rusty66 wrote:It is interesting, The motor drives the big idler wheel which in turn drives the belt! The platter is also huge at about 1 inch thick!
Its very quiet!
You are very lucky, I just bought one off ebay from Hifi Exchange in Melbourne, and it is far from quiet (much more noisy than my 301 or my TD124); furthermore, the platter is not exactly circular, which makes me fear that it will be prone to wobble.
Furthermore, it is missing the tonearm bracket that yours has. This is particularly annoying, as it was shown on the ebay advert, as shown here:
I believe this is an essential element in the design, as the tonearm should also be isolated from the motor noise.
This is the machine I was actually sent:
I did know that the TT did not have the special tonearm platform, and John did say he would send me one, when it became available, but he did not mention that the bracket was missing.
It is true that, had I been in Australia, I might have been able to see the machine, as invited by Johns HiFi Exchange:
"Nice vintage Australian Made Orpheus Silex transcription turntable. Has 33, 45 & 79 speeds. Nice vintage hammertone enamel finish. Working order, no play in bearing. We would suggest replacing the mount rubbers sometime soon though. Shipping would cost A$30 within Australia and $90 to $130 for international.
Theseis available in our store for display so please come in and have a look....or just drop by for a chat and a coffee...no excuse is really needed! "
It does sound cosy, but for the moment I am not too happy.
It looks as though the part which the tonearm bracket screws onto, which seems to be an extension of the actual subplatter, is actually missing from this Orpheus.
Here are some close photos of the bracket:
I would be happy to hear that I am mistaken on this issue. If I hadn't read such good comments about the Hif Exchange of Melbourne, I would be seriously worried. I am hoping that John of Hifi Exchange will come up with something, but I have been a week without news.
One solution to the motor noise could be a change to a DC motor, which is perhaps what this is :
But I would lose the quality that comes from a good idler device.
I will try stripping and cleaning the motor, but what can I do about the missing bracket.
Do you have any suggestions?