Wednesday, February 21, 2018
PATCHING UP A VICTOR R
A nice Victor Model R "Royal" was brought in for a minimal cost patch job. The mechanical part was easy, one of the three governor springs and weight assemblies had a screw come out of one end. The screw was in the bottom of the case, so putting it back was easy.
After that was done, the turntable did not have enough torque to play a record. This is a simple spring motor, so I thought maybe it needed to be cleaned and greased. Did that. Not much improvement. The spring seemed to have lost much of its tension. The short term solution was to decrease the needle pressure, by adding a counterbalance to the horn, thus getting by with a reduced motor torque.
Rule #1, is do not make irreversible changes, so I made a small clip to hang the weight on. If a proper restoration is made in the future, this can be removed and no sign it ever existed will remain.