Question Motorola Record Player..

The Paladin

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So my wife asked me to get her for xmas a record player to play some of her favorite vinyl records (which she doesn't have purchased yet).

Not wanting to get an amp, speakers and 10 other things into my small living room (my whole house is 975sq/ft) I decided to get a used one and repair/restore it... and got a Motorola HIFI desktop record player .

Does it work you ask.. no idea waiting for delivery but I was wondering if anyone had ressource for tubes?

 

hang-the-9

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Most music stores should have tubes they use for guitar amps and such, try one of those. If it does not work, you can go with a modern setup and just use powered speakers along with it. Would probably have a much better sound that that all in one.

You can even buy them in bundles for decent price if you are not looking for high end stuff https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP60X-Automatic-Belt-Drive-Turntable/dp/B07VDGWJYG/ref=asc_df_B07VDGWJYG/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=385569797678&hvpos=1o5&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3211459733858519210&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9001834&hvtargid=pla-846589602879&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=78097671265&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=385569797678&hvpos=1o5&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3211459733858519210&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9001834&hvtargid=pla-846589602879

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081H6FPQ9/ref=sspa_dk_detail_2?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B081H6FPQ9&pd_rd_w=y7fpO&pf_rd_p=45a72588-80f7-4414-9851-786f6c16d42b&pd_rd_wg=9fIZ2&pf_rd_r=7VRJ3G6QZSM2N717BMGH&pd_rd_r=346d2555-ed7c-44d6-a4f1-dc6f6e3bf941&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyN0tRMkpXM1RPUk9VJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNTQzNjE0MTI0WEdDSFo0S1c2NyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNTI5Nzc1MlFBSDVZRVU0OUNKTyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbCZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

Or get one of those turntables and then some powered speakers if your budget allows https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016PATXSI/ref=psdc_3236451011_t4_B01CDIS6M0 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016PAWJYS/ref=emc_b_5_i ect....
 
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stonecarver

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That looks like a cool project. I have a feeling you will get it up and running. I haven't shopped tubes in a while but If I remember the name of place I will post. I do remember it was in New York new old stock tubes.
 

The Paladin

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The Paladin

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HOLD THE PRESSES!!!

I just checked on my delivery tracking for the record player.... and it reads:
  • Dec 11, 2019, 6:30am: A transportation accident has delayed delivery.
Great... now my package was involved in an road accident in a fedex truck... great... just great....
Guess I can only hope it will arrive in one piece now...
bah humbug!
 

kanewolf

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First think you should attempt to purchase is a Sam's PhotoFacts for that model. That will give you the technical info that a service tech would typically have. Including nominal voltages, waveforms, values for resistors and capacitors, etc. Old hardware, if it is really tube suffers from plastic failure. That means tube SOCKETS. Also cracked solder. If there are tubes and the sockets are not crumbling, then check the ground tabs ahd the solder to the terminals.
I worked on tube TVs in college, so I have first hand experience.
 
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