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  1. Given that the problem is in one channel, I would wonder if a solder joint has become loose causing discontinuity in the earth circuit, or a component failing.
  2. Is there a good guide available on how to set anti-skate on a tonearm accurately? I've read about using a smooth disk (eg. a video laser-disk) to set anti-skate, and have also read that some advocate this technique while some feel there are better methods.
  3. I will always err towards black vinyl records when I have the choice, to be safest. Sometimes there is no choice, which is why I have many coloured-vinyl bootleg records (where the quality control was often suspect).
  4. Yes, add me to the list of people who hate that. The sound resembles a video of a piano keyboard in the 4:3 aspect ratio stretched to become 16:9. Except that the piano has been stretched more - from one side of the stage to the other. You would need rubber arms to be able to play a piano built like that. It messes with my head every time I hear it.
  5. I don't understand. Over $15k of new audio gear, and it sits under your desk for 2yrs? At least we have a story of some good that's come from being in lockdown! 😄 Hope you continue to enjoy the gear.
  6. Squash balls can be bought at any sports store, or eBay. Whites, as mentioned, at Bunnings, when you are allowed to go in.
  7. A great example of cost-cutting. The difference in price for the manufacturer between a small plastic and metal bolt would be less than a cent. I know, it adds up over a production run as big as the Rhondo turntable was, but it could have been covered by adding 20cents to the wholesale price of the turntable, which would hardly affect sales. Good to hear the turntable is running, and that you achieved the fix DIY! Hope you all enjoy your father in-law's records.
  8. Yes, I should have mentioned it would need modification for adjustable temperature. It would be a project for someone with greater electronic knowledge and experience than I have!
  9. Every time I go to the work kitchen I look at the sandwich press, and think that if that was bigger it could be converted into a record flattener. Maybe it wouldn't be difficult to screw a couple of 13"sq plates to the heating surfaces with some of the rubber suggested above. Would need to check if it reaches the required temperature for record flattening and have the long cool-down period.
  10. I would hope that all who buy/sell are respectful of the changed conditions in Victoria, and are willing to provide flexibility so that Victorians are able comply with the new restrictions (eg. allowing collection of a purchase when restrictions are eased). As much as the Victorian restrictions are inconvenient and annoying, we can't loose sight of the fact that this virus has the potential to get out of control anywhere, and there is always the potential that other states will require a similar response at some stage in the future.
  11. My recollection of Letraset is that it had a shelf-life, the letters were harder to transfer after a few years.
  12. There is a thread on restoring this turntable here, see below. I also notice the plastic veneer is starting to peel on the front-left corner. A low-heat iron could restore this, a google search (and possible youtube) will give ideas on the approach. From @eltech's post: "Its a CEC made turntable. The Rambler is similar to Apan BFU121 and AMI Jorgen".
  13. Sounds like the rubber in the belt has degraded over time to be sticky and appearing as if it's "melted". Make sure you do a good job cleaning it off before installing another belt (there will probably be a spirit that will help clean it). Makes me feel fortunate that I had a belt that dried and cracked into pieces - much easier to clean than your problem!
  14. As an incandescent light, it would give a speed accuracy when used with a turntable strobe disk (with the dots around the edge). They don't work with LED or fluro lighting. Incandescent lights do strobe, but it's at the mains power frequency of 50hz so the human eye doesn't notice, but becomes evident with the strobe disk. Similar to the lights on DD turntables that shine on dots on the platter's side. I've found the light on the 12B interesting, as it's also to aide cuing, possibly designed for a dimly-lit radio studio. Again, these Commonwealths are a fine piece of Australian audio history, and I'm confident that any purchase will have no complaints about the quality. GLWTS.
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