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Sony PS4300

Posted: 15 Dec 2018 21:24
by Keesie25
I have been lucky!

Early last year an old uncle of my wife passed away, and we had to clear his rental appartment. Because we could not move all his stuff in one go, we had to leave some to pick up later. We already handed in the key, and that sure was a mistake.......from then on we tried to reach to houseowner to pick up the rest of the stuff, but he was either ill, on holidays, busy, you name it. After a few months this was enough, and we adressed the company who ows the flats. They knew nothing......there was nothing left, the flat already rented to others.

Re: Sony PS4300

Posted: 15 Dec 2018 21:31
by Keesie25
Among the things we had to leave behind there was a nice looking Sony PS4300. After a while we went on to other things and I managed to buy a Sony PS-11, which I described on the forum in a different thread. After some minor repairs it worked great, still does. I am very satisfied with it, and would not look for something else.

Re: Sony PS4300

Posted: 15 Dec 2018 21:38
by Keesie25
This past week an old aunt of my wife could no longer live on her own in her appartment. Her husband passed away about 10 years ago. He and the uncle I mentioned earlier were brothers.........
So my wife and her family moved her (there were enough people to Help, so I stayed at home), and had to clear her appartment.
At a certain moment she rang me if I wanted another record player. Of course I said yes, not actually knowing what this would be.

Re: Sony PS4300

Posted: 15 Dec 2018 21:47
by Keesie25
She came home with this absolutely stunning PS4300!!! As there were no vinyl records in the appartment, just CD's and DVD's, I figured the 4300 was not used often. I can see it has been 'looked after', meaning it had not been touched for at least 10 years, probably longer. There was a complete Hifi system from the 70's, a CD/DVD playrt added lateron.
As the two uncles were brothers, I suppose they bought their 4300, and maybe other equipment too, simultaniously.

Re: Sony PS4300

Posted: 15 Dec 2018 21:51
by Keesie25
Here the new baby.

https://i.postimg.cc/HxGDDY87/Sony1.jpg

While it was said the PS11 was a very good player, the PS4300 was near the top of the list.
First I cleaned the player, and examined it.

https://i.postimg.cc/hjKs76H5/Sony2.jpg

Re: Sony PS4300

Posted: 15 Dec 2018 21:56
by Keesie25
Not much difference between the two pictures, but it took me at least an hour to clean it......

I then plugged it in, and.......nothing happened. I tried to move the platform manuallly, and then the stroposcope light came on! Gradually the machine started working, and the other lights came on. I could actually play a record, did not connect it to the amp yet, because I had to solve some slight problems first.

Re: Sony PS4300

Posted: 15 Dec 2018 22:07
by Keesie25
As I downloaded the manual, I more or less now know what it can do.
First of all it is very heavy, about 10 kilos!! These brothers must have loved heavy equipment for sure, as I got a Sony CDP557 from the other one, which weights 19 kilos...!

The 4300 is from 1977 as I was told, and it was then about 900 guilders, about twice the price as an average player at that time. Let me go over some details by pictures.

On the left side you can choose pitch. As we in Holland use 50 Hertz, the two lower lines on the platform are used.
https://i.postimg.cc/HndwVhhk/Sony3.jpg

On the right side you can choose either to play your records manualy or fully automatic.
https://i.postimg.cc/kG2nFnZ1/Sony4.jpg

Re: Sony PS4300

Posted: 15 Dec 2018 23:23
by Keesie25
When the switch is turned to manual, you can put the lever in the rear up, to lift he arm, put it anywhere on the record, and at the ned it will turn itself off. When you turn the switch to 17/7 (singles), or to 30/12 (LP's), you can press a button in front to start, and the arm will place itself on the start of either of the two, again turning itself off at the end. Does anyone know what 25/10 means.......?

As you can see the cartridge is special too.......

Re: Sony PS4300

Posted: 15 Dec 2018 23:30
by Keesie25
The cartridge did not come with the player, is it is stated in the manual. The cartridge is a Pickering XV 15/625E. On the front it reads D625 Dustamatic. I don't think I have ever seen a brush and needle combination like that before. The brush has a hinge, and does not press on the record. Also, it is not only in front of the needle, but also slightly to the left (looking from the front), so it touches the grooves a few rotations earlier than the needle.
https://i.postimg.cc/PJpVTxPk/Sony6.jpg

Re: Sony PS4300

Posted: 15 Dec 2018 23:49
by bernard1
25 cm 10 inches

Re: Sony PS4300

Posted: 15 Dec 2018 23:50
by Keesie25
Glad you like my report so far..........and thanks for the answer. No idea which records are meant here.

When the lid is closed, you can still touch these buttons. The lever on the right is to turn on/off the player. This is also the first time I see a player which you can actually turn on/off. There is no light in the switch, which seems a minor, but once turned on, the pitch control light comes on.
I see I forgot to clean this part, will do.

https://i.postimg.cc/dQRc7N1P/Sony5.jpgphoto upload

The start/stop 'button' must have been a revolution in those days! You just touch the part between the two red parts, which will light up, when the two vertical lines are touched. The same goes for touching it again: the arm will come back to the rest position.

Re: Sony PS4300

Posted: 16 Dec 2018 00:04
by Keesie25
Over to the base of the arm. Very impressive and solid looking, the counterweight was already on 1.5 and was the anti-skating. You can see the lever to right for manual lifting and lowering the arm.

https://i.postimg.cc/QCcfzzFQ/Sony7.jpg

To the left you can see a round part. This can be taken out and placed in the rear of the arm, on top of the weight. It can be read in the manual that some cartridges are heavier than most ones. Therefore an extra weight can be put on. I can understand why that is done, but it raises questions.
I cannot find for which type of cartridges it is meant.
As there is also a hole for a device on the other side near the left hinge, I suppose there are two weights. I think one is already screwed on the arm, but I did not touch it. It is probably used because of the extra weight of the brush-system.

You can see a small part of the extra weight in this next picture. There is a screw inside, looking in from the rear. The part I am holding cannot contain a screw, as there is no hole, so I pressume it is just pressed on, and you can use either of the two weights.

https://i.postimg.cc/nhTp5R7f/Sony8.jpg

Re: Sony PS4300

Posted: 16 Dec 2018 00:13
by Keesie25
Here the PS11 and PS4300 compared.

https://i.postimg.cc/V6KtkB2x/Sony10.jpg

The PS11 is a little bit deeper than the 4300, due to the on/off control on the top. Width is the same for both. The 4300 is far heavier and higher than the PS11.

https://i.postimg.cc/RFY0YPkZ/Sony11.jpg

Re: Sony PS4300

Posted: 16 Dec 2018 00:23
by Keesie25
As I said, happy with the PS11, but I could not 'Help' getting the 4300 for free.....
As I do not have any experience with the 4300 yet, which one would I have bought around 1977?
Not talking about money, the 4300 has the advantage of being manual and auto, the PS11 only manual. Another advantage is an on/off/light switch on the 4300. Still, when used in manual mode, I prefer the PS11, if only for the position of the up/down lever. The thick plateau on the PS11 is more impressive.......they are both good machines no doubt!

Re: Sony PS4300

Posted: 16 Dec 2018 00:26
by vinyl master
Nice 4300 there, Keesie...The PS11 is no slouch, either...I wonder if the 10" meant 10-inch records that are not 78's...I did notice that the 4300 only plays 33's and 45's...It can also take any cartridge from 4 to 15.5 grams with the extra weight...

Your story has two morals...

1. Next time you see another turntable like that, grab it while you have the chance...

and 2.

Sometimes, when one door closes, another one opens, so be patient!

Have fun with her...When you get her going, maybe some proper Christmas music will get you in the spirit...Here's one from your countryman born a few hours south of you in Maastrict...