So during my sojourn to the thrift stores along my afternoon commute, I stumbled upon a rather derelict-looking PS-Q7 (automatic, direct drive) amongst the electronics of one Goodwill. Though it was missing its cartridge, it seemed like a fun way to try and bring this little thing up to running, so I bought it.
After cleaning it up, there are three strikes for why it isn't working properly.
1) Obviously, it is missing the cartridge. And this one, the VL-43G (and others in the PS-Q line), is only suited for the tonearm of this turntable, so sticking another P-Mount into it won't work as it won't fit.
2) While the unit does power on and the drive seems to be spinning properly, I wasn't for some reason able to stop it from spinning without actually having to turn the power off.
3) The tonearm doesn't appear to be cueing up correctly to it's assigned positions for 12 and 7 inch records. It also doesn't appear to lower or raise when it does reach a "position" to play with. I'm not sure if that is conditional with the cartridge weight to make it work or not.
I checked the library here and don't see a manual for the PS-Q7 or its similar makes, though I see radiomuseum.org has a schematic and manual on their page
for the PS-Q7, but it seems only be accessible to members.
Does anyone know where I could get the VL-43G cartridge (or equivalent), or if anyone has one just sitting around with no turntable?
As for the tonearm, since I'm not the most saavy when it comes to the innards of a machine, it is possible somewhere in that part of the unit there may be some issues, perhaps an old belt or needed lubrication.
Will probably take photos to better illustrate the situation.
Also, when I took off the plastic housing from the base, there was a dry bee carcass inside. So that shows you how well maintained this turntable was!