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steuerpimpel

Posted: 15 Nov 2018 03:22
by lenjack
I've seen it mentioned several times in connection with Dual turntables, but I must admit I don't know what it is. Please school me. What is a steuerpimpel? Thanks in advance. :? :oops:

Re: steuerpimpel

Posted: 15 Nov 2018 05:23
by vinyl master
A glider pad that allows the tonearm to move on older Dual turntables... It's a tiny "control nipple", I guess you could say, made of plastic or rubber located at the bottom of the tonearm assembly in many Duals. It can wear out or degrade over time, causing the automatic functions to stop working, so it is an ESSENTIAL piece of the puzzle, if you have a Dual. Here is a pic of one on a Dual 1218...

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Here's a different one from a 1257...

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There is more to it, but that's the general gist of it...Others may chime in more, as our own lini (Manfred) and dualcan (Klaus) could probably advise further...Our own member mrow2 (Don) makes these himself and I just got a couple from him for my 1219...If you happen to ever need one, he's the guy to call upon, so keep that in mind! They are quality-made and worth every penny! =D>

Re: steuerpimpel

Posted: 15 Nov 2018 05:45
by Spinner45
I call those things a "stupidpimple".

Re: steuerpimpel

Posted: 15 Nov 2018 05:54
by Gelid
The first two minutes of this video will enlighten you on the steuerpimpel.


Re: steuerpimpel

Posted: 15 Nov 2018 09:27
by T68
Yeah, stupid little b****r with big impact on functionality. But luckily an easy fix.
Rather have to deal with an analogue stuerpimpel problem than old electronics acting up :-)

Re: steuerpimpel

Posted: 15 Nov 2018 11:34
by ravelax
Probably the easiest thing to fix if your old Dual is acting strange! Like T68 said, it's definitely a lot nicer than having to troubleshoot old electronics, try to find unobtainium ICs etc.

Re: steuerpimpel

Posted: 15 Nov 2018 12:05
by gnuyork
vinyl master wrote:
15 Nov 2018 05:23
Our own member mrow2 (Don) makes these himself and I just got a couple from him for my 1219...If you happen to ever need one, he's the guy to call upon, so keep that in mind! They are quality-made and worth every penny! =D>
Is there a link to where these can be purchased?


Gelid wrote:
15 Nov 2018 05:54
The first two minutes of this video will enlighten you on the steuerpimpel.

Who is the person in the video? Same guy as above (mrow2)?

Re: steuerpimpel

Posted: 15 Nov 2018 12:09
by Tinkaroo
Steuerpimpel is a nickname much like Knallfrosch is, but it is referred to as a '"Guide" in the Dual service manuals. There is actually a very voluminous thread in the Dual forum that will give you all you need to know about them and then some.

With a little practice they can be replaced in a matter of minutes and without the need of a service technician which makes it a "Smart" rather than stupid thing. =D>

mrow2 has an epay listing or you could send him a PM and he will respond. He is on California time.

Re: steuerpimpel

Posted: 15 Nov 2018 15:40
by lini
Tink: Well, yes and no, 'cause "Steuerpimpel" would rather be a creation by Dual, as you can see in the German part lists of the service manuals - whereas "Knallfrosch" is a nick created by the user community.

And personally I'd describe the Steuerpimpel as a little plastic cap, that serves as clutch pad between the main lever and the tonearm.

Greetings from Munich!

Manfred / lini

Re: steuerpimpel

Posted: 15 Nov 2018 15:57
by gnuyork
So...which to go with? I have a Dual 601...

I see a few different sellers on Ebay...and one seller (German - ReviSound) has a variety of different materials, confusing me further.

Which is the best replacement for my 601?

Re: steuerpimpel

Posted: 15 Nov 2018 16:15
by uem
This little part is obviously important enough to have its own website...... :D

http://www.steuerpimpel.com/

Regards

Urs

Re: steuerpimpel

Posted: 16 Nov 2018 00:59
by lenjack
The op thanks you. Never had a Dual...just curious.

Re: steuerpimpel

Posted: 16 Nov 2018 03:18
by vinyl master
lenjack wrote:
16 Nov 2018 00:59
The op thanks you. Never had a Dual...just curious.
Just a thought, lenjack...You my want to keep your eyes out for a good Dual...I've bought five of them now and they are impressive pieces of machinery! A guy in a record store once told me that if you find a good Dual in decent shape, they are some of the best vintage tables for the money and boy, he was right! Of course, it took me 15 years after that encounter to find my first one! #-o My only regret is that I waited so long! ](*,)

Re: steuerpimpel

Posted: 16 Nov 2018 03:59
by Spinner45
vinyl master wrote:
16 Nov 2018 03:18
lenjack wrote:
16 Nov 2018 00:59
The op thanks you. Never had a Dual...just curious.
Just a thought, lenjack...You my want to keep your eyes out for a good Dual...I've bought five of them now and they are impressive pieces of machinery! A guy in a record store once told me that if you find a good Dual in decent shape, they are some of the best vintage tables for the money and boy, he was right! Of course, it took me 15 years after that encounter to find my first one! #-o My only regret is that I waited so long! ](*,)
Imagine this....
I was 21 in 1974, working two jobs, one at a HiFi showroom nights, one in a factory daytime.
Saved my money....
Picked up a 1229 and a Shure V15/2 at the showroom one night, brought them home...
I remember unboxing that 1229 on my bed, installing the pretty chrome Shure...
An hour later, with my Koss 4AA's on, I set the needle down on a brand new copy of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side".....

Utter silence.......... then.....Bliss..... pure bliss!
The rest is history.

Re: steuerpimpel

Posted: 16 Nov 2018 04:13
by vinyl master
I have some of those Koss 4AA's and you're not wrong about that! I'll bet that was ONE purchase you never regretted! :D

Just curious, but what did you have for a receiver (or amplifier) and speakers? :-k