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Old 22nd Nov 2022, 3:25 am   #1
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Default Help with vintage record turntable repair. Motorola Stereophonic.

Hello,

I am hoping that you all would be able to help a lost and technically disinclined person.

My wife and I purchased a Motorola Stereophonic High Fidelity record player housed in a Drexel Declaration cabinet in March of this year.

We turned the record player on several times and it has worked great, but recently, the turntable stopped spinning and the speed controls became semi-stuck. I removed the platter and cleaned the wheel with some alcohol and it seemed to work again.

However, it stopped working again and when we went to lift the platter, we found the wheel out of alignment and a piece broken.

The radio works without an issue.

Attached are photos of the area. Would any of you have any idea on what replacement parts are needed to repair this?

Thank you so much in advance for any assistance/information!
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Old 22nd Nov 2022, 3:24 pm   #2
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Default Re: Help with vintage record turntable repair. Motorola Stereophonic.

In the first of your pictures you can see the broken shaft that supports and holds the jockey wheel in the correct position. I doubt if joining the two pieces with adhesive would be strong enough, so you need to replace that shaft. Unfortunately I don't recognise the record changer, so have no idea who manufactured it.

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Old 22nd Nov 2022, 3:51 pm   #3
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In the first of your pictures you can see the broken shaft that supports and holds the jockey wheel in the correct position. I doubt if joining the two pieces with adhesive would be strong enough, so you need to replace that shaft. Unfortunately I don't recognise the record changer, so have no idea who manufactured it.

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The record changer is a US built V-M, a more deluxe model, built for Motorola.
It's a rather common model, built from the basic 1200 series. The parts should be readily available in the states.
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Old 22nd Nov 2022, 3:55 pm   #4
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Default Re: Help with vintage record turntable repair. Motorola Stereophonic.

Thanks Dave.

We didn't see much American manufactured stuff in the UK in the 60s, so given that this is a British based forum you're going to find expertise a bit thin on the ground. (American members are very welcome, but they're likely to be in a small minority here).

Of course, many American record players were fitted with BSR and Garrard decks imported from Britain, and there's plenty of familiarity with those. That's no help in this case though.
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Old 22nd Nov 2022, 5:43 pm   #5
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As you know, I'm a member and generally chime in on threads related to US equipment.
I always regarded the BSR changer to be good value for the money! I have one changer that I thought was a BSR, but it turned out to be a Glenbourn. It's alright for playing the few 78's I have.
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Old 23rd Nov 2022, 1:43 pm   #6
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I have had some success gluing metal with black JB Weld. It may not work but for the price of some it may be worth trying at least until you can get a replacement
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Old 23rd Nov 2022, 3:58 pm   #7
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Hello,

I am hoping that you all would be able to help a lost and technically disinclined person.

My wife and I purchased a Motorola Stereophonic High Fidelity record player housed in a Drexel Declaration cabinet in March of this year.

We turned the record player on several times and it has worked great, but recently, the turntable stopped spinning and the speed controls became semi-stuck. I removed the platter and cleaned the wheel with some alcohol and it seemed to work again.

However, it stopped working again and when we went to lift the platter, we found the wheel out of alignment and a piece broken.

The radio works without an issue.

Attached are photos of the area. Would any of you have any idea on what replacement parts are needed to repair this?

Thank you so much in advance for any assistance/information!
Look up the VM website: Voice of Music dot com. They should direct you to the correct source.
The Motorola Declaration model stereo console was a highly desirable set at the time!
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Old 24th Nov 2022, 10:55 am   #8
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For those in the US or dealing with US-made gear, this forum is a good place to start.
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