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Old 7th Aug 2019, 9:44 pm   #1
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Default Philips 423 record player, how to remove plastic top

My Philips 423 record player (the 'briefcase' battery player with the drop down deck) works well except the release button on the top. The catch is pulled IN by a spring - but that should be the job of the button on the top. So the button is loose and the deck always falls down.

I can't find how to pull off the black plastic top. Anyone know?

Attached photo - Button / latch marked B

Line round the top black bit I can't get off

Clever design for the battery connections, eh?

Thanks all,

Ralph
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Old 8th Aug 2019, 6:00 pm   #2
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Default Re: Philips 423 record player, how to remove plastic top

I found out how to get the top off. There are 4 screws under the sticky overs which peeled off with a knife without linking but sadly one got a bit delaminated. At least I can now get in and fix the latch.
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Old 8th Aug 2019, 6:16 pm   #3
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Default Re: Philips 423 record player, how to remove plastic top

Well done Ralph, glad you got there in the end.
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Old 8th Aug 2019, 7:39 pm   #4
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Default Re: Philips 423 record player, how to remove plastic top

Thanks Nick. Photos attached - the sticky bits got a bit damaged but they stuck back OK without further glue. The peg which holds the deck in place depended on gravity, so I added a spring to push it down. Now the Open button works for the first time since I've had it. I suppose you have to choose between looking good and working well (in this case without a big rubber band round it).

This player looks great and sounds surprisingly good. Very clever design with the battery connections via springs and the recessed handle. No belts and the stepped capstan moves away from the idler wheel so it doesn't get dented.

Hope this might help anyone working on a 423
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Old 9th Aug 2019, 1:08 am   #5
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If you deep clean the inside of the cabinet you may find the broken original plastic spring.
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Old 9th Aug 2019, 9:09 am   #6
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Good thought - but this is over the drop down deck / inside the 'open briefcase' where he deck folds up.

I think the plastic spring is old - but it works now.

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