Herewith the next installment
It sings!!! it actually plays records and sings out the music in beautiful clear crisp yet warm tones. No fuzzyness, no hum, no distortion on the voices, just clear beautiful sound and I am so pleased.
I started the evening cutting out a through hole for the tonearm phono lead. once done and in position I took a step back and looked at it.
'Hmmm spinning platter - check'
'motor turning and powering up - check'
'belt fitted and tight - check'
'tone arm in place and stylus reaching the record - check'
'phono lead connected to the tonearm - check'
Everything seemed to be ready for its maiden run. I plugged in the phono lead to the yammy, connected up the earth lead and selected phono. At this point I was expecting a hum or a buzz, damn it half of me was scared whitless that it was gonna blow up. I mean what do I know about electrics? Nothing, no noise, no sparks, no smoke, nothing.
Next step switch on the turntable, a start to the spin and it soon got up to speed. Again no buzz, no humming, no motor noise nothing. This little test run was proving quite positive.
Ok now for the acid test. I switched off the turntable and placed Sweet Dreams on the platter, turned on the motor and away it spun. I set the tonearm in place for the stylus to drop onto the vinyl and lowered the guide arm. The head slowly dropped and the stylus made contact with the groove. Sweet Dreams sung out as if my old decrepid grandad was giving us his rendition. Doh it's a 12" not an album ya big doofer. I think I said earlier that it has been a while since I last played records
I stopped it all, changed the belt and tried again. It was faster but not right. This time it was my grandad but after someone had given him a swift kick in the goonies still slow but a slightly higher pitch. It seemed as though the belt might need replacing straight away. I knew it would probably need doing but the one on it seemed to be in good order. Hang on a mo it seemed to be playing slow so let's see if an album would work better.
I shot back into the house and grabbed the firsl LP from the pile, a three disk collection of love songs. Good grief, still if it was playing slow what better than to have slow songs
I stuck it on and dropped the arm again.......
Nothing, then a crackle, then some more, then all of a sudden the oh so familier tone of Spandex Ballet's hit - True. It was playing as it should do and the sound was wonderful. What was to be a 5 minute test had me listen to the whole side and loved every track.
I am so pleased with how it sounds and looks. I have now just got to decide on a finish for it, sort out the electrics, sort out the base board (that's if the wife gives me back my coffee table) and source some spikes and shoes.
I really am a happy bunny tonight