Ok, so I finally had a chance to have a root around inside this turntable.
Took the platter off to reveal the remains of a melted drive belt. This thing was the consistency of tar, and just as difficult to clean off. Luckily I had a bottle of cleaner used for cleaning heat sinks off CPUs and, with a lot of persistence and elbow grease, this removed the gunk nicely. I suspect this turntable may have sat unused in an attic space for many years and my theory is the heat in the roof space during the summers may have melted the drive belt?
After having no luck sourcing a power cable for the turntable, I decided to try to bypass the old odd Philips socket and wire the power input direct.
Inside after God knows how many years since it was last opened. The existing connection from the power socket is visible in the top right hand corner.
There are meant to be three screws holding the bottom cover in place but there was only one present when I went to open it so I'm pretty sure someone's at least had a look inside here before.
This is a close up of the existing wiring from the power socket
I unscrewed the wire that connects from the socket to the block connector. I then wired in a new power cable, made from a spare length of 3amp twin core power cable and a plug I had lying around, directly to the power-in block connector. The unit is double insulated so no earth is required. I cable tied the old wiring neatly and taped it up out of the way in case anyone wants to reinstate it in the future.
After that I plugged it in, switched it on, and hey presto the motor works a treat
All that remained for the moment was to give it a good clean inside and out.
So next I obviously need a new drive belt and a cartridge. Can anyone recommend the best place that I can source these?
Also, I'm looking at buying this amp/receiver - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sony-STR-11L-Amplifier-receiver-Vintage-Hi-Fi-tuner-amp-/310418726027?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item484665dc8b
Will this work ok with the tt? I know it will need an adaptor from din to rca for the phono input but that's ok with me. Not looking to spend a lot on an amp! Would like to get something from the same era as the tt.