have complained.

As you know, except for the fax number and email/mailing address, the website provides no contact information for him which is always a bad sign. I DID spot some phone numbers associated with Tim Morse, and his address, and tried two, but neither seems to be working. If you want to check it out, here's a link -- https://www.truepeoplesearch.com/find/m ... hy/area/mn

It's a good idea, nowerdays, to always try to get recommendations. This forum is an excellent starting play, going forward, for questions about any type of phonograph related repair.

Good luck,
OrthoFan


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 Post subject: Re: Rebuilding rubber idler wheels
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 4:52 pm 
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Location: Deltona FL / Brampton ON
condenser wrote:

Does anyone know of a firm that can and actually does refurbish these wheels? Unfortunately I do not have the HMV wheel, as it has not been returned, so I am going to have to modify something else. The HMV one had a built-on axle rod about 2" long, not like a normal idler.

Thanks if you have any suggestions.

Regards

David Evans

Here is a link to another option for idlers.

http://www.terrysrubberrollers.com/


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