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Old 9th Nov 2017, 4:08 pm   #1501
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AVO 8 III 80197.568 just arrived today
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Old 9th Nov 2017, 10:48 pm   #1502
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s/no given by Tim (and taken in conjunction with others) indicates that in 1968 some 1,000 Model 8's per month were being completed.
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Old 10th Nov 2017, 9:22 am   #1503
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Peter,pmmunro and others, got the image size sorted, daughter arrived and of course they/she new straight away.Ted
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Old 10th Nov 2017, 10:29 am   #1504
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Sadly, my newly acquired Model 8 III has a broken hairspring in the meter movement. Presumably this is not a viable repair unless I can find a replacement movement. The instrument appears to be in superb condition otherwise.

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Old 10th Nov 2017, 10:49 am   #1505
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Broken is a problem (sure it's broken not just tangled..?)

An old school watchmaker would have the steady hand and skills (but it would be expensive and you would have to provide the replacement spring) so i think the movement is a goner.

If all the tiny leaf switches inside look good, and all the shunts show correct resistance, it is well worth fitting a movement from another meter. (tatty meters for sale often have a good movement and can be used as a parts donor)

As Pete has said before, beware of using the 'old' scale plate on a 'new' movement as there are different scale shapes and the number at the bottom must match. (it is often a 5 or a 6)

Much better to keep the movement and scale plate together, although to the purist this gives the meter a new serial number (Hasn't stopped me in the past!)

Above all do not be disheartened since in my experience most Model 8's on general sale will have a gremlin of some sort.
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Old 10th Nov 2017, 10:54 am   #1506
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Additional- if in fact the spring has come de-soldered at one end it is viable --but fiddly-- to try and re-solder it.

I think Peter Vis' website has a few comments on this.
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Old 10th Nov 2017, 10:57 am   #1507
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Sadly, my newly acquired Model 8 III has a broken hairspring in the meter movement. Presumably this is not a viable repair unless I can find a replacement movement. The instrument appears to be in superb condition otherwise.
Can you take a photo of this please? There may be something you can do if it's the cut out spring which has hooked onto something else.
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Old 10th Nov 2017, 11:38 am   #1508
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Thanks for the replys. On closer examination the spring isn't broken, just tangled slightly. I'm struggling a bit to try and sort it since I'm waiting for cataract surgery. Now where did I put that magnifying glass?

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Old 10th Nov 2017, 12:42 pm   #1509
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I've come to the conclusion that someone else has had go at this and has irepairably distorted the spring. Tried to take photos but without success. Given the condition of the rest of the meter I shall look out for a spares donor. Is the meter movement unique to the mark 3 or interchangeable with 1 and 2s?

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Old 10th Nov 2017, 1:02 pm   #1510
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I'm told the meter movement scales are 'calibrated' to the device itself, they were printed to suit the characteristics of the meter.

Situations like yours is why if I'm buying something from that auction site, I'll ask if it is working or not and bid accordingly.

Similarly a lot of sellers there don't even know what it is they're selling.
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Old 10th Nov 2017, 2:40 pm   #1511
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I believe that an earlier Model 8 movement complete with scaleplate will suffice, the typeset/font is slightly different on the scaleplates, but still good and easily legible.

I don't believe a movement transplant will cause you calibration problems as such, a minor tweak on the magnetic shunt might be required to compensate for ageing if the donor meter has been sitting gathering dust for decades.
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Old 16th Nov 2017, 11:50 am   #1512
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Hi All, sorry I've not been here recently, bit busy at work. Well here,s the pictures, and one of a rather weird piece of AVO kit, I've only ever seen one before. The 3 large AVO's are a model7, model 40, and the other I haven,t worked out yet.
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Old 16th Nov 2017, 11:54 am   #1513
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Old 16th Nov 2017, 9:01 pm   #1514
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The weird piece of AVO kit is an "AVO Test Bridge" which measures resistance and capacitance. I have one, and the circuit if you need it.
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Old 16th Nov 2017, 9:46 pm   #1515
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The weird piece of AVO kit is an "AVO Test Bridge" which measures resistance and capacitance. I have one, and the circuit if you need it.
ah many thanks, someone told me it was for measuring power factor, I don't think I'll use it, it's just for looking at.
To be honest in my day job I use a Fluke multimeter, it's a bit more compact, but I still like the old AVO's, I'm trying to get hold of a reasonably priced model 8, the last type they made, I did have one, but when I was out of work with health problems it was one of the things that had to go.
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Old 16th Nov 2017, 9:59 pm   #1516
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1- more detail of instruction plate
2- instruction plate
3- improved image of front
4- scale plate detail. labelled 'Type 3' which is probably the scale shape.

There was a lot of (high resistance) verdigris and dezincification inside the wander plug ports, and one test lead had actually verdigris-ed through completely. This, together with the 25v bobbin being o/c, may have led to the meter being deemed useless and thus being converted into summat else.

New 3d printed feet are good, as is sometimes the case a thin sliver had to cut from one side of the rear ones, to avoid them catching on the instruction plate as it is opened. (A problem that could arise with the original feet.)

If anybody ever has the wish and technology to make a few Model 1A scale plates from worn out Model 1 plates, by all means PM me and get a better image from me on email, (but send me a couple of examples when they're done, eh?!)

Another meter saved, anyhow!

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May I say how nice it is to see your restoration, I may get around to doing mine soon. It upsets me to see this current steampunk craze for butchering old meters and turning them into lamps, a meter that has survived over 50 years as a meter, will probably end up being thrown in a skip within a year of being converted to a lamp! Why oh why can't people just clean them up and admire them for what they are, after all they don't convert old books into lamps do they!
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Old 17th Nov 2017, 11:43 am   #1517
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Thanks Phil. Fortunately the two components that marked that Avominor out as a 1A hadn't been touched so survival of the concept was assured even if the remaining parts had been ruined. The craze for 'the industrial look' has taken it's toll but as is the nature of fashion i hope it will fade one day.

(There was a conversion of the universal avominor back in the day, to a 'protometer' which was a conventional damp meter, retaining the movement and (modified) scale and blocking up most of the terminal ports.)

It's surprising how quickly those wander plug terminals fill up with dust and fluff, which then has the annoying habit of dulling the brass. Looks like you'll have to get in there with a cocktail stick and air pressure on yours!

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Old 19th Nov 2017, 6:32 am   #1518
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Kia ora Dave,

It has always i.e. previously been my opinion that plugs and sockets must prove superior to a sector switch. Recent comments have stirred up my thoughts.

This is certainly an interesting site.

Trevor, from way down under.
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Old 19th Nov 2017, 12:50 pm   #1519
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Yep Trevor, you can certainly tell the wander plug instruments that haven't been kept in their box while out of use; i have a meter that has been boxed most of it's life and the terminals are as bright as granny's candlesticks!

I reckon survival of wander plug instruments has benefited from the good old 'lack of moving parts' phenomena. There is an additional glitch with the early avominor in that the terminals aren't always smooth and parallel along their length (possibly due to the peening) so nothing short of a miniature brass bottle brush or a pipe cleaner coated in abrasive polish is going to clean properly.

One thing i have noticed is brass suffering from zinc migration can't be relied upon for good conductivity- even if it's polished to pretty pink.

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Old 14th Dec 2017, 11:18 am   #1520
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Recently acquired another Avo.
Model 8X (Panclimatic) in reasonable condition.
Ser No 169223-C-964 so looks to be Sept 1964 manufacture.


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